I had been wanting to get my first gun and I did just that today. I wanted to get something that would take a little time to master and would allow me to work at just getting familiar and proficient with gun handling. The simplicity of a revolver, mixed with double-action, the ability to shoot 38 special and 357 mag, all while at the same time able to be used as a range gun and one for the nightstand, led me to really like the Ruger GP100 line. Through recommendations on the forum I placed an add and in 4 days I was able to go to my first gun show and buy a gun on the same day. While I intended on getting the stainless 3" GP - the 4" was just more practical for me. As a novice the adjustable sites and slightly longer barrel make more sense. As such I had a great NES face to face purchase today. I purchased an essentially LNIB in GP100 (in original box with all accessories), both original with wood and hogue grips, and a box of carry 357 ammo. In all it was a very good first purchase and I'm glad I did it. I was a little nervous about doing the face to face, but not nearly as much as my wife. Of course the transaction went as smooth as you could ask it to. And after seeing the prices at the show today, I can see that better deals can be had when you avoid dealer mark-ups. Many thanks to NES. Now I need to join a club!