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Old 04-25-2013, 22:07   #21
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I love my SP 101. Great little gun. I put Hogue Monogrips on mine and carry it in a Simply Rugged Silver Dollar Pancake holster. Great holster for me. Keeps the gun up high but still easy access. The SP will handle any sane load right on up to the 200 grain CorBon and Buffalo Bore or Double tap 180 grain hardcast. I keep it loaded with the Federal 125 grain JHP.
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Old 04-25-2013, 22:15   #22
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YUP!! I've had mine since 1998. It's a keeper. I put Pachmayr grips on mine.
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Agreed.
Both of my Ruger revolvers shoot more accurately double action than they do single action. I prefer the SP101's extra weight (compared to a S&W Model 36) when I'm shooting the gun.
I've never had a problem with fatigue with this pistol. Although, in a gun this small, I much prefer .38 Special rounds over .357. I can't imagine what .357 is like in an alloy J frame revolver.
I have the same Pachmayr grips in my 3"

Great gun......It Carries Appendix in a Remora holster or the #88 "Street Combat" Holster from El Paso Saddlery.

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Old 04-25-2013, 22:16   #23
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I bought one not long ago. Binds up after about 30 rounds. I like it but, it needs to go back to ruger. Like my LCR better.

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Old 04-26-2013, 04:41   #24
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I like my 4" SP-101, works just great.
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:24   #25
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I looked at a S&W 686 today. Then I picked up a SP101 in my hand. Very nice. Besides the obvious weight difference, it just felt better in my average size hand. I like the pinned front sight also. I came home and looked at an XS Big Dot and a few different holsters to carry it. 2.5" barrel is perfect too. I would prefer a 3" or better, but for EDC, I think the 2.5" is sufficent. I found it at the local Gander Mtn. The price was decent compared what I've seen around. So I'm heading up there in the morning. Anyone else have an SP101?
I own both revolvers; I like them both, too. Because of its larger size I'm able to shoot my 686 with a 2 1/2" barrel on par with my SP-101 with a 3 1/8" barrel. There are two things that I, personally, wouldn't own an SP-101 without:

(1) A 3" barrel. Why? Because you've got to be able to shoot this small revolver straight in double-action; and, for me, a 2 1/2" barrel on a small revolver, like this, just doesn't cut it at 12 yards. (You never want to, 'scatter' you shots across the target; the tighter you're able to group the cylinder, the harder hitting your gun is going to be.)

(2) A hammer spur is necessary for making the longer shots, beyond 10 yards, accurately. I am NOT a believer in, 'belly guns'. Instead I believe in engaging the other guy BEFORE he's quite comfortable and ready enough to engage me. (Gunmen who live by the, '3 x 3 x 3' rule of combat engagement are, also, gunmen who seldom escape their first hostile encounter, unscathed.)

No handgun is any good if it isn't easy to practice with. The considerable weight of an SP-101 is actually an advantage. 357 Magnum rounds generate a lot of heat. In the 6 or 7 years that I've been practicing with an SP-101 I've often fired this little pistol until it was too hot to handle with bare hands. IT HAS NEVER ONCE HAD A STOPPAGE!

I'm well-known not to like any typical, 'BUG' for use as a primary handgun. The Ruger SP-101 with a 3" barrel and an exposed hammer spur is as small as I'm willing to go and still consider the piece to be genuinely useful as a primary pistol.

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Old 04-26-2013, 05:52   #26
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I recently bought a 3" SP101 .357. Shoots nicely, the trigger is stiffer than the one on my GP100, but all in all it isn't bad, just heavier. Very nice looking too IMHO.
I have one as well. Ruger sells a trigger spring kit for around $20. I changed mine out to the 6lb spring and it made the gun very friendly.
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Old 04-26-2013, 15:04   #27
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Just got an email from Gemini Customs today....
My SP101 DAO is ready for shipment...

Full report and pics to follow (early next week)
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Old 04-27-2013, 16:52   #28
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I have the SP101 3" and believe the 125 gr, moderate load ammo makes this small frame .357 more fun to shoot. If I had wanted a 38 special, I would have bought one. The heftier 357 Mag ammo goes better in the medium frame, GP100.
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Old 04-27-2013, 18:38   #29
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Good little gun to carry mex style, or down the front of the brithches... Carries easy.




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Old 04-27-2013, 19:47   #30
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Had the 2.5" hammerless. Loved it, but hated it. I couldn't shoot it worth a damn, and the trigger was flat out awful. I got to the point that after 50 rounds of .38 & .357, I literally could NOT pull the trigger. My finger was so fatigued. In that, I lost all confidence in being able to shoot the gun in a SD situation.

Great guns with modifications or a LOT of break-in.
I hate the trigger in mine also. I talked to gunsmith last year when i bought it and he told me to shoot it . He said the trigger mech. needs to break in. So far I've got about 500 live rounds thru it and about 1000 dry fire cycles( with snap caps) . Its finally starting to get better. Its no S&W action , but its getting there ....

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Old 04-30-2013, 17:51   #31
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Old 05-07-2013, 17:38   #32
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