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Old February 16th, 2017, 03:06 PM   #1
 
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Stumbled upon a stainless TALO WC GP ...

I had admired this 3" TALO model from afar for quite some time, particularly when a good friend purchased one a while back. It has been on my short list since then, and I watched the handful for sale online gradually vanish, much to my chagrin. Surprisingly, a near mint stainless model appeared in the used case at my small town LGS earlier this week, and I went back today, cash in hand. I carefully checked the barrel and front sight as I had read about some canted barrels, and it is straight and true. Not even a powder burn mark ... the fired case envelope shows it as a 2013 production ... so it looks to be a keeper in CCW rotation with my S&W 3" Models 65 and 13. The fiber optic front sight is excellent for my aging eyes, and it fits perfectly in a custom Lobo Leather Threepersons rig. Though I didn't get a steal of a deal, instead, paying what I think is fair market value ($725 OTD), I'm very pleased with this Ruger, and look forward to taking it to the range this weekend. Photos to follow ...



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Old February 16th, 2017, 03:34 PM   #2
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Congrats and post up some pics.
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Sounds like a good find. I love my GP100 3" just the standard model. Feels good in the hand, in the holster, and shoots well.
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Congrats and good luck with her!
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Prisoner6 I have a Ruger GP100 WCII Mine is the Hawkeye Blued Model its my favorite .357 that I currently own. These GP100 WC's even though just a 3 inch barrel they are very accurate!!! Enjoy your new Ruger!!! BTW welcome to the Ruger Forum!!!
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My initial impressions from today's range session:

Though I have collected and carried S&W revolvers for three decades (totaling over 100 Js, Ks, Ls, and Ns of all sizes and calibers), the WC GP-100 is only my second Ruger wheel gun, thus my sentiments are those of a Ruger neophyte. I was anticipating the WC GP being very similar to my trusty 3" Model 65, but was quite surprised that the WC GP "feels" much bigger than the 65 ... closer to something between the L and N frames. The full size grip may be partially to blame (especially since the 65 wears an open-backstrap minimalist Hogue). Weight-wise the two are similar; dimensionally the Ruger looks a bit larger; but the overall aesthetics of the WC GP are, for lack of a more technical description, "beefier" ... This is in no way problematic, as the WC GP was a joy to shoot, and handled factory .357s far better than any 3" Model 65, 66, or 686 I have owned. 100 rounds of mixed .38s, .357s, and a handful of powderpuff cowboy action .357s went exactly where they needed, with my best groups ~ 2" at 20'. Not championship class shooting, but satisfactory for my first day out with the WC GP.
The only negative (if it can be considered a negative) of note was a small friction mark on the left side of the hammer from where it was grazing the hammer-well. As I am already thinking of having a professional action job performed on this revolver, the hammer friction is of minimal concern, but worth mentioning.

The Hi-Viz front sight is considerably better than the plain blade I am used to on my S&Ws, and was easy for my aging eyes to acquire. The stock grip is quite sizable, and will take some experimentation with various holsters to get right for CCW. I read that a compact version is available, and I may invest in one should the stock grip prove to be cumbersome. It provided an excellent hand filler at the range, and made .38s seem like .22s, and dampened the .357s significantly. Overall, the WC GP thoroughly impressed me, so much so that I may consider selling one of my remaining S&Ws to purchase another WC as a duplicate. I saw that the black WC model has a copper bead front sight which may, or may not, be as beneficial to me as the Hi-Viz. Still more range time needed, as well as CCW, before a final decision is made.

Shooting the WC GP today, and appreciating its heft, made me think of John Taffin's ongoing quest for his "perfect packin' pistol" ... be it single or double action. Taffin has always loved 4"+ revolvers, and I cannot argue with his choices or expertise, nor can I disagree with Bill Jordan favoring a 4" Model 19, or Elmer Keith endorsing a 4" Model 29. That said, for me the WC GP simply feels superior in my hand to any other revolvers I have owned and carried. The S&W gods may call that heresy, but even the subtle differences between the WC and the 3" K-frame were noticeable to me. (I have attached a few photos comparing both revolvers side-by-side). With all due respect to Mr. Taffin, I believe I have found my own personal "perfect packin' pistol" ... the Wiley Clapp GP-100.

It is exciting to become a Ruger revolver convert, even though it took me longer than most.

Thank you for the welcome to this forum, and the words of support.
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I would suggest that you try the Ruger GP100 Compact Grip that what I have on my GP100 WCII
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Congrats.

Nice pair BTW. .
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I picked one of these up as well from Armslist awhile back. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite revolvers. I have not found anything I did not like about it.
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Congrats on the WC GP100. Probably the nicest looking GP100 yet. I owned a couple of the stainless models and a couple of the blue versions but in the end they didn't stick around in the grand scheme of things. I do enjoy the handful of GP100s I still have as well as my 686s and find things I like about both to the point where I can't say one is clearly superior to the other. Fortunately I don't have to choose only one or swear allegiance to just one brand - plenty of love for both my Rugers and my Smiths. If I didn't already own so many 3" GP100s I would probably have kept one of the stainless WCs but it just seemed unnecessary. Good luck with your WC. Sounds like you're off to a good start.
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I have a blued WC and love it. I shoot it at IDPA matches regularly and do quite well with it. One of my favorite revolvers.
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I wish I still had mine, but as I was spoiled by packing a
.357 LCR, it was a bit heavy for me to carry.

Look for the Uncle Mike's grips if you can.

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Sweet, what's not to like about a GP?
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