Ported SP101?


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Dollar An Hour
July 1, 2006, 02:16 AM
Anybody have a ported SP101? If so, how do you like it?

I started looking at the custom SP's at Gemini Customs, available with *or* without porting. I started really lusting after a customized SP, but I'm not sure about the porting.

My opinion has always been that porting on a carry weapon is a no-no due to blast & flash. I think it'd be great at the range, but that's about it.

Or is it a good idea because it allows more practice with full-house .357s without getting so beat up?

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LoadedDrum
July 1, 2006, 08:28 AM
Porting does not affect you night vision. That is just another myth perpetuated by the internet. It is NO more noticable than the flash from the cylinder gap or muzzle. If you shoot 357's out of a 2" barrel, the flash is going to be quite pronounced regardless of porting or not. If you 38's then do not worry about it.

The other bad argument going around the internet is firing from retention. Really, which is more likely to hit your body; the blast from the ports which is directed up or the blast from the cylinder gap which is directed sideways, towards the shooter?

magyars4
July 1, 2006, 10:41 AM
I have one of these ported ny Magna-Port, it does help recoil w/ stout loads but it is way too loud! I am considering sending back to ruger to replace the barrel.
Hope that helps some.

Ditchtiger
July 1, 2006, 11:26 AM
i have a snub .357 taurus, model 606, factory ported. for extended shooting a ported gun wears you out less. i regularly shoot .45s and .44mags, recoil is not an issue.just got the taurus at a good price and found it to be a nice shooter

Dollar An Hour
July 1, 2006, 12:22 PM
it does help recoil w/ stout loads but it is way too loud! I am considering sending back to ruger to replace the barrel.


I can see benefits either way.

I can handle plugs & muffs at the range, and I like the idea of more practice with full power loads.

Realistically, a non-ported SP101 is gonna be LOUD indoors or out in a SD scenario as well.

OTOH, a non-ported SP is more work to practice with, but .357 ammo is expensive anyway so it's not likely I'd put 100+ rounds downrange in a session, ported or not.

Maybe the answer is non-ported with the Speer short-barrel .357s for carry? ;)

RustyShackelford
July 1, 2006, 12:43 PM
I would get a ported barrel if you plan to shoot magnum rounds or powerful(+P, +P+) loads a lot. For a CC/protection revolver, a ported barrel may have a higher muzzle flash and be louder but it will reduce the recoil.

I'd also look into Accurate Plating and Weapons website and the porting industry standard; Mag-Na Port.

For short barrel revolvers that have custom front sights and shoot non +P .38spl loads I'd say no.

For larger DA revolvers(3-6" barrels), porting may help but not by much.

RS :cool:

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