I'm not an owner but everything I've heard has been very positive. My only objection to the 3 inch is that its a pretty big 5 shooter. You might want to consider the fixed sighted 3 inch gp100. It will give you an extra shot and handle a little better. But if you found one at a good price and dont mind only having 5 shots grab it. You can always carry a speed loader. Its also a very nice looking gun.
:cb2: I've answered about three posts about this gun tonight. It's one of the best snubbies ever made. By far the strongest, and extremely accurate. My wife came in first in her qualifying class with the 3" SP101 and outshot the men with their S&W, Sig, and Beretta automatics. She was hitting drop targets at 30 and 40 yards without any problem. Of course, she was new to shooting, and didn't know that might be difficultso she just did it anyway. She runs a small security company today and still carries the SP101. Except she has the Crimson Trace laser grips on it now. Loves that little red dot! I used to try to get her to get something else, but I quit. I guess the best gun to carry is the one you can shoot the best, and she sure likes shooting that one.
It's overbuilt and super strong. One piece frame. Easy to disassemble. YOU WILL NEED A TRIGGER JOB. Ruger triggers are kinda stiff. And be careful. Some guys will cut a couple of coils off the main spring and charge you for a action job. Make sure they do the job right.
I have the SP101 3" and I love it. Very well built and feels good in your hand (weight and balance). I fire Federal 357 mag 125gr and it is a little snappy but not too bad. My girlfriend fires 38+p and loves to shoot it too.
The only thing we changed is the grip, put a Hogue on it. And we are going to get some adjustable sights and trigger job done on it from Cylinder and Slide.
:cb2: It's a tank. If you want something that can handle heavy loads, it's the gun for you. And unless you're a cop, you will probably never need more than 2 shots, let alone 5. Most incounters average less than two shots, and that's counting both parties. However, it sure does feel better just knowing you have more!
Unlike other brands, the SP101 has only one screw, and that's in the handle. There is no side plate in the frame. It is one solid piece. You will need a trigger job, however.
The GP100 is a fine gun, but it sure is big. The SP101 is much easier to conceal.
Not my first post here, but had to re-register under new name cuzz it just wouldn't let me log on as my original "The Montanan"
Anyways got the 4" Taurus Tracker in .45 ACP 23 oz. titainium unported... Its nice but 4" IS 4" and now need the personal protection carry that is much smaller than the old Glock I used to carry, just don't need an semi auto any more.
Been thinking about one of these SP101's myself and tossed between the 2 1/4" or the 3 1/16" version in .357 mag and you guys have been giving it some good press around here.
If you want a small .357 for heavy loads cannot think of one better suited that will last and last. I have put a couple thousand through mine so far. An action job would be a nice thing to do but then just about anything anymore needs one. As noted above be sure what you are getting in the "action job" beforehand. Aside from cutting coils the other "quicky" is a spring change. If that is all one is doing they can order a spring kit from Wolff and do it themselves and save.
I have a tuned one with about an 8.4 pound double action and 3 pound single. For ease of aiming either the Crimson Trace grips mentioned above or an Express Sights (formerly Ashley) Big Dot or Standard Dot with or without tritium are nice. I selected the latter in standard dot.
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