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Old February 26th, 2016, 04:15 PM   #1
 
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What's the best GP100 setup?

Ok - So I posted several days ago about the GP100 NRA Edition that I purchased at the local NRA fundraiser and I'd like to thank everyone for the kind comments and congratulations on acquiring such a fine firearm.
After much thought, I've decided not to shoot it, but to put it away in the vault and let my grandson have it when he's old enough to appreciate it. Since they are such a nice firearm, I have decided to purchase another one for a "shooter" but would like some opinions as to a preferred setup.
Mostly, it will be used for casual target shooting and occasionally a slow stroll along a creek bank trying to surprise a groundhog or two.
I'm currently considering the GP100 Match model with the 4.2" barrel and the adjustable rear sight. Looking around, I've seen so many variations ie, 6" barrels, TALO, Royal Phoenix, Stainless, Blued, etc, It makes it somewhat difficult to decide.
If you were to put together, in your opinion, the "perfect" GP100, what components or configurations would you assemble?
Thanks in advance for your comments and looking forward to your opinions.
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Old February 26th, 2016, 04:23 PM   #2
 
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I have the 6" GP100. It is very accurate and fun to shoot. I'd like to shoot a 5" to see how it compares to the 6". Longer barrels in 357's are better for your intended purposes.
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You should check out the 5" length. When I finally got to hold one I knew that's the one I had to have. It seemed so much more balanced in my hands than the 6" or 4".
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I like a stainless 3" GP with fiber optics. Nice grips don't hurt along with some personal customization.
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I have 2 SS 4" GP's, Williams Fire Sights are great. I like the feel of the original rubber grips w/ inserts best. The wood grips look good but are a little tougher on my hands.
I've got a 6" Security Six in SS and for range shooting, you can't beat it.
Haven't shot a 5" but from what I hear it balances very well
A Royal Phoenix model would be really cool, but I shoot all of my guns & don't know if I could shoot that one.
If you can find it
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I am very partial to my GP100 6"

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I have 2 SS 4" GP's, Williams Fire Sights are great. I like the feel of the original rubber grips w/ inserts best. The wood grips look good but are a little tougher on my hands.
I've got a 6" Security Six in SS and for range shooting, you can't beat it.
Haven't shot a 5" but from what I hear it balances very well
A Royal Phoenix model would be really cool, but I shoot all of my guns & don't know if I could shoot that one.
If you can find it
I am with you, I have a 4" stainless for me, and 3" stainless I bought for my father.

I tend to like the 4" better since it has adjustable rear sights, the 3" I bought has a fixed rear sight. I like the 6" but it is muzzle heavy being a full lug, and for target practice the shorter ones can do everything the 6" can at 25 yards. I like the stainless since if you holster carry a blued one, it will wear the finish off over the years. The stainless does not have that problem. It took me a while to decide, kinda like you, but decided against the 6 for the weight and length. All of them are nice, I just like the 4 or 3 which can be carried easier as a defensive gun easier than the 6. Here are mine with its big brother the 454 alaskan.


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I had the 4" and 6" versions but sold the latter as the 4" is much better balanced IMHO
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I always like longer barrels unless carry or concealment is an issue.
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I just got a new 4" SS GP100. Since getting it I have ordered the fiber optic front sight and the Hogue wooden grips designed for the Ruger Match Champion. I ordered these along with a Bianchi holster from Shop Ruger using my -20% registration discount. Next weeks I will be getting the Wilson Combat spring kit for the GP100. Yes - I am building my own version of the GP100 Match Champion without the half under lug.
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I've got the 4" SS version myself. Only changes were to go to Altamont grips and a red dot front sight. NOW the gun is perfect after 500 rounds downrange. Best grips I have ever had on a revolver. Perfect balance, and handles all the different loads easily. It is probably the best pistol I have had in .357 Magnum since my Dan Wesson 15-2 VH 4" in the early 1990s. And that is saying something about the other brands I have had in between.
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I have two GP100 revolvers in my collection. Both have adjustable sights, and one is a 5 in bbl while the other is a 3 incher. The only changes from stock on both revolvers is that I have replaced the original Hogue grips with the older Lett's style rubber and wood insert panel grips, and I have changed out the hammer and trigger return springs with lighter ones and added hammer shims.

I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite between the two, as I prefer the 5 incher for range and target duty, and the 3 inch model for carry. I will be surprised if you can be satisfied with only buying one more!
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Make it simple just get a Ruger GP100 stainless 4 inch with adjustable sights. If you want a unique version I would opt for a 5 inch barreled gun. If your NRA GP100 was mine I would shoot it & enjoy it. Good luck!!!
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6" Stainless with fiber optic front sight and wolff springs. Simple and excellent.
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6" Stainless with fiber optic front sight and wolff springs. Simple and excellent.
Yeah, like mine!


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