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SP101 carry

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Getready4it, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. Getready4it


    Jul 29, 2010
    Pretty simple, who carries or has carried a Ruger SP101? Any advice or picures of holsters and carry rigs would be appreciated as well.
  2. I carry my SP101 spurless revolver all the time. By far, my favorite and most comfortable setup is a Wilderness Instructor belt with the revolver in a Remora holster tucked IWB at about 3:30 or 4:00. It disappears no matter what I'm wearing, stays put no matter what I'm doing, and is very comfortable. I love both the gun and the way I carry it.

  3. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    I've always had a man crush on a 3 1/16" barrel SP101 .357 Magnum.

    I've never owned a revolver but that's the one I most likely will buy if I do purchase one. I read that the .38 Special +P rounds are formidable self-defense ammo choices, with the powerful full-house .357 Magnum rounds available also.

    A couple of weeks ago I was shooting with friends and one had the Ruger noted above. It's a revolver I could see owning the rest of my life, and small enough to carry with the right equipment.
  4. I carry mine in this...


  5. "Cold Dead Hands" !

    "Cold Dead Hands" !

    Feb 19, 2009
    Nice !

    I seen a episode of Self Defense TV, where the host said he carries 2 small, lightweight 38 revolvers.
    One front and one back.
    Because their so light, their is no need for a speed loader for backup, just another liteweight revolver.


    Nov 5, 2001
    North Carolina
    Gemini Customs does some really fine work on the Ruger revolvers.
  7. Psychman

    Psychman NRA Life Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    IWB or OSW depending on my clothing. Both methods are comfortable for me. I never feel undergunned with one.
  8. Tx-SIG229


    Aug 30, 2011
    i don't own any revolvers mainly bc i have no experience with them but.... this is a seriously beautiful gun!
  9. r3dot


    Sep 6, 2007
    Izzerwat TX
    I carried one for all of about a week. Just didn't work for me. I shot it like **** and the trigger is so horrible that I even had a dream that I was unable to pull the trigger. lol

    They're great guns, but I just don't want to carry one. I'll take 18 rounds of 9mm instead.
  10. 2740dmx


    Mar 9, 2009
    I used to carry an SP101 DAO, and used a Crossbreed Qwikclip and an AKJ concealco IWB.

    I prefer IWB for carry, and felt that the Ruger was an easy gun to carry, given a proper gun belt and holster.
  11. 2740dmx


    Mar 9, 2009
    I assume that this is one of your designs...
    Could you tell more about it, and whether you could make one for my S&W 66 snub?
    I like the way that the loops are far apart, and the wing that allows the holster to wrap around the hip...and how the cant angle and the depth seem to ride...
    Tell me more!
  12. Jeep junky

    Jeep junky

    Jul 9, 2010
    Kansas City MO.
    I carried an SP101 for years!
    Great shooting, sturdy, little .357.
    It is not the lightest, but that is what makes it
    such an ammo munching beast!
    I truely believe the weight makes it a solid shooting platform.
    Throw a speed strip (or two) in your pocket,
    and you won't be out gunned.
    You must train with this gun, must, must, must...
    But when it becomes second nature to load with your strong hand,,
    I'd put you up against any idiot in a parking lot with a 30 roung mag.
  13. Tank44

    Tank44 Tank44

    Dec 5, 2008
    Parker, Colorado
    I carried one for years in either a Galco Concealable as my primary or on my ankle as a backup. I traded it for a SW 629 because I wanted a hand cannon. I love the 629, but miss the SP101 so much that I will soon be buying another.

    I found that I preferred practicing with .38 sp ammo rather than .357 because it is much easier to shoot. It is not light and is built like a tank. But that is what I like about it. I now carry a full size 1911 so weight has never been important to me. But be prepared to practice much more with a revolver than a semi. It is harder to get on target and get comfortable with.
  14. We can make the same holster for the 66. PM me if you would like more info. :wavey:
  15. 2740dmx


    Mar 9, 2009
  16. Landric

    Landric Supervisor?

    I carry a well "loved" DAO 2 1/4" SP101 on a regular basis. For me it is primarily a pocket gun/backup to my Glock 23 RTF2 or Gen4 26, though I also carry it as a primary, with a .357 LCR as a backup from time to time.

    I carry the SP101 in a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster, a Milt Sparks VM2, or a Galco Ankle Glove (not shown) with Federal Hydrashok or Hi-Shok 158 grain JHP and a couple of speed strips of the same ammunition for reloads if necessary.


    Contrary to popular internet rumor, the .357 Magnum does have a significant advantage in both velocity and energy over similar weight 9x19mm loads. The advantage is more pronounced with heavy bullets than the lighter 125 grain magnums. Whether or not one considers higher velocity and energy to be significant factors in performance is a different issue all together. At any rate the 158 grain Hydrashok averages 1130 fps out of the above revolver, find a 9x19 load that gets anywhere near that from a similar sized gun (rather than a carbine) with a 147 grain bullet, let alone a 158. For the record, the Federal 357B 125 grain SJHP averaged 1293 fps out of the above revolver. On the other hand, the Speer 124 grain (+P) Gold Dot averaged 1139 fps out of an HK P7, a gun similar in size to the SP101, but with almost twice the barrel.

    The often misunderstood and quoted "ballistics by the inch" website's data cannot directly be related to velocities obtained out of revolvers. This is because the TC Contender used in the tests had 1 1/2" of the 2" barrel taken up by the .357 chamber, whereas a real .357 revolver with a 2" barrel actually has 2" of barrel in addition to the chamber.
  17. If you've got a moment, your data and input would also be welcome over at this caliber thread I started about this very question:
  18. That's the best looking SP101 I've ever seen!


    Sep 30, 2010
    PHX AZ
    I carry mine occasionally... However only while open carrying because it's much more comfortable.

  20. Thank you kind sir!