Strong and reliable shot after shot, all SP101 revolvers boast solid steel sidewalls (no side-plates), making them rugged, reliable, and dependable. Available in .22 LR, .327 Federal Magnum, .38 Special and .357 Magnum (which also accepts the less expensive .38 Special cartridges), you can count on the SP101 when you need it.
- Category : Revolvers
- Type : Revolver
- Action : Single/Double
- Caliber : 357 Magnum
- Barrel Length : 3.1"
- Capacity : 5
- Hammer Style : Spurred
- Grips : Black Rubber
- Sights : Fixed
- Weight : 27 oz
- Frame Description : Stainless
My first and probably last revolver love it. this is a gun that is designed to stop bad people. only issue i have is finding a good shoulder holster.
I bought the.357 because the longer barrel & I can still shoot.38s as well. The only reason I didn’t rate it 5 stars is because the original grip was rubbing my hand but fixed it with a rubber pachmayr grip. It is a bit tougher to shoot.357 rds but I always use PMC Starfire 125gr. hollow points. If this revolver was lighter it wouldn’t be as accurate as many inexperienced complain. A perfect example is a Glock. Even in 9mm grouping is very hard from 15-20 yards away with my 17 which only weighs about 24 oz unlike my Beretta 92FS that’s 32-33oz & puts the Glocks to shame just as SIGs do. If you want a light pocket pistol then get one in a smaller caliber. Most cops carry Glock 22s & my retired police detective never used. He preferred his SIG 226. Glocks are reliable mainly for competition shooting when the magazine is empty & all you have to do is release the empty mag & slam in a full one & it’ll chamber a round automatically.
The look the size the feel I'm not sure that ther is abbettwr revolver out there. 357 with the factory grips is not bad at all I put some badger boot grips which is a different story but looks awesome ! I carry critical defense 38+p no kick at all.
I love this gun. Not too big, not too small. Hefty but not too heavy. 38s fire very comfortably. Not as soft as a .22 of course but enough to make it interesting and fun. .357 loads have different degrees of recoil. Some light weight loads like 110gr bullets are traveling very fast so they give quite a kick when they launch. But work your way up to heavier loads with bullets like 158gr and it just feels good to shoot! Fat, stout recoil that tells you that you got a .357 magnum clutched in your hand! (with the Hogue grip.) Accuracy is outstanding for a 3" barrel! Fit & finish is beautiful. I've heard Ruger "overbuilds" their revolvers, and after about 1000 rounds of anything I can find or load myself, I'm a firm believer. Double action trigger is good, single action is scary-fun! I carry this appendix with no problems. I love this gun but I'd hate to be on the business end of it.
With less than 75 rounds (mostly .38, a few .357's) through it, the cylinder yoke bent and wouldn't close. Had to be shipped back to Ruger for repair. BUT...everyone I talked to (including random customers at Impact) were SHOCKED that an SP101 failed. It has been repaired and I have no doubt that it'll function flawlessly for me. It feels great in the hand. Heavy, but not so heavy that it's uncomfortable. Shoots more accurately than me. Some make complain about .357 kick, but I didn't find it bad at all. My brother's Taurus .40 S&W kicked more in my opinion. I have yet to carry it concealed, but am going to try it with an Uncle Mike's IWB. I fear it might be a bit big, but I'm a big guy, so i'm hoping it'll work. All in all, FANTASTIC gun and a great value.
In my opinion Ruger out did themselves with the SP101. It is a very comfortable small frame pistol great for those of us that like to carry a concealed revolver. Everything works smooth on this pistol. The cylinder rotates flawlessly and the hammer comes back with no snags (unlike several of my other brands). This pistol also shoots very accurately for a 3 inch barrel. This pistol only has 2 drawback. Though I like a gun that has some kick to it, I know a lot of people don't and this thing kicks like a mule. The second drawback is that it is a fairly meaty and heave pistol to be able to handle a .357 mag, which means you are always aware that it is there due to its weight on your person. It also makes you feel almost naked to not have it after you get used to it. For my personally though, now way I would trade it in on any other revolver.
This is the first revolver I owned. It saw frequent trips to the range, but I never put more than 50 rounds through it at a time. The recoil is strong and snappy, even with the 3" barrel, making it less-than-fun to fire. I recommend you use .38 special ammunition for practicing most of the time, then load up with 357 mag for duty purposes. I've had no problems with it except for one bent spring that Ruger replaced and shipped to me free-of-charge. Great customer service from Ruger. Other than those minor misgivings, this is a great little revolver. I'd recommend it as a backup concealed carry weapon (or primary if you're comfortable with the low capacity).
The Ruger SP101 is my first revolver. I chose it based on its size and reviews from other sites/users. I had narrowed the choice to either this or the s&w 686+ in 3 inch, this won. I really like the out button cylinder release.
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