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I recently sold a Glock 19 to purchase a SP101. I looked at some S&W's and other snubbies before I settled on buying the SP101. The Ruger just felt more solid and better built to me. The heavier gun should handle full load .357 rounds with better recoil.

I did have a small issue with the gun once I got it home, but Ruger took care of it and some other problems that I did not notice. It took 7 weeks to get it back, but everything seems good. The barrel is even on the gun (my original problem), the trigger, while heavy is very smooth, and the cylinder opens easier than before. It locks up tight and has no endshake. I have not had a chance to get to the range yet, but I don't expect any problems there. I may order some Hogue rubber grips, because the stock seem to be a little short and don't feel that comfortable to me.

I will use it as my primary carry when I can, in a Don Hume IWB holster.
 

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congrats on your new family member. I have thought about getting a snubbie, but to be honest, there is no way, i would get rid of my Glock19 to do it. Thats my baby, although my XD45 has been giving her a run for her money lately. ;D
 
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Hi, I was just looking at a new SP101 the other day at the gun shop, but the price was $595 + tax . Looks like I'm going to stick with My Colt DS II and 6 rds. of .38's . I had a security six that was a dream to shoot but a bear to carry with that 4" barrel. WVleo
 

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I like the SP101 it is a pocket rocket in .357 mag. I have one in 3 1/16" barrel length and one with 2 1/4" barrel lenght DAO both in .357. They both shoot every well, I also added Hogue grips to mine.
Got the chance to shoot one in .327 the other day but my old eyes had trouble seeing the sights on that model. Front and back are both black so they just sort of fade together for me.
 

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I also have an SP101 and love the sucker! I have the 3" version, and it is one of the short frame 125gr. only versions also. Truly love it, and I looked at them all before I decided I think, and the Ruger is the one I liked best.

BTW - $600 for a normal SP101 is crazy! Wait a bit and you can find a good deal I am sure, somewhere around $400 would be more like it.
 

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i have a target grey version of the sp101. I carry it often, although the LCP seems to be in my pocket more than anything anymore.
 

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WVleo said:
Hi, I was just looking at a new SP101 the other day at the gun shop, but the price was $595 + tax . Looks like I'm going to stick with My Colt DS II and 6 rds. of .38's . I had a security six that was a dream to shoot but a bear to carry with that 4" barrel. WVleo
I have the 2 1/4" barrel version of the SP101 .357, it's my favorite gun. I think I paid somewhere around $450 for it this summer so you should be able to find one in that range or less. I got an old Colt .38 Police Special last weekend and fired it for the first time today, liked it a lot!
 

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Well, I finally got to the range a couple of weeks ago. I must say I am quite pleased with my new SP101, no problems at all. It was really controlable and comfortable to shoot with .38 and 158gr .357, at least it was for me.

I have bought and sold and traded alot of guns over the years trying to find one that suits me best and I must say that the SP101 will be a keeper, along with my LCP. I received some Crimson Trace grips from Ruger last week and now I like the gun even better. I might have to get some CTs for my LCP soon.

Next I will be looking at getting a GP100.
 

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I have a Ruger Sp101 thet I purchased 2 yrs ago. I put a Fiber optic sight on it and it is my favorite handgun that I own. I paid $435.00 for it new. It is built like a tank and has 1200 rounds through it. Never had a problem with it, I keep it by my bedside. The only thing a would do different is get it in 357( I got it in 38 special only) but when I want more power I shoot +P's in it. I also put a Hogue grip on it and it fits my hand perfectly. It will be here long after I pass away. The trigger is not as smooth as a Smith, but close enough.
 

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I like the SP101 it is a pocket rocket in .357 mag. I have one in 3 1/16" barrel length and one with 2 1/4" barrel lenght DAO both in .357.
I have the same pair. Love'em. The 2.25" DAO, bobbed hammer, is my carry piece of choice. LCP for backup or when I'm so lightly dressed there is no place to hide the SP.
 

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anyone seen / fired a SP101 in the new .327 mag. caliber? I wouldn't be surprised if it a couple months 'til it "gets out there".
 

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I have the .357 version and it's a really powerful handgun. Of course, having that "one extra round" MAY be a benefit but I doubt it would help if the 5 previous shots didn't stop the BG. Even if they were both side by side, I would pick the .357 only because of ammo availability. I'd like to know what difference there is, if any, on the recoil. Hopefully, someone will answer your question.
 

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I just ordered one last week and a set of Crimson Trace grips for it too Grand total is 429.00 & 165.00 for grips 594.00

Should be here this week
JD
 

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I've been carrying my Ruger SP 101, 2 1/4 inch barrel, .357 mag for about 5 years now. I swapped out the grips for a set of Hogue's but those didn't really fit my hand so I put the factory grips back on. Also for a little bling replaced the factory grip inserts with Ajax off white inserts. The factory grips are better than what most wheelgun manufacturers put on their handguns. For leather I use a Galco F.L.E.T.C.H. hip holster I got from Ruger. This is my favorite CC handgun. It's built like a tank and will take any .357 mag rounds you choose to use. When I strap on my SP 101 I slip a speed loader into my jean jacket pocket. I've tried various ammo and settled on MagTech Guardian Gold 125 gr. JHP. Have put several thousands of rounds through this pistol and it's still steady as a rock. This is the second SP 101 I've owned and will keep this one.

Would like to swap out the front sight for something more useable in low light settings. If you have a link to where I could pick up a replacement sight I'd appreciate your posting it.

 

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two questions:

does anyone have any experience with the sp101 in 9mm? my main gun right now is a KT P-11 and am looking for a revolver that uses the same ammo.

along the same lines.....

has anyone ever seen a .380ACP revolver?

i wonder why Ruger doesnt offer the LCR in .380 since theyve spent a lot of time and money convincing people that it is a good personal defense round.

i think they'd only need a minor cylinder mod on the LCR to let it use 1/2 or full moon clips and the ability to use the same ammo would be a good selling point.

the revolver issue came up because my teenage daughter finds it hard to rack slides but does okay with a larger DA revolver despite a trigger pull much heavier than an LCP
 

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chrisvnh said:
has anyone ever seen a .380ACP revolver?
Rumor has it that Charter Arms is bringing out a revolver that takes rimless cartridges with out a moon clip. I'm slobbering all over myself thinking about a 45Acp 20oz revolver, would be retiring my 44 Bulldog if/when it comes out....anyway, back to your question, the 9mm revolver will use .380 ammo, kind of a neat concept :)
Mike

P.S. here's a link to an article about Charters rimless revolver....
http://www.gunpundit.com/1487.php
 

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No I have never heard of a .380 revolver. As for why Ruger doesn't offer a 380 revolver, well my guess would be that the same revolver chambered in .380 can be chambered in .38spl which is a more potent caliber and I don't care what anyone says different. The .38spl has much more generated muzzle energy and fires heavier bullets which allows it to reach greater bullet depth in targets. If recoil is too great from +P loads in the .38 then you can use non +P loads. The .38 just has and is capable of firing a more versitle load selection than any .380.
 

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Ooben said:
chrisvnh said:
has anyone ever seen a .380ACP revolver?
anyway, back to your question, the 9mm revolver will use .380 ammo, kind of a neat concept :)
Mike
I don't see how this would be possible. The 9MM is a taper case cartridge (meaning it is larger at the rear than at the mouth) and the 380 is a straight case type. The 380 is also shorter in length than the 9MM meaning that any revolver not using moon clips would have to be head spacing off of the casing shoulder inside the cylinder which means the 380 would go so far down into the cylinder the firing pin would not be able to reach the primer on the 380. And if it did manage to fire the 380 the casing would swell severly (not safe) due the chamber being designed for thet taper cased 9MM.
 

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I don't see how this would be possible. The 9MM is a taper case cartridge (meaning it it larger at the rear than at the mouth) and the 380 is a straight case type. The 380 is also shorter in length than th 9MM meaning that any revolver not using moon clips would have to be head spacing off of the casing shoulder inside the cylinder which means the 380 would go so far down into the cylinder the firing pin would not be able to reach the primer on the 380. And if it did manage to fire the 380 the casing would swell severly (not safe) due the chamber being designed for thet taper cased 9MM.
Take a look at the link.....Charter is a pretty clever company :)
 
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