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I have been looking at a revolver in this size recently, something slightly larger and more shootable than a J frame, but n
More compact in size than a K frame or Gp100 size gun. I have come down to these two options as most close to what I am looking for, but if any other suggestions come up I am glad to entertain them too.

I am not asking necessarily for anyone to pick a winner, but just rather just a comparison of pros and cons, if you have one or either, which one did you pick and why, Etc.

I am interested pretty much in 38 special+P only, I don't plan on shooting 357 mag out of a gun this size. I like the weight of these two guns for shootability, and I realize neither are pocket carry guns, but can be carried well with the right holster.

Finally i would say I have been wanting an sp101 since i got my gp100, I like my gp100 but I do think the DA trigger is excessively heavy. Once I saw that the colt is 6 rounds (to ruger's 5) and that the colt triggers were being reported as 7 to 9 pounds DA it made me start considering them very hard

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I went with the Colt because it was tighter and fit my hand better. The trigger was nicer also. It is a nice revolver, and that is from a guy who has 7 other Ruger revolvers that are all awesome in their own right.
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I own neither but I have shot both. I prefer the fit, finish and feel of the Cobra. I need one to go between my 2nd model Detective Special and my 4" Python.
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Really isn't a fair comparison between the Colt Cobra vs a Ruger SP101 big difference in price and the Colt will have a smoother action and trigger vs 6 shot vs 5 shot!!
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The Colt sure felt nice in the hand. Really like to own one. Very nice gun. Very tempting.
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I have been looking at a revolver in this size recently, something slightly larger and more shootable than a J frame, but n
More compact in size than a K frame or Gp100 size gun. I have come down to these two options as most close to what I am looking for, but if any other suggestions come up I am glad to entertain them too.
I hummed and hawed between both, wanting a snubnose DAO, but still considered the Cobra because of its amazing trigger.

In the end, I got a Kimber K6S, which is tremendous. The DAO SP101 was choice #2. Kimber does make a model with a hammer. It will cost you, but you may snag one used.

I found an almost unfired DAO Kimber that someone just didn't like, for some reason. I've found it to be the best snubnose revolver I've ever shot ( I carry it and train with it using .38). My S&W 64 is my best revolver, overall.
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I have been looking at a revolver in this size recently, something slightly larger and more shootable than a J frame, but n
More compact in size than a K frame or Gp100 size gun. I have come down to these two options as most close to what I am looking for, but if any other suggestions come up I am glad to entertain them too.
I hummed and hawed between both, wanting a snubnose DAO, but still considered the Cobra because of its amazing trigger.

In the end, I got a Kimber K6S, which is tremendous. The DAO SP101 was choice #2. Kimber does make a model with a hammer. It will cost you, but you may snag one used.

I found an almost unfired DAO Kimber that someone just didn't like, for some reason. I've found it to be the best snubnose revolver I've ever shot ( I carry it and train with it using .38). My S&W 64 is my best revolver, overall.
A used s&w 64 heavy barrel is also on my list of must have guns. I also would love to consider the kimber but it is priced out of my range I think, for now.
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I tried both in the store, but went home with the Colt, for six rounds and the nostalgia factor. Enjoy it a lot, even though the fiber optic broke within 90 rounds. Good to learn a new skill, I suppose.

Still like the SP101 - may still consider a .327 someday.

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The Colt over the Ruger but would give the Kimber a good look too. In any case the higher price for either the Colt or Kimber would raise my expectations considerably versus the SP101. The SP101 is a good value and can be tuned up a bit if needed but I would expect the Colt or Kimber to be tops right out of the box. It's the old adage "buy once cry once". And don't forget if you shoot any gun enough you'll end up spending more on ammo anyway...
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I have both and love both. Both have been tuned by gunsmiths and the Ruger fiddled with by me. Right now the DA pull is about the same pound wise on both but the Colt is more linear with a slight hitch when the cylinder locks up at the end of the pull. The trigger pulls are down in the low 7's. One of these days will get around to putting shims in the SP and a slightly lighter trigger return spring. Durability wise I would pick the Ruger. Out of the box the Colt had a far lighter trigger pull. Cost wise I think I paid about $630 for the Colt off Gun Broker when I found one having and end time/date at some off hour. This was about a year ago. I have had the Ruger for about 16 years so don't know what I paid for it and it would not be relevant now. As to the fiber optic front sight on the Colt I replaced it with a tritium sight obtained from Brownells. Easy to do with the Allen screw that retains the sight. I do like the brushed finish on the Ruger over the Colt so may do something about that in the future.

As others have suggested I would also look at the Kimber as tried the trigger on one the other day at a Cabelas and it was nice. It would really be nice with an action job. The cylinder diameter on the Kimber is slightly smaller than the Colt if that makes a difference.

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A used s&w 64 heavy barrel is also on my list of must have guns. I also would love to consider the kimber but it is priced out of my range I think, for now.
You can still get 64s for under $400 in great shape. I got ours for $300, cash. The Kimber can be had (snubbie version) under $700 out the door, if it's a clean used one and you don't mind waiting. Same for a Cobra.

I don't mind used guns if they are lightly used. The Kimber or Cobra are both worth the extra money, too. Fine weapons, both, with better triggers than the SP (I figured it would improve with use, as has my GP100's trigger).

If you opt for an SP? I'd try to get an older one. I don't trust QC on Ruger's new revolvers, but they do fix them if they mess up. Older Ruger wheel guns just seem to have more attention paid to them during fitting and inspection. I was willing to risk a new DAO SP101 if I could not find an old one.

With new Colt and Kimber, and I've heard some complaints about Cobras and a few about the K6S. The companies will make things right, but I don't know about used ones.
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Have shot a couple SP101's and they never just quite fit as good as the GP100. Saw a Colt in a gun store yesterday and almost had them pull it out. I didn't want to have to have another orphan follow me home......
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Which Company will be around for another few decades ? Ruger for sure; Colt may not last 'til 2020. One of the factors I would consider.
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I have been looking at a revolver in this size recently, something slightly larger and more shootable than a J frame, but n
More compact in size than a K frame or Gp100 size gun. I have come down to these two options as most close to what I am looking for, but if any other suggestions come up I am glad to entertain them too.

I am not asking necessarily for anyone to pick a winner, but just rather just a comparison of pros and cons, if you have one or either, which one did you pick and why, Etc.

I am interested pretty much in 38 special+P only, I don't plan on shooting 357 mag out of a gun this size. I like the weight of these two guns for shootability, and I realize neither are pocket carry guns, but can be carried well with the right holster.

Finally i would say I have been wanting an sp101 since i got my gp100, I like my gp100 but I do think the DA trigger is excessively heavy. Once I saw that the colt is 6 rounds (to ruger's 5) and that the colt triggers were being reported as 7 to 9 pounds DA it made me start considering them very hard

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I would vote for the Ruger but I would get a complete action job on it.
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I own the sp101 and after 3K of rounds, it is an incredible trigger.
Will look hard at the Cobra at NRA in Indy next month.
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