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Old 01-08-2012, 14:14   #1
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First Wheel Gun/ First Snubbie.....

Well, I sold a spare AR-15 lower I had because it was collecting dust, and I have been wanting a revolver for some time now. I bought a 2 1/4" Ruger SP 101 DAO without the hammer in 357 Magnum.

The facility I purchased it at also has a range, so I went in with a box of American Eagle 158gr JSP ammo. This little gun gets your attention, lol. This is not my first time ever shooting a revolver, but I am no where as precise with this pistol as I am with my semi auto 9mm's.

I am very pleased with the purchase though, and when my ability with this little guy improves to a level I am confident with I will be rotating it into CCW. It was nice not having to chase brass around on the floor at the range, lol.

Now to get setup to reload for it. Need to get some 38 special ammo to get the wife out with it too.

My first target fell off from shooting it, here's the second target I purchased to finish the 50 round box. This was all at about 5 yards out. Nothing spectacular, but I am happy thus far. I need to work on my grip and get some snap caps for dry fire.

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Old 01-08-2012, 14:37   #2
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Looks great,.....congrats! DAO triggers do take a bit to master.
What distance were you shooting?
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Old 01-08-2012, 14:38   #3
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Looks great,.....congrats! DAO triggers do take a bit to master.
What distance were you shooting?
I was at 5 yards with it, like I said nothing spectacular, need a lot more practice.

It was a humbling experience to say the least.
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Old 01-08-2012, 15:10   #4
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Good choice!
I carried the Ruger SP101 DAO for a while, in a AKJ Concealco IWB.

I had some great aftermarket grips too...Badger Boot grips.

I had good luck with Speer short barrel Gold Dot in 135gr (.357 magnum)
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Buffalo Bore .38+P in 158gr LSWCHP (hot, hot, hot for .38+P!)

Welcome to revolver land! I am all revolver for concealed carry these days...(S&W 66 snub and S&W 340 M&P no lock)
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Old 01-08-2012, 15:18   #5
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Good choice!
I carried the Ruger SP101 DAO for a while, in a AKJ Concealco IWB.

I had some great aftermarket grips too...Badger Boot grips.

I had good luck with Speer short barrel Gold Dot in 135gr (.357 magnum)
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Buffalo Bore .38+P in 158gr LSWCHP (hot, hot, hot for .38+P!)

Welcome to revolver land! I am all revolver for concealed carry these days...(S&W 66 snub and S&W 340 M&P no lock)
Thanks brother, I need to find some new grips, the stock grips are definitely not doing it for me, too small. Would that holster you mention work for appendix carry?

For now I acquired a box of Federal 125gr Hydra Shock in 357 magnum
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I hear Hogue grips work well too, but do not use them... yet.

I love this revolver! The trigger is pretty easy to master. There is a audible click that also can be felt just before the hammer drops.

Hmmm... introducing it to the wife, be careful. It could mean having to buy another for yourself.

Enjoy!
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Old 01-08-2012, 21:33   #7
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I hear Hogue grips work well too, but do not use them... yet.

I love this revolver! The trigger is pretty easy to master. There is a audible click that also can be felt just before the hammer drops.

Hmmm... introducing it to the wife, be careful. It could mean having to buy another for yourself.

Enjoy!
Won't be a bad thing to have to buy another..... :super grin:


I know exactly the click you're talking about, but I was told by someone you should not stage the trigger on a DA revolver, is this incorrect?
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The word is the trigger pull should be a nice steady pull. But it doesn't hurt to know exactly when that hammer is going to fall. The balance, I feel, is too delicate to hold there for long.

My patterns at 10-15yrds were a little tighter than yours at first, but I noticed I was flinching... a lot! ... Anticipating recoil of full house loads, not good, but I'm working on that. I will say, though, that shooting .357mag has made me a much better .45 shooter. hehe

Now, if I could afford a .454, I might become a really good .357mag shooter.
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The word is the trigger pull should be a nice steady pull. But it doesn't hurt to know exactly when that hammer is going to fall. The balance, I feel, is too delicate to hold there for long.

My patterns at 10-15yrds were a little tighter than yours at first, but I noticed I was flinching... a lot! ... Anticipating recoil of full house loads, not good, but I'm working on that. I will say, though, that shooting .357mag has made me a much better .45 shooter. hehe

Now, if I could afford a .454, I might become a really good .357mag shooter.
I was flinching a lot too, and the wheel gun is all new to me, especially in 357 magnum.

Will be working on it though.....

Not the groups I am accustomed to with my semi autos by any means......
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Nice revolver! The only suggestion I have is to practice with .38 spl's. This will take the recoil factor away while you learn to master the double action trigger pull. Good luck!
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:03   #11
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Good choice. I carry the same gun as my main carry most of the time. I practice with reloaded 357 125G. ammo that moves out just a little over 1000FPS. With that and thousands of dry fires the action is nice and smooth. When trying for a precise shot I stage the trigger. I don't see ware it hurts anything. I find using the 125G. load I don't get the knuckles smacked like some experience so, the stock grips work for me. Good luck with a great gun.
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Took the SP out today and shot some lead American Eagle 38 special through it. Wa much more manageable with the 38 ammo, and man this gun is very accurate when the shooter does his/her part.
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Think of it this way,.....the blue Bad guy pictured would have been stopped.
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Congrats on the sp101. I am biased to the gp100 but Ruger makes great revolvers. The dao trigger takes a lil getting used to but they are a lot of fun.
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Think of it this way,.....the blue Bad guy pictured would have been stopped.
Yeah I know, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't improve.......

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Thanks brother, I need to find some new grips, the stock grips are definitely not doing it for me, too small. Would that holster you mention work for appendix carry?

For now I acquired a box of Federal 125gr Hydra Shock in 357 magnum
The badger boot are good for ccw, but suck at the range (wood=vibrations throughout arm and hand...).
I bought some Hogue for range work (big, rubber, finger grooves)

The AKJ would not work for appendix carry, since it spreads the belt loops out wide, for a more comfortable IWB experience...too wide for appendix.

If you are interested...I still have the Badgers, and the AKJ holster, and a Crossbreed Qwikclip holster.
I could potentially sell you some of this gear!
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Nice revolver! get a couple of speedloaders, and have some fun.
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Nice revolver! get a couple of speedloaders, and have some fun.
Yes speed loaders a definitely a must. Have already been watching videos on reloading with them with the strong hand.......
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Yes speed loaders a definitely a must. Have already been watching videos on reloading with them with the strong hand.......
I hate to seem like a conformist, but Masaad Ayoob has a great technique, IMHO, for reloading a revolver. It was outlined and illustrated in a book called, "Stressfire".
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I hate to seem like a conformist, but Masaad Ayoob has a great technique, IMHO, for reloading a revolver. It was outlined and illustrated in a book called, "Stressfire".
I will look for it on the net, never hurts to know more than one way to do something. Thanks for the info........

I don't have any certain technique adopted yet the wheel guns are new to me.....
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