GP 100 Utility Revolvers


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mec
December 24, 2006, 01:01 PM
A few years ago, I laid in an SP101 and a 4" and 6" GP100. I had owned gps before but traded them and was determined to make this batch permanent. They are the revolvers to have on hand before you flirt with more prestegeous ones.
They tend to thrive on a diet of full .357 loads and hold up better than most revolvers in that caliber. At the time, gps had enjoyed about 20 years of solidly good quality control. More recently, a distributor who had had zero problems with them has started to complain about quality issues in the current ones.
I modified my 6" with Wolff springs leaving the mainspring at full strength and finally working down to the lightest trigger return as the action smoothed up. The other modifications are light polishing and the Bowen sights. All of this produced a moderate but not astounding improvement in practical accuracy.
After a hiatus of two to three years spent shooting other revolver types, I took this one out cold except for some preliminary dry firing. the load was a full density charge of 2400 with a 158 grain swc commercial cast bullet. In the GP, recoil is light to moderate. The revolver is sighted for this load as well as a similar one using the Hornady 158 xtp. The double action string came out like this -including initial warm-up:
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=49782&stc=1&d=1166979045
I invested five single action from the same 25 yards again not deteriorating too much from past performance:
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=49783&stc=1&d=1166978992

I do believe the GP, if you can still find a good one, is ideal for times of shortages and disruption of the economy and reallocation of consumer service and repairs such as we are entering now.

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brett30030
December 24, 2006, 01:24 PM
I do believe the GP, if you can still find a good one, is ideal for times of shortages and disruption of the economy and reallocation of consumer service and repairs such as we are entering now.

In english please?:confused:

Dienekes
December 24, 2006, 07:39 PM
I think he means it is a good honest gun.

I concur.

Just heavy.

xring
December 24, 2006, 07:46 PM
I recently came into the 6" short lug GP and it is a most handsome handgun. I've only shot a few .38's through, but can't wait to sight it in with some real loads.

mec
December 24, 2006, 07:58 PM
The short shroud can be hard to find. They were out of them at the time and made up a run shortly after I lodged my order. Shortly after I got this one, they dropped them from production. Most people seem to want the full heavy jobs. Don't know if they've produced another run of them in the last couple of years or not. A lot of times when they drop one from the catalog, it shows back up later.

I do like the way they look and the way they shoot and also the way they tend not to break or shoot loose
http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=36104&d=1140813536

lawson
December 27, 2006, 06:36 AM
the first handgun i bought once i returned to civilian life was a 4" Stainless Gp100 full lug. i wanted a .357 revolver that was big, sturdy, and shiny. it fit the bill just right. i bought it brand new, cash. i think i paid $450 for it. i was too in love to haggle prices. i later bought it a nice Galco FLETCH holster, and a hogue rubber monogrip.

today, it is still my very favorite handgun, despite that it's little brother, the SP101, gets more carry time. i like the hogue monogrip a lot, it's more comfortable for me to shoot (stubby fingers). i'm planning on getting matching wood grips for both of them fairly soon.

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