The first handgun - Ruger GP 100 ?


October 29, 2007, 12:13 AM
My coworker want to buy his first handgun and he ask for my advice so we went to the range a couple of time trying different guns. He seem to settle for Sig Sauer pistol because it look pretty but we tried Glock 17 and Beretta 92 first and his target look like a shotgun pattern which I think is normal for the person who never fire handgun before. We tried SA M1911-A1 Mil spec and he completely miss the target at 25 yards and barely hit target at 10 yards. The really big surprise was the Ruger GP 100 with my handload .He placed 6 shot in to centermass of the target that can be cover by my palm at 10 yards. The choice seem clear that he is better off with Ruger GP 100 but I don't think he want to believe that and probably end up with some kind of pistol in 9 mm or .45 ACP. :o

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October 29, 2007, 01:31 AM
I guess it depends on what he wants the gun for. If he want one just to plink on occasion, then I guess he should get whatever he will be happy with. If he is expecting riots, earthquakes, floods, or devestating fires, and general lawlessness (all pretty common out your way) then the choice might be easier, as he seems a natural with the GP. Wouldn't you agree?

Revolver Ocelot
October 29, 2007, 02:16 AM
it was my choice when looking for my first gun and I feel I made the right decision

October 29, 2007, 06:32 AM
Well...... If I'd be buyin a new car...... and tried out a few and could only keep one of em on the road.. It would be pretty easy to make a decision.

October 29, 2007, 08:06 AM
I doubt if he would be happy with the Ruger in the long run if he buys it just because he shoots better with it. With experience he will improve. If he likes the Sig, he should get it, and with a little training and experience, he will improve.

I took a friend to the range and let her shoot a 1911 in 9mm. She was hitting the bottom of the target, and occasionally in the ground. In other words: she was flinching badly. Her husband had let her shoot his Kimber in 45ACP and she hated the recoil. My 1911 looked like his - mental problem. I then took a box of 357Mag, which was in a 38 Special box and let her shoot the Taurus 608. She is a far better shot than I.

When she was done shooting it, I told her to look at the brass. She was amazed to know that she was shooting a 357 Magnum. We went back to the 1911, and she was back in the dirt. I normally carry snap caps because I use them to test guns that I've worked on. (Load a snap-cap, then load a real round). I loaded 2 or 3 rounds, a snap cap, then a couple more rounds.

Bang, bang, dip. "Whoa, do you see what you did?" It was amazing - she corrected immediately. I realized that I was done shooting for the day because she was shooting much better than I could do.

She now loves shooting pistols, and I have to think back if I'd said to just shoot revolvers the fun she would be missing.

Incidentally, the best I've seen her shoot was with 45 ACP in the Sig 220 Sport. It is heavy, ported, and little muzzle flip. She knows now that I won't let her shoot anything that she can't handle. She liked the looks of my little Airlite revolver, but I wouldn't even let her shoot it with 38 Specials.

October 29, 2007, 11:06 AM
Well...Grant Cunningham thinks the Ruger GP100 and/or SP101 are the "Best" first time revolver buy...and who has equal credentials on here that would/could argue with him?

I rest my case.

October 29, 2007, 12:15 PM
He should improve his shooting with whatever he chooses. It's his money. But of the moderate priced 357 revolvers available, I'd buy a GP100. Anyone who shoots and enjoys firearms, will buy more. Get whatever he likes.

October 29, 2007, 02:12 PM
If I could have only one handgun, for all purposes, it would be one of my GP100s.

October 29, 2007, 02:28 PM
It was my first - I've never regretted it. And now it's got lots of company! :o :evil:

October 29, 2007, 03:13 PM
There are a lot of S&W and Colt fans here, but I have trouble picturing a better moderately priced "beginners .357 DA revolver" than the GP-100.

November 4, 2007, 01:44 AM
Thank everyone for the input. I am about to convince him on GP 100 but when I start looking around I find that the price goes up since last time I bought mine ( $550 to $675) . We probably take the time and keep looking for the right one.:o

November 4, 2007, 09:04 AM
I find that the price goes up since last time I bought mine ( $550 to $675)
Wow, Ya'll have it bad in California. brand new here at the gun show yesterday they were in the $450 range.

The GP-100 would be a great first gun, especially since he shoots it the best. As he gets more proficient, he can pick up a Sig. :)

Lucky Strike
November 5, 2007, 01:54 PM
Yeah they're mid-400 here in oregon too.....I'm going to get one when tax returns come in this spring

November 5, 2007, 02:06 PM
it was my choice when looking for my first gun and I feel I made the right decisionSame here.

Tom C.
November 5, 2007, 03:44 PM
I always recommend a .22 handgun, closely matching the handling characteristics of the centerfire gun you want. It is a lot easier to learn and practice with a .22 than a centerfire gun.

November 6, 2007, 02:56 AM had several NIB for somewhere between $415 - 470. Search around for a used version as well. I just bought a used GP141 in 90% condition for $280 on GPs are everywhere, and you shoud be able to find a nice deal, if your not in too big of a hurry.

Tubby Rower
November 7, 2007, 10:44 AM
new Gp100s (KGP-141 SS 4" model) here in the middle of Virginia are $529. Although there is one shop that will let you steal a new one for $575 :rolleyes:

I'll be putting my order for one today.

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