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Old 01-11-2017, 10:55 PM
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Wow is right. My dealer called and told me that my new GP100 was in so I ran over there at lunchtime and took possession.

Got home that evening and began to admire my newest purchase. Got to the front sight and low and behold, it is not even close to being installed right. There is a large gap between the sight base and the barrel. Take a look at the photos.

I called Ruger and they say they will make it right, which is SOP for them. My question is how on Earth can this lack of craftsmanship get through Ruger's QC dept.

You buy a new gun and you want to shoot it right away, not wait weeks for warranty repairs on a brand new revolver.

I feel certain that I will be pleased when I get it back....but WOW.
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:04 PM
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Wow...is right. That's totally unacceptable. You didn't notice that at the store?
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:08 PM
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Reading about them on other forums.......Apparently most ALL of them are like yours......regarding the front sight...........
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:19 PM
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When I picked up the gun I was in a hurry, wouldn't expect this from Ruger. I also have a Redhawk .45LC/.45ACP and it is flawless. It also has the plunger type of front sight, wish the GP100 did too...

I will look at the Ruger forums for more info. Thanks!!
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Looks like the dovetail wasn't machined deep enough.
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:27 PM
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For a mistake like that,i'd asked for $25.00 of my money back for the let down i'd suffer....lol
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:36 PM
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To bad it's not a six shot .41 Special. That's something I'd actually buy.
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Unbelievable that a sight like that would pass even a cursory inspection, let alone a full blown quality control inspection.
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Unbelievable that a sight like that would pass even a cursory inspection, let alone a full blown quality control inspection.
An above poster said this flaw is common on this model. Not a good start for a brand new model. Translation: There is no QC inspection.

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Old 01-12-2017, 12:51 PM
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An above poster said this flaw is common on this model. Not a good start for a brand new model. Translation: There is no QC inspection.

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A poster on a ruger forum showed pictures of his with the sight issue and a good deal of blood on the cylinder. The trigger guard edges were so sharp the test-firer apparently cut themselves. The question is, why wouldn't they clean the blood off the revolver?
Needless to say, it is on its way back to Ruger repairs.
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Old 01-12-2017, 01:26 PM
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I was at Ruger's booth at a distributor show and the one they had on display was as bad as that one. It was a little alarming that their display gun, which is supposed to sell me on buying some, was that poorly inspected. This kind of leads me to believe that they are building them this way for some strange reason
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Think I'll wait 6 months or so so I can look at one in a store.
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There aren't many pictures of those out there but every one I have seen has the same issue with the sight. Even the Ruger web site shows it, but you have to download the pic and then enlarge the sight. I hope that isn't their intended look.

I wonder how they are going to fix it? Remill dovetail and it will change your POA. The only thing I can figure out is to make a whole new sight that is the proper dimension.

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Old 01-12-2017, 02:14 PM
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I had one on order at my LGS. Then I found a 696 for sale here on the forum and chose it instead. Boy am I glad I did now. It's more money for sure, but it will hold it's value better too I believe. You'd think a new $650-$700 gun would be nicer than that! Looks like one good bump would knock it right off.
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That doesn't bode well for Ruger.
I've always liked what they made. Something is wrong on at least that particular product line, and QC for letting it through in such numbers.
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That doesn't bode well for Ruger.
I've always liked what they made. Something is wrong on at least that particular product line, and QC for letting it through in such numbers.
The Semi-auto pistols coming from the Arizona plant are still looking good. Just saw the Bill Ruger commemorative Mark IV/knofe set at my LGS and it was beautiful. Must have issues in New Hampshire, though I had a GP-100 from that plant and it was perfect.
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Looks like they may all be like this. They dropped the plunger (great design IMO) for cost I am sure. If you've ever fit a sight into a dove tail properly it can take some hand work with files to get it just right. Installing them the way these new guns are done allows the "assembler" to simply put the sight into the dove tail with no hand work. That's the Ruger way these days. And why not? They come out with a new model gun and people climb over each other to get one. And of course "send it back and Ruger will make it right" is the standard reply. Near the end of 2017 we will hear how Ruger sold even more guns than 2016 They should at least be putting a return call tag in the box with each gun.

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An above poster said this flaw is common on this model. Not a good start for a brand new model. Translation: There is no QC inspection.



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No, what the guy said was that the vast minority of new owners with a problem got on the internet and screeched a lot.

Until there is recall I wouldn't be too worried about it.



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There's a thread over on the Ruger forum dedicated to the new GP100. The photos are all of the SS version, but the front sights are consistently snug to the barrel. Go figure ?
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