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Old 04-30-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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Which is better? What are the differences? Is one more accurate/durable than the other? I'm looking to get one of them with a 4 inch barrel. Your thoughts and advise would be appreciated, thanks!

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Old 04-30-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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The difference is size and weight. I have an SP101 with 2" barrel that weighs 27 oz loaded. The 4.2" will be a little heavier and they are 5 shot in 357. A 4" GP100 is going to weigh about 40 oz empty and is 6 shot. They are both durable. The choice depends on what you want to do. For the range and hd the GP100 would be the better choice. For carry the SP101 unless you enjoy carrying a lot of excess weight. The old Security Six was a good compromise. Very similar in size and weight to the S&W 19. They are hard to find as owners dont often sell them.

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I personally have a gp100 with a 4inch barrel and i love it. Its my range gun and carry gun. Me and my oldlady bought her father an sp101 i belive its a 2 1/2 inch barrel hammerless and he keeps his for a carry gun when he goes hunting. But he did take it hog hunting and got a nice size hog with it at 25 yards. They are both accurate and both are built like tanks. Its more of what size of a handgun do you want? That target was from my gp100 at i believe 20yards with no rest. And that was like the second time going to the range with it. I love the weight of it and the way the grip fits my hand. Either way you cant go wrong with a ruger.

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I'm currently debating the same thing. I'm leaning more towards the SP101 for grip size as it will be my wife's first gun. She has held both, they are both very similar but the SP101 with a 4.2 inch barrel and FO front sight just looks amazing.

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I have had a SP-101 for several years and shoot the heck out of it, so it is a solid piece. The GP is heavier so PD might prove it a little heavy compared to the SP, I feel a good set of grips will make quite a bit of difference on either gun and love the Hogue grips on mine.

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I never realized that the SP101 is only a 5 shot. I think that's all I needed to hear. I do believe I'll go with the GP100, although I like the look of the SP101 more. Gotta have that extra round though!

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Both are better than many other revolvers. The GP100 has a larger frame, but that comes with added weight. The 4" barrel is nice. You might want to consider the 357 Magnum...both the GP100 and the SP101 come in 357 Mag and at last check the instructions clearly say you can download to 38 Special (less expensive and easier on your hands for range days).

The GP100 is offered in 6" barrel, whereas the longest for the SP101 is 4".

For me, the SP101 works best for my medium hands. Hogue grips made the fit perfect.

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Very happy with my GP100 .357 stainless w/ 3" barrel, I don't enjoy cleaning it as much as my 1911 type semi's but other than that I am happy

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I have had a SP-101 for several years and shoot the heck out of it, so it is a solid piece. The GP is heavier so PD might prove it a little heavy compared to the SP, I feel a good set of grips will make quite a bit of difference on either gun and love the Hogue grips on mine.
I too have the SP101 and it is typically my back up gun/truck gun.

Either are good choices. Tough, reliable, and reasonably accurate.

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Or just get both. Im planning on getting the sp101 for the summer months or when i really need to "hide" it. You can never go wrong with buying both of them.

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