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Old June 5th, 2015, 03:37 PM   #1
 
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SP101 .357 Mag. 2.25"

Hey guys
Haven't posted in a while but I just picked up one of these little gems. Have not got to shoot it yet. Most likely will carry it with .38's. Like the idea of being able to use .357 mag if I want to though.
How would you guys carry it? I am used to a Kahr P9 IWB. My state is Concealed carry only, if your lucky enough to get one.
Love to here any thoughts on this little gem



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Congratulations on your SP101. I've had a few and am down to just one now, the 2.25" but chambered in .38. All I really want to shoot in a snubby. For a while I had a 2.25" .357 and a 3" .357 but then I came across a smokin' deal on a new .38, bought it, fixed it up the way I like and sold the other two.

When I carry mine I use a Bianchi OWB.

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Good on ya. Put some 38+P from Hornady or Speer - done! If you're used to IWB, I'd say stick with it for the SP. it's too big for the pocket. You need to get an LCR357 for that - gotta have a BUG, right?
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I almost always carry IWB. Sometimes in my front pocket if my work dress requires. I have more than one carry gun so I don't need to carry this in a pocket. I like the looks of those groups too. I'll check out the Bianchi holsters. Hope to shoot it this weekend!! Feels like it's built real well!!
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I have a Crossbreed Supertuck IWB for my 2 1/4" SP and it works well for me. Spreads the weight over a wide area of the belt and offers good retention.

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I carried one in a Kraemer pocket holster for years as a backup when carrying in my store.
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Ive carried my DAO 357 in a Kangaroo Carry. It disappears and is very comfortable. The SP101 is a heavy gun, but the Kangaroo Carry makes it easy to manage the weight
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I carry my older model .38 2.25" SP nearly every day. I got it used for about $350 a few years back. It's pretty banged up but that's fine with me......since daily carry can put wear and tear on the cosmetics of a gun anyway. When I bang it into a shopping cart at the store, the door frame of my car, door frames of stores, etc. I'm glad it's already been "pre loved'
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I wear mine on the belt. I have a nice holster that pulls the gun in tight and high.
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The SP101 is designed to be a snub for people who actually want to shoot them a lot.......

I have a 1980's production S&W 60, gem of a little snubby but after 50 rounds of standard .38, I'm done....definitely not a range gun. +P's, forget it.


I can shoot my SP all day long if I had the ammo.....
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Thanks for the replies guys. I'll look into some of the holsters mentioned above. I am also going to try pocket carry. I am a pretty big and tall guy so I think that might work. I've carried my P9 Kahr in my pocket with no problem, though it is slightly bigger than ideal.
I had considered a smith airweight or one of their other smaller revolvers, but when I put the SP101 in my hand I knew it was what I wanted. Seems built very rugged compared to the little Smiths. Not that I am against a Smith, I have my grandfathers Model 27 and it's a cannon👍. This Ruger really just felt good in my hand. It will more likely be carried more than shot and certainly looks like it will be durable
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Mine resides in my DeSantis pocket holster, where I frequently forget it's there. I handload .38+P in .357 cases, specifically Speer Gold Dot ShortBarrels.
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The .357 is shown with Buffalo Bore 158 gr .357 short barrel, low flash. I use those if going to an unknown possibly dangerous area. Mostly carry it with Buffalo Bore .38 Spl +P 158 gr SWCHP-GC. The +P's clock at over 1000 fps so plenty of power.

If I take out the 9mm I use 147 gr subsonic. The 9 has the advantage of moon clips and being able to carry a little more ammo.
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A couple thoughts...

I've carried S&W Model 36s, S&W Model 60s and a 3" Ruger SP101.

My standard .38 Special +P self defense load launches a 125 gr XTP at 1050 fps out of a 2.125" barrel, and with Hogue Monogrips it is comfortable even over the course of a 100 round range session. The extra weight of the all steel J-frame pistols makes them much more shootable and the extra 6-7 ounces of weight is not enough to affect how they carry. Don't feel you have to limit yourself to standard pressure .38 with a steel J frame revolver.

.357 Magnum however is a bit sporty in a Model 60, even with good grips. Consequently I went with a 3" SP101 specifically for carrying .357 Magnum. A 2.125" Model 60 weighs 1.5 pounds and a 3" SP101 increases this to 1.8 pounds, but that extra weight, along with Hogue Monogrips makes it very comfortable to shoot even with .357 Magnum loads. I put 100 rounds of .357 Magnum through mine yesterday along with 150 rounds of .38 Special and my hand still felt great.



My .357 Magnum self defense load launches a 125 gr XTP at 1,250 fps in my 3" SP101, giving me a solid 200 fps over a .38 +P load, and it is capable of excellent 10 yard accuracy:

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Great pics and great info guys! I got to shoot mine this afternoon and I definitely like this little gun!! The .357 mags are stout, and I believe the .38 spl XTP will end up being my carry round. I've been carrying it in my front pocket and it seems to work good there. The .38s were much easier to shoot but I like knowing if I want to load full on .357 magnums I can.
Here is a pick of mine with my Kahr P9. The Kahr is going to get a break while the SP101 fills in for a while.


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