Maiden Voyage of the 1772
Just returned from the first range trip with the new TALO 1772 GP100 7-rounder. Only shot 100 rounds of .38Spl +P (Speer Lawman & Federal AE) and one cylinder's worth of .357Mag (Aguila), but that's enough to decide that I REALLY like this gun!
For a stock, non-broken in trigger, it has an impressively smooth DA. The SA pull isn't quite as short and light as a Smith, but it's very crisp. Overall, a very enjoyable gun to shoot.
For comparison, the only revolver I've ever owned prior to this was an EAA Windicator satin nickel 4" which was severely lacking in several areas, and actually turned me off to revolvers for a while. To say that this Ruger is leaps & bounds better would be an understatement.
Getting back to the range, I was shooting sky high with the Lawman, and initially it was due to my being used to the combat sight picture of my Sigs. Once I broke that habit, I found I needed to consistently aim at the 8 ring at 25 yards in order to hit bullseye, even with a rest. The Federal was not quite so far off, but enough to want to try sighting it in with a laser. On my way home I stopped at the LGS to pick up some Fiocchi and had them adjust with the bore sight. It definitely was off by quite a bit. I'll have to wait another week to re-check with live fire, but if it's still off I'll have nobody to blame but me.
Does Ruger sight them in at the factory? If so, does anyone know what ammo they use to test with?
Also, no fitment issues with anything I tried so far, and no extraction issues with the three loads I fed it today. So far, the following all fit without binding:
Speer Lawman 158gr +P TMJ
Federal American Eagle 130gr JSP
Fiocchi 158gr FMJ
Hornady 158gr XTP
Aguila 158gr SJSP
Hornady 125gr FTX
Blazer Brass 158gr JHP
Federal American Eagle 158gr JSP
As long as I can keep using my faves, I'll be a happy camper. I also want to try some stout Magnum hunting loads sometime to see how it handles them.
And so, this one-time semi-auto snob has been instantly converted to a huge revolver fan. I have been bitten by the bug. I now understand why the GP100 has such a loyal fan base, this truly is a fantastic pistol.
I forgot to take range pics(!), so here are a couple rehashes of pics posted elsewhere: