SP101 for all around use/carry

Discussion in 'Revolver Handguns' started by spittinfire, May 14, 2009.

  1. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I'm in the market for a new magnum and I'm looking at the Ruger SP101. The gun will see a number of duties so it needs to be versitle. I want to be able to leave it in the house for my wife when I'm out of town with some good 38s in it. She is a bit recoil sensitive so the weight of the gun should help there. I also see this gun becoming a camping/hiking/hunting side arm as well as an occasional carry gun when needed. Anyone see any problems with this gun filling those roles? Think something else might work better?

    Does anyone here carry an SP101? If so, how do you carry it.

    I should mention, I can get this gun new for $490 out the door.

    Thanks for the help!
    Spit
     
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  2. robbo60

    robbo60 New Member

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    DO IT! I did the SAME thing recently and it was a good choice. NO regrets. I like having a meaty snubnose around the house and the sp 101 is perfect.
     

  3. Franciscomv

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    Try to get one with a 3 1/16" barrel, it's not much harder to conceal than the 2 1/4" model and its more versatile.

    It's a great gun.
     
  4. spittinfire

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    I've already looked into changing hammers from the spurred to the spurr-less and I can do so very inexpesivly. Could I change barrels the same way? I may have to make some phone calls on that to be sure but I'm sure it can be done.
     
  5. freefall

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    Changing barrels won't be cheap or easy, buy the length you want. My only bitch with my SP is the lack of adjustable sights so I can hit where I want with the ammo I want to use.:mad: Other than that, it's a nice little unit.
     
  6. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Well, my wife and I are going to the local shop tonight after work to let her hold a few and see if she likes one over the other. He's got the SP, a couple of smiths and a few Taurus. If it works out like everything else she picks, she'll want the one that costs the most. I'll let you know what we bring home, if anything.
     
  7. Franciscomv

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    If she tends to like the most expensive ones, you're coming home with a Smith or Ruger! They are a step above Taurus and well worth the investment.

    If you do end up looking at a S&W, try to find a Model 640 with a 3" barrel. It's one of my favourite J frames, and it comes with adjustable sights. I prefer the SP101 with fixed sights for carry, but if you're trying to get the most versatile snubnose adjustable sights can be an asset.
     
  8. spittinfire

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    Well, we stopped in the local shop last night after work and she held a few. She wouldn't tell me which one she liked in the store, she gets really shy sometimes. So when we got home and started talking about it, she picked the Ruger. Most expensive one there because all the Smiths were used and the Ruger is new.
    She said she liked the release, a push in button rather then push forward on a Smith. She liked the weight of it but said it was a little bit bigger then the others, which it was. So I'll be picking up a new Ruger Monday or Tuesday of next week. I'll try tog et some pics up when I get it home.
     
  9. stalkingbear

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    The Ruger is a great revolver & choice. I would recommend (as always) to have a Wolff spring kit installed. It'll still be reliable but the double action trigger pull will be 40% less felt pull weight. It'll be especially important if you have the hammer spur removed to make it DAO.
     
  10. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Thanks for tip stalkingbear. Do you know roughly how much that kit costs? I called the shop and had them put it back for me so i'll be heading that way later this week.
     
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  12. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Thanks! Hey, who is the little one you got there?
     
  13. stalkingbear

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    NP! Always glad to help. That's my newest grandson.
     
  14. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Congradulations! How many do you have? My mother in law has been hinting and wanting grandkids but we're just not there yet. Unless the good Lord has different plans we're going to wait for a couple more years.
     
  15. fragout

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    Thanks for the tip brother.;)
     
  16. stalkingbear

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    That's what I'm here for-to help where I can & put my opinion where I can't help. LOL! I have 3 grandsons & 3 granddaughters.
     
  17. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    6 grandkids huh? I'm sure they keep you busy! Got any of them shooting yet?
     
  18. fragout

    fragout New Member

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    I'm right behind you with 5 grand kids.


    1 Ruger SP-101 for me, and a little easier for me to CCW than it's big brother, the GP-100. Also draws less attention in public than slingin an M14. (go figure:) )