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Old March 8th, 2010, 04:44 AM   #1
 
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GP100 vs SP101

Looking to get a 3" for carry. Looking at Ruger's website the GP and SP 3" are both the same weight of 27oz. Need advice on which one to buy. I have 4 GP100's in different lengths but no 3". Need to know the pro's and cons of both 3" to make my decision. Thanks.



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Old March 8th, 2010, 05:11 AM   #2
 
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I had the 3" GP100 before I got a 2.25" SP101 DAO

After switching to the smaller SP101 I heard a heavenly choir as it disappeared while hiding it on my person.

It wasn't the weight that was the issue in regards to CCW w/GP100's... The cylinder is PHAT!

Do you want to CCW a fishing sinker the size of a marble... or do you want to try to conceal a Q-Ball?

That's my .02 cents... if you want a GP100 get the 4" or larger bbl and carry in a good OWB holster.

Both GREAT! Guns BTW.

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I think you may have misread the specs on Ruger's website. It's 27 oz vs 36 ozs. The GP100 is considerably heavier and beefier than the SP101.
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If concealed carry is going to be this gun's primary purpose I would (and did) go with the 3" sp101. Sure you're sacrificng one round in the cylinder, but you gain a lot of comfort from the reduced weight and width. Besides I didn't consider 5 rounds of .357 to be too much of a disadvantage to 6. Either way you're bound to be carrying a speedy reload, just practice and try to make all 5 count.
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If CCW is the goal, the SP is the gun.
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If concealed carry is your goal I cannot wonder how the SP in .327 federal woudn't be the answer. In .327 the ballistics are around +P .38 or .357. It gives you six shot capacity and will shoot .32 S&W, .32 S&W Long, .32 H&R Mag, and .327 Federal.
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After the long awaited (by me) 7 shot 4" GP100, I can only wonder if Ruger will put out a 3" GP100 fixed sight in .327.
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I traded a 3" SP101 for a 3" GP100 (both .357), and replaced the GP100's compact grips with the standard size GP100 grips (old model with wood inserts). I'm a big guy (6'2"/210 lbs.) with big hands (XXL gloves). For me, the SP101 was just too small. It's no good to carry a small handgun if you can't get a proper grip on it in a hurry. The difference in weight/width doesn't make that much difference to me (Concealco IWB holster), but I really appreciate the larger grip and the 20% larger ammo capacity. No, you can't "pocket carry" the GP100, but I've always found that the SP101 was too heavy for pocket carry--even if you had pockets that were large enough. If I had smaller hands/body, my choice might be different.
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All great responses fellas. After reading these replies I now am the owner of a 2" SP101. Boy is that hammer spring tough. I have some softer springs from my GP100 and wondered if they would work in the SP? Thanks again.
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Yes, the hammer springs for the GP-100 will work in the SP-101.
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My Katie is 5' 3" and 125lbs and CC's a 4 inch GP in 357. Full size grips, Not in a Purse.

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I would have to agree the SP over the GP. I own both and couldn't imagine hiding the GP in the warmer weather. I'm sure some can and do but I couldn't comfortably.

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Please stack your Badges , I need a 30 inch monitor to see all your post at 1 time!

& I`ll never sale a 3" GP Again , if I find another 1!!!
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I really like my 3" GP100 and have never had an issue concealing it. In fact I am wearing it as I type this. I did look at a 101 with a short barrel for concealment at one point, but it just couldnt do anything my glock 27 couldn't so I stayed with that for deep concealment.
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I'm not much for CCW since I learned that the the weapon you plan to CC has to be registered with the feds and once they've got "your number" you know what can happen
I would have a problem cc ing mine as all are at least 5.5 in barrel length
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