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Old May 20, 2015, 04:56 PM   #1
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NGD/Range Report: GP100 Match Champion

I just picked up a new GP100 Match Champion. $700 out the door at a local one-man gun shop, and holy cow, this thing is a SHOOTER. Here's my first few cylinders worth of 158 .357mag from 15 yards...



A few things about this firearm...

The sights are top notch. Novaks, front and back.

The double-action trigger is a DREAM.

The factory installed Hogue wood grips are fantastic. No need for custom grips here.

It's a great firearm!
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Old May 20, 2015, 04:59 PM   #2
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Your group looks like a person holding a gun. Awesome!
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Old May 20, 2015, 06:33 PM   #3
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Ha ha! You're right. Except I think the group dude is clearly playing a ukulele.
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Old May 20, 2015, 08:42 PM   #4
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OK we have seen the target!
Where is the photo of the gun!!!!!
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Old May 20, 2015, 11:38 PM   #5
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NGD=New Gun Day???

Congratulations on your purchase. A Ruger revolver just reeks of reliability. I'm willing to bet you can shoot it all you want and pass it on to one of your offspring and they'll be able to do the same.
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Old May 21, 2015, 01:09 AM   #6
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Glad you like it. Now show us what the 25 yard target looks like. 15 yards is awfully close......
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Old May 21, 2015, 03:04 AM   #7
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The wood grips that come on the Match Champion are some of the best I've tried on ANY revolver.... SWEET guns to be sure, congrats OP!
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Old May 21, 2015, 12:13 PM   #8
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I'm not sure why I would practice anything further than 15 yards... This is my defensive gun.
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Old May 21, 2015, 12:20 PM   #9
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I'm not sure why I would practice anything further than 15 yards... This is my defensive gun.
Because practicing at 25 yards makes you better at 15, the same way that practicing in DA makes you better in SA. Or, at least, it made me better.

From your photos, you are already a much better shooter than me, but I've personally seen much faster improvement since I started practicing DA at long range.

ETA: I just realized I forgot to congratulate you on your new gun. I love my GP-100, and I'm glad you do, too.
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Old May 21, 2015, 12:23 PM   #10
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I have never heard that line of thought, George, but it makes perfect sense. I'll try it! Thanks for the lesson, that's why we all come here, right?
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Old May 21, 2015, 02:45 PM   #11
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What is your carry load for your gun?

I like to use Federal 125 grain SJHP loads in my KGPF-340 with 4" half lug barrel:

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Old May 21, 2015, 03:56 PM   #12
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I carry Barnes TAC-XPD's in mine. 125 grain bullets, and they MOVE.
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Old May 21, 2015, 04:42 PM   #13
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i sold my match champion last weekend.... it was cool and shot pretty good and i wanted to really like it but it just sat around and never got to shoot it that much....why you may ask, because i like my smith and wesson 986 a million times better.... cheap 9mm ammo and deadly accurate plinking fun all day...
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Old May 21, 2015, 05:10 PM   #14
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I'm not sure why I would practice anything further than 15 yards... This is my defensive gun.


Yet you stood there, trying for your best group on a stationary target?

I'm all in favor of marksmanship, but be clear to yourself when you're practicing your marksmanship; and when you're doing that, do that. But be sure to work on other skills, too.
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Old May 21, 2015, 05:58 PM   #15
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Congratulations on your gun and your group!
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Old May 21, 2015, 06:09 PM   #16
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Hey, that's a good group no matter what anyone else says!
Just tell them that you tried to make it look like a dude holding a gun....like a smiley face!LOL

Everyone, all the OP was doing was showing his first group out of the gun!
A nice centered group with .357 no less.

First thing I do is see how well the gun shoots with various ammo to POA and see how tight a group on a stationary paper target to establish the baseline before shooting other defensive techniques, n'est pas?(French for isn't that so?)
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Old May 21, 2015, 09:00 PM   #17
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MrBorland,

Accuracy is the decisive factor in defensive scenarios (speed, surprise, and others follow very close behind). Sure, it's a stationary target in a sterile environment, but this is day one with my newest defensive gun. I am extremely clear on what I'm working on, friend.

What have you enjoyed shooting lately?
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Old May 21, 2015, 09:22 PM   #18
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I'd love to try out a Match Champion on the range. Is it notably smoother vs a stock GP100?
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Old May 21, 2015, 09:47 PM   #19
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Yes. Much! All the internal parts on the Match Champ are tumbled and polished, making the trigger action like butter.
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Old May 21, 2015, 10:35 PM   #20
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Match Champion

Congrats on your super purchase. I have the GP 100 4.2 " with the Houge grips.
My target range is 10 yards but I practice at 20. Only DA and I thought I had gone to heaven. Now I have to see about the Match Champion. Question, does the 2 ounces make any noticeable difference??
PS: You're a better shot than I am. CK out my post from a month and a half ago.
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Old May 21, 2015, 11:21 PM   #21
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Sorry, no offense intended. I thought it was a target gun. But, like Independent George said; if you get proficient at longer ranges through regular practice, then when you get a shorter range shot, it's so much easier and faster to pull off a good one. Like if you regularly shoot off-hand, then anytime you get the least bit of support, it's a gimme shot, and a quick one at that. It amazes me that some people do most of their shooting from well supported positions, like a bench or whatever. My view is that unless the shooter is sighting in, or evaluating ammo for accuracy, the bench should be shunned, so that the shooter can actually develop real shooting skills. Whatever,......... How 'bout a picture of that revolver? I'm not familiar with it.
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Old May 21, 2015, 11:34 PM   #22
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Pathfinder...

No offense taken at all. You asked for photos, so here ya go!











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Old May 21, 2015, 11:51 PM   #23
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Some doofus is gonna say it so might as well be me - your muzzle in that second pic is pointed right at me!

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Old May 22, 2015, 12:02 AM   #24
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LOL!
Just move to the side of the computer, don't sit right in front and you will be OK!
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Old May 22, 2015, 01:56 AM   #25
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WOW.

The one and only thing I don't like about the Match Champion is the pointlessly contoured cylinder. I think it actually looks worse than the standard model, other than that, it's a 100% good looking gun!
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