Does New Mexico have UBC or are face-to-face sales allowed? If you can sell the gun later for cash with no fees or taxes in a face-to-face, there's some effort involved but the loss of money is usually pretty small. If UBC, friction and costs are higher so loss would be greater.I've gotten the itch to get into a .357 revolver, and I'm impressed with the GP100 in a 4.25" barrel. I prefer stainless, but a blued one would make me happy, too. It would be my first wheelgun, though I have many semi-auto handguns, including 2 Rugers.
The problem I have is that I have yet to handle a GP100 in person, and no one I know owns one. The LGS's in my area have none, and don't expect any soon. Online dealers usually report them out of stock. I found a Smith 686 with a 6" barrel locally, but it didn't really float my boat.
If I can find one, am I a moron for buying one sight unseen? Or should I wait to get one in my sweaty little paw before plunking down the cash?
I have a 4" half-lug fixed sight GP100, which I suppose is an odd version of it. It would be a bit chubby and heavy for concealed carry but not a bad hiking gun for OWB. Mine came with Houge rubber grip, with the finger grooves and a kinda teardrop cross section, narrower in front. I'm not a fan. Replaced it with the classic GP100 rubber grip, more rectangular in cross section with the wooden side panels. I love those.
It's no Bullseye gun, but the fixed sights hit pretty much POA out to at least 25 yards with most 158 grain ammo. Good enough for plinking and casual target shooting. Lighter bullets go very low, of course. Most GP100s have adjustable sights, so you don't really have to worry about that.
The trigger isn't as good as an old S&W K-frame, but it's OK. Certainly a good bit better than the older Ruger one-spring design like in the Redhawk. People have told me you can slick them up in double-action by polishing the sides of the trigger or something, which is supposed to be safe (unlike messing with the sear engagement; don't do that!), but I've never been that motivated to take it apart.
Other than maybe a good .22LR, a 4" GP100 seems like a pretty ideal first revolver to me, or 6" if you're primarily interested in target shooting or open carry. (Unless you have a great desire to own something in .32 caliber and a huge amount of money, in which case the ideal first revolver would be a S&W K-32 Masterpiece, pre-Model 16. Why not start with the best? LOL)