First time firing .357

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by brianarrr, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. brianarrr

    brianarrr New Member

    I've read most topics here going about 30 pages deep, and I think I've decided on a 4" SS GP100 sometime in the near future. The only Ruger revolver rental the range I went to was a Security Six, so I went with that. Fired 50 rounds of .38 special and 50 rounds of .357, LOVED IT. The .38 felt easy and recoil was nothing compared to the .357, which had a kick but wasn't as bad as I expected. Stock grip, I think.

    My shot groups were god awful, and I was shooting high and right. It was so bad I didn't want to take any pictures, and I know how you all love pictures here. First time firing a double action, and with a heavier trigger than I'm used to, that trigger pull seemed to go on forever.

    The range had exactly what I wanted for $560, but that seems a little high. I'm going to check another one tomorrow which I think will have better prices. Probably get it then if he has one and at the right price. I think I should buy new, I don't know if I could spot a badly treated revolver just yet, unless it was really bad.

    I probably won't post on here much at all, but I read for a couple hours a day. Learned a ton already, love the history lessons too. I want to shoot on my lunch break every day now haha.
  2. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter


    You are correct when speaking about a good or bad revolver. I agree most have been not shot too much at all. If you have a good friend that is very familiar with revolvers to go with you to check them out if you buy a used one. Checks like timing and cylinder lock up. Frame stress and etc. We at FTF can assist if you can not find someone to go with you. On the how to's!
    Anyway the 357 Mag. is definitely a great caliber and also due to the fact that you can even shoot inexpensive 38 Wad-cutters and various types of 38 Ammo besides the 357 Mag. Rounds and Defense loads. As far as trigger pull that is certainly a consideration. DO not buy a pistol with a bad trigger pull. And do not let some jack leg professing to be a trigger expert work on one. If you do ask around and find a good armorer. Anyway good luck and do your research before you buy.


  3. OC357

    OC357 New Member

    You only tried one .357 so try others. I am not saying the one you tried is not good, but it is the only one you tried. As such you have nothing to compare it to. I have fired many different ones before finding a favorite.

    Just saying...

    And yes, sniper03 is right, both 357 and 44 magnums are the best for variety of ammo you can use, and stopping power. Most here will disagree as they favor the 1911 and 9mm autos.

    Just my opinion on magnums......

  4. brianarrr

    brianarrr New Member

    You know, I went a little gun crazy after shooting just one .357. I definitely would shoot a GP100 before buying, but I didn't think to shoot any S&W's first, good idea. I was starting to the trigger pull, it just felt so different from what I'm used to. Took some time feeling out where the hammer cocks and where it actually fires.

    I should really hold off on buying one and rent some more. But everything I've read here says the GP100 is an amazing revolver so it's hard to wait.
  5. diggsbakes

    diggsbakes New Member

    Glad you enjoyed it!!! It only gets better from there. The GP100 will be an excellent (if not perfect) choice in 4" for a first "all purpose" handgun.

    I carry my GP100, I shoot the hell out of my GP100, I even trust my family's lives with it in the black bear ridden back woods, with fully loaded 200-300 grain hard cast ammo.

    The loooooooong double action trigger pull will not be an issue once you get used to it, especially since you're going to buy a set of "SNAP CAPS" or "dummy rounds" to practice with at home. It will familiarize you with the gun several times faster than if you were to only handle it at the range.

    In addition to dry-firing with your snap caps, if you want to accelerate your proficiency with your firearm, you will also practice your draw and target acquisition nightly.

    You'll tighten up those groups in no time! :)
  6. utf59

    utf59 Member


    I wouldn't worry too much about the groups at first. Revolver shooting is different than shooting autos (I'm assuming you were shooting double action), but it just takes practice. When you do pick up your wheelgun, do lots of dry firing, and you'll get the hang of it. Quick dry fire tip: stand a spent casing on top of the barrel while you dry fire — when you can dry fire through all six chambers without toppling the brass, you will have learned, Grasshopper.

    Try some other revolvers, too. Rugers are great; personally, I prefer Smiths. With any big purchase, you owe it to yourself to shop around and find what you like best. Remember that it's much easier to adjust grip size and reach with revolvers than with automatics. So if you like a particular revolver but it doesn't fit your hand, there's a chance you can find a grip setup that will make it fit you.

    Happy shopping!
  7. brianarrr

    brianarrr New Member

    I've read about snap caps and how some people dry fire a hundred times or more a night, I'm looking forward to that! I spent half the day today shopping around for a few different models, but still have my eyes on that GP100. I need to try others too, though. Some people at work said I was crazy for looking at buying rounds by the 1000, but it seems economical to me! I might have found a cheap local place that gives a 10% discount if you print out their online price and bring it in, and the prices are low to begin with.

    utf59, that's a good tip on using a spent cap on the barrel! Thanks for all the great suggestions and info, everyone. Can't wait to shoot again.
  8. tiberius10721

    tiberius10721 New Member

    After you buy that gp100 think about reloading for it. It costs me about four dollars a box to shoot my gp100.
  9. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member


    I should have an article up in the "Articles" section sometime today on how to buy a used revolver. It will have all the info you need to make a good decision on a used revolver.

  10. Dennis845

    Dennis845 New Member

    I like my S&W 686 plus .357 mag. The other guys pretty much covered it all. It's my bedside buddy. I trust it more for home protection than my 1911's. After some serious thought and plenty of rounds shot, for a home defense weapon I'm using .38 hollow points. Will do the job intended and much less kick and flash. I have the 6 inch barrel, if I had it to do over again I personally would get the four inch. Plenty of nice .357 out there. Good luck!

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  11. brianarrr

    brianarrr New Member

    Thanks, I read it!

    I really want to fire a 686 next, the one range I went to didn't have a good selection of revolvers for rent. I'm pretty set on getting a 4", but haven't shot a shorter or longer one yet to compare. Looks like I need several more range trips.

    Couple of questions...first, snap caps. What's a good brand and how long do they usually last? Is A-zoom the best? I couldn't find much doing a search, a little googling and web site reviews found me these.

    A-ZOOM Action Proving Dummy Round, Snap Cap 357 Magnum Aluminum Package of 6 - MidwayUSA

    Also, are these good quality sights? Again, just going off googling and some random forum threads. Millett good? I was having trouble with blurry sights with the front and rear both being the same gray.

    Millett Auto Sights - Series 100 Adjustable Sight System. FB00021, FB00019, RS22012, RS22013, SW40513, RP85006, RP85007, RS22010, RS22011, BE00007, BE00008, SW39595, SW46904, BF00008, RS22002, RS22017,

    Thanks again.
  12. brianarrr

    brianarrr New Member

    I missed this reply before. That's really cheap! I just watched a youtube video on it and it looks pretty simple, just an up front investment which seems like it will pay off VERY quickly. Thanks, I'll definitely look into this. Now I have something else to read about...I don't get anything done at work anymore :D
  13. orangello

    orangello New Member

    It is easier to keep up with the brass, at least. I don't reload, but i can't seem to toss my empties unless the pistol does it for me.

    Regarding same-color sights, you could use some paint on them. Gatopardo's Glow On (one of our supporting vendors) is definately worth looking at; Gato has some sticker-type glow stuff & some paint-on type stuff.