Anics A-201

Ruger GP-100 (357 magnum)

Anics, A-201
Replica Of:
Ruger GP-100
(.357 magnum)
Made In:
177, steel BB, 30-shot revolver
Air Source:
CO2, 12 g Powerlet
Recommended Pellet or BB:
Daisy Avanti BBs
Weight (lb)/Length (in):
2.3, 9.5
Body Material/Finish/Grips:
metal, black, rubber
Barrel Length (in)/Material/Rifled:
4.25, steel, no
Trigger Action:
SA and DA
Trigger Pull (lbs)/Adjustable:
>12 (DA), >12 (SA), no
Sights (front/rear):
fixed, fully adjustable for windage and elevation
Velocity (fps):
Sound Level (dB): 96
Thickness of Pellet Holder (in): N/A
Manufactured Dates:
1996 - 1997
98%, yes, yes
Serial Number:
Comments: This pistol is an excellent replica of the Ruger GP-100 magnum revolver. This heavy all metal revolver is generally better made than other contemporary Anics models such as the A-101 and A-111. The body of the gun has a painted black finish and the grips are covered with black rubber. It comes with a fixed front sight and a fully adjustable plastic rear sight. The A-201 was available in both black and chrome finishes and with 4" or 6" barrels. The guns with 6" barrels were called magnums and carried the designation A-201M. The A-201 has a very heavy (> 12 lbs) trigger pull in both single and double action, which impacts shooting accuracy. Each chamber of the revolving cylinder can hold up to five BBs for a total of 30 shots. Unfortunately, the gun is difficult to load and unload. To assist with loading and unloading, the gun comes with a tool that has a magnetic tip to hold the BBs in place during the process. This tool stores in the bottom of the grip. The A-201 has reasonable power and good accuracy, although the measured muzzle velocity is well below the manufacturer's claims. The Anics A-201 was manufactured in small numbers (approximately 3000 were made) for only two years and has become difficult to find. The Anics website contains no mention of the A-201.

Performance: Measurements were made on 11/27/08 at a temperature of 72 F and 14' elevation. A ten shot string was fired from a bench rest at 15' using Daisy Avanti BBs (5.5 gr). The highest velocity measured was 366 fps, the lowest was 321 fps (average of the 10-shot string was 349 fps). A six shot string shot with open sights grouped at 0.42". Click the thumbnail below to see a larger image. Click here for a description of the measurement methods.


Right Profile 1:

Left Profile 2:

Front View:

Right Side Markings: The loading gate in front of the revolving cylinder is clearly visible in this photo.

Left Side Markings:

Loading BBs: It is difficult to load BBs into the chambers of the revolving cylinder. Each chamber will hold 5 BBs. The hammer must be pulled back to rotate the cylinder. The cylinder must be rotated (counter-clockwise) to line up a chamber with the loading gate. The spring-loaded loading gate must be depressed to push a BB into the chamber. Each chamber contains a spring that keeps pressure on the BBs, so as more BBs are loaded in a chamber it become increasingly difficult to add more.

A magnetic tool is provided to help with loading and unloading the chambers. The magnetic loading tool is stored in a hole in the bottom of the grip.

Loading CO2: The CO2 piercing mechanism is a simple screw-tab unit but it works well.




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