Ruger LCR & SP101 size comparison?

Ruger LCR & SP101 size comparison?

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    Ruger LCR & SP101 size comparison?

    I'm looking to get my first wheel gun. Based on the price and reviews, I'm looking into getting either a Ruger LCR or an SP101 (2.25 barrel). I've seen some photos of the two side by side, but it is very hard to tell how they compare size-wise.

    Does anyone have both pistols and would be willing to show me what they look like one over the other just to get an idea of relative size?


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    I would like this too.

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    SP101's are SOOOOOO pretty
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    Here you go....

    same height, .5" shorter and almost half the weight

    LCR .357 height 4.5" length 6.5" weight 17 oz
    LCR .38 height 4.5" length 6.5" weight 13.5 oz
    Sp101 height 4.5 " length 7" weight 26oz

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    Cool

    I have fired both the LCR with 158 gr+p .38 special loads and the SP-101 with 125 grain .357 loads.
    I went with the SP-101 for the extra recoil absorbing weight and the ability to shoot the .357 round. I carry the Remington 125 gr .357 in mine for SD. I have never shot the LCR in .357 but I am willing to say I would like the SP-101 better. Both are fine weapons it all depends on your needs and likes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azchevy View Post
    Here you go....

    same height, .5" shorter and almost half the weight

    LCR .357 height 4.5" length 6.5" weight 17 oz
    LCR .38 height 4.5" length 6.5" weight 13.5 oz
    Sp101 height 4.5 " length 7" weight 26oz
    Thanks!

    Any idea on how the widths compare?

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    Any idea on how the widths compare?
    Although I do not have the specific data at hand Ruger goes on at length in his promos for the LCR as to how the cylinder is built 0 the purpose of which is to make it more compact than the 101. So, while I don't know exactly how much, the bottom line, the LCR is narrower.
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    Here is what I could dig up:

    101 max Width: 1.349"

    LCR max Width: 1.283"

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    I won a lcr .357 earlier this year, the only thing I liked about it was the trigger smooth and sweet .I sold it a month later and bought a sp101, love it

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    The rumored Alum framed SP-101 might be the best of them yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordhamster View Post
    Thanks!

    Any idea on how the widths compare?
    They use the same holsters.

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    What specifically didn't you like about the LCR? I'm on the fence trying to decide which I want.

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    I have both and both are fine firearms, But my summer carry is the LCR. It is lighter and fits in my front pocket much easier. I love the SS 101 and can shoot it and enjoy. But EDC is the LCR. The trigger on the 101 has been tuned and springs replaced, but LCR trigger was crisp and clean from the staart. Just buy both and enjoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear67 View Post
    I have both and both are fine firearms, But my summer carry is the LCR. It is lighter and fits in my front pocket much easier. I love the SS 101 and can shoot it and enjoy. But EDC is the LCR. The trigger on the 101 has been tuned and springs replaced, but LCR trigger was crisp and clean from the staart. Just buy both and enjoy.
    Ditto, I have both also. The sp101 is 1/2 inch longer. Both can use same holsters. The way I see it the 101 is more of sidearm-range gun. The lcr is a all day front pocket carry when the crap hits the fan gun. I will buy a 101 in .357 when the funds are available. Both are excellent guns, just built for different purposes IMHO.
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