Ruger SP-101 Reviews

Discussion in 'Revolvers' started by ScaryWoody, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. babysigi

    babysigi Member

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    The SP 101 3 inch .357 mag. is my first Ruger revolver. I am pleased with what I got for my $499. It does require quite a bit of work to get to the way I like a revolver. I've already buffed it out (had lots of tool marks) replaced the front sight with a Meprolight and the grip with a Trausch (great grip!!) - next on the agenda will be the trigger work. It shoots a little left but not enough to bother me. Once cleaned up it's a very attractive revolver - worth the price:)
     
  2. snke_doctr

    snke_doctr Well-Known Member

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    Took my SP-101 to the range the other day, hadn't fired off some .357's in a while & it was refreshing - I was the first shooter there, but it soon filled up. Funny, but I shoot better when there are people around as opposed to shooting by myself.



    I also fired off some .38 Spl's I had "laying around", lol.
     

  3. robert98597

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    I own the 2-1/4" barrel version in .357 mag. this is my winter carry gun. I carry it in a Galco speed master holster. this is the ultimate self defense weapon. weight & balance is perfect. it goes bang everytime you pull the trigger. it is accurate. I have crimson trace grips on it. This is a great revolver. It shoots right to point of aim with factory 158 JSP ammo. With the Hornandy critical defense ammo & Federal Hydro shock it shoots about 1" high with the factory sights. I zeroed the CT grip so that is shoots POA on the laser. you can't go wrong.
     
  4. bulletproofvest

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  5. desktop

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    Have had my SP-101 357 for several years and keep it loaded with 38 spl. +p ammo for one of my house guns. I don't recommend 357 ammo in the house, as the noise from a mag. indoors is extreme. All my house guns are either 38 spl. or 9mm. The SP-101 is built like a tank and very dependable.
     
  6. fletchwe

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    >desktop If you have occasion to fire a weapon in your home, there are more serious considerations than decibels. Use the most powerful load you can fire with accuracy. The ringing in your ears will go away.
     
  7. The_Sarge

    The_Sarge New Member

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    As SW-insured says unless you go with the 327Federal Magnum. It holds 6 rounds and is almost as powerful as the 357 Mag. It has less recoil and noise. You might also want to try the LCR in 38 special. It is a 5 shot light weight revolver. You can also get Crimson Trace Lasers with these guns that help with shot placement.
     
  8. SW-Insured

    SW-Insured Well-Known Member

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    fletchwe:



    If it was simply ringing the ears that resulted, that would not be an issue. To the contrary, several studies have shown that firing a .357, .40, or 45 round indoors, in a garage, in a vehicle, or parking garage significantly increases the decibel rating to the extent that it will cause permanent hearing damage and possibly cause near or total deafness. Why risk it unnecessarily when there are safer options such as an effective 9 mm or a .38 +P?
     
  9. fletchwe

    fletchwe Member

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    >SW-Insured I've had a hearing loss for 45 years, but the cause was from training soldiers in the use of 3.5" Rocket Launchers. That was 1000's of rockets over 3 years, not 3 -4 rounds from a .357. If you feel more comfortable securing your home with a .22 or .25 caliber, that's what you should use.
     
  10. roncodrummer

    roncodrummer Well-Known Member

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    I would do anything to protect my family's hearing. I've been a professional musician for 36 years and my ears aren't what they used to be. However, if it comes down to protecting their hearing or protecting their LIVES, I'll blast away with a .357 magnum. I personally use a 9mm with self-defense loads designed for urban use, mainly because I don't want the rounds to go any further than the inside of whoever is attacking. But I gotta tell ya, I'm thinking even the 9mm would be ungodly loud!!!
     
  11. The_Sarge

    The_Sarge New Member

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    Everyone got off on a tangent from the first question of the day from "bulletproofvest". Is the SP101 a good gun for his aunt. It really depends on how good her grip and trigger finger strength is. The double action trigger pull can be over 6 pounds of pull. You need to see how strong she is. But the SP101 is also a single action that she can pull the hammer back and shoot with less trigger pull. Again, you can also look into the Ruger LCR that is a double action only but a lot lighter.
     
  12. flex4pj

    flex4pj New Member

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    I have probably put 2500 plus rounds thru mine, both 38 & 357 all different grain sizes. I have never had one single failure. I love this gun.