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FORREST MACCORMACK

PRODUCT FOCUS

▶ The half-lug barrel
reduces muzzle weight
and some will find it
produces faster target
transitions. The chamber
mouths feature a light
chamfer, and each chamber is highly polished.

Ken was also. But he promised
me he would lobby hard for an
adjustable sight version, and
true to his word it arrived one
year later, in January 2015.

THE GUN
The Match Champion is
chambered for .357 Magnum
and features a 4.2-inch barrel. It
is IDPA (and all other revolver
sports) legal. The muzzle has an
11-degree target crown that is
well-protected from accidental
damage. Constructed from
stainless steel, the six-shot
revolver has an empty weight
of 38-ounces. That's two ounces
lighter than the standard
GP-100 and was achieved by
slab-siding the barrel and
removing the forward half of
the barrel underlug.
Among my suggestions
were that the chamber

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mouths be chamfered and
the chambers polished.
These are aftermarket actions
that serious revolver competitors
will send their guns to a smith
to have done, so why not do
it at the factory and save the
shooter the added expense? I
also suggested that the trigger
be reshaped to a smooth radius
that doesn't bite the finger in
rapid DA shooting. I was gratified
to see that all of those changes
were incorporated.
The standard GP-100 action
is strong and simple to smooth
up. Ruger made that easier by
adding shims on the trigger and
hammer, as well as polishing
the hammer strut. The resulting
trigger pull is very smooth in the
DA mode and crisp, with virtually
no creep in the SA mode.
Unfortunately, the trigger pulls
were heavy, like other guns
leaving factories today. The

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DA pull was over 12 pounds, and
the single action pull measured
4.5 pounds. In today's litigious
world, lawyers have more say
on trigger pull weights than
competitors do. That, however,
is easy to change.
Both Wolff Gun Springs and
Wilson Combat make inexpensive
($10-$12) drop in spring kits for
the GP-100. With a little polishing
on the internals, the nine-pound
hammer spring and the eightpound trigger return spring
produced a buttery-smooth DA
pull of less than eight pounds on
the original Match Champion; with
enough hammer force to light
off any primer from CCI, Federal,
Winchester or Remington.
The grips are Hogue walnut
with checkered side panels.
Some shooters will like them and
some won't. That's normal for
upper level revolver competitors,
and it's a rare one that hasn't


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