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After researching semiautomatics and revolvers for over a year, I came to the conclusion that if I only buy one legitimate defense caliber handgun in my life it should be a 4", stainless steel, .357 magnum revolver. If I never buy another defense caliber handgun, the .357 would be adequate for almost any kind of application. This isn't my first handgun, I've had a bronwing buckmark for about a year. I decided to hold off on a defense handgun until I learned how to shoot relatively well. As much as I like the Smith and Wesson 686p, I think that the GP100 is a better gun. For me the major selling points were the triple locking cylinder, the ability to field strip the gun for cleaning, the solid frame, and the rugged good looks. I also like that the rugers don't have integral locks. All in all, a superior revolver. The GP100 triggers leave something to be desired, but with a good trigger job, this problem can be fixed.

I spent some time looking for a good GP100 specimen and finally picked one last Saturday. The trigger was pretty heavy, but it was VERY smooth. The only GP100 that I've shot had a really heavy, "grindy" trigger. It was just absolutely miserable. My trigger still needs a bt of work, but it is pretty darn good. My waiting period offically ends at 3:50pm tomorrow. I plan on swinging by the store and picking up "the other woman" right after work.

I haven't completely thought out what I want to pick up accessory-wise, but I've got a few thoughts. I like the black laminate grip inserts and the hogue-type grips. I might get both. I also want to pick up a different front site. Any opinions on which front sites are the best? I also plan on picking up a few speed loaders. Any thoughts on speed loaders? I plan on getting the ??HKS?? speedloaders.
 

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Welcome from Alabama. Great choice the .357 is an excellent defensive round and the GP100 is a rugged revolver that will last a lifetime of shooting. I use the HKS speed loaders and have been very happy with them. Ask Iowegan for a copy of his free book (IBOK) and with a little work you can really improve that trigger (Look in the gunsmithing section).
 

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Oh yeah, I'm from Illinois. So I'm kind of disappointed with my beloved Bulls, tonight. Thanks for the advice on the manual thing. I'll request it and see if I trust myself enough to try the trigger job for myself. If not, I might eventually send it out to a professional. I hear that Grant Cunningham does some pretty amazing work. He is kind of expensive, but I think that it would be worth the investment.
 

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Hi Fishman...Greetings from SE South Dakota! You picked a great revolver! Your thought it out too. I feel you chose the best caliber for only one "defense caliber handgun" in a revolver. I also like HKS speedloaders; they don't rattle. Iowegan is very generous in offering the forum members his two books. His other book is on the Standard .22 Pistols. They were very easy for me to download. Thanks Iowegan! Fishman, WELCOME to the forum!
 

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Welcome from KY! You picked an outstanding gun, and a very wise, informed choice you made.
 

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Welcome aboard! Glad you're here. Make yourself at home and enjoy the Board. I'll have to warn you that not many people here can stop with one or two guns. The Rugeritis is going around here and it is very contagious. :D
 

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Hi fishman and welcome to the forum from Louisiana. Yep, echo those above on the decision to pick up the GP100. Your barrel length, finish selection and caliber are right on for a defensive gun. Any scratches are easily buffed out, cleaning is much easier, and the 357 is the best small caliber stopper there is. Trigger pull can be easily smoothed out, and most say to dry fire several hundred times, pull apart and clean, then see where you are before doing any changes. Lots of aftermarket goodies are out there too. The IBOK is very helpful and informative. It will help understand the workings of the gun and how to slick her up. On speedloaders, The main two brands are Safariland and HKS. They have different release systems, Safariland by simply pushing the speedloader asainst the star, and HKS by twisting the knob. They both work equally well, it's just a matter of persolal preferences. I personally prefer the HKS. Hope this helps. If you can, post some pics when you pick her up and some range reports when you get the range time.
 

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Welcome aboard, hope you enjoy your stay here. Glad to have you--jump right in anytime.
 

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Fishman, welcome from frosty Maine! Great choice on a defensive gun! I chose the same one for home defense. As far as the accessories, I have been using the HKS speed loader and I'm very happy with it. I am about to try a set of hogue grips and see if the contour increases my accuracy at all, I'm not hoping for much since the issue is with the operator not the gun :D and it's plenty accurate already for defense purposes. I bought a package of the Ruger brand colored front sites, it has red, yellow, blue and white replacement front sites. I installed the red, and it shattered in about 150 .357 rounds, they seem to made of a lighter plastic than the standard black front site. Ruger also offers a gold colored replacement set that may be more rugged, but I haven't tried it yet. Definately see if the Iowegan can send you his IBOK, it' a great tool and he is very generous with his knowledge. I had an issue a while back where the hammer did not reset in the middle of a morning at the range. It turned out to be a couple of metal fillings in the hammer dog plunger hole. It's cleaned out and the problem has not returned, I'm told this is very rare and I mention it only to make you aware incase you experience something similar. As far as the Rugeritis, man... it's real and contagious! I'm on the hunt for number two now, either an SP101 or one of the P-series autoloaders for concealed carry, haven't decided yet. Enjoy the forum, there are a lot of great guys here, with a lot to share. Best of luck with the new gun.

-Hammer
 

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Greetings Fishman,
Warmest of welcomes from Connecticut, hope you enjoy the fellowship and are active in the forum, great people and great guns.
I see you have done your research and I am glad you came to a decision that pleases you, again welcome,
peace
 

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welcome, yep hard to beat a GP100.
 

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HOWDY from Utah! I also picked a 4" ss gp100. LOOK at 41 mag's inserts that are FS on the board. I snapped up 3 sets so far. Yep. he keeps dangling those goodies and I have to buy more Rugers to put them on. CC is cooling in a bucket of ice now. best greg :D
 
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