Ruger introduces SP101 revolver in .22LR

Ruger introduces SP101 revolver in .22LR

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    Lightbulb Ruger introduces SP101 revolver in .22LR

    Looks nice a nice addition to the line:

    Ruger® SP101® Double-Action Revolver Models

    I always liked the S&W .22 revolvers, but balked at the price. This one might be more reasonable.

    Of course, my own plinking needs are met with my ancient Iver Johnson "Sealed Target 8" revolver - though the sights are lacking.

    Might have to save up for this Ruger, then...
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    The price is a little high for a kit gun, but its a Ruger, its stainless, and it will become a family heirloom if cared for well. Your children's grandchildren will be able to learn to shoot with it.

    Nelson Ford, a Phoenix gunsmith, did an outstanding job on a SP101 of mine in 357. As smooth a trigger as I've ever felt on a revolver. I'd love to see what he could do with this 22.

    Congratulations Ruger. While you had our attention diverted to your new pistols, you snuck out a dandy little kit gun that would make great outdoor companion.
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    Just curious. Why does it seem that .22s are usually more pricey relative to comparable revos? Note the price difference on Ruger's site for the same model in larger calibers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sigs View Post
    Just curious. Why does it seem that .22s are usually more pricey relative to comparable revos? Note the price difference on Ruger's site for the same model in larger calibers.
    I'm guessing its a combination of things-

    better (adjustable) sights
    longer barrel
    more machining to make the cylinder (8 chambers vs 5 or 6)

    And, given that this will likely be used for competition (among other uses), it might be made to tighter specs than the defensive calibers.

    Just my guess though.
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    I've been watching the chatter about the "new release" for the last 5-6 weeks. This one is definately on my short, short list.
    It will definately compliment my .357 SP101.

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    I really really really NEED a 22LR pistol too! I don't have one at all. I've hesitated to spend as much on a 22 as on a large caliber handgun. Maybe...
    just maybe.
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    I suddenly want another .22 handgun. That would give me the .22 LR trifecta: rifle, pistol, and revolver!

    It's a handsome looking firearm that would look nice in my collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    I'm guessing its a combination of things-

    better (adjustable) sights
    longer barrel
    more machining to make the cylinder (8 chambers vs 5 or 6)

    And, given that this will likely be used for competition (among other uses), it might be made to tighter specs than the defensive calibers.

    Just my guess though.
    Thanks. Makes sense.

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    I'm guessing shelf price will be in the $550-575 range. Still quite high for what most people would pay for a .22 plinker, but I still want one.

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    I wish it had the wide barrel like the large calibers. But since Im looking for a .22, this one I will for sure consider.
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    Considering that you can get, for under $300, one their great .22 ten shot autos upon which Ruger built their reputation, I don't think many people would spend $500+ for a revolver in that caliber.
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    I carry a S&W 642 and practice daily with a S&&W 317. If I carried a SP101 the new .22 would be perfect for daily practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freedomofchoice View Post
    Considering that you can get, for under $300, one their great .22 ten shot autos upon which Ruger built their reputation, I don't think many people would spend $500+ for a revolver in that caliber.
    For the difference, you get a handgun that will fire the cheapest bulk .22 ammo that you can find, and never jam. It is also easier to take apart (you don't need to) and clean. I had a Ruger Mk II that once had trigger reset issues, which I finally traced to a spec of residue on a trigger link. Ugh.

    I generally favor semi-auto pistols, but in rimfire, give me a revolver any day. Even for just plinking - jams, misfires, and duds tend to ruin the fun.

    Well worth the price difference, IMHO.
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    and as stated above, those of us that carry revolvers quite often would love to have a .22 cal revolver as near the daily platform as possible.... in this case the great many of us that do carry the SP101 in .38 or .357. Even though I personally love my old MKII 22/45 as a compliment to my semi-auto carry guns (very near identical grip angle/feel), it does nothing for muscle memory training for carry of my SP101 .357!

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    Interesting price ...

    I wonder what my 4" S&W Mod34, 22/32 Kit Gun would sell for today. I bought it in the mid-70s.
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