Pros and Cons of SP101 with 2.25 inch barrel in .357 magnum.

Pros and Cons of SP101 with 2.25 inch barrel in .357 magnum.

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    Pros and Cons of SP101 with 2.25 inch barrel in .357 magnum.

    Please give me the pros and cons of this SP101 with 2.25 inch barrel in .357 magnum. gun. I am planning to add it to my Glock 23 .


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    Hi here are some Pros:
    it's small
    conceals easily
    is a great SD caliber
    you can shoot .357magnum,.38spl.38spl +P so one gun two
    calibers.
    It's probably the softest shooting and THE most durable small
    .357 magnum on the market.

    Cons: well these are few it's heavy for its size,doesn't have the best trigger out of the box(but this can be fixed easily with wolf springs)if you chose. And it only holds 5 rounds.

    So I'd say the PROS outweigh the CONS the Ruger SP101 is a great gun and I think its worth owning.

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    Pro's: It's a nicely made gun.

    Con's:

    It's a 2.5" .357. The flash, noise and recoil is far too much for me. At least it's steel, so it has some weight to help minimize the recoil. But it's still substantial, unless you're shooting .38's with it. The minimum barrel in .357 that I'd use is a 4". A 6" barrel is VERY nice to shoot, but no good for carry.

    It's also too large (width of cylinder) IMHO for CCW.
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    I don't own one yet :/
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    Its a heck of a gun. Strong, shoots good, and very reliable and versatile. But, if you are gonna carry it for protection, there isnt much,,, well nothing I can think of,,, that your 23 cant do better. Capacity is the big factor for me. 5 rounds of .357 v/s 13 rounds of .40 plus the 23 has faster reloads!
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    I've got a 3" barrel version. Not to bag on the SP101 as it's a good gun, but in light of the OP's current gun:

    Velocity loss of the 2 1/2" barrel will put you into 9mm territory with more flash and recoil of a .357 in a snubby (not good). The empty weight of SP101 is 25 oz and the cylinder adds bulk for carry. I placed my SP101 on top of my G23 and they're about the same size.
    I think a G27 would be a better choice. Same spare mags as your present carry gun, loaded weight is 27 oz (about same as SP), you get 9 shots vs. 5, gun is flatter, easier to control than an SP101 shooting .357. Trigger pull and trigger reset is the same as your current gun. Parts interchangeability. Weapon familiarity. May fit current holster.

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    +1 on what 1911 had to say.

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    If you have you heart set on a ruger what about the older models before the sp 101 which I like better .Security -Six, Speed-Six. The hard rubber grips cause the recoil to come through like a mule kicking.How about a set of rubber grips that certainly help with the recoil.

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    You get a more concealable 5 shots for sure. The short barreled revolver is less prone to malfunctions from pocket lint and what not. OMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stetson View Post
    If you have you heart set on a ruger what about the older models before the sp 101 which I like better .Security -Six, Speed-Six. The hard rubber grips cause the recoil to come through like a mule kicking.How about a set of rubber grips that certainly help with the recoil.
    Don't know if Stetson is talking about the SP or the earlier (six shot) guns when he describes recoil. I've never seen the earlier Security/Speed/Service Six guns with anything but wood stocks, so I assume he's describing the SP?

    In my experience, the factory grips of the SP, combined with its stud grip frame, and the weight of the steel frame, make it the softest shooting five shot .357. I've owned a 2.25/DAO for about ten years. The trigger was very rough out of the box, but it smoothed out nicely after shooting it a bit without having to install weaker springs. Another plus for the SP is its accuracy. The little guns shoot very, very well. I've settled on Remington's Golden Saber (mid-level) .357s as a carry load. I don't attempt to pocket carry the gun because of its weight, but 25 ozs. can hardly be considered heavy on a good belt.

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    The main Pro is that there's no Cons.
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    I like mine. Not my EDC but still a gun that I will never sell. The main con that I hear from most is it's relative size for a small wheel gun. But as others have said, this can be a positive as well since it is IMO the easiest snubbie to control.
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    Originally posted by 1911 luver: Hi here are some Pros:
    it's small
    conceals easily
    is a great SD caliber
    you can shoot .357magnum,.38spl.38spl +P so one gun two
    calibers.
    It's probably the softest shooting and THE most durable small
    .357 magnum on the market.

    Cons: well these are few it's heavy for its size,doesn't have the best trigger out of the box(but this can be fixed easily with wolf springs)if you chose. And it only holds 5 rounds.

    So I'd say the PROS outweigh the CONS the Ruger SP101 is a great gun and I think its worth owning.
    I agree with his response 100% I'd just like to add two things in my own experience:

    My SP-101 will fill the gap sometimes when my autos print through a shirt I'm wearing. Seems like I can always conceal the 101 in my Concealco holster, or in my pocket.

    On the negative side, I do find follow up shots to be a bit slow with full load magnums.
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    I had that sp101 for a while. While it was the most comfortable 2.5" .357 i've ever shot, it wasnt the easiest gun to carry. for comparable size & weight i could carry 6rnds of .45 or 11rnds of 9mm both with 3" barrels.

    Its a great gun, one of the best if you're going to go with a wheelgun, but for the size & weight i went with the Glock 26. Great gun. truly excellent, just not for me.
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    Pros should carry SP101s, cons should not carry any handgun.

    As already stated, there are no "cons" with the SP101. If it is too heavy, it is too heavy; that is not a con, but a personal limitation. I like some density in a fighting handgun. I can work a double patrol shift wearing an SP101 in an Alessi Ankle rig. I can wear an SP101 in a Sparks PMK for 20+ hours, and not feel the weight.

    An SP101 is barely bigger than a J-frame, but fits my hands almost as well as a K-frame. What's not to like?

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