switching up the hardware

switching up the hardware

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    switching up the hardware

    Hey all - I've got a bit of a dilemma. Currently, I've got a 2" sp101 and a 4" rossi 357 that I use for HD and carry. But, I've found that the 2" sp101 is a little big for pocket carry and I think I would like something smaller like a 642 in the few instances that I would do that, and I never carry the rossi because it's pretty large. So, I'm considering trading in the pair for a 3" sp101 and a 642, both of which I would be able to carry (the 4" rossi is just too big).

    So, what do you all think? Could you live without a service sized gun in your collection for HD? (I don't keep and long guns for HD). I can't shake the feeling that I'm going to end up buying a 4" revolver again, which may not be a bad thing as I might step up to a gp100 or 686+. :)


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    A 3" revolver is service size and good enough for HD. The FBI carried them for years. I have an ex-law enforcement holster for my 3" K-Frame.



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    I've got a 3" Rossi (5 shot) that I've carried as a trail gun at times. The 3" barrel in a revolver is ideal in my book, but it can be tough finding holsters. Years ago I used to stick a Ruger 6 shot with a 4" barrel in my belt, but that was too much for anything but the woods.

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    If you're trying to broaden the roles your guns play, I'd go for the 642 but bypass the SP101 in favor of a K- or L-frame that holds 6 or more rounds. I know the SP101 is a great gun, but it's heavy for a 5-shooter.
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    I like a 3" revolver but I would go with a GP-100 or a S&W 13-3/65-3 etc... with a 3" barrel over a SP101, and get a J-frame size revolver (S&W or Taurus)
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    Airweight J frame and magnum K frame

    For revolver carry I like to choose between and airweight J frame .38 snubby (15 ounces empty) for maximum concealment in a pocket, or a steel K frame .357 magnum snubby for belt carry (32 ounces empty). These two cover the spectrum of revolver carry for me, and I can pick one, the other or both depending on the situation. I use a model 642 for the airweight and a model 66 or 19 for the larger magnum gun.



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    Sounds like you would be well armed with the SP & the S&W snubby.

    Might try this, go to your range & rent a Glock 17 or 19. Yeah I know I did'ent wanna like 'em either, but they cost about the same as SP101 & hold three times as much ammo.

    I also own a SP101 3" & love it! But is a very "mission specific" handgun. That is its primary role is as a trail gun & it backs me up while hunting.
    I find it too bulky for my preferred IWB carry & the 5 shot capacity dosent work for me as a priamry home defence gun. But one could do a lot worse.

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    Anyone who even tries to pocket carry a SP101 has a strong back & TOUGH pockets! Think about a S&W Model 12. 6 shot K frame lightweight snubbie. They're not easy to find but very, uh...convenient. I love mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    Think about a S&W Model 12. 6 shot K frame lightweight snubbie. They're not easy to find but very, uh...convenient. I love mine.
    The 12's are very nice! This one only weighed 19 ounces but felt lighter than that, Wish I still had it. You win some, you lose some.

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    Personally, I would keep the SP101 you already have, since you will lose a lot of money selling and replacing it with a 3 inch model. Sell the Rossi and consider getting a laser sight like Crimson Trace for the SP101. It's more than adequate for nightstand duty. That is my set up with the SP101. The 642 is a great pocket gun, and mine goes everywhere I go. I believe the total cost would be less with the combination I recommend.
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    I carry a Ruger SP101 357 3" Barrel, excellent gun and comfortable, use to carry my Glock 19 until I got the SP101
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    i think your new choices are excellent ones. i'm assuming since you said the 2" SP-101 was too big/heavy for pocket carry, that the 3" would be holster-carried. i have a 642 which is often pocket carried, and a steel 2.5" 'K' frame and a 3" 'N' frame. all see concealed carry duty at times.

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    Not much to add to the thread but it is almost impossible to pocket carry any SP101. I occassionaly carry my 3" owb which is fine but I will not be trying to pocket carry my 2" any time soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdpG19 View Post
    I carry a Ruger SP101 357 3" Barrel, excellent gun and comfortable, use to carry my Glock 19 until I got the SP101
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    What make of holster is that? Don Hume?

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    Keep your 2" Sp101, and maybe save up and add a LCR for pocket duty/BUG use. Carrying both would leave you able to deal with most anything reasonably anticipated.

    I'd keep the 4" revolver for home defense and "out in the woods" use.
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