ruger sp101

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by 1911newbee, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. 1911newbee

    1911newbee New Member

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    hey guys,i have ben thinking about gettin this ruger sp 101,that i saw at the gun store.It fits real nice in my hand.Other than its a 357 mag,i dont know much about the sp 101.Any info and feedback would help.Thanks.Oh yea,its a 357 with a 2.75 inch barrel.
     
  2. fx4fssc

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    I have had one for about 10 years. Not very accurate beyond about 10 yards - but what would you expect out of such a small handgun. Wear ear protection when you take it out to the range - with the 157 grain .357 mag loads it is deafening. Also keep a good grip on it - lots of recoil with the big loads. It is what it is - and that is a powerful little gun that can easily be carried in your front pocket for discrete, personal, close range defense. If you plan on target shooting, don't expect much. But it is a Ruger and that means quality and dependability - just what one wants in a personal protection weapon.
     

  3. Markd51

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    IMO, the Ruger SP-101 is one beautiful little Gun. Should've bought one years ago, and maybe one day I'll own one.

    A very nice small package, easily concealable, and of course with any of the .357 loads, is some awesome firepower at your disposal.

    As well, this gun can also shoot the myriad of .38, and 38+P Rounds on the market, which gives this gun a great deal of versatility. If you find the recoil with some of the .357 rounds a bit hard on you, simply scale down to one of many available .38 Rounds. Mark
     
  4. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I have one and would recommend it in a heartbeat. It's just a fantastic small revolver. I recommend you change out the grips. I put a Hogue mono grip on mine. It makes a big difference when shooting magnum loads.

    Shooting magnums through it really isn't practical for carry due to the limitations of the barrel length, but it's still kind of fun. When I do carry it, it's loaded with .38+P Hornady Critical Defense.
     
  5. arizona

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    I bought a used sp101 and I am quite impressed. I would say it is not easy to shoot small groups past 10 yards but the mechanical accuracy is there. I Spent some time researching the difference between 357 and 38's in a short barrel and became a believer in the 357 110 grain round.
     
  6. kvtcomdo

    kvtcomdo New Member

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    Sp 101

    Bought one for my wife almost 16 years ago. She loved it the first time she ever picked it up. She says it just "fit".

    Love the gun and I beg to differ about accuracy. At 10 yards my wifes gun will make a ragged hole consistently.

    I have a S&W 940 and it out performs my gun regularly ( but I love my 940 anyway).

    Nice gun and my wife would probably get rid of me before that revolver.:D
     
  7. Bushman

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    I like mine alot. My Daughter likes it more. She borrowed it indefinitely when she got her first place.
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  8. northhike

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    I have one and love it. Yes its heavy, but thats why I love her. :D
    As others have described it....the SP101 is a "tank!" I too agree with the Houge grips. It really makes it a sweet gun and takes some of the recoil out. I bring mine everywhere....including camping.
     
  9. rugernut

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    The sp101 the most reliable small frame revolver you can buy
     
  10. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Mine is the 2" bobbed hammer. I had the trigger worked over and have Crimson Trace LG111 grips. I can handle the magnums and it is usually loaded with 125 gr Critical Defense 357. The 38 spl +P are light loads. It is one my main carry guns and is my main hiking gun. It is probably the last handgun I would sell.
     
  11. franco45

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    I just bought a 3 inch model Saturday. I put 50 rounds of 38 special through it first. It felt like I was shooting a 22. I then switched to Magtech 357 (can't remember the weight) and what a difference. I went back to the range Sunday and shot it again (same Magtech 357). It is a fun accurate little gun. I have ordered the Hogue grips and am considering Magna-porting and a night sight.
     
  12. levelcross

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    The SP 101 is a great revolver, works every time, and pretty to look at, easy to conceal. Mine has a 2" barrel so it is not a good target gun, I call it a gut gun shoot from the hip under 10 yards. It is good and heavy to help with the recoil some, good grips will help that also. Enjoy a great gun.
     
  13. h2oskikrazy

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    I have one in .327 Federal. I like that I can load 6 and it shoots .32 which is not much different to shoot than .22. But, .327 lets your wrist know that there is some firepower.
     
  14. arizona

    arizona New Member

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    How available is ammo? Also what is it's cost?
     
  15. Sonic82

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    I've always wanted an SP101. Every time I see the gun brought up, its weight is mentioned as a negative, especially when carry is the subject. My XDm compact weighs 27 ozs. and is considered a reasonable carry gun (with short mag). The SP101 weighs 25 ozs. with a 2.25" barrel. I'm not sure why it gets criticized.
     
  16. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    It's all relative. Compared to my S&W 380, my SP101 is noticeably heavy. Compared to my XDm 40 with a full clip, I hardly notice the Ruger at all.
     
  17. h2oskikrazy

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    We have a local sporting goods store that routinely carries the .327 federal, but it is a little pricey-but not more so than other similar high power hand gun ammo.
    The .32 H&R is a little harder to find-mostly can be found online. I can get .32 at the same sporting goods store more intermittently and it is cheaper, but then it is also lead, which is dirtier shooting.
     
  18. Scratchammo

    Scratchammo New Member

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    Absolute garbage. I don't know why anyone would own such a pos. I keep mine on me at all times :p