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SP 101 the red headed stepchild

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by rick49, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. rick49

    rick49 Lewis Well-Known Member

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    Some guns are like comfort food...there are better choices to be sure, but some things just make you feel good.

    I live close to downtown with it's benefits and drawbacks. I walk the dog at night through residential alleys and off the sidewalks whenever possible because possums don't frequent the street-lighted and better traveled areas of my neighborhood. The dog has taken it upon himself to single...pawedly guard and protect his alley(s) from the ravages of possum nation. His service to the public well-being is legendary in his mind I'm sure.

    Which brings me to why, with so many pistols and calibers available in my safe, I carry the SP 101 in 357 more and more frequently on my late evening walks. My reasons for carry vary from meth heads, the homeless, to yards with 100 + lb. dogs with poorly maintained wooden fences. (barely containing their attempts to do us harm) Sure it is only 5 rounds, sure it is not the lightest gun or most concealable I have... but damn, it feels good on the hip or in my jacket pocket. At the range I will hold my own with it and all of that being said, it's stainless.:D



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  2. WAYNO

    WAYNO Oregon City Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I believe the SP101 is always a good choice. The little SP gets bad press as being too heavy and maybe too bulky, but I've carried SP's, and Charters, and J-Frames, and even the LCR, and however I choose to carry any of them, I truly cannot tell any difference. So, having the slightly more robust SP101 with me, I see as a good thing.

    Where I can tell the biggest difference...If a feller decides he's gonna shoot .357's out of any of these little bitty guns, it's surely more pleasurable out of the SP.

    WAYNO.
     
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  3. erudne

    erudne The Pie Matrix PPL Say Sleeping W/Your Rifle Is A bad Thing? Bronze Supporter

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    have you installed a spring kit to the 101?
     
  4. WAYNO

    WAYNO Oregon City Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have installed spring kits in a couple of SP101's and instantly began suffering misfires.

    The geometry of these little guns requires a pretty heavy mainspring, and reducing their weight is taking a chance.

    Although I never took the time, I'd guess polishing the action up internally, before installing a lighter mainspring might make enough difference that the lighter spring would still pop primers with regularity.

    WAYNO.

    ...and, some of em ain't redheads
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  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    They're great guns. I don't own a small or light .357 but sure wouldn't mind an SP-101. I think they'll be around/keep making them for a long time.
     
  6. soberups

    soberups Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I'm a big fan of 38/357 snub revolvers for concealed carry. They dont jam and they give you multiple options for bullet types and power levels according to your situation. You can run anything from Glasers to 158 grain +P HBWC "FBI loads". If you are carrying an airweight or are concerned with recoil or muzzle blast, you can dial it back to .38+P; if you can carry a steel framed gun like the SP-101 then full Magnum loads are an option if you can deal with the recoil. I prefer hammerless versions like the S&W 640 or my current carry piece, the Ruger LCR, because you can conceal them in a jacket pocket with your hand on the grip and fire from inside the pocket without exposing the weapon. This can be a lifesaver in an elevator or other situation where you are at contact distance with the bad guy.
     
  7. cookie

    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    You can't beat the SP101.
     
  8. Kruejl

    Kruejl Hillsboro Moderator of the Coriolis effect Staff Member Gold Supporter Silver Supporter

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    My dad has one. It compliments his GP100 quite nicely.
     
  9. Lord_Grey_Boots

    Lord_Grey_Boots Snohomish New Member

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    I bought my SP101 (ported, DAO) with an aftermarket spring kit. It was misfiring, so I put the stock one back. works perfectly now. 125 grain JHPs are its round of choice.
     
  10. Will

    Will Everett Active Member

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    Late to this thread but I spent a long time looking for easy carry pistols for summer use or put in the pocket and go. I bought a S&W airweight, it seemed perfect except when I shot it. I was good on the first shot and always sucked on the follow up shot. I bought a SP 101 and I'm good with all five shots. Yes it weighs a bit more but with that girth it makes the pistol one that is capable of firing multiple rounds and hitting what it is aimed at. If the 357 round is too much recoil you can feed it 38 spl.
     
  11. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    We bought our SP101 (3") in 1993. It's the only handgun I've never traded away or sold. Technically, it's my wife's gun, but I do pick it up from time to time. She will only shoot .38 in it, but I like to plug in .357 loads. That extra weight really helps with the recoil. It's a great wheelgun. I think it we'll probably keep it for good.
     
  12. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I had a snubby SP101 in .357 Mag, I liked it. The design was very modular and robust.

    I didn't care for the weight or the recoil. I sold it and got a Taurus Ti Tracker which I like, but I don't believe I will ever trust it the way I did the Ruger; it came from the factory with less than 0.001" of cylinder gap and locked up after 50 rounds. A pleasure to shoot, but for almost the same weight and a little more size I prefer my 329PD.
     
  13. zeppelin

    zeppelin Benton County WA Active Member

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    I gave my SP101 snubbie to my wife, who carries it with her in her travels on the road using a Coronado Leather purse with integral holster. Broke her in using 38 special but its now loaded with full house 125 gr. JHP.
     
  14. gunfreak

    gunfreak Boise Well-Known Member

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    Bought my wife a 101 they are great little 357's. You can shoot the hot stuff in those heavy Rugers and they won't flinch.
     
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  15. 44mag2ndamend

    44mag2ndamend Round the ole tree stump, Down by the crick Well-Known Member

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    That one would be a real looker.
     
  16. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    my brother has a 4" sp101 he absolutely loves it and carries it daily. hes a smaller guy 5'8" 175ish. he dresses around the gun and youd never know it was there at 3 oclock. last sunday we went shooting, started off with my 308 and our 10/22s. he pulled up on my 4" steel jumping target at 80 yards with that sp101 and i thought no way is he going to hit this. hit it first and second try. couldnt believe it. took me 5 shots with my g23 :( i enjoy the heck out of shooting his 101
     
  17. pdrake

    pdrake WA Active Member

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    Holy Smokes. Regular guy? 80 yards on a 4" target with a stock SP101 is great shooting.
     
  18. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    pretty sure he got lucky! twice!ha ha (bitter older brother) little brother showed me up. but whats shooting if you dont have fun like that?
     
  19. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Even single action that's noteworthy.. some people can shoot, and only do shoot a double action revolver double action (hammer spurs suck) as accurately as single action. "old" PPC shooter yadda
     
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  20. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    as long as the stock grip is swapped out, the sp101 is fantastic!.
     
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