Started my Revolver Collection Today


September 26, 2010, 06:25 PM
I compared the GP-100 to the S&W 686 today (new and used models) as well as the performance center 627...and honestly I found the trigger on the GP-100 to be smoother than all of the new Smiths and just as good (to me) as an older pre-lock 686 that I handled. In short, I feel like I got a great revolver at a very reasonable price.

I also picked up a new 642 for pocket carry. I'm pretty sure this gun weighs less than my wife's key chain... :D

Perhaps the perfect combination..

What should I get next?

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September 26, 2010, 07:43 PM
Just gimmie yer money an.. Say, that Ruger Redhawk looks pretty nice. Or how about that S&W 629. Or maybe your "inner cowboy" would like any number of single action guns out there.

September 26, 2010, 08:19 PM
You could stay with one caliber. Get an older Smith maybe? 28-2? Or save up and buy a Python?

Jeff H
September 26, 2010, 09:48 PM
and honestly I found the trigger on the GP-100 to be smoother than all of the new Smiths and just as good (to me) as an older pre-lock 686 that I handled.

What should I get next?

A Wolf spring kit. The GP100 comes alive with a little bit lighter springs. Just don't go too light that you start getting light primer strikes.

As far as the next revolver, how about a SA one for target shooting or hunting. Blackhawks are pretty tough to beat.

September 26, 2010, 10:01 PM
You got 2 winners there!
It's all a matter of taste of course, but I'd look for some of the older S&W revolvers. The old N frame models were great guns.
Whatever you pick, enjoy your new collection.

WNC Seabee
September 26, 2010, 10:03 PM
Looks to me like you need a good target gun. You can't beat a K Frame S&W, pre-lock models. If you can find one, scare up an older S&W Model 14 (.38special) or Model 17 (.22lr) for tons of range fun.

Careful, revolvers are addictive. I started out with pretty much the same 2 that you have, except mine was a 4" GP.

I'm now up to 14 revolvers.

September 27, 2010, 09:00 AM
What should I get next?

A nice old S&W M-14 K-38 Target Masterpiece. They are a benchmark for a "good trigger"

Any of the Ruger DA six series revolvers. Best DA Ruger made imho.

September 27, 2010, 09:33 AM
Nice start, CT.

As far as...

What should I get next?

...I suggest a case (or 2, or 3) of practice ammo before another revolver.

Arkansas Paul
September 27, 2010, 09:39 AM
Large bore single action.

September 27, 2010, 11:02 AM
Hello friends and neighbors // I think you have a perfect combo there.

Next I would add a .357cal. lever action rifle or in revolvers a Ruger Speed Six 4".

September 27, 2010, 01:59 PM
Very nice acquisition CT. As has been said--revolvers are addictive. I have added 3 more in just the past two months. As far as adding to your collection I would have to agree on a single action next.

Mr. T
September 27, 2010, 03:02 PM
I've got the GP-100 in .357 Mag and you won't be disappointed in your decision. They are an excellent gun.

September 27, 2010, 04:10 PM
Great gun and a great caliber.
If you get a chance, try a Model 19. It is poetry in steel.

September 27, 2010, 04:54 PM
No revolver collection is complete without multiple Smiths and Colts. Find some and just start buying...:D

September 27, 2010, 08:37 PM
I would also recommend a S&W K frame. M14, M19, M66...any or all of them over time. If you can find one to shoot before buying, you'll see why they come so highly recommended.

Sniper X
September 28, 2010, 01:33 PM
Colt Trooper MK
Ruger Security Six
Dan Wesson 14, 15
Colt python
Smith model 10-anything.

September 28, 2010, 05:04 PM
A 4" SS GP100 started off my revolver collection so I'd say you're off to a good start :D Maybe look into a bigger bore for your next revolver like a 44 mag, especially if you reload!

September 28, 2010, 05:23 PM
Colt Trooper MK
Ruger Security Six
Yep. Throw in a S&W Model 25 .45 Colt as well.

Hondo 60
September 28, 2010, 06:11 PM
A single action Ruger Blackhawk or Vaquero would look great - 45 Colt of course!

September 28, 2010, 06:59 PM
As a collector, I like to be diverse. I would say buy some sort of older Colt, maybe a .357, that will get you a collectable, shootable revolver.

Other ones I'd look at:
-Smith model 29 or 629
-Smith K22
-Colt "Snake" guns like Python, Anaconda, Cobra
-A snub/carry: Smith Airweight or Colt Det. Special, or even a Ruger LCR
-Colt Police "Positive, Positive Special" etc
-Ruger Security Six
-A single action of some kind
-An antique revolver like an authentic 1851 Navy

Then, you'll have a killer collection. :evil:

September 29, 2010, 05:06 PM
nice collection!

i started the same way, except my gp is 4". some to think on......

ruger redhawk
ruger six series
single action big bore, (blackhawk)
SW 19,66 in 3" or 2.5"
SW K22
SW 27, 28

September 29, 2010, 06:04 PM
There's more than trigger pull and cosmetics. Tolerances are things you can't see -- chamber throating, B/C gap, and so forth. But the GP-100 is an astounding gun (almost as good as a Security-Six).

Taurus revolvers are GREAT avoid. They're beautiful, but the tolerances are often neglected.

September 29, 2010, 08:17 PM
Here is what I have.
1. S&W model 10 4 inch
2. S&W military & police 38 special or pre 10 4 inch
3. S&W model 13-2 4 inch
4. S&W model 19-4 6 inch
5. S&W model 66-4 4 inch
6. S&W model 36 no dash 1 7/8 inch
7. Ruger Police Service Six 4 inch
8. Ruger GP 100 4 inch
9. Ruger Blackhawk 357/9mm convertable 4 5/8 .

I own all of them and they are good ones to collect.

October 1, 2010, 07:58 PM
I took both guns to the range today for basic testing. Both worked perfectly.

The Ruger GP-100 produced 1-2 inch groups, double action, at 25 yards from standing. This is good for me. At 75 feet all shots were within the 7 ring, single action. All shooting was done with .38 special ammo. Shooting .38s through this big gun was incredibly easy. There is virtually no recoil.

The 642 was surprisingly accurate. All shots were taken at 25 feet from standing. Groups were 3-4 inches. The first few shots were high but once I got a feel for the trigger everything was on target. I will say that with +P ammo I really needed to maintain a firm two handed grip on the gun.

Both guns exceeded my expectations. The 642 will become my primary carry and there is a possibility that the GP will overtake the G17 for HD duty.

October 1, 2010, 09:00 PM
Great choice! I helped a young woman pick out a revolver a while back and she chose the GP 4". The trigger was so nice I almost bought one myself but I already had 7 other guns in 38/357.

The next revolver? Either a Smith K22/model 17 for good performance and cheap ammo or a Blackhawk with 7.5" barrel in 45 Colt. The Blackhawk will give you a reason, if you need one, to start reloading. :D My Blackhawk 45 really came to life when I found THE load it liked.


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