My dad carries the 4" SP101. Not sure his rig but he has bad knees and back and is able to manage the weight.
Good belt and good holster pretty much negate any weight concerns. I haven't found a speedloader that will work with .357 mags on a SP-101 (cartridge is too long, hits against the cylinder release) -- although speed strips or .38 specials work fine. I use a Crossbreed Supertuck.
The SP101 is beautiful, but it's slightly in second place versus S&W's 686. That's mostly because I've shot the 686 and not the 101.
The 686+ is a good choice but it must be annoying if you're speed loading! You still get 6 shots, but not the 7th :frown:
The 4'' barrel was perfect when I shot the 686. Any more might be overkill, and any less might kick the recoil up too much. As it was the thing barely moved in my hands for .38spl and only some for .357.
My Wife! SP-101 in a Uncle Mikes el' cheepo pocket holster retained with velcro in purse. Purse has a composite D-ring for connecting the purse to a shopping cart, chair or desk leg. Very simpe and very effective. Secondary option, thigh holster when wearing a skirt. Bianchi 7 Shadow II Holster for casual carry - Jeans loose shirt etc.
I't a quick run to the store gun...I got a Fobus paddle holster for it that I love...easy on and off...the right carry rig makes carrying it better.
Here is my review from a few years ago.
Kev Rees Speedy Spanky Review
I have the SP101 with the 2 inch barrel and it's a handful shooting full load .357's.
I have a Simply Rugged OWB pancake holster (left hand) and a Remora holster for it. The Simply Rugged is a good holster but, my only complaint is the mouth is not reinforced so one handed re-holstering is difficult for me.
I sometimes carry it around my property but I feel more comfortable with more rounds available. You just never know when you're going to venture on a crowd of Zombies :wink:
I have a 3" SP101 also. Great handgun but I dont carry it much except when hunting or hiking I carry it in a Simply Rugged Silver Dollar Pancake or a Biancie Black Widow.
When Im hunting or hiking Im always carrying a ton of stuff but its never the Ruger that weights me down.
Any ideas on how to adjust it to make it more bearable?