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Ruger revolvers

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    Ruger revolvers

    My wife owns two Ruger revolvers, one is an SP101, .357 /.38 Special. The other is a GP100, same caliber.
    She carries the SP101 all the time. She has her CCW permit. CC is legal for anyone over 21 in AZ, as long as you are in the approved carry-category (no felonies, etc.).
    My question pertains to carrying a full-capacity cylinder load or hammer down on an empty cylinder. My wife thinks it is safer for her to carry with hammer down on an empty cylinder rather than carry a full-load. I am of the belief that because of the transfer bar in both revolvers, it is safe to carry a full cylinder and the hammer down does not contact the round because of the transfer bar holding the hammer up and away from the loaded cylinder.

    Am I correct, or is my wife correct? I want her to be safe.


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    YOU are correct. Ruger revolvers are so safe with that transfer-bar ignition system there is NO REASON to make that SP101 a FOUR SHOOTER. Get that revolver loaded up! NOTE: Any modern American-made DA revolver is supposed to be carried fully-loaded and are SAFE to do so.
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    You are correct sir. She is safe carrying a full 6 or a full 5 whatever the case may be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by old grunt View Post
    YOU are correct. Ruger revolvers are so safe with that transfer-bar ignition system there is NO REASON to make that SP101 a FOUR SHOOTER. Get that revolver loaded up! NOTE: Any modern American-made DA revolver is supposed to be carried fully-loaded and are SAFE to do so.
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    Thank you sir. I thought that was the case.

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    Thanks for the reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLSlim View Post
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    The way the transfer bar system works on a Ruger revolver I would be willing to bet you could clamp the revolver in a vise and beat on the hammer to the point it is smashed and still not cause it to fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    The way the transfer bar system works on a Ruger revolver I would be willing to bet you could clamp the revolver in a vise and beat on the hammer to the point it is smashed and still not cause it to fire.
    I would be willing to bet same. Rugers are safe, stout, reliable revolvers.

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    I will concur with everyone else; you are correct.

    Carrying with the hammer down on an empty cylinder comes from the old SAA days.
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    JFWIW, my wife too carries a SP-101 fully loaded. I really like the transfer bar concept. Unload the pistol, recheck that is it unloaded, close the cylinder and observe what takes place as you pull the trigger. If you look closely you will see the transfer bar move up in the hammer opening. The bar is a bit wider at the top than the bottom. Your wife can then see there is a gap between the hammer and firing pin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    The way the transfer bar system works on a Ruger revolver I would be willing to bet you could clamp the revolver in a vise and beat on the hammer to the point it is smashed and still not cause it to fire.
    The way Rugers are built, chances are you'll destroy the hammer your beating it with, before you destroy the gun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by old grunt View Post
    YOU are correct. Ruger revolvers are so safe with that transfer-bar ignition system there is NO REASON to make that SP101 a FOUR SHOOTER. Get that revolver loaded up! NOTE: Any modern American-made DA revolver is supposed to be carried fully-loaded and are SAFE to do so.
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    ^^^ Bingo ^^^ I dropped my SP101 loaded with Speer Gold Dots square on the hammer on concrete and it didn't hurt a thing. The only noise it made was a clank. Modern revolvers are drop safe.
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    Direct your wife's attention to p. 12 of the GP100 manual and p. 13 of the SP101 manual for gudiance from Ruger about what's safe to laod. Hopefully she'll believe it if she sees it in the OEM's instructions.

    You can get the manuals on line here: Ruger Instruction Manuals & Product History
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    Quote Originally Posted by old grunt View Post
    YOU are correct. Ruger revolvers are so safe with that transfer-bar ignition system there is NO REASON to make that SP101 a FOUR SHOOTER. Get that revolver loaded up! NOTE: Any modern American-made DA revolver is supposed to be carried fully-loaded and are SAFE to do so.
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    This post is worth repeating! BTW... Ruger revolvers are some of the best tools ever built. Their fit and finish is impeccable, they are stout and strong with solid lock up and can handle full power loads all day long. Their triggers are relatively smooth and crisp and they are just pretty to look at.

    Also the transfer bar safety is one of the best revolver safety mechanisms.
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