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Old June 3rd, 2013, 07:49 PM   #1
 
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Does Ruger make a SP101 9mm with a 3"bbl if so where can I get one?



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Old June 3rd, 2013, 07:59 PM   #2
 
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They don't make a 9mm SP101 now.
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Here is your answer

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Welcome to the forum. I'm down the road from you in Anderson. You will have to check the used market and online auctions. Be prepared to pay a premium for a 9mm SP101 unless you get real lucky and stumble across someone who doesn't realize what they're going for.

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Does Ruger make a SP101 9mm with a 3"bbl if so where can I get one?
They make one they call .38 Special. Have you seen the price of 9mm ammo lately? On Gunbot today, I increased the bargain trigger to 45 cents per round, and only one entry qualified. That's $22.50 for a box of 50. The .38 Special prices are under 40 cents.

So, why 9mm and all that moon clip business? Is it the fast reload thing?
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I've got one. But I wouldn't part with it for less than $1200. Prepare to pay a premium. And when ammo prices come back down a 9mm option will help pay for itself. I have already put enough 9mm through my two SP101s to justify the extra cost.
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It's not just a price thing, it's a convenience thing. As Rammerjammer points out you could buy a couple of .38/357 SP's for what a vintage 9mm will go for.

I can grab my 9mm sp101, a 9mm carbine, a semi auto and a ammo box full of the 9mm I reload and I'm good to go. Don't have to stock components for multiple calibers.

One the Ocrazies have passed 9mm will once again be plentiful and cheaper than 38 or 357. It's still the most popular round in the world.

Moreover the "feel" of the rounds is familiar across the platforms. Moon clips are far simpler, faster and cheaper to use than speed loaders. I got 100 of them for $75. ($2000 worth of speedloaders)

But it's also a cool thing. The 9mm SP101 is just a fun gun to shoot.

Just wish I could find a Speed Six in 9mm. The last one I was chasing went for $1200.


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I saw one listed on the Guns America site not sure of the barrel though.
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It's not just a price thing, it's a convenience thing. As Rammerjammer points out you could buy a couple of .38/357 SP's for what a vintage 9mm will go for.

I can grab my 9mm sp101, a 9mm carbine, a semi auto and a ammo box full of the 9mm I reload and I'm good to go. Don't have to stock components for multiple calibers.

One the Ocrazies have passed 9mm will once again be plentiful and cheaper than 38 or 357. It's still the most popular round in the world.

Moreover the "feel" of the rounds is familiar across the platforms. Moon clips are far simpler, faster and cheaper to use than speed loaders. I got 100 of them for $75. ($2000 worth of speedloaders)

But it's also a cool thing. The 9mm SP101 is just a fun gun to shoot.

Just wish I could find a Speed Six in 9mm. The last one I was chasing went for $1200.

I didn't know the gun even existed, since I don't find it on the Ruger site and don't know all the history of the line.
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I imagine Ruger discontinued them because they were not selling well. I wouldn't mind having one in 9mm but sure am not paying 1200 for one. I think I'm going to like my new SP101 in 357.
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You can have a .38 or .357 SP rechambered to 9mm and it will also shoot .38 Super. Pinnacle Gunsmithing does this.
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I didn't know the gun even existed, since I don't find it on the Ruger site and don't know all the history of the line.
atliberty, they were only made for I believe two years, 1990 and 1991, and not many of them then. Of those most were snubbies, not the 3". The only mention you find is a listing in the Ruger Instruction Manuals & Product History.

Back then there wasn't much interest in them, or the pistol caliber carbines. Ruger envisioned selling both to police as companion pieces to service semi's, but police didn't seem interested.

I suspect if they offered them now they might find a more accepting market among civilian shooters who seem more interested in the concept today.

I selfishly hope they don't, it looks like it's been one of my best investments.

Doubt I'll ever sell it anyway, but my son may one day. Easily my favorite wheel gun.

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You can have a .38 or .357 SP rechambered to 9mm and it will also shoot .38 Super. Pinnacle Gunsmithing does this.
I've been thinking about picking up another GP100 to have this done, but would like to have a factory original so I keep hoping I'll run up on a good deal on a Speed Six. The hunt is half the fun.

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I've been thinking about picking up another GP100 to have this done, but would like to have a factory original so I keep hoping I'll run up on a good deal on a Speed Six. The hunt is half the fun.
I wonder if the SP101 (custom chambered) would be the better candidate for the very civilized 9mm rounds.
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I lucked out (I think) and found an SP101 in .32 magnum NIB that the dealer had in long term storage for some reason and brought out for sale. It was out one day and I walked in, saw it, and bought it the next day. These older models can be found if you look. I guess I just got lucky....

Good luck.....
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I wonder if the SP101 (custom chambered) would be the better candidate for the very civilized 9mm rounds.
Yeah, but I've got one of those. I suspect 9mm in a heavy framed GP would shoot like a BB gun.

I've considered a Blackhawk with changeable 357 & 9mm cylinders, but I'm not that fond of single action.

Another Single Six in 9mm popped up on GunBroker today. It's a beauty, but at that price ($950 open) I don't think I'll pursue it.

Ruger Speed Six DA revolver in 9MM RARE : Revolvers at GunBroker.com

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