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Old October 31st, 2009, 10:36 AM   #16
 
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I would buy a SP 101 .22lr in a minute but they are hard to come by and cost too much. I think a new batch from Ruger would be a welcome sight.



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Old November 13th, 2009, 12:33 AM   #17
 
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A .22 GP100 with a 6" barrel would one hell of a target gun. It would look really nice next to my S&W Model 18. (Which in my opinion is the coolest .22 revolver ever made.)

I love full size DA .22s. I don't know if there is a gun that is more fun/accurate/inexpensive to shoot out there, but if there is, somebody please let me know.
Yep!! I have both a S&W K22 model 17 and 18. They probably see more range time than any other of the firearms I have.
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So why doesn't Ruger make a double action revolver in .22 LR?

I understand the SP101 once chambered in .22 LR, but no longer.

How about an 8 or 10 shot SP101 or GP100? Something similar to the model 63 and 617 that Smith & Wesson sells.
Good question for sure. I really like my 617 but if you can handle a single action you'd probably like the Bearcat. For sure .22 revolvers are inexpensive fun. My wife can hit quarter size targets at 15 yards with my 617. It's what gives her confidence in carrying a revolver.
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The GP in 22 would make a nice complimentary to a 357 GP but it would be like a 617 just to heavy to carry on the hip all day!!
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Here's your 4" barrel with adjustable sights

http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewIte...Item=147132314
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Thanks for the post, now to find a co-signer, just bought an b-master upper and a flashlight with a free glock stuck to it last night, that SP will go quick......
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I've owned two of them and they aren't worth all the hype generated over them. A good set of sights would definately improve the the gun but I doubt Ruger would make the SP again in 22lr since they didn't sell well to begin with. The Single Six does everything a GP or SP would do and Ruger already produces and sells a bundle of them so why tool up for something they already sell??
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The Single Six is not a DA revolver is it?
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Our clan has put a lot of rounds through the full-underlug 4" SP101 in .22 LR. Its ergonomics make it a great training gun for both the other members of the SP101 family and the GP100s. Cheap to shoot, plenty accurate for training purposes. It's also pretty decent mole medicine when that is needed!
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Nope , it's a 6-shot single action , hense the single-six, a real fun gun for it's purpose and I collect the 3-screw old models. I have a S&W mod-34 with a 4" bbl , had that since 71 or 72 and it's still a great shooter, thats my DA 22, sure would like one of those SP's in 22, one of these daze........
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The Single Six is not a DA revolver is it?
No it isn't but it shoots 22lr and it sells well. Why make a new product line that doesn't sell well? If everyone here bought a 22lr SP-101, it still wouldn't justify the cost to make it.
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Most folks I see with revolvers shoot them in SA. I've been looking for a DA revolver in .22 lr. Thought the 617 and 317 were too expensive and didn't run across a taurus I wanted to buy. I finally found a used DA .22 revolver. I know it would be great for cheap practice instead of my snubbie. Just need to find a pocket holster and pocket that fit.


I've love to find a Ruger DA .22 revolver. Be great if they made one.
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I just read on another forum that the SP-101 firing pin retainer has been modified to a "screw in" configuration. Maybe this means a rim fire/center fire easily made on the same frame?
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I would love to have a GP-100 chambered in 22 LR, but I have my doubts if it will ever happen. Ruger's current MSRP for a SP-101 is $589, a blued GP-100 is $616, and a stainless GP-100 is $680. A 22 LR would list for at least that much .... maybe more. Not too many shooters are willing to pay that much for a 22. Normally you can buy most any Ruger for $100 under MSRP but even then ..... that's a pretty hefty price.

The factory's concept for 22 DA revolvers has always been a "training tool" to simulate more powerful DA revolvers chambered in centerfire cartridges. We all know there are many other uses ... especially since ammo prices have skyrocketed. It's evident there's not much of a market for 22 DA revolvers because there are only a couple choices available, unlike semi-autos where there are dozens of choices. Taurus is a "minimum" gun in my opinion. The only high quality new 22 DAs available are S&W Mod 617s and their classic Mod 17 & 18. The prices are out of sight ...$916 MSRP for a 617, and over $1000 for the classics.

At theses prices and the limited market, it's no wonder Ruger dropped the SP-101 and has never made another DA 22 revolver. If you want one, your best bet is to shop around at dealers, pawn shops, and gun shows. Some of the older S&W Mod 17s and 18s show up now and then as do the Ruger SP-101s. Be prepared to spend some cash ... $500 would be considered a bargain these days.

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I finally found a double action 22 revolver I wanted last year. There has not been any new production 22 revolvers I was interested in for a long time, poor trigger, too much money, etc. I had a Ruger single six 40 years ago, good gun but in 22 I want more. I've had a Ruger Standard Model 22 auto for 40 years, good gun, better than any of the "Mark" 22 autos. 6", fixed sights, used it on gophers and ground squirrels out so far as to loose sight of them, just takes practice to learn how to hold over or under.
The revolver I finally settled on, actually found, wasn't even looking for, is a Colt Official Police, 6" fixed sights, probably had been fired, but we couldn't be sure. Made in 1956, absolutely beautiful, with Python stocks, which I had a set of period service O.P. stocks to put on. Wonderful shooter and smooth like butter, even tho it is like new and after a year and several thousand rounds is smoothing up even more. Fixed sights have advantages over adjustable for my application, I almost never shoot at known distances and almost all shooting is off hand or improvised rests, like fence posts, etc.
Glad I waited and continued looking, was well worth it!!!!!!!!!
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