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Old 09-25-2010, 09:26 AM   #1
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I fella I swap with from time to time sent me a PM on a local forum that he wants to unload a Ruger SP101 in .357 for a 9mm. The Ruger comes with 2 sets of grips, a speedloader, and a few other goodies. I have a basic XD service model I don't shoot much and I was toying with making the swap. For what I have in the XD it's a good swap value wise but I've never even held an SP101. For those of you with experience, will this make a good truck gun? I kind of miss my J-frame S&W so is this a suitable substitute?

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The SP101 is a good revolver. I've been a Smith fan forever but would have no problem with the Ruger. It's been a little while since I had one but I'm sure they are as good as ever.

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+1 My experience is the same as DrumJunkie.

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I fella I swap with from time to time sent me a PM on a local forum that he wants to unload a Ruger SP101 in .357 for a 9mm. The Ruger comes with 2 sets of grips, a speedloader, and a few other goodies. I have a basic XD service model I don't shoot much and I was toying with making the swap. For what I have in the XD it's a good swap value wise but I've never even held an SP101. For those of you with experience, will this make a good truck gun? I kind of miss my J-frame S&W so is this a suitable substitute?
It's a fair deal. You'll find that the SP101 is trouble free and reliable. As far as power goes the .357 blows 9mm clean out of the water. About the only thing you'll give up is capacity. I have a S&W Model 60 I carry in my truck and I just love those small frame .357's. I'd do the trade!
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Thanks for the input. I'm thinking about this being my truck gun as my J-frame was before I traded it...

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I have the SP-101 in .327 and one in .357. Best guns in the world. However I am greedy and I want those and a 9mm. Am thinking about the SR9c. Best thing about the revolver is that it's easy to clean, and more reliable than an auto. I think you would win in this trade.

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As with anything else Ruger makes, they are built like tanks. If there is anything in my collection that I would not be concerned about throwing in the glove-box, not seeing for a long time, then pull it out and depend on it; it would be the SP101.

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It's a Ruger .357. What else do you need to know.

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One point that hasn't been mentioned is the weight difference between a S&W newer model J frame, which is 15 oz, compared to the Ruger SP101 which is at least double that, not that your truck will give a damn...

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I'm really pleased with this swap. I threw a few $$$ with my XD as this SP01 came with some nice goodies. It has a fresh night sight on the front, the Coco-Bolo grips, the speedloader, and the JIT slide holster. I'll be glad when year-end is over so I can try this little fella out...

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