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I have one of the original SP's in 9mm. I bought it used years ago and it looks to have never been fired. I'd say its as NIB as anyone will find. It's been put away ever since and I know I've never fired it. I have 2 unopened packages of the original Ruger full moon clips for it.


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I REALLY like 9mm in a revolver, ammo is cheaper and more to choose from and easier to get than .38 +P. It's more powerful that .38 +P, yet controllable for a follow up shot compared to .357.
 
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Don't confuse 9mm service sized auto numbers with snubby 9mm revolver reality. Wink


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Jimmy123x, your comments are consistent with my experience with the little 9MM revolvers. I've not chronographed any 38 +P ammunition that equals 9MM ballistics in 2" and 3" revolvers. The Ballistics By The Inch site lists some interesting comparisons between 9MM and .357 ammunition in 2 and 3" barrels. Their results are not what many might assume, and not always in the .357's favor....


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Hmmmmm....

I have been slowly “standardizing” to 9mm on most of my handguns. Have a .357 SP-101, just may have to see about this...

I am assuming it uses moon clips?





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It ships with three moonclips, but the blurb isn't clear as to how well it functions without them.
 
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IlCattivo, Headspace on my older 9mm SP-101 is tight enough that it functions just fine without moon clips. My S&W 940 though, not so much. Without moon clips, headspace on the S&W is grossly excessive at .794". When S&W says use moon clips on their guns chambered for semi-auto pistol cartridges, they obviously mean it.


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I have one of the original SP's in 9mm. I bought it used years ago and it looks to have never been fired. I'd say its as NIB as anyone will find. It's been put away ever since and I know I've never fired it. I have 2 unopened packages of the original Ruger full moon clips for it.


Ya' know, I think you might be best served to keep it just like that. I hate to say that, because I shoot ALL of my guns (except my Ed Brown Kobra Carry).

That SP101 in 9mm is such a cool gun. I have a 357 2" (DAO), but I would love to stumble on one like you describe in 9mm one day.


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... I have 2 unopened packages of the original Ruger full moon clips for it.

Don't use them, or your gun will no longer appear NIB. The continuous outside rim moon clips will scratch the side plate when extracted. Most shooters will opt for other moon clips, like the S&W ones w/o the continuous outer circle of steel.


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I’m thinking of ordering one and converting it to DAO.


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Don't confuse 9mm service sized auto numbers with snubby 9mm revolver reality. Wink


9mm and .357 are about the same FPS out of a 2" and 3" barrel. Check the ballistics youself, .38 +p is seriously lacking in FPS (albeit a heavier bullet than 9mm).


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While out for a fall drive a few weeks back, we stopped at a good size gun store I had never been to about 40 miles north of me (Skagit Arms in Burlington WA). I ended up buying a P320 .45 they had in stock (hadn’t seen any of the .45 P320 in other local stores) for a fair price and also took a look at one of the 9mm SP101’s.

I took a hard look at it and explained to my wife why I was thinking of replacing her .357 SP101 with it (ammo cost/availability and recoil). Even though she gave me the green light, I passed as they were a little over priced at $579.

They were willing to talk, but wouldn’t even consider the price from an online source. I offered $540, but the guy who would have to approve it wasn’t in.


Fast forward to today and I was at that shop again to do a transfer on a Glock I was selling. After finishing that I took another look at the 9mm SP101. They had come down to $569, still a little high when there were several online sources in the $500-$525 range (add in $5-$10 shipping and a $25 transfer really means $530-$560). Since WA state forces dealers to collect “use tax” on transfers, it has made buying online less of a bargain.

A little bit of google-foo and I showed them another store a bit farther north in Anacortes listed it at $535 on their website, not in stock but delivered in 3 days from the warehouse. I asked if they had two of them in stock, and would match their local competitors price I’d take them.

About 5 minutes later he came back saying he had two fresh in the box and the best he could do was $539. While I could have saved another $10 at Anacortes, not being in stock would have meant another 90 mile round trip drive so it made sense to just go ahead and grab them while I was there.

Added bonus, the tax rate in Burlington is 1.5% less than where I get transfers, so that saved me an additional $17 in tax.


Since I’ve been focused on trying to consolidate my handguns from 9mm, .357Sig, .40SW, .45ACP, .38, .357mag down to just 9mm and .45ACP. I figured I would get two of the SP101 9mm. One to replace my wife’s carry gun and one for me. My only other revolver is a SW 640 Pro, so selling the .357 SP101 and the 640 means I no longer have to worry about keeping .38/.38+P/.357 ammo on hand.

The Glock I sold was the last of my .40SW guns except for my beloved P229ST (which I recently picked up a 9mm conversion barrel for) so with the exception of a .22 Ruger Bearcat, I am officially all 9mm or .45 once I sell the old SP101 and the 640.

Looking forward to getting them to the range and do a side by side comparison with the .357.





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... I have 2 unopened packages of the original Ruger full moon clips for it.

Don't use them, or your gun will no longer appear NIB. The continuous outside rim moon clips will scratch the side plate when extracted. Most shooters will opt for other moon clips, like the S&W ones w/o the continuous outer circle of steel.


I appreciate the info. I doubt I'll ever fire it but it's good to know about the Full Moon clips. Thanks


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