Review: Ruger GP100 Match Champion 10mm
The Ruger GP100 Match Champion 10mm is a great, high-powered revolver for concealed carry
The Ruger GP100 Match Champion 10mm is a strong yet easy to carry revolver. (Photo courtesy of Down Range TV)
Who could have predicted the resurgence of interest in handguns chambered for the 10mm cartridge? Once almost dead and gone, the 10mm is now available in both pistols and revolvers, and ammunition is plentiful. What happened?
Back in the Dark Ages Jeff Cooper proposed the 10mm as the answer to getting more power than the .45ACP in a semi-automatic pistol. He helped create the Bren 10 and gave it his endorsement, then the project fell flat on its face, as Dornaus and Dixon were unable to produce a reliable supply of pistols and magazines before going belly up. Colt produced a 1911 pistol in 10mm but it was plagued with stories of cracked frames. Finally, Glock came along with a 10mm pistol that worked and held up. In the meantime the FBI concluded the 10mm was the answer to the horrible shoot-out in Miami that wrecked an entire team of agents. Smith and Wesson produced a large, service sized pistol for the 10 that soon turned out to be difficult to shoot for some agents and was largely unsuitable for concealed carry. The FBI agents I knew at the time tended to leave the big Smith in the office or carry it in a briefcase ... I never saw one in a concealment holster. This prompted the FBI to first reduce the power of the 10mm down to about .45ACP levels and then to seek a round that duplicated the performance but fit in a concealable 9mm size pistol. Enter the .40 S&W cartridge, and most successfully, the Glock 22 and 23 pistols.
Out in the civilian world the 10mm had a dedicated cadre of fans who felt a little neglected. There were few pistols available for the 10 and ammunition power steadily declined to the point where most 10mm ammunition was running at about .40 S&W performance levels – more or less 950 feet per second (fps) for a 180 grain bullet. One such frustrated shooter was Mike McNett. A hand loader, he knew how to unlock the potential of the 10mm. Word of his ammunition started to get out and folks asked him to make some for them, thus leading to the creation of his company, Doubletap Ammunition. Today, McNett is churning out an incredible variety of high quality ammunition, designing proprietary bullets and loads and is best known for making high powered ammunition that gets the job done, especially in the 10mm. McNett’s efforts have led, in no small part, to the resurgence of interest in the 10mm cartridge.
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