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Old March 29th, 2017, 06:43 AM   #16
 
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I have the 2" spurless, as well as the 4" 357 and 4" 8 shot 22. On all of mine, I have had to soften the edges of the trigger guard. Check that area for sharp edges. The nice thing about a stainless gun is, a fine file, then fine grits of sandpaper and you can fix sharp edges.

I love the 2" 357. Its weight really tames those 357 beast loads. Its a well built revolver that is hard to kill. Enjoy



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weblance, that is a good-looking bully in your avatar. My bulldog has a similar coloration, but I've noticed as he's aged that his brindle color has more dark streaks and less brown than when he was a puppy.

Anyway - I see from the responses that the SP101 is a much-loved gun, probably a favorite among Ruger owners.

I bought a Smith Bodyguard in .38spl last year, and while it is overall a nice gun, it's (lack of) weight makes it feel like a toy. The sp101 feels like a "real gun." Plus the SP101 has the option of using .357.
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Yesterday I traded for my first SP101. It is the snubbie, 2.25" version. The serial number is a 576- prefix, which doesn't even show up in the Ruger database, so it's a 2015 or later manufacture.



The guy I got it from said it was all stock, the only mod was a Hogue rubber finger groove grip. It feels really good in the hand, but of course I'll try the stock grip and see if it feels better.



Anything I should know about this model? The previous owner said he'd only put around 350 rounds through it, and it looks practically brand new. Before I saw it, I thought I might take some polish to it to pretty it up, but after seeing it in the flesh, it looks just fine as it is.


The world will run out of .357 and .38, and your finger will fall off before you shoot that gun out.

I CCW mine with the same Hogue grip, in an IWB ACE Case. The stock grips are in the safe.

Don't let the barrel length fool you, I can hold 3" groups standing at 10 yards in DA, all day long.

They are safe to dry fire, but I'd still recommend snap caps, and dry firing the hell out of it. Once broken in, the trigger is smooth, and unlike my Colt Border Patrol, does not stack.

Another great range exercise with snap caps is to load a snap cap and 4 rounds. Rotate the cylinder without looking, then close it-so you don't know where the snap cap is. Fire at your target. When it gets to the cap, you will be able to see if you have any flinch. I do this a lot.

NOTHING-no mod, gizmo or doohickey can give the results that proper trigger discipline will.


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The world will run out of .357 and .38, and your finger will fall off before you shoot that gun out................



.............NOTHING-no mod, gizmo or doohickey can give the results that proper trigger discipline will.


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All the above..... I carry mine with HydraShok +P and for target use usually 38/357 reloads. Only mod was installation of Crimson Trace laser/grip - well, I did paint the front sight red. CTC works well, and you can use it for dry fire training, too.
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Thanks, sicamosley, that's great advice. I have in the past done the "dummy round" drill, both with revolvers and autos (although it was usually just an empty casing in lieu of a snap cap) and it's very revealing (and deflating ) just how badly I sometimes flinch.

I do have snap caps in various calibers now, so pure dry-firing my guns is a thing of the past. I know it's not likely to genuinely hurt my guns to dry fire, but snap caps are relatively inexpensive and basically last forever. So any non-firing drills I do with my guns now always include snap caps.
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I had the XS Big Dot on my 2.25" SP101. Found I liked it far better than the stock height front sight with bright orange paint. I have on it now a Standard Dot XS sight as I find it still quite prominent but it does not cover as much of the target. I wound up putting a Hogue wood grip with one finger groove on it. The multiple grooves are made for a hand other than mine which is medium to large. I see you split the difference from me over location. Years ago lived in Whittier and then Brea. In those days there were quite a few gun stores near there that disappeared over the years in Brea, Fullerton and Whittier.
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My 2.25" version was a Christmas gift to myself in December 1994...still have it...still love it...it's been regulated to my hiking backpack as a backup...but it's still a viable sidearm.

It was my EDC until 9/11...the day I purchased my first Glock!

One can do so much with/to them...

Grips available from Hogue, Badger Customs, Eagle, etc.

Tritium front sights are available from Meprolight, XS Sights, Trijicon, etc.

Holsters...I prefer Bianchi's Model 7 3-slot OWB holsters.

Best of luck with it... Enjoy!
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Finally got her home the other day, and only today had the time to clean her up and introduce her to her new siblings:

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Nice collection. I've had four SP101s, settled down to the Wiley Clapp that is my CC and just recently a 4" 22 LR. Great guns, though I do replace my springs (but no polishing).
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I bought my SP101 spurless in 2002 as my first carry and I still enjoy it.
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Love my SP101.....congrats on a fine pistol.
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