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Old April 30th, 2017, 06:51 AM   #1
 
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570 series SP101

Three or so years ago I purchased a KSP-321XL DAO SP101. Took a couple trips back to the Mother Ship to get some issues worked out. Eventually, all problems were fixed and it has been a solid gun. I really like the SP and it became my primary carry piece. So much so that my J frames have moved on.

Last year I purchased a Sig 938. I'm still a revolver guy but the 938 offers a few advantages for CC that are important to me. It has become the primary carry.

Still loving the SP (have 3 of them, two 9mm and the .357) and realizing the need for a .357 chambering I planned to keep it. Made the mistake of perusing Gun Broker two weeks ago and saw this 570 Series beauty. Original owner stated that it had 20 rounds of .38 Special down the pipe. Yellow box, papers and outer numbered sleeve. "Buy it Now" price of $465.

Needing another SP like a hole in the head I quickly rationalized the purchase. Since I'm not using my current SP .357 for EDC there is no need for the spurless hammer DAO. I can sell it and recoup the cost of this one. Being old school, I like the older guns. Might just be my opinion but I feel like the craftsmanship, pride in work and product was better back a decade or two ago. A few seconds of convincing myself and I hit the button.

Picked it up Friday. As described with not even a mark on the blast shield. Sticker on the outer sleeve had a label with the original buyers name placing the gun on layaway on 03/14/1992. Tore it down this morning for a clean, lube and inspection. Everything is 100% spot on. Tossed some wood inserts on it. A wonderful example of a vintage firearm. I figure my DAO SP will go on consignment at the LGS. Shouldn't be too hard to recoup my investment.
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Congrats on a great buy.
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Great deal on a real beauty!
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Bepe, I happen to agree with you that the early SPs showed more pride in work, craftsmanship and so on. This is based on a 570 series original 6 shot 22 LR we got from a collector, new in the box. Made in 1991. Flawless in fit and finish and it has the finest trigger that I've ever found on an SP. All the more amazing for being a rimfire.

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Nice revolver. I like the wood grips contrasted with the steel
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Nice SP!
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Nice find! Bought my 571 series SP new in 1993, and it's fit & finish are as you described yours.

Your gun should give you a lifetime of fun.
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I guess one Ruger SP101 is not enough, currently I am down to one a 6 shot SP101 .327FM with a 3 inch barrel. I now want another SP101 looking mostly for another 3 inch but I wouldn't turn down a 2.25 either. I would like to find another .357/.38 Spec. If I had a 3 inch I have 3 holsters to choose from. I do feel that the older Ruger SA/DA revolvers both GP100 & SP101's do seem to be put together with more care in fitting of parts etc. Even though my newer GP100 WCII has such a great trigger pull & smooth action.
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Congrats on purchase...

Wow! Looks like you got a great gun at a great price. Enjoy.
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I've owned a bunch of SP101's over the years and it's a great design.

The SP101 does a lot of things really well. While it's a little big when compared against a S&W J-frame, it's not too big to take it out of the snubnose class.

The SP101 is very strong.

The SP101 fits the hand and has one of the most universal grips I've ever run across. I've seen several people equip their SP101 with some type of aftermarket grip only to put the factory grip back on.

I suppose it's possible to wear one out but I've yet to see that happen.

They shoot better than most folks will admit.
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It's a beauty,I love the SP 101.
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Nice. I'm in the market now for another SP101 ( like an idiot, traded mine a few years back). I like the older ones like yours
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