Only Keep One: SW 642 or Ruger SP101 2"?

Only Keep One: SW 642 or Ruger SP101 2"?

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  • Keep the 642

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  • Keep the SP101

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  • Keep both & make it work

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    Question Only Keep One: SW 642 or Ruger SP101 2"?

    Money is tight and I need to get rid of one of my wheel-guns

    Which would you KEEP????

    S&W 642 or Ruger SP101 .357mag 2"

    I really cant keep them both, but I added that as a choice

    I carry both about evenly when I'm in the mood, but my main CCW is a Glock 26 or Glock 30 that see 95% of carry time. I also own a 4" S&W 686, so that could be used in lieu of the SP101 if I need .357...

    Thanks guys!
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    Get estimate of what each will sell for used. Sell the one which gets you the most cash. Since CCW is Glock, the only concern is which generates the most cash. Good luck on quick sale.

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    I'd be interested in either one for the right price and if you choose to sell on dc
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    Keep the Smith and Wesson.
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    adYou generally take a beating when selling a used gun unless you find someone you know that is willing to help you out and give you a fair price for it.

    1. Find someone who is interested in one of them but would be willing to sell it back if times get better soon.
    2. Keep both and eat PBJ sandwiches or cut costs someplace else until money gets better.
    3. Torn between first instinct to tell you to get rid of the 642 and keep the 101, but you have another .357 so you could get rid of the 101.
    4. If I seriously had to get rid of one, in your case it would probably be the 101. Man can't believe that I said that.
    Last edited by farronwolf; December 16th, 2011 at 11:11 AM. Reason: Mixed up the gun I would get rid of. Should have been the 101, not the 642.
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    Guys thank you very very much for the advice - I am going to sleep on it before making a choice tomorrow...

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    if your main carry gun is the G26,think i'd keep the Ruger...

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    The 642 will likely go in the 350 range, probably less, assuming good condition. I just bought a BNIB 642 from a guy for 345, with a fobus holster included. The 642 one of SW's best sellers, and there's a lot of them available. The SP101 will likely fetch 400-ish, maybe a bit more depending on condition.

    The SP101 is stainless, and with care what you have today will be the same in 20 years. The 642 is an airweight, and the finish will show its wear as the years go by. I'm a huge 642 fan, I have one for carry, but if I had to pick one to sell (and thus keep the other for long term), it would be the 642.

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    Keep both and make it work. You'll find a way and you'll be happier for having kept them both.

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    Since a Model 686 is available for .357 Magnum blasting the Model 642 looks like the keeper.
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    With the " Keep both and make it work " choice..it's a no-brainer! If one HAS to go, sucks to be you..they're both great guns
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    Quote Originally Posted by crue2009 View Post
    if your main carry gun is the G26,think i'd keep the Ruger...
    Good advice. Even though the Smith name out ranks Ruger (by some standards anyway) the SP-101 is a damn fine revolver and built to last many, many years. A hand me down pistol of you will... Keep this and give it to you children's children...
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    keep the 642, since you've got the 686 for .357 duty.

    the SP101 is too big for pocket carry, but the 642 is about perfect for that.
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    I'd try to keep both, but if one had to go, I keep the Ruger.
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    Keep the 642. The SP101 is a great gun, but it's a big load for pocket carry. The 642 fills the need for the small piece that will go with you when the bigger guns won't.
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