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Old March 28th, 2017, 07:50 AM   #1
 
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Getting my first SP 101!

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.



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Old March 28th, 2017, 09:45 AM   #2
 
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Just have fin with it. They are a great pistol. Mine goes everywhere with me

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All I did to mine was a bid dot night sight on the front, old eyes you know. Probably fired it 4K+ and lots of dry fire at tv bad guys.
Keep er stock and smooth er. With trigger pulls, save you $ for ammo.
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Congratulations on acquiring one of the finest handguns on the planet. I've owned my SP101 with a spurless hammer for over a year now and it has become my favorite. I also own two LCR'S and a Security Six so that puts it in some pretty stiff competition for adoration. It is comfortable in hand and an absolute pure pleasure to shoot.

I originally purchased it as an EDC. It carries well in my Galco Lightning OWB holster but is a little to heavy to comfortably carry in a pocket holster. So in the summer months I carry my LCR in lighter clothes and winter I trade off and on with each one.

Grip wise I didn't care for the stock grips so I went to Hogue monogrips...didnt care for those either so ended up with Pachmayr Diamond Pro's. Nice look and great feel for my hand.

Because mine is a DAO I decided to improve trigger pull by changing out the hammer and trigger springs. Now have it dialed in where it's a glass action sweet shooting gem.
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Congrats! I too am a recent owner of a "new to me" SP101. Great little shooter, the recoil is not as bad as I had expected, it's very manageable. The report on the other hand is ear piercing without hearing protection.

I have only 120 rounds thru mine and maybe another 500 dry fires, the trigger action is starting to smooth out but not quite where I want it yet. I'm going to stick with the factory springs for the time being, I can always order the Wolff springs if the trigger action doesn't smooth out to my liking.

As for the factory grips i'm not a fan, too small for my liking. The aftermarket offers a huge selection of grips for the SP so there's something out there for everyone.
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Well, in any case, I'll have to wait nine more days before I can pick her up. I do think I'll add a big dot night front sight to it. The stock front sight might as well not be there, and having a night sight will be helpful. However, I already have a Smith BG38 that has the built-in laser, so night/low light shooting is not a problem, anyway.

Dry-firing it before the purchase, it seemed already fairly nice, I don't know how much dry-firing the previous owner did, but the trigger is not as gritty or heavy as I'd expect from a Ruger with light usage on it.
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Congratulations!!! I like mine too, but I did do the trigger smoothing on it and lighter springs.
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When you said you have to wait to pick it up I looked at your location. Glad you can purchase such a great firearm, even with the hoops you have to jump through.

I think you will learn to trust it enough to be your go to gun.
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The SP101 is a fine revolver. They are durable, reliable and good shooting guns.

BEFORE YOU START CHANGING THINGS - Shoot it for a while. Resist the temptation to modify the gun immediately.

After you bond with the gun and had a chance to make an informed decision, then you can consider things like sights, trigger jobs, spring kits, etc.

On thing about the SP101 that I've noticed over the years is that the factory grip fits a lot of people really well. In fact, I've seen several SP101 shooters that purchased aftermarket grips and then put the original grips back on. The factory grips don't fit everyone (no grip can) but the factory SP101 grips fits an astoundingly large number of users.

Most 38/357 revolvers with fixed sights are regulated for 158 grain bullets. If you purchase commercially available practice ammunition I would suggest you lean towards 38 Special loads with 158 grain bullets; there's no need to shoot magnum loads all of the time. If you handload there's a whole world of options.

ENJOY YOUR NEW GUN !
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Thanks all. Yes, I reload, and .38/.357 is a very easy cartridge to reload. My favorite plinking ammo is minimum-loaded .38 Spl. with 158gr. lead bullets. Very soft shooting, very accurate (probably due to less flinching), and of course it saves on powder and saves beating up the brass too much.
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Congratulations on acquiring such a nice revolver.

No new advice from me other than shoot it and enjoy it!
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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.
Mine is a 572 prefix, so a bit older than yours. The grip you describe is the Hogue Gripper. At least that's what they were calling them when I bought mine. I highly recommend keeping them on, as they really help tame the full house Magnum loads.
I used mine to qualify for CCW, and the instructor kept asking to borrow it to show the class what he thought was one of the better snubbies to carry for CCW.
BTW, it did quite well compared to all the full sized auto loaders everybody else seemed to have. My personal instructor commented; man, you hit everything the range master instructed you to shoot, including the multiple body, head, and steel shoots.
Do I think you made a good choice? Um, yeah.
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Congratulations on the SP101. I really have nothing else to add. Everybody already covered it, but I do want to Congratulate you. We'll Done.
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Agreed. Love mine (.357). Traded an LCR for hit, absolutely hated the LCR, love the 101 (3" barrel).
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If you plan on carrying the SP101 for defense and can't make up your mind as to which round to carry between .38 and .357, this video by a guy named Paul Harrel may help you make up your mind. PS, he uses the SP101 about half way through this video to gat chronograph results.
https://youtu.be/27wDLjY5JSs
And just for fun, here's Nut n Fancy on the SP101.
https://youtu.be/VXskQ4pKAlw

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