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Old January 1st, 2016, 07:51 AM   #1
 
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it's 2016 and I'm not getting any younger and of course, I need a new gun to start the year out right. you know that guy at the range that shoots the center out of the 2" red pasters, he warms up with his Ed Brown and then pulls out the Python? big showoff. I'm jealous as hell and need to get that good.
the sight radius that comes with a 6" barrel would help, so would a selection of good sights to pick from. I've looked at long barrel pistols(1911's, etc.) but keep coming back to the GP100 revolver. (I like shooting a revolver better than a pistol anyway.) after the sights comes the trigger. I already have a Single Seven for SA shooting. will the GP100 trigger get me in the DA game? what kind of pull does a GP100 have? what's a trigger job amount to?



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I can not comment on the exact trigger pull weight, nor can I comment on a trigger job for a GP.
I have two 6" GP100's and use to have a S&W performance center 686 Competitor. I sold the S&W for the simple reason my GP100's were as accurate and you could hardly notice a deference in the trigger pull between the two companies (in my opinion). The S&W never hardly was fired I always found my self grabbing the GP100. I just enjoyed shooting it more. I am also a reloader and just trust Ruger over the S&W.
I never saw the need to do a trigger job (Polish and or add different Springs) because they just shoot really well. Am I a Ruger fan boy? Not by design anyway. I just find that the Ruger revolvers are everything that I want and need.
Funny thing also, I have a S&W M&P that has no fault at all in it, but I see the Ruger American coming out and watched a few reviews on it. I see the M&P going Bye, Bye real soon for that 9mm American. But may keep the M&P and go with the American in 45. It looks like a good full size pistol.

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I have Williams fire sights on my 6" gp100. Made my old eyes feel young again.
With the trigger I did some polishing, shims and changed some springs.
What a nice trigger it has now.
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Gstan1919,
I have those sights on one of mine also. You are very correct in that they do help make a huge difference on the aging eye's.
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I am partial to the 6" model, mine is a tack driver.
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I don't have one, so no personal experience, but have you looked at the Match Champion?
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There's a nice Talo exclusive 6" GP-100 on the market right now. Unfluted cylinder and bead blasted finish IIRC. I have a 4" GP built in 1997 that is a factory high polish and love it.
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I have the 3" and put FireSights on it. I don't care for the red dot indoors and have put a tritium Meprolight of the front. I hope to shoot it tomorrow. I'm still not happy with the trigger pull and plan to swap out the springs soon.
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I used to have a 5" model that I still regret selling. I now have a Wiley Clapp 3" and love this one as well. I can't believe the accuracy of the 3". Trigger is fantastic. I had upgraded to Wolfe springs in my 5" and it shot very nice too.
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My GP100 has a 2.9# trigger pull with a 8# trigger return spring and 12#hammer/main. never gotten light strikes even shooting rifle primers. My friends call it a hair trigger, but i think it's okay. Break on my GP100 (has a slight roll before it breaks; however, smooth and predictable) is not as clean/crisp as my 686 (has springs too; even stock 686 has a perfect break) but GP100 is lighter pull in SA and DA. I could get it that way with more stoning of the hammer but i'm going to leave it alone for now. $20 bucks worth of mods and some polishing time with a HF knock off dremel and mag polish.

Wolff springs $10
Wolff Shooter's Spring Pack Ruger GP100 Reduced Power

Hammer & Hammer Dog shims $10 (couldnt fit the smallest feeler in the trigger assembly so no trigger shim needed)
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A 6 inch GP100 with a spring kit, a light polish and a white outline rear and orange front sight insert and you have an excellent target shooter. Next find a load it likes and practice, practice, practice. You can bet the guy with the Python at the range didn't get good without a lot of it.
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Double action pull can vary a bit from revolver to revolver. Most of the GP100s run around 8 to 9 lbs double action. Your can drop that to around 6.5 lbs with a set of Wolfe springs. A good professional action job runs around $100 more or less dependent on the gunsmith. Although you can smooth up a GP100, don't expect it to be as good as your friend's Python.
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I have Williams fire sights on my 6" gp100. Made my old eyes feel young again.
With the trigger I did some polishing, shims and changed some springs.
What a nice trigger it has now.
yes, that sounds right. I think after the flood waters recede and I can get to my favorite gun store, I'll put in an order for a GP100 6". thanks.
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I have Smiths.
I enjoy them all.
I also have a couple GP-100's.
I just got a GP-100 Match Champion, and it has a very smooth trigger pull.
It seems to me that the length of trigger pull is long, as on all GP100's, but once you get used to it is is very comfortable and will be accurate to shoot.
I have dry fired it with snap caps and it feels great.
I would definitely buy a Match Champion GP-100 if I were in the market for a Ruger.
It works out of the box without mods.
If I could shoot to the capability of the gun, it would be a bulls eye shooter, all day long.
The Match Champion is a wonderful choice in the revolver world.
Good luck, shoot and enjoy whatever you decide on.

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Although you can smooth up a GP100, don't expect it to be as good as your friend's Python.
The trigger will feel different on the Colt, but I can guarantee the GP100 will shoot just as good.
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