Can you tell I’m stoked about this pistol in a way I haven’t been for a gun in a long while?
And while I had the big camera out, my dog was bugging me (I don’t think she really likes the clicky noises it makes, so she wanted to make sure it wasn’t going to eat me)
Awesome revolvers and cute puppies, what more do you want from me?
Figure it wouldn’t hurt to paint the J while I was at it. Stronger, faster better, etc. Since it is the one I carry everyday…
Put the 12 lb hammer spring and the 10 lb trigger spring into the GP100 last night, as I took the whole thing apart and put it back together again. Seems to still work. Unfortunately, it’s looking like a 95% chance of “Working this weekend,” so the true function test probably isn’t going to happen. Going down to my Uncle’s big Mardi Gras party–with food cooked by his friend from Louisiana–also probably isn’t going to happen.
Life gets in the way of life.
Ok, you know how speed strip reloaders come in packs of 2, right? I’ve been carrying one around with me every day for two years. I know where that one is. The other one was in my desk drawer at the old house. I saw it twice a week. Now I’ve moved, and it’s no longer with the desk drawer stuff. I’ve looked in every. single. box. I can find around here.
…and it’s nowhere to be found.
The only thing keeping me from buying more is the knowledge that as soon as I do it will be sitting in my desk drawer like nothing ever happened.
Filed under guns, life, Random
Bought some red enamel model paint, the black on black sight picture wasn’t doing it for me. The springs came in, now I just have to pick which ones I want to use.
And I don’t want to hear “why not,” because I don’t own a 30-06, my dad never owned one, and I don’t even know anybody with one, yet, going through the stash reveals an unopened box of these:
I mean, I guess I’m ok with having a random box of nice hunting ammo in a caliber I don’t own, but…
I guess it just goes to show that you really ought to keep things organized.
A hearty recommendation for these Altamont Grips I bought for my new GP100. No finger grips, and pretty wood inserts instead of that disgusting toady looking lump of a Hogue grip!
Nice checkered backstrap, too. The best part is that without the stupid hump on the back of the Hogues, THE GUN NOW POINTS WHERE I THINK IT OUGHT TO, which, in the grand scheme of things, is kind of important.
A few criticisms, though–the checkering was initially very, for lack of a better word, gooey. I think I got most of it with a pass of Hoppe’s, but at first it actually was leaving black checkering marks on my hand, just like tire tracks in a Looney Tunes cartoon. Another big complaint I have is that, though it came packaged with three screws of various sizes (though I can’t figure out why–aren’t all GP100 frames the same size, or at least close enough that one size would work?), one was obviously too small, one was barely too small, and one was so long that when you tightened it up it stuck an 1/8″ out the other side, right into your palm. I filed the long one off to get it to work, but I’m thinking I need to head down to the hardware store. Lastly, the scallop thumb cutout has a rather drastic edge that I think I’m going to whittle down so it doesn’t dig into my thumb as much. It gets dangerously close to precipitating another finger groove rant from me.
All in all, I like these new grips a lot. From my initial impressions, they’re a vast improvement over the idiotic Hogues. Hopefully sometime soon I can get out and shoot the darn thing.
Added: comparison shot
This appears to have jumped into my hand while I walked through Sportsman’s Warehouse (and maybe a reloading manual, too) looking for some good SD rounds for the new revolver…
The question remains, “just how serious about this am I?”
I’m attempting to bring some semblance of order to my gun stuff today. You know… there’s six boxes of 9mm hollowpoints sitting on the floor in the closet, and an empty ammo can you remember vaguely seeing out in the garage. And where was your big box of gun things? Under that pile, or that one? Because that holster is probably in it. Maybe all the holsters should go in one box? Hey, there’s one of those boxes that can fit under a bed, and it doesn’t have anything in it–what could get put in there…
So last night I did an order from Midway for some various springs and things, but wound up throwing in a “.357 universal shell holder,” because I have all by dad’s old reloading stuff, which, as far as I can tell includes most of the tools (but is all for calibers I don’t shoot), and it was cheap, so what the hey. And now I realize that now I’m buying parts to start reloading–and I’m really not sure I need another hobby. Ooops.
Soon I’ll undoubtedly be spending $8,000 for a full on 3-gun kit.
So there it was, sitting forlornly in the used case. Turns out, it’s basically new (the paperwork in the box says October 2013) and I’m not sure that it’s even been fired yet, but I got 200 bucks off the price of the one in the New Cabinet, so I’m not going to complain. Seems to be a perfectly tight little (um, big?) gun, though I suppose final verdict on that will have to wait until it hits the range.
After having my 642 for all this time, I’m not sure how I feel about the button to open the cylinder up and the non-rotating ejector rod, but that’s not really anything that matters. I really like the heft and lines of the design, despite what the internet forums say about GP100′s being chunky and ugly. But you know how I feel about internet forum advice–after all, I bought a polymer-lower AR!
And, to rant just a little bit, I HATE FINGER GROOVES SOOOO MUCH. The guy at Hogue who they built this grip around can go and jump off a cliff for all I care. He must be a wookie or something, because they’re really quite ridiculously huge and mutatedly misshapen. Not only would the grooves only line up correctly for Andre the Giant, there’s a weird hump on the back that forces the gun to line up pointing so the front sight is about a half inch to the left of the rear sight, which is kind of amazing considering it’s a 4″ barrel. Already ordered a set of these with the silver-black inserts. I don’t know, maybe the stock Hogues would work for someone… somewhere… but that person sure isn’t me.
Guess next I should look into holsters… and what were those springs you were talking about the other day, Butch? Oh dear. Seems I’ve found another way to spend money.
Here, have a blurry photo.
Went by Cabela’s after work yesterday. The had a very nice looking black GP100 in the used case. If I’d had my cash stash with me I woulda sprung for it then and there. Think I might just plan on going by again today to see if it’s still there…
Displaced Louisiana Guy lays down the gunny gauntlet, and I can happily say that I fulfilled his requirements earlier this week! Throw down a picture of your EDC gat, and link back at him, won’t you? I feel a decided lack of linkery lately, and this seems a fine way to lead away from it. And since we’re talking about carry pieces, I made a new header the other day and it will be featured exclusively for a day or two.