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Old 10-29-2013, 05:20 PM   #11
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thanks guys im looking at a 4inch one. in .357 i figure ill carry it with .357 and if i leave it at home for home defense ill load it with .38s
We shot a 4" version a few days ago. Excellent gun. Very pleasant to shoot. My wife loved it.
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We shot a 4" version a few days ago. Excellent gun. Very pleasant to shoot. My wife loved it.
Again, the grips make a world of difference! Put a Houge Tamer on any smaller wheelgun and tell me you don't "feel" the difference....
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We shot a 4" version a few days ago. Excellent gun. Very pleasant to shoot. My wife loved it.
now thats what i was hoping to see. this is gonna be a home defense/carry gun so my wife needs to be able to handle it. i figure when i carry it ill load it with .357 leave it at home with .38 and have a box of .357 JHP next to it just in case. thanks for all the advice hopefully the next time i post it will be with pictures. cant wait till tax time!
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now thats what i was hoping to see. this is gonna be a home defense/carry gun so my wife needs to be able to handle it. i figure when i carry it ill load it with .357 leave it at home with .38 and have a box of .357 JHP next to it just in case. thanks for all the advice hopefully the next time i post it will be with pictures. cant wait till tax time!
I think that's an excellent plan. For the record, my wife preferred shooting the SP101 with .38 Specials over shooting the Ruger LC9 or Kahr PM9. Of course this is because of the weight of the gun. Excellent shooter.
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Your wife or the gun?
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Given the relatively short amount of time my wife has been shooting, and with no formal training to speak of, I'd say both.

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I am eyeing the 4 inch version pretty hard also. This is lives where I sleep. I think the sp101 feels as solid, if more so, than some higher-priced revolvers. Tbh I've only shot about 80 rds of .357 in one session- no lingering ache.

There are some interesting grips available. I have some nice wood ones but the Hogues tame a lot more of the felt recoil.
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Aw man. Now ya got me wanting one.
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The two problems that seem to plague the SP 101 are the grips are marginal yet easy to change, and it's appetite for ammo.

These are great for carry or home defense in the .357 and easier to handle in .38. The wife loves to shoot it with .38's and I prefer the .357's. I had a trigger job done at the local shop and also ported the barrel. I tried a beautiful set of Walnut grips that I hated to shoot with so I got a set of Pachmayr grips that were better and now use the Hogue grips and love them.
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I have been doing much analysis of the Ruger SP101 in comparison to the S&W M&P .40 fullsize. I was surprised to learn the M&P is smaller, lighter when empty - but a little heavier when loaded. And the Glock 22 isn't much heavier or larger than either.

My goal was to obtain a slightly small, thinner and lighter gun for CCW.

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Ruger SP101 3"
KSP-331X 357 Mag 5 Black Ramp Fixed 3.06" 8.00" 27.00 oz. $659.00
5X.8=4.0 loaded 31.0 oz.
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Ruger 4"
KSP-341X 357 Mag 5 Fiber Optic Adjustable 4.20" 9.12" 29.50 oz. $699.00
H: 4.5 Cyl Dia: 1.349
5X.8=4.0 loaded 33.50 oz

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M&P .40 S&W 15 Rounds White Dot Dovetail fixed 4.25" 7.625" 24.0 oz. $549.00
Width: 1.2
15X.8=12.0 loaded 36.00 oz
Steel Low Profile Carry fixed 5.5"

Material: Frame/Polymer
Slide/Stainless Steel
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Glock 22
.40 Caliber 15 Rounds 4.48" 7.95" 22.74 oz. unloaded
34.42 oz. loaded

Assumption of a single round:
12 oz for 15 rounds (.40 caliber) = .8 oz per round
The .357 might be heavier
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