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Old March 13th, 2020, 05:11 PM   #1
 
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My GP100 Trifecta Is Now Complete

Several years ago I bought my first GP100, a brand new stainless 5" beauty in 357/38 under model number 1740. The 5" is a bit of an odd duck in that it was never a regular part of GP100 production.

Around that same time I saw a GP100 model 1708 which is the 3" version, also with an adjustable rear sight. As has been discussed on this forum many times, this model was also never part of Ruger's regular production. My opportunity to finally get an excellent 'used' 1708 happened last year via a gunbroker auction. It may have been previously owned but it sure wasn't fired much.

Today, I was able to acquire a NIB GP100 model 1766 which is the 10 round 4.2" version in 22lr. This one came from a fellow forum member and as noted, is NIB having never been fired. The seller is a real gentlemen and it was a pleasure meeting him.

So, at this point, my personal GP Want To Have book is full with these three. All three being 'special' build models and all three being awesome. I'll never wear any of my Rugers out but I look forward to keeping these beauties together as long as I'm alive.

They also look neat next to my stainless Mark II trifecta.



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Sounds like a nice Ruger collection. Pictures would be nice also.
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Sounds like a nice Ruger collection. Pictures would be nice also.
Yes, show us pictures.
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Sounds great! Enjoy the trifecta!
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Awesome, congrats. I fell in love with revolvers after getting my 4.2" GP100 .357 mag. I did a lot of upgrades to it and now I salivate when I see some of the old fashioned revolvers that have that old Colt Python wild west look to them. But I had a 5 gun plan I completed, now i gotta complete the 8 gun plan, then i can start collecting whatever i come across that i just desire to own without any purpose but wanting it. Would also love to see pics. You are really lucky to have the elusive 5" barrel. I would trade half of my left pinky finger to come across such a gem and luck out with a good deal on it.
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Happy for you, sounds like a great trifecta ... Now where's the picture?
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great grouping.
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A photo, please. I like the #1708s.
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Pictures will have to wait as the 1766 is boxed up and going back to Ruger on Monday. It still hasn’t been shot but in dry firing, it sometimes locks up tight in either DA or SA mode. Anywhere from 1 in 30 tries to 9 in 10. The only way to make it cycle when it locks up is to release the trigger or the hammer and start the process over again. I’m sure it’s something simple and easy. Ruger is even paying the freight both ways. I told them I’m not the original purchaser.

When I took the left grip insert off there was a spring retaining pin in the correct place, under the left grip panel. When I removed the grip entirely, a second spring retaining pin fell out of the grip. I thought, great, I found the culprit. But no, it still needs to go back. When it locks up, it acts as if the trigger didn’t fully reset. I completely removed my finger from within the trigger guard to ensure I wasn’t part of the problem. Maybe there’s a burr or some machining debris in the mechanism somewhere. I’m sure the gunsmiths at Ruger will find the issue(s), fix it completely and return it to me in tip top condition.

This is my 12th Ruger and the first one that ever needed to go back home for remedial smithing. Pretty fine record in my book.

I’ve never posted a picture so I’ll have to figure that out.

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I think that you have probably correctly diagnosed the issue with your GP100. I had a GP100 that exhibited the same kind of issues and I disassembled it and that is what I found in mine, machining debris. I was able to remove it and fixed mine, but sending yours back for Ruger to take care of is a good idea.
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Today at 9:00am I received a Start Repair Notification email from Ruger. Then at 11:00am I received a Complete Repair Notification email. Just after 5:00pm I received an email showing the UPS tracking number that it will be delivered here on Friday. This is exciting. I'm sure the 'repair' was a simple matter but I'm hoping some technician notes will come with the GP anyway.

That's great turn around. It was picked up from me by UPS on Tuesday, Ruger received it on Friday, they started and completed their work on Wednesday and I'll have it back on Friday.

Bravo Ruger, bravo!
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But I had a 5 gun plan I completed, now i gotta complete the 8 gun plan,
I had a 5 gun plan about 40 years ago, it included rifles, shotguns, and handguns.

I was off by about "35 guns", but I'm doin' my best at holding. Covid 19 is helping me out. The gun stores are closed.

Good luck with your plan
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The GP100 1766 (KGP-22-4) was delivered this morning. The service notes are:

Replaced front pin spring, pawl

Repair, Safety Check, Range Test & Cleaning have been completed

It looks and dry fires beautifully. Now, I need to get it to the range.
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Good to hear! That was pretty good turn around service.
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