9mm moonclips for SP-101


November 12, 2004, 02:14 PM
What moonclips to you recommend for the SP-101 9mm?

Are the factory ones from Ruger good? They appear to be a little different design with a full outer circle. Do they retain the rounds securely? Is it difficult to get the rounds in and out like some of the .45ACP clips?

Or would I be better off with aftermarket clips from www.moonclips.com or Ranch Products?

Also -- what is the best way to carry these babies for concealed carry?

Thanks for any info?

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November 12, 2004, 04:02 PM
Your right. The factory ruger 9mm clips load from the inside. They also use lighter material than typical .45 moons. I have only had my Sp 101 for about 2 months and three range sesions but I will say that they are much easier to load and unload than .45 ACP moon clips. No pain to the fingers at all. ( I'm not even using a demooner for the 9mm) . As for durability/ reliability, I have carried some in my pocket and even dropped them with no bending or rounds falling loose. It's light but very springiy steel. I can tell you that some ammo is simpler to load /unload than others. I particularly like the Winchester 100 packs from Wally World vs mil surplus.

P.s. I believe Brownells.com has factory/factory knockoffs at a reasonable price.

p.s. Your gonna like that gun!

Black Snowman
November 12, 2004, 05:15 PM
I just got a 646 so I've been looking at moonclips. MidwayUSA has some for the SP-101 but they are the conventional "star" style but are very reasonably priced.

Another source is KM Custom ( http://www.moonclips.com/ ) and I hear they make quality moon clips. They also carry the RIMZ polymer clips. They also have some moon clip carriers.

As for what's best or works, I'll leave that to those with experiance to answer.

November 22, 2004, 09:24 AM
Well, I can now offer my own thoughts -- I ordered a set from Ruger and from TK Moonclips.

The Ruger clips are unusual -- with a full circle around the outside diameter. They seem flimsy because of this thin metal supporting circle piece. The are easy to load and unload, yet seem secure. Less than $1 each.

The TK Moonclips are the more typical type of clip. Very sturdy. They seem to drop into the cylinder easier -- perhaps because the cartridges have a bit more wiggle to them. About $1.50 each, but better in my opinion.

November 22, 2004, 11:45 AM
The way I used to carry 9mm moon clips for the sp101 was to take to loaded clips, point them at each other and stick them together such that one round fron each clip was inside the circle of the other. Then just drop them in a pocket like that. on clip by itself can have the bullets pop out, but two clip together like I described, the bullet in the center of the circle prevents any in that clip from popping loose, plus you have ten rounds in the same space as five.

Black Snowman
November 22, 2004, 12:14 PM
Good thread. Lots of handy info. I need to check pricing on the moon clips I need at Brownell's before placing my order with TK Custom. The factory clips seem sufficant for my S&W but they seem a bit flimsy on the Taurus so I might end up going with TK anyway if they don't have any aftermarket Taurus clips at Brownells.

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