First revolver

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by Kain, May 11, 2011.

  1. Kain

    Kain Member

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    I've never been a big fan of revolvers. I can't really place why, I've just always preferred the look of a semi-auto.

    However, a while back one revolver in particular caught my eye and has been in the back of my mind ever since. The Ruger GP100. It's one of the few revolvers that actually fits my hand. Recently, I received some semi-unexpected cash and decided to finally pick up my long awaited GP100. I wanted a stainless 6" in .357, which is a bit difficult to find for some reason. Rather than run around to a dozen different shops tracking one down, I just ordered one in. I slightly overpaid for it, at $600 after tax and shipping. But the convenience was worth it. I haven't had the chance to fire it yet, but I hope to attend to that oversight tomorrow. It dwarfs all my other pistols, and the weight of the gun itself is impressive. It's far to large for a practical carry piece, but I may pick up a shoulder holster for the novelty.
     
  2. blitzen25cat

    blitzen25cat New Member

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    Nice choice. Ruger makes very strong rrevolvers. I don't have a GP100 but have several blackhawks and three single six and several vaquaros. All of my Rugers are old models with the exception of the Vaquaros.I'm sure you will be happy.best regards
     

  3. stalkingbear

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    You made an excellent choice with the GP100. With proper care your kids will never wear it out. I would recommend a Wolff spring kit for it however.
     
  4. Olympus

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    Rugers are the tanks of the revolver world. Strong, rugged, dependable. But if you know you want a 6" revolver, you should check out the many different models of Smith and Wesson. My advice would be to go with a well cared for older model as the newer models are full of MIM parts and the infernal, I mean internal lock. Or Hillary Hole as some people call them.
     
  5. stalkingbear

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    He already bought the GP100.
     
  6. Kain

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    What he said.

    I handled a LOT of revolvers, and only the GP100 sparked my intrest.The SP101 wasn't bad, but the grip felt too small for my tastes. I didn't like the feel of the Smiths and the Taurus...well, I'm sure someone likes those. I handled the EAA, and I've never felt anything so cheap (and I transport crack whores on a fairly regular basis)
     
  7. winds-of-change

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    I am a relatively new gun owner and the only gun I have is exactly what you just bought. I really like it and anyone who's ever shot it likes it, too.

    Enjoy. You're going to have a lot of fun with it.
     
  8. mesinge2

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    I am so happy to have another Ruger wheelie owner.
    Be careful, one ruger leads to many rugers, I think they multiple in my safe :D
     
  9. WDB

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    Congrats on your purchase.
    Great choice and IMHO everyone should have a revolver.
     
  10. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    I see that. Doesn't mean that's the only revolver he's ever gonna buy.
     
  11. Kain

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    I took it out and ran 50 rounds through it today. The trigger is much heavier in use than it felt in practice. Heavy enough it was causing my shots to be pulled way down and to the right. By pre-cocking the hammer, I was achieving amazing accuracy though. I'm sure more range time will help, but I'm already looking into a spring replacement. Cleaning a revolver is a lot more work than my semis. I do have to admit that once it's clean the GP100 is the best looking gun in my collection.
     
  12. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    I use the springs from here in all my Rugers: Springs for RUGER GP-100 Revolvers
     
  13. Lindenwood

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    DRY FIRE PRACTICE! I've pulled the trigger at least 50 times per day on every primary defensive handgun I've owned (plus the ~hundred rounds per week verifying anything Ive gained).

    Funny enough, I hardly notice the heavy trigger under rapid fire with my DA .44, but my finger gets tired when practicing at home.

    Though, I am getting ready to order a spring kit!

    *edit*

    BTW, you aren't taking off the side plate to clean it every time, are you? That is rarely necessary. Just wipe off the surfaces with a solvent-dipped cloth and brush out the cylinders and barrel. Doesn't take particularly longer than my autos did, and I find it perhaps more strait-forward than the autos, because there are so many fewer moving parts and nooks and crannies than an auto (if you aren't taking off the side plate).
     
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  14. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    Ruger's don't have a side plate
     
  15. chefsimms

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    One of my first guns was a Ruger GP 100, love it, still have it, it`s a great gun and will last a very long time if you take care of it... Here is a picture of my GP 100
     

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  16. orangello

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    I've been very happy with my GP100. The variety of ammunition available is somewhat daunting. I have half boxes for two or three different weights of .357mag JHPs or SJHPs, a couple of different types of .38spcl with FMJ & JHP, and some really economical WWB .38spcl+p's with an ugly HP. They have all been fun to shoot.

    (I'm glad there isn't a side plate i was supposed to be removing & cleaning.)

    If you have the classic grips with the wood inset, there was a guy on thefiringline selling custom replacement insets.
     
  17. Kain

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    Seemed to be a lot of carbon at the point where the barrel extends backward to meet the cylinder (sorry for my ignorance about what that might be called). The relatively high level of carbon build up may be attributed to the cheap Remington ammunition I was using. It had a very strong odor to the spend casings, almost an ammonia scent. After only 50 rounds the cylinder was almost completely black. I didn't actually dissassemble any part of the revolver, which might have made it even more awkward to clean. I'm also excited to try some 38 ammo in it as well. Oddly, I'm having trouble finding any "cheap" 38 ammo. It's all SD and as expensive if not more so than the
    .357 magnum rounds.
     
  18. mesinge2

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    Forcing Cone

    Personally, I have found Remington to be particularly dirty ammunition and the brass of poor quality. The below picture is a standard pressure 38 SPL remington that split at the rim and length of the case; nearly half of this box end up like this:

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