Ruger SP101

Ruger SP101

This is a discussion on Ruger SP101 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I just read Crews post of the grips for his SP101. I really like the gun and reading this made me get the fever again. ...

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    Ruger SP101

    I just read Crews post of the grips for his SP101. I really like the gun and reading this made me get the fever again. But, it is a big, freaking gun! My choice would be the 4.2 inch barrel. Can you carry this all day and do it comfortably? IWB? Let me know. Also if I can find one, what is a reasonable price? Used? New? I carry my DW .45 Guardian IWB and it's not nearly as heavy as the Ruger, but you know it's there at the end of several hours. Enlighten me oh wheel gun gurus that I may see the light and find happiness.
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    Expect to pay a premium for a 4" 357 SP101. They have been going for around $780-1100 on Gunbroker and are a rare find.

    I love Ruger but a 4" 357 SP101 is not worth $1000.
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    I like the 3" .357. I don't carry it a lot IWB, but picked up a little Fobus paddle (for a few bucks, used at LGS) and love it. It's quick for a run to the store, or all day if that's what you want to carry. You'll get used to the heft after a bit.

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    If I'm carrying a revolver with a 4" barrel, it's going to have at least 6-shot capability. I'll take a K-frame, thank you.
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    I carry the 2.4 an love it, extremely accurate great for cc I use milts summer special hardly know I have it on. image.jpg

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    I don't own an SP101 but I have shot a few and intend to get one in the future. My preference is for a three inch or shorter in order to take advantage of the smaller size of the SP. I'm with Smitty that if I wanted a four inch revolver I would get a full size six shot, which is actually what I recently did when I bought my 4" 686.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy8 View Post
    I carry the 2.4 an love it, extremely accurate great for cc I use milts summer special hardly know I have it on. image.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokinFool View Post
    I'm with Smitty that if I wanted a four inch revolver I would get a full size six shot, which is actually what I recently did when I bought my 4" 686.
    So would I.

    A Ruger Redhawk .44mag, a S&W 686 .357mag, a Ruger GP100 .357mag, or similar format.

    For concealability, if wanting a 5-shot .357mag then my first choice would be the Ruger SP-101 3". If concealing that extra inch of barrel wasn't such an issue, I'd have no problem with a SP-101 4", though as SmokinFool points out a 6-shot alternative that's even easier to control and manage would be my preference in that case. Perhaps a 686, or Model 10, maybe even a 586.
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    If you're comfortable with a heavier gun, such as a Ruger sp101, and have a budget of $1,000+, why wouldn't you look for a Colt Python? I doubt a finer revolver was ever made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    If I'm carrying a revolver with a 4" barrel, it's going to have at least 6-shot capability. I'll take a K-frame, thank you.
    ^^^^ THIS ^^^^

    I have a 2+" barrel SP101 and I love that gun, but it is heavy for a 5 shot snub (but it handles the .357 Magnum very well). I believe that the 3" barrel would be great.
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    I carry my 2" SP101 every day AIWB. It's plenty accurate for any Self Defence situation. I back it up with a LCR357, it is more accurate than the SP.

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    Like my 3" Sp but really I only carry it when hiking or hunting,really need a good IWB holster.
    As far as weight goes my Sp is lighter than my 1911's or P35.

    A 4" Sp is going to be thinner than any "full size" .357 because of the 5 shot cylinder. I do like your Idea of a 4" Sp carried in a IWB holster.
    Longer sight radius so more accurate,longer barrel so more velocity and more important it just looks cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    Expect to pay a premium for a 4" 357 SP101. They have been going for around $780-1100 on Gunbroker and are a rare find.

    I love Ruger but a 4" 357 SP101 is not worth $1000.
    That would be a very inflated price for that gun. The suggested retail price for the 4.2" SP101 on the Sturm Ruger site is $699. It's a nice revolver but to pay anything nearing a grand for a 5 shot Ruger is unthinkable. My own 2.25" SP101 purchased new was $550. Granted that was before craziness ruled the land.

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    I do really like snubs for cc. I can tell you i take my g17 , mk111 , mod 60' an a 642 to the range once a week the SP out shoots them all. I had a action job done on all my guns but the sp is smoother an gives my mk111 a run for the money out to 30, 40 feet. It handles 357 very well , with plus p's its scary follow up shots are right on best snub for the money out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy8 View Post
    I carry the 2.4 an love it, extremely accurate great for cc I use milts summer special hardly know I have it on. image.jpg
    I agree with Easy8 - The SP101 is, in my opinion, the best 5 shooter on the market. It is without question the stoutest 5-shot 357 Magnum made, and can handle a full diet of magnum loads. I am a "full grown" guy (as I like to refer to myself) and carried a SP101 in a pocket carry orientation. My preference is the DAO version with a 2.25" barrel stoked with either 110 grain 357's or 150 grain PMC Star Fire HP's. The PMC's point of impact is right on the point of aim for the SP101, and the 110 grainers work well where over penetration is a concern. In 38 Spl loads I pretty much stand with the Remington 158 grain Semi-Wadcutter Hollow Point +P, which was dead on with my point of aim. (As a note: I have had multiple SP101's and the ammo I mentioned performed the same in each gun)

    These litttle boomers define "pocket rockets" and can handle some serious loads. In spite of their robust construction they are easily carried in a OWB or IWB holster. When carrying the SP101's I had, I would carry at least one reload (sometimes two) and maybe stash a speed strip in a vest pocket. In addition to pocket carry I have used Fobus paddle holsters and various holsters in the IWB configuration and carried them all day long with no issues. The one modification I did was install a set of Hogue grips for IWB or OWB carry. When using the magnum loads these grips really helped with recoil. Lastly, you have to work REALLY hard to break a Ruger. The SP101 is tank tough and will keep going when smaller semi-auto's will not. They also are unaffected by the normal lint and grim associated with carrying firearms in an IWB or pocket carry holster. You get a whole lot of gun in a little package with the SP101. Price wise, if you can find them in my area they run anywhere from $575 to just under $600 depending on the variation.
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