The Shining - A SP-101 Story

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    The Shining - A SP-101 Story

    I have never been the type of guy who could leave well enough alone, and the purchase of my new SP-101 gave me th opportunity to make plenty of changes.

    I began work on my new Ruger by doing a complete trigger job to smooth and lighten an otherwise crumby trigger. By polishing all the essential trigger and hammer components, I was able to utilize the 10lb Wolff hammer spring and the 8lb Wolff trigger return spring. My ignition is 100%, my trigger returns are fast and crisp and my DA/SA trigger weights are perfect.

    For better target acquisition, I added the MePro night sights, and I have to say that anyone with an SP-101 really needs to invest in these sights.

    The grips that come with the SP-101 are alright, but I think that the Hogue grips really tame the recoil of the full-power .357's. This is another essential upgrade for anyone who just can't enjoy the kick of the mighty .357 magnum.

    To rid myself of the ugly owner's manual that Ruger feels we all need on our firearms, I did a complete shine job on my pistol. This included shaving material from the barrel to remove the roll marks, deburring all the sharp edges and buffing the whole pistol to a mirror shine.

    I'm now content!

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    "Let me guess... This isn't about the alcohol or tobacco."

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    Zing! That looks 100% better. Definitely gives it that more classic look for sure.

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    Blind the BG's first then shoot em
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    pretty

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    I cant see the before picture but the after looks great!
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    Very nice!
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    Looks real good.
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    Looks like a fine job you did there......

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    Wow. Nice job. Looks great. However, I must confess that I am a fan of the matte look. I think that she looked pretty darn good before as well.
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    Very nice. I have the same model 101 with Hogue monogrip also. Thought about doing the same thing, but I'm afraid that I'll mess it up. :) lol.
    I did dremmel the bottom sharp edge and 45 degree the top outer edges of the hammer. Was kinda sharp. I also worked on the edges of the trigger and the trigger guard, but I havn't done any polishing. I did change the main spring to a Wolff 9 lb spring.
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    Nice gun....... I have a couple of SP101's..... love'em but that don't look that good.......

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    Beautiful job, makes me want to do some work to mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Blind the BG's first then shoot em
    +1 looks great... like a classic
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    trigger return spring

    nice job, i took mine apart and added the 10lb spring, where does the trigger return spring go, i couldn't find it anywhere

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    Great job! It looks very nice.

    What did you use to "shave" the metal on the barrel?

    I did pretty much the same thing to mine not too long ago but didn't take the words off. Now I'm thinking about it after seeing yours.


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