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Old 05-13-2012, 03:10 AM   #11
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I have both. Both are fantastic guns. I find I have the SP101 with me more. It's just a more convenient size to have with me in a greater variety of situations. It's also the gun I use if someone who isn't familiar with guns wants to learn to shoot.

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I'm intrigued by the new Sp101 .357 with the 4.2" barrel.It seems like you would get the accuracy and stopping power of any 4" barrel out there yet a 5 shot cylinder that seems like it would be highly concealable with the right setup.

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The SP-101 is probably the way to go for carry. The GP100 wins out by a mile in every other situation. I have a 2.25" SP101 and it's a great little gun. Quite a handful with full-house loads though. I don't carry it so I'll probably trade it off at some point for a GP100 or S&W 627 or 686. They're all excellent guns.

I've been eyeing one of those 4.2" SP-101's as well though...stainless with the wood-inlay grips (love those grips)...a beautiful gun in my opinion. I hate the size:capacity ratio of that particular setup. 5 rounds in a relatively full-framed and heavy gun seems a bit impractical, but it would probably just be a range toy anyway.

But back to the OP: If it's simply for range work and home defense, you want the GP100. Great gun. Beautiful, simple, reasonably priced, and built like brick sh!thouse.

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Old 10-25-2012, 09:35 PM   #14
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I've been doing research lately and have narrowed it down to these two, I believe. There's so many options. I'm looking for a mix between a cc and a trail gun. I don't plan on being in grizzly country and if I ever am, I won't be bringing a .357.

I like the sp for the size, wish it was 6 instead of 5. I understand that's where they save on size but j can still wish. So will the sp handle hot loads like the gp can?

And is the gp concealable like the sp or is that the point of the sp?

I've yet to handle both and I imagine that will be the determining factor but until I get the chance I thought I'd throw the question out there.

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I have the SP101 and it is a great gun. I changed the grip after the first range session. That took care of the snappiness issue inherent with the inferior stock grip on the .357.

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I have both guns. The SP101 is 5 shots and the GP100 is 6. It really just depends on what you need it for. If you're wanting a home defense/trail gun I'd go with the GP100. If you're wanting a carry gun go with the SP101. Both are pretty heavy and even though the SP is only 5 shots, when you're shooting 357mags that's still plenty of firepower. Just carry a speed strip with you.

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What's a speed strip? Sorry, new to revolvers. And I'm looking for a mix between a heavy hitting trail gun and a cc gun.

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What's a speed strip? Sorry, new to revolvers. And I'm looking for a mix between a heavy hitting trail gun and a cc gun.
These are speed strips. Just a way to keep your extra rounds handy for reloading. http://www.midwayusa.com/product/243389/bianchi-580-speed-strips-38-special-and-357-magnum-package-of-2-plastic-black
Then there are speed loaders. A little more bulky, but easier to reload your revolver with. http://www.midwayusa.com/product/495585/hks-revolver-speedloader-s-and-w-686-taurus-617-817-7-shot-38-special-357-magnum
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:55 PM   #19
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I have a 2.25" SP101 that I carry concealed in my right front pocket.

I have a 3" GP100 that I either carry on my right hip under a jacket concealed or to use for recreational shooting.

I have a 4" GP100 that I carry on my hip when I walk the desert or use for recreational shooting.





All are well-built, sturdy, reliable, accurate and load powerful .357 magnums as well as .30 special and .38 special +P.

I personally hold that the powerful .357 magnum loads are hard on my hands when shooting them from the 2.25" SP101. These powerful loads are buffered quite well on both the GP100's.

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Old 10-26-2012, 06:23 PM   #20
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Is the 3" gp that much larger that you can't conceal it as easily? I can't view your pic for some reason.

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