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Old January 23rd, 2009, 05:06 PM   #1
 
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GP-100 In competition

Has anyone used the GP-100 for IDPA, or any other competitive shooting sports? I plan on using my 4" stainless to shoot some IDPA using Safariland speedloaders. I also was wondering if anyone has had experience with Bladetech holsters for GPs or any other revolvers. Experiences both good and bad welcome.



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Old January 23rd, 2009, 06:54 PM   #2
 
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Has anyone used the GP-100 for IDPA, or any other competitive shooting sports? I plan on using my 4" stainless to shoot some IDPA using Safariland speedloaders. I also was wondering if anyone has had experience with Bladetech holsters for GPs or any other revolvers. Experiences both good and bad welcome.
I used the Safariland speed loaders when I was a reserve police officer in the late 1970s - early 1980s. They are excellent, and the newer design is a lot easier to deal with. The HKS loaders were (and still are) a little loose in holding the rounds, so sometimes you had to wiggle them a little to get them all in the cylinder.

At the time I carried a K-frame S&W model 19, and we did our quarterly qualification using a modified PPC course. I really like my GP100 4" revolver. It handles a lot easier than I remember the Model 19 handling.
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I've been shooting IDPA for a while now and may just get a bug in my butt to shoot the GP100 this season.

'Course I say that every year, but this year I mean it.
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Blade Tech has a well engineered holster for Revolvers and the Speedloaders for an L Frame Smith will fit a GP just fine. Don't have any outlets to shoot IDPA around here but a well tuned GP 100 would be a great way to shoot SSR class.

As NIKE says: Just DO it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I've shot my 3" DAO GP100, with Safariland speedloaders and a Blade-Tech paddle holster, the last two years at my local IDPA matches. I've won my division both times -- and last year I actually had a competitor! But it's especially fun when you can beat the times of a few of the "bottom-feeders".

Other guys have done OK with the Ruger too, according to this article by Massad Ayoob:
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S&W may rule IDPA SSR, but it sure doesn't own it. Former Midwest champion Dave Maglio earned the coveted Four-Gun Master ranking with a Ruger GP100 traded in years before by the Milwaukee PD. I won the New England Regional in SSR in the summer of '05 with an out-of-the-box GP100.
I am still looking for better speedloader pouches. I've got an old 'Split Six' style leather double pouch, and and some generic velcro-flapped ones that I found on sale.

One thing I've learned is: when you fill up your speedloader, give it a good shake to make sure it's latched properly. During a stage, picking up loose rounds out of the dirt really slows you down! It's good entertainment for your buddies, though.
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