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Old December 10th, 2012, 05:48 AM   #1
 
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My new Re-Imported Gp100 - DAO

Greetings Ruger Forum...
This is my first post here, and it's inspired by my recent acquisition of a GP100. My first Ruger! I'm sure you guys are familiar, but this is a re-import from an overseas police contract. This particular gun does not have much in the way of holster wear at all (I've heard that a lot of them are pretty rough). Anyway I am wondering about the usefulness of getting the action smoothed out by a gunsmith. The trigger is actually pretty nice, not gritty at all, but is does have that hitch just before the hammer drops. Since it presumably has no single-action notch, why does it even stack like that? Since all I can do is shoot double action, I'd like it to be as smooth as possible. Could a gunsmith easily eliminate the stack in the trigger? If so, what would be a reasonable cost? I'd like to know what I'm talking about before looking for a local smith.
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Welcome from Northern California. Congrats on your GP. I didn't know Ruger made a DA action only GP, I learn something new every day!
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Thanks! I tried to upload a picture but it didn't work. It's a 4" half-lugged barrel with fixed sights. Serial number suggests it was made in 1993.
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OK, let's try this again...

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I wonder if that hammer was bobbed after being acquired by an overseas unit.
If so you could probably get yourself a hammer and then have single action again.
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I wonder if that hammer was bobbed after being acquired by an overseas unit.
No, I don't think so. From what I understand, these are factory DAO's made under contract. I am unsure if replacing the hammer would work. Right now I'm more interested in smoothing out the action. Any idea how much a good action job should cost?
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Welcome to the forum! Nice GP. From memory I think that's a KGPF-440-DAO (if I'm not right I should be close). Curious how you can tell it was re-imported? Are there proof marks from another country or is it roll marked somehow? Or did you letter it from Ruger? The photo doesn't really show anything different from a domestic gun.

Can't really offer much on the cost of a trigger job. I tend to smooth things up on my own, experiment with different springs, etc. But only on my range guns.
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That's nice of you to say. Makes me feel good about my obscure little gun. I hope you find every grail in your own time.
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It is stamped C.A.I., Georgia VT. on the side not in picture. (Century Arms International did the re-importing on these). Grant Cunningham has an article about one of these here:
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I'm mainly thinking of this as my HD gun, so I don't necessarily want to mess with the trigger spring... I'd just like it to be smoother, without the staging before the hammer drops.
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Nice article! I suppose you could send yours to Cunningham for the same treatment....

So your GP came back to the states from NZ. That's kinda cool. Probably explains why there's such little wear and tear. Only drawn to control mobs of bewildered sheep (sorry Kiwihunter!)

I read Cunningham got the trigger down to 8.5 lbs. I've done that on a couple of GPs but changed out springs to get there.

You've got a nice piece there - enjoy!

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I was thinking the stacking of the trigger might have been "hidden" SA. I didn't know the GP was ever made in DAO. Now I know!
It's an excellent piece though. Enjoy it.
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Most gp100's have a " stack" at the end of the trigger pull before the hammer drops. I have the exact same gun and I was told it was a Canadian re-import. It's one of my favorites, I left it in DAO and it shoots great as is.
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Yeah, I've been told mine was Canadian too. I wondered about that stack... since it has no single-action, do you think it could be removed or smoothed out? (I could be way off, but my first thought is that the stack comes right at the point (in the notch) where a single-action hammer would engage). I plan to leave mine in DAO as well.
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