Over the past week or so I had been in discussions here on the forum about .357's, particularly some of the models guys like my friend 5lima30ret and I carried as cops. Oddly enough the next day I walked into my LGS and the manager waved me over to the counter, where he produced this GP100. After looking things over we struck a quick deal and I was out the door with a near mint smoke wagon and a few boxes of magnum loads.
Before heading out to put it through a range session I ordered an El Paso Saddlery "Street Combat" holster for it, which should arrive in 8 weeks. Until then, I picked up a Safariland holster to use along with some of my old-school rigs left over from my patrol days.
I ran a variety of grain weights through the GP100 to figure out what it had a taste for, and surprisingly it really liked one of my favorite defensive loads. The make-shift target below was fired at about 10 yards off hand, using 125 grain Remington Semi-Jacketed Hollow Points in .357 Magnum. I had one flyer with the group which opened it up to around 3 1/2" inches. Of the 12 rounds fired the majority hit home in about a 2 1/2" cluster. A close runner up to this load was Remington's 158 grain Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point that produce a respectable 3" inch group at the same distance. I kind of got tickled at my youngest son who was with me. He stated not only could he see the blast from the muzzle, he also could feel the concussion in his chest with each round. Recoil was actually not bad, as I had installed a set of Hogue grips with the Sorbothane insert.
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To be honest, it was more gun than shooter in the equation, which is a big reason why I posted this. Lots of folks feel that have to have a "high-capacity-bullet-slinger" to be well heeled these days. The truth is that quality six-shooter can still serve most folks defensive needs, and has some distinct advantages that no modern "plastic-perp-popper" can claim.