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Ruger SP-101 Reviews

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Postby babysigi » Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:57 pm

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:-)
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Postby snke_doctr » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:12 pm

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.
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Postby robert98597 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:49 pm

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.
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Postby bulletproofvest » Wed Jan 04, 2012 11:03 am

is this gun good for a female civilian? thinking of giving this one to an aunt.


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Postby desktop » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:06 pm

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.
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Postby SW-Insured » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:00 pm

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Postby fletchwe » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:07 pm

>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.
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Postby The_Sarge » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:18 pm

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.
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Postby SW-Insured » Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:55 pm


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?
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Postby fletchwe » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:55 pm

>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.
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