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Ruger SP101 .357

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by MoparMan1991, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. Okay so now the old man want's a revolver for CC. I don't know much about them as far as reputation, and was wanting to know if anyone has any advice on the Ruger SP101 .357. If you have any good info, I want it! If you have any dirt on it, I want it! So far I haven't read any negative reviews online but figured i'd go the extra mile and get some input from the brothers and sisters on Glock Talk.
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2012
  2. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Its a very solid revolver.

  3. MLittle


    Jun 24, 2010
    It's my favorite revolver and I have 10. Built like a bulldog, easy to shoot. The only real drawback is that it is really too heavy for pocket carry if that is what your Dad intends to do. I have the bobbed hammer version and I believe it weighs in at around 25 oz.
  4. itstime


    Apr 9, 2006
    Two good posts to start this off. So well I have nothing to ad. Ruger makes a solid revolver. Meaning they tend to be overbuilt. With that you get mass and weight.

    I wouldn't pocket carry one. And I tend to shove more into my pockets than most.

    Maybe look into an LCR. My class 3 dealer carries one in 357. Loves it. Told me he beats the crap out of it practicing drills weekly. Put thousands of rounds through his.

    Just an idea but the SP101 is a great revolver. Just a bit heavy and big.
  5. 86brick


    May 3, 2010
    My dad recently picked one up and I must say it is an awesome revolver. Because of the extra heft shooting .38 spl out of it is very nice and shooting .357 Magnum is still very manageable. I also like the factory grip, fits my big hands nice. I am seriously considering getting the Bobbed hammer version for CC duty.
  6. tacops5372


    Jun 16, 2008
    Bought a Ruger sp101 2 1/2 in. for mother in law. She's in her 60's and first DA pull was kind of tough. Trigger has sharp edges. After taking it to my lgs and talked to their gun smith. Had a trigger job done, and trigger edges smooth down. Now it's a shooter. Very accurate and now I want one..
  7. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    My wife carries an SP-101 in 357 Mag. with a hammer spur, and a 3 inch barrel. She's able to engage effectively with it out to 15 yards, and beyond. (Which is good for a small pistol!)

    It's a very solid little 357. The advantage is that it's heavy enough to do a lot of practicing with. The disadvantages are only two: (1) It's too heavy (and too large) to carry inside a typical pants pocket; and (2) it's VERY DIFFICULT to find a nice holster for this little 357.

    Because she doesn't wear belts, my wife prefers a paddle design; and nobody but Galco offers a paddle for the SP-101; and the Galco paddle holster is a cumbersome beast with, of all things, a thumb snap on top. (Just to slow down your draw!)

    Which reminds me: I haven't checked with Blade-Tech, yet! The SP-101 is a very nice (serious) revolver for self-defense. It's enough cartridge in a frame size that is relatively easy to aim and fire. There are no mechanical drawbacks to a 101. You might want to change the factory slab grips to a Hogue Monogrip, though.

    (If, 'Image Shack' were working, I'd post some pictures.) ;)
  8. DPris


    Mar 3, 2006
    Sharps are gone on current SP hammers & triggers with the new MIM parts.
    No longer an issue.
  9. DonD


    Dec 21, 2001
    Central TX
    If your father is a neophyte regarding shooting, I'd say that full snort .357s in the SP101 might be disturbing to him and keep him from becoming proficient. I say that because there is a large difference between some ammo labeled as .357 and stuff like Buffalo Bore, sometimes more than 200fps shy of BB ammo.

    I like my SP101 and carry it IWB. As the others have said, it's too large and heavy for pocket carry unless you're really large and tall and even then, it'll wear a hole in your pocket in short order.

    If your father doesn't want to carry a bigger load, get the LCR but even then, the lighter weight might make .38 +P seem hot to him. Good luck. Don
  10. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    Great gun. I bought my Mom the 2.25" version with the CT laser grips a couple of years ago for her CC/HD gun. And recently bought myself one that had been to Gemini Custom. She keeps her's loaded with .38+P's and mine is full of 125gr Gold Dots.


  11. How much were the laser grips? Do you recommend .38+P or .357 loads?
  12. fivestar


    Oct 15, 2004
    I had a 3" version for awhile. It was, and still is, my only revolver experience. I liked it, although I think I tried to do to much with it. I should have either gotten a 4" GP, or the 2" SP. I ended up selling it earlier this year. Eventually I'll probably get a 4" GP just to have.
  13. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    very well built gun that is heavy for its size and limited capasity.
  14. DonD


    Dec 21, 2001
    Central TX
    That does make it a more enjoyable gun at the range and moderates the recoil of hot ammo. Don
  15. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    It's the model that comes with laser grips. Both guns are .357 Magnums, but she prefers the .38+P loads over the .357 Mag loads. It really just depends on who's shooting it and what they are comfortable shooting.
  16. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

    Jan 2, 2005
    Taylorsville, KY
    I have a 3" SP101, and I really like it. Bought it with the intention of my wife being able to use it. It fits her well, and I have no problems with it either.
  17. Redstate


    May 17, 2011
    I hesitantly purchased a used SP101, 2 1/4". Wow, what a mistake it would have been to pass it up. Awesome revolver. I used it in a local ICORE match at quite a disadvantage due to the 5 vs. 6 round capacity. I had a great time with it. Extremely accurate for a snub. I shot mostly .38 out of it, with some .357 as well. I don't find the 357 unmanageable or painful to shoot for me.
  18. tc2129


    May 2, 2005
    Northwest Florida
    As others have said,, they are great. Built tough, and easy to shoot. I've put 357 and 38 through mine with no problems.
  19. Fantastic. I guess we will be looking at one of these for my old man when he returns from Iowa City.
  20. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    Depends on how your dad intends to carry.
    SP101s are great, but a little large and heavy for pocket carry - IMHO.
    I prefer the smaller lighter S&W 640 myself.
    S&W guns generally have better double action triggers too.

    On a belt, a bobbed 3" SP101 would be great.
    Make sure and look at the new Ruger LCR too.

    If belt carry is an option?
    You might also consider full size 4" 357.
    Rugers GP100 and S&W 686 are best of breed.

    I personally own two S&W 357 revolvers.
    640-1 and a 3" heavy barrel 65-3.
    With a good belt the 640 rides in the pocket nicely.
    On a belt the 3" Smith (Special K) is the ultimate CC revolver for me.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2012