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Old April 5th, 2017, 04:51 PM   #16
 
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I've had LCRs (38, 9mm, 22 mag) and SP101s (357 DAO, 357 3", Wiley Clapp, 22LR on its way to my LGS) and a GP100 (4"). The GP100 I felt was too heavy to conceal (and an inch on the barrel doesn't add that much weight), I didn't even like it that well for hiking. For the LCRs, I'm just not a fan of plastic, both my 9mm and 22 mag had to make a trip back to Ruger, the 38 had no issues, just wasn't my cup of tea and wasn't noticeably easier to carry than the SP101. I carry my SP101 WC everytime I carry. The sights are awesome, I find coke cans to be a good (though challenging) target at 15 yards, which I feel pretty comfortable with, though I'm working on improving (life gets in the way of shooting sometimes). I carry my SP101 WC in a Sticky IWB holster when conceal carrying, and have no issues with it moving and find it fairly comfortable (even in the car), good luck trying that with any GP100. I carry in a leather OWB when hiking.

Go with the SP101, although your GP100 might get lonely when you end up leaving it at home all the time.
Thanks, that's good info. I have a feeling that my wallet will be a little emptier in the near future....



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I think you should get a Wiley Clapp SP101 to go with your GP100.

There. That's my sales pitch.
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How does the SP101 compare in size to a 2-3/4 Speed Six?
The cylinder on the SP is slightly smaller at about 1.35" dia vs. 1.50" on a Six Series and the weight is about 6-7 ounces less (25.5 vs. 31.75). The length overall of the Six Series is larger and height greater.
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Speed Six is a medium framed Ruger aka Security Six framed gun still bigger then the SP101. I like my SP101 but I will warn you that the SP101 revolver's the trigger pull and action's are a bit rough it take's time to break them in or do some polishing on internal parts or some do both plus a spring job. I haven't done a spring job my SP101 action has smoothed up quite a bit still not as nice as a S&W J frame action.
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The cylinder on the SP is slightly smaller at about 1.35" dia vs. 1.50" on a Six Series and the weight is about 6-7 ounces less (25.5 vs. 31.75). The length overall of the Six Series is larger and height greater.
Thanks, thats good info. I stopped at the LGS this morning​, and looked at a standard SP. The size and weight seem to be exactly what I'm looking for, I think I'll be 'pulling the trigger' on one soon
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Speed Six is a medium framed Ruger aka Security Six framed gun still bigger then the SP101. I like my SP101 but I will warn you that the SP101 revolver's the trigger pull and action's are a bit rough it take's time to break them in or do some polishing on internal parts or some do both plus a spring job. I haven't done a spring job my SP101 action has smoothed up quite a bit still not as nice as a S&W J frame action.
I hope I find one that starts out halfway decent and improves from there!
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The SP101 WC doesn't have any smoother action vs a regular SP101 its the sight options that are the real difference. A regular SP101 with a Tritium dot front sight is also a nice gun. The biggest thing is to really look over any handgun very carefully and buy the one that feels the smoothest trigger & action. Ruger SP101's are famous for a rough action etc plus Ruger SP101's can also have a few burrs and sharp edges etc. I had to go thru this with my SP101. But it all worked out ok. Good luck to you!!!
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I didn't polish any parts on my SP101 WC (or any of the others). I did replace the springs with Wolff springs and ran (by hand) a drill bit through the trigger return spring channel as it had some burrs. I like the trigger on it now. Granted, I've never had an S&W, so maybe as long as I stick to Ruger I'll enjoy my triggers.

There are some good guides on here for replacing the springs and such.
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I have shot J frames and had a Colt Magnum Carry small frame. I prefer the SP. They can be as smooth as a GP or Redhawk but they will not be as light. The J frame has the coil spring like the SP whereas the Colt had a leaf spring. The Smiths do have less of a hammer arc and the gun locks up just before the hammer drops compared to the Ruger so there is a different feel.
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I wouldn't mine owning a GP 100 Wiley Clapp myself.

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I wouldn't mine owning a GP 100 Wiley Clapp myself.

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I very much like my GP100 WCII Hawkeye Blue totally luv mine. I haven't needed to do spring jobs etc I have been lucky. My SP101 I had to clean it up it had several area's of surface burrs. Hammer spur, trigger & trigger guard. The dremmel polishing did wonders. My GP100 just the breaking in smoothed it up.
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I already have the GP100 Wiley Clapp version, and it has become one of my favorites. It gets a lot of holster time as my primary carry gun, and it's the first choice to go to the range with me. That said, it is a challenge to conceal it when not wearing​ a jacket or loose shirt. I like the features that the Wiley Clapp GP100 version has, and if I were to get an SP101, I would opt for the same. I already have a Smith 642 in .38 +p that is my usual summer carry gun, but I would prefer .357 for several reasons. Will the SP101 conceal substantially better than the GP100? How well does it shoot? Will it fit in a pocket like the Smith does? How well do they handle heavier loads like 180gr Buffalo Bore? I always need another gun, lol, but will the SP101offer enough carry advantages over the GP100, to justify spending $600 plus on it?
Im looking at the same one. I see that Aliengear makes an IWB for the SP101. Anybody have one, AND does it fit with the F/O front sight? And one more question, where you seeing them at the $600 price range? Thanks Ron

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I got mine at Grabagun.com for around $600, they are out of stock right now though.
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I got mine at Grabagun.com for around $600, they are out of stock right now though.
Out of stock at most places. I have a question for the Ruger professors on the board. If theyre on the Ruger Web page, that means a they're a current production model correct? Will the WC SP101 return to stock or just a limited amount made and suck it up and buy it now? Any help/speculation is appreciated. Ron
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As much as I like a SP101 $600.00 seems kinda high but thats the regular models the WC is a different revolver with the front and rear sights.
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