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Hello there!
I'm from Belgium, Europe and 53 years young. Since I was in my 20's I owned many a gun. Since the 90's I have a Ruger GP100 4"barrel and put a few thousand rounds through it. Never had one single misfire! I just love it. For buying anything above .22 LR we need a special permit and that's hard to get. But for .22 pistols, the law has loosen up a bit. With our shooting license we can buy every .22 pistol we want. The price of the $$ has lowered a great deal nowadays so...I'm the proud owner of a MkII Target 5 1/2" bull barrel, Mk III target also 5 1/2" bull barrel and a Mk III Hunter Cocobolo grips and 6 7/8" barrel. All in stainless steel. I can't tell you folks how glad I am with this beatiful hardware! Fired already many thousands of rounds of .22 and never (never) had a FTF or a FTE. The only thing I changed was removing the mag safety on the Mk III's. I put two little washers beside the hammer to prevent the hammer to wiggle. It works flawless.
Ruger, keep up the good work.
Oh yes, for c.c. I wear a Beretta Cougar, 15 shot on 9 mm. The GP100 is a bit to bulky for this purpose.
Best regards to all the folks on this forum.
Frans.
 

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Welcome from Florida..........did some duty with SHAPE NATO command out of Belgium but never had a change to get there.
 

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Welcome from NTEX-glad to have you!!! Also glad you can CCW there...Belgium knows quality gunmaking too....Browning and FN for a couple....we like 'em!!!
 

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Good Morning bingo.

I recently found this forum and love it. I noticed that you said the GP100 is "bulky".

I carry an N-Frame S&W daily, and find it easy to hide. The "trick" is a good Inside The Waistband Holster and Belt. Take a look at some of the Custom Holster Maker's websites. They may have what you are looking for, just be prepared to pay and wait.

With the EU, I don't know what the importation laws are for leather stuff, but Andy Aratoonian (Horseshoe Leather) is in England and from what I hear he makes a dang good holster. It might be worth it to give him a call.

Take care and stay safe.
 

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Hello from NE Kansas. (That's smack in the middle of the US) It's great to have a new member from another country! We have some Canadians...not sure if any other countries are represented here. BikerRN's advice is good. If you still don't think you can handle the GP100 for everyday wear, you might consider yet another of those nasty to get permits for an SP101. The are very strong, very reliable and hide a bit easier than the GP.
 

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Welcome aboard, glad to meet you, hope you enjoy it here, jump right in anytime. I agree
with BikerRN--on the inside the waitband with a good belt. I sometimes carry a 4" S&W model 28 in .357 mag(Highway patrolman) It is way bigger and heavier than the GP. I can carry it
all day under a T shirt and no one knows (not even me).
 

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Thanks to you all for the warm welcome-words.
Thanks for the advices about concealed carry. I will surely look it up. For my semi-autos I use holsters from Shooting Systems. The ultra-fine Horseshoe Leather holsters are semi-auto-only nowadays.
It’s good to feel united all over the globe meeting men (and women) who are pro-gun-minded.
Situation here in Belgium, as in the rest of Europe, is, economically speaking, very good. We earn our money and have a good health-insurance system.
Politically spoken the situation is critical. Since almost 20 years there has been an invasion of arabs in our society. They came from Nort Africa and are fanatic muslims. Almost 40 % of all the youngsters in primary schools are of arab origin. I wonder what this means for the future…they are not adapted at all. Almost all of the robberies and murders are on their account.
So far the bad news. The good news is that we had a wonderful September with temperatures well above 18 ° Celcius.(64 Fahrenheit). It will take till the end of October, begin November before the first snow is coming. If that’s not an “Indian Summer”!:)
Cya!
 

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Bingo, we are now having a problem similar to yours. We have recently had big influx of Illegal Immigrants from Mexico. The problem we are having is the Government is accepting them instead of sending them back, which is causing an extra burden on the Taxpayers. My Wife works for the local School System, and the school is overburdened with the extra load. Had to hire new Teachers to Teach Spanish and all the Local Health Care and State and Government Offices is having to hire Spanish Speaking Personnel. Guess most Countries have their problems. We're just like a big Family here, so any questions you want to ask, or anything you have to contribute, please feel free to do so.
 

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Welcome! Belgium? ain't that the home of FN? Glad to have you with us.
 

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bingo,
Warmest of welcomes from Connecticut, hope you enjoy the fellowship here and are active in the forums, great people and great guns, once again, welcome,
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welcome glad to have ya with us
 
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