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Old October 20th, 2011, 06:15 PM   #16
 
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I have the 3" SP; have about 4k 357s through it. I trust my life and my spouse's as well. 357s get easier with practice. Fun, too. Accurate to 15 yards no worries; my spouse can do better than that. She's a gift.




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Old October 20th, 2011, 06:21 PM   #17
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Just a stupid question/answer.
Wow that's a little harsh.
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Old October 20th, 2011, 06:39 PM   #18
 
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Currently own a 3" sp101. Previously owned a 2.25". SP101s are excellent guns. They are heavier than many snubbies which make them more difficult to pants pocket carry than their lighter alloy or plastic brethern. However, the weight tames hotter rounds better. For me, .357 magnum rounds in an SP are a handfull. I am long past thinking an m-80 going off in my hand is fun. The 3" barrel handles .357s better than the 2.25", but for me .38sp +p are plenty good. Being recoil conscious, I've found the Hogue monogrips to work best for me. They are bigger than the Ruger factory grips and harder to conceal. Trausch SP101 grips get some love on this forum. I've not tried them, but they look like good grips. All the .357 SP101s I've seen have fixed sights.


Ditto on the quote!

I've had my 2.25" in .357mag since December of 1994...and it's awesome! Several times I've gone to other guns...Colt Officer's .45; Kahr PM-9; Bersa .380acp; Glock 23, 32, 33; Ruger GP100; etc...and I've always come back around to the Ruger SP101 in .357mag.

Mine has a Meprolight Tritium front night sight and sports a Badger Custom "Boot" Rosewood Grip. My back-up grip is a Hogue rubber grip.

It'll handle 110 grain and 125 grain JHP's fairly nice...but 158 grain's can be a bit stiff in the lighter gun...I reserve those for the GP100! The older, 180 grain, JHP, B-T's are absolutely nasty!

Remember, a nice range gun does not necessarily make for a nice carry gun and a nice carry gun doesn't necessarily make for a great range gun.

If you wanted something a bit nicer to shoot...try the SP101 in 3" version! You'll get just a bit better bullet performance and accuracy is also increased!
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I think the LCR handles 357 recoil much better than the SP101, probably due to the grips. Also, it has a much smoother trigger and is surprisingly accurate. On top of that, it's easier to carry.
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Is there any issues with em? I been hearing alot of lock up stories
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only gripe i have about mine is that the grip is a wee bit small for my hand, but i knew that going in. plans are to buy a nice wood grip somewhere down the line. d/a trigger is heavy but easy to fix.
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I have owned and shot sp101s in 357 for about 10 years. They do not sag greatly in a pocket with a good pocket holster like cramers or galco. I wear heavier pants and a sturdy belt.
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I have heard of people that used 110 gr 357 ammo that had cracked forcing cones but that isn't just the SP but other models and manufacturers. In short the 110's are the issue.

I have also seen posts of others with misaligned BBL's but as of late that issue seems to have subsided. When anyone purchases they should inspect whatever they buy prior to hauling out their wallet.

I think you can see from the responses that the SP is a great little revolver and has a loyal following for good reasons.
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Wow that's a little harsh.
Yes, I guess it was.

You will note that the OP has not replied to any of the posts in this thread nor has he/she made any other posts since the original.

In any event, I really like my SP101 3" and am thinking about getting the short barreled just to have a pair of them.
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Just a stupid question/answer. The SP 101 is a defense gun, not usually used for bullseye shooting. Why would you need adjustable sights on a short barreled revolver. Just learn the sights and how they line up/shoot to point of aim.
Actually not stupid at all.

If you shoot across multiple self defense guns it would be helpful to set the sights across all of them so the sight pictures were uniform.

In the heat of the moment if I sight my SP101 like I do my Sig 239 I'm going to hit low.

One has a 6 oclock sight pattern the other a POA sight pattern.

If either had adjustable sights I could set them both the same.

There are no stupid questions.
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