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Old March 19th, 2017, 09:30 AM   #1
 
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My first Ruger revolver

I am a long time lurker, first time poster. Lots of good information here, when deciding between a GP100 and SP101 this forum was very helpful and informative. As you can tell by the pic I chose the SP101, nothing at all wrong with the GP100 but the SP101 better fit the particular needs I was looking for which are primarily a smaller "nightstand piece" for home defense that my wife can also handle if need be.

I found this little 3" gem locally on Armslist for $375 it's a 2009 model (pre-MIM for whatever that's worth) that's lived its life mostly as a safe queen (only 20 rounds thru it). I bought it just as pictured, semi-polished, Hogue wood grips and Trijicon night sight. The lock up is tight and timing is spot on, B/C gap is a tight .004" overall it was a very well maintained revolver.

Now I am on the hunt for a killer deal on a 4" GP100
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Old March 19th, 2017, 09:34 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum!

Looks like you found a really nice one! All set up and ready to go!
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Nice SP, The GP is basically a larger version I think you will like it as well.
I was lucky enough to find a WILLEY CLAPP version pre owned, that was new in box at a good deal.
Then added a 4" GP. Beware once it starts.....
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Nice shooter! I have an SP and 2 GPs. Happy with all of them.
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Welcome from New Jersey. SP101 is good for smaller hands.
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Once you get that 4" beware, your wife might take 100% ownership of the SP.👍🏻
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Welcome from Michigan. Think you are going to like that revolver. I love my GP100 3".
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Thanks for the welcome guys!

I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of recoil from the little SP101, I know recoil is a subjective thing but I've read differing opinions on the matter so I was interested to find out for myself so the wife and I went to the range yesterday with a few boxes of .357 (158gr).

I am by no means a "recoil junkie" but I thought the SP soaked up the recoil pretty darn well, even with the wood grips, my shooting palm was stinging a bit after nearly 80 rounds but the recoil certainly wasn't offensive or abusive. My wife (5'4 110) even put 20 rounds thru it and found the recoil quite manageable.

I can only imagine what shooting the GP must be like, recoil must be non-existent.
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I only own one revolver,an SP101,4.2 in. bbl. in 22lr.I am very pleased with this revolver and if you like the SP101 and are concerned with recoil,try one in 22lr.It also will give you trigger time w/o expense and is a great hiking pistol.
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Congratulations on your SP101...I have one in 2-1/4" with a spurless hammer that has fast become my favorite revolver. Sounds as if your officially bitten by the bug. Enjoy.
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Welcome to the Forum!!!


Nice Piece, Life is good!!
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That is one awesome find!!!! Congratulations!!!!
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From what I can see of the OP's SP101 3 inch that's a very sweet setup!!! I would suggest that the OP gets to know his SP101 first, mostly because you cannot get a much nicer revolver by the way this SP101 is right now!!!
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I love my sp101. Welcome to the forum!
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Very nice, very sharp. The GP100 will be a perfect match......

Be safe, have fun
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