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So after buying a few autoloaders recently I kind of find myself gravitating back to wanting a wheelgun. I have a few though I had a Smith 19 that I sold a while back and now I don't currently own a 357 magnum. I was eyeing the Ruger match champion and I really like the grips and overall feel, though then after holding the 3" sp101, I like the more compact feel I think of a smaller frame. Plus it's about $200 less. I also like the 3" barrel as it seems like it would do fine for informal target shooting while being easier to pack. What say you guys who own a sp101? I know everyone loves the GP100, but how's it's little brother stack up?
 
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My wife loves her SP101(.38 special). It is a tank and can handle punishment for sure. Ruger might not make the most sexy looking revolvers,(although there are a couple),but they will outlast most on the market today. I do like the button on the side to expel the cylinder. I think that was a great idea on Ruger's part.
 
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I love them. Learned to shoot on a 2 inch model with 38 specials.

now I carry an LCR to avoid weight but that little tank of a gun was incredible.


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If you were eyeing the Match Champion, then you might consider the 4.2 inch SP101 with adjustable sights.

 
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Built like little tanks, they're great wheel guns. I have both a 3" as well as a 2 1/4 DAO variant. Even with 5 rounds, you almost never feel undergunned with a 357 Magnum. They carry well in a good IWB holster too.

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I have a 4" GP100 and 2" SP101 and love both of them. As CQB60 said, they are tanks and handle the recoil of full magnum loads well.
 
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Completely agree with previous posters! One would last you two lifetimes with reasonable care. They are heavier and clunkier than the S&W M-60 in .357 - but much more strongly built. The weight is a real downside if you're going to pocket carry - ditto for the M60 in .357 ... They are relatively straight-forward to upgrade to Big Dot tritium front; that said, someone else did the work on the one I have with a Big Dot. Speedloaders are the same for both SP-101 and M-60. There is no downside to the 101, except for weight and maybe DA-pull, in my opinion. Waiting on funny money to put a Big Dot on this one ...
 
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I neglected to mention, you can improve the action by simply replacing the factory 14lb mainspring nicely with a Wolff reduced power MS of your preference, 11 or 12lbs Wink


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The SP101 is a fine revolver. I plan to keep my 3" .327 for a long time.



My other Sig is a Steyr...
 
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Thanks so far for the replies and eye candy. I thought I heard some info about cylinder issues on the 3" model about 6-12 months ago. Hopefully that's resolved if it was even a real issue.
 
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My 327


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If you were eyeing the Match Champion, then you might consider the 4.2 inch SP101 with adjustable sights.



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I like the SP101 so much, that I have 2 of 'em. Both .357, both hammerless, and both 2 1/4".

You can't beat this little powerhouse of a gun.

 
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I have a stainless GP100 3 inch 357, that is a great gun. Handles hot rounds very easily, but as others have also reported it is heavy. I joke "That if you ran out of ammo - just throw the empty gun at the "perp's head" - that will surely stop them!"

I also have a stainless SP101 2.25 inch 9mm, and recently replaced the tigger spring with a lighter Wolff Spring, made a world of difference! Like the GP100, the SP101 is not a lite-weight, but I have carried it with no issues with an IWB rig.

Both are great guns, require very little maintenance, and will outlast anything I can put them through - definitely a gun to pass along to the "next generation" in the family.
 
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I have a 2 1/4 .357. I changed out the trigger spring to a lighter Wolff spring and a tritium front site. Did it myself, easy. Will not ever sell but can only carry in heavier clothes. A good tank of a revolver.





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If you don't mind doing some light gunsmith work, buy this front sight: xs sight

The stock sights aren't very good and this is a big improvement.
 
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I sold my SP101 357 and picked up a GP100 in it's place. Everyone has their preferences, but the 357 was not fun to shoot in the SP101.
When I ran across another SP101 3", chambered in 38sp I bought it. That little gun is great for me. It's balance and weight feels just right for the 38sp cartridge. Range days are a blast with the SP101 and the GP100, a pair of my favorite revolvers. Both of these will outlast me.




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I have the 2.25" version. the trigger got better after some use and dry firing.

I love that gun for backpacking and when Im out fishing and hiking around. I keep it loaded with 180g hardcast ammo, awesome gun, Ill never get rid of it.

The only complaint I have is that I wish I got the 3" version.
 
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Most small-frame revolvers, especially lightweight ones, are easy to carry but difficult and sometimes unpleasant to actually shoot. The SP101 is for shooting.



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