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Old February 13th, 2013, 06:24 AM   #1
 
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First impressions: new SP101 .22LR

Well, the California ten day wait period was over yesterday so I picked up my new Ruger SP101 .22 LR revolver. Naturally I headed straight to the range after work. Range report will be in a separate thread. Here are some initial impressions though.

First, the pics, without which it did not happen:


1. Workmanship -- first rate. No burrs, machine marks, or anything like that. A very sharp-looking .22 double action revolver. The rounds required a bit of force on the extractor to remove them after shooting, especially the first 48 rounds or so. The gun seemed to loosen up after I put around 250 rounds through it.

2. Sights -- adjustable for windage and elevation. The sights were dead-on as adjusted by the factory. I did not end up adjusting them at all. Good thing too -- the windage adjustment screw was so small that even my smallest screwdriver would not have done the job. Fortunately it is a moot point as it was dead-on at both 25 and 30 foot shoots.

3. Trigger -- pretty heavy trigger, but nice and crisp. I am not going to complain about the trigger. I could maybe see having it lightened by my Smith, but I doubt that I will do it. The gun was quite mannerly shooting double action. Single action work, pulling back the hammer takes some strength, but nothing unacceptable. Where this revolver shines is double-action work and I was surprised at how well I did with it shooting DA.

4. You can see the nice rubber grip with inlayed wood panels that the gun comes with. Very nice feel if you do not mind a small grip. Well, it is a small revolver, although no Bearcat.

Overall impression is that this is a very nice .22 revolver although a very small person might find single action work a bit taxing due to the amount of force required to pull the hammer back. My impression is that this revolver is meant to be shot as a DA shooter.

Range report in a different thread soon.




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Good write-up. Thanks for sharing your first impressions of your new revolver. I've had my eye on that exact model for a long time. We'll be looking forward to your range report.

Oh BTW, when I say "that exact model", I mean the gun. Not Upton.
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You must have the hots for Kate Upton. You used her as a backdrop here, too!

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Where did you pick up the loading strips?

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Where did you pick up the loading strips?

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My Amazon review is here. Would appreciate a "helpful" vote if you find this helpful. These strips are cool.
Amazon.com: Roger J. Buffington's review of Tuff QuickStrip 2-Pack Black Urethane Mate...

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Done. Thanks.

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Nice looking pistola, need to pick up one of those. I've never seen one in person.
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My favorite .22 revolver. Trigger and hammer was way too stiff when new , a Wolff spring kit fixed that for less than $20.00 and 5 minutes of work. Very accurate, easy to hit small targets at 25 yards.
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I've been thinking about getting one of these but I wish Ruger would make some in 22WMR
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Thanks for the report. I know I'm real happy with mine. I had one minor problem with mine . I had to fixed the rear sight cross pin from walking out. They are a beautiful little gun.
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Very nice indeed.

I wish Ruger sold those grip panels on their website.

Might have to Buy a 22LR SP101 just so I can have those grip panels.
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I've been thinking about getting one of these but I wish Ruger would make some in 22WMR
Ditto!
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I've been thinking about getting one of these but I wish Ruger would make some in 22WMR
Be patient. With Ruger you never know.
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Thanks for your report. IMO, the SP-101s are excellent revolvers.
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what did you end up paying if its ok to ask...Im looking at one right now but its marked 599.00 FIRM BNIB...man thats alot of cabbage
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