Ruger SP-101

First Thoughts:

I didn’t really have an adequate revolver for concealed carry, and I decided that I wanted one.  I looked long and hard at several revolvers before finally settling on the Ruger SP-101 hammerless 2″ revolver chambered in .357 magnum.

This wasn’t the most expensive revolver on the market, nor was it the lightest, but I considered that a good thing.  I really wanted one that had enough weight to it that it wouldn’t be too tiring to actually shoot .357 magnum rounds out of, but yet not so heavy that concealing it was still an option.  I feel that this weapon fit the bill perfectly!  I have fired exactly 350 rounds through this little gem with absolutely no failures of any kind that were related to the gun.  I say this because I had a few rounds that prevented it from rotating the cylinder, but these were due to crappy manufacturing of the one box of cheap CCI aluminum .357 magnum rounds I had.  The lip on the cartridge for 3 or 4 rounds in that box of 50 was considerably larger than the others, and so thick that the cylinder would not effectively rotate.  I discarded those rounds and everything else worked exactly as expected.

I fired a wide selection of rounds through this from cheap CCI blazer aluminum FMJ to high-end self defense ammo JHPs.  Most of the rounds were .357 magnum, but I did fire a few .38 special rounds which it handled perfectly.

Pros:

  • Cost: $479.99 – Not nearly as expensive as some of the lighter framed concealable revolvers
  • Weight: 25 oz – Reasonable for concealment with proper holster and belt
  • Finish: Sating Stainless – Nice for concealment since sweat can be an issue with non-stainless weapons
  • Action: Spurless Hammer DAO – I like this b/c it was for concealment; however, it is available with a SA / DA spur hammer
  • Accuracy: For such a small weapon, it shot very accurately at up to 15 yards, even with heavy loaded .357 magnum rounds

Cons:

  • Grip: The grip is horrible, and it tended to pinch my hand between the softer rubber outer shell and the synthetic insert.  I will probably upgrade to a Hogue Monogrip.  They do make a Crimson Trace grip for this too, but I feel as if that is kind of a waste of money for my needs.
  • Capacity: 5 rounds – I would prefer a 6-shooter, but for the size thats not terribly practical.  I woudln’t feel undergunned with this weapon; however, I would carry and extra speedloader of ammunition for it.

Conclusion:

I would highly recommned this weapon to anyone interested in a reasonably priced .357 magnum revolver for concealment.  It’s built like a tank, and will definitely get the job done.

Well folks, that’s all for now, and remember to always watch your six!

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One Response to “Ruger SP-101”

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