How do you carry your Ruger SP101?


July 27, 2006, 04:17 PM
Now that I have the .357 spurless model,I'd appreciate your opinions on what holster/method to use for CCW carry and what grips are recommeded.
Thanks in advance for your input.

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July 27, 2006, 04:52 PM
Fanny Pack

July 27, 2006, 05:10 PM
I find it very comfortable cross draw IWB with a Bianchi leather holster with metal belt clip.

July 27, 2006, 05:19 PM
Slightly off topic, but I don't want to start a whole new thread......

How do you shoot a spurless SP101 in single action? Is it difficult or unsafe to cock a spurless hammer?

Charles S
July 27, 2006, 05:30 PM
IBW. Blade Tech.


Pistol Toter
July 27, 2006, 05:47 PM
My 2 1/4" SP has the spur. I would not have it spurless, my choice. It is factory stock except I change the plastic panels and installed the factory wood panels; no reason, I think it looks better. I carry it in a Bianchi 7L which is a lined pancake or the Bianchi S3 Pistol Pocket which is a IWB. I prefer the pancake for comfort but he IWB is not uncomfortable. My choces of leather will not work for your spurless gun. P.T.

July 27, 2006, 05:50 PM
Crossdraw between the waistband and belt in the FIST IWB holster.
Also fits in the fanny pack, but the 642 goes in there now.

The spurless SP-101 is double-action only. There is no cocked position for the hammer. I suppose you could mess around with thumbing the hammer back and letting go, but that strikes me as a very, very unsafe thing to do.


July 27, 2006, 08:56 PM
Don Hume JIT Slide.

Bianchi IWB.

Fist tuckable. Still getting used to this one.

July 27, 2006, 10:59 PM
You pull the trigger and get your thumb under it before it fires, then pull it back to the cked point. Practce this with the gun empty, you'll see how easy it is.
Numrich's sells the spurred hammer for less than $40. I used this to retrofit my SOG special.

July 28, 2006, 12:54 AM
I carry the DAO spurless IWB with a ClipDraw at the appendix position (1:00). It disappears and it's weight is unnoticed unlike my G19. I also throw it in my pocket and am looking at a pocket holster for it. I have kept the factory grip on it because it seems to be the most concealable.

July 28, 2006, 03:28 AM
In front pocket in Uncle Mike's pocket holster; SP101 snub DAO .357.

July 28, 2006, 03:39 AM
Make sure your Ruger spuless hammer hasn't been converted to true DAO.
I have seen some ex-PD ones that could not be manually cocked.

July 28, 2006, 08:57 AM
IWB in an Uncle Mike's or in a Don Hume Belt Slide.

July 28, 2006, 12:50 PM
Matt Delfatti OWB, the best I've used

Hoffners Miurage IWB, VERY high ride but secure.

July 28, 2006, 01:17 PM
I carry my 2" in a Don Hume JIT or in a Uncle Mikes Pocket Holster in my front Pocket. I carry my 3" in a Tucker Heitage IWB. It is a super comfortable holster and well made.

July 28, 2006, 01:23 PM
No offense boys, but if your gonna buy a DA revolver, learn to shoot it DA.

July 28, 2006, 07:00 PM
Galco OWB. I like this particular model as it rides quite high.

I choose to go with the spurless model and upgraded to the XS "Big Dot" front sight. Stock grips (at least for now).

Aside: I am amazed when I hear that people use the SP101 for pocket carry. They must have reinforced pockets! This is no featherweight revolver.

July 28, 2006, 08:26 PM
I find it very comfortable cross draw IWB with a Bianchi leather holster with metal belt clip.

I agree completely and it is quite comfortable I might add!:D :D

July 28, 2006, 10:57 PM
Bianchi 7/7L for 2"-3" barrels. It's a pancake.


July 29, 2006, 11:19 AM
Kramer belt scabbard.:D

July 29, 2006, 07:55 PM
I find it very easy to stack the trigger on my dao sp101.

Doug Add
July 30, 2006, 08:27 PM
My 2.25" SP101 is not spurless. I carry it in a 4100 by Kirkpatrick Leather, OWB just behind my right hip. It is comfortable for all day carry. I don't usually like thumb break holsters, but this one is quick and easy on the draw.

When I am bicycling, I carry it in a chest pack.

August 1, 2006, 01:03 PM
front towards bad guy... but that's just me

August 1, 2006, 02:00 PM
I carry mine in a US Army style shoulder/chest rig designed for a 45 auto. I just tried it in there one day and was surprised to find it rode well there. Ordered some Galco finger groove checkered grips. Haven't arrived yet. Going to have Clements slick the action up for me soon.

August 3, 2006, 08:44 PM
I carry mine in an Uncle Mikes-in the waistband holster in the inside chest pocket of my suit. Stoked with Remingtion 357 Magnum Golden Sabers.

August 3, 2006, 08:49 PM
CTC laser grips, loaded with Speer SB .38+P.


shooting on a shoestring
August 3, 2006, 10:15 PM
My SP 101 wears Hogues. I found the speed loader cutout on the originals burised the inside of my firing hand's thumb when firing full throttle 158's. The Hogues resolved the issue. I have a hammer spur but find I can group as good using DA with mine. That surprised me. I was previously carrying a .38 Mod 60 for years and shot it best SA (and as quickly as most shoot DA). But the SP 101 has a great DA trigger, stacks a little and works out great.

I tried an Uncle Mikes IWB open top over my appendix like I used with the Mod 60, but with the greater grip length and my build, the grips printed a bit with pull over shirts. I have since quit using a holster. I wear a 2" leather belt and just drop the revolver inside my britches and the grips snuggle in between my belly and belt and stay put. I've never had the revolver slip, even when running chasing after my Jack Russel terriers, climbing, working under vehicles, wading streams etc...

I do occasionally use the IWB holster as a shoulder holster in a homemade rig. I use a small cotton blend web belt from a mil surplus store buckled around my chest. I sewed a second piece of belting to make a loop over my shoulder to help control the belt around my chest. The open top IWB then tucks right in under my arm and the SP 101 stays put very well. Works great with dress shirts.

I also carry 1 HKS speed loader with 5 spare rounds in my left pants pocket.

January 18, 2007, 02:22 AM
Clipdraw at 1 o'clock, appendix carry. You can set the depth of carry and even with Hogue grips is disappears under a T-shirt. The gun is stainless so just keep it clean. I wipe mine down with a silicon cloth every time I handle or carry it and clean it frequently.

January 18, 2007, 12:44 PM
Milt Sparks Versa-Max II. It is very comfortable and conceals well.

.45 Cal
January 18, 2007, 01:11 PM
Just behind my right hip in a Silver Dollar Pancake from

January 18, 2007, 05:00 PM
My buffed SP101.

And just to show off the polishing. :)

Or if I'm going for the 'No one will pick me as a CCWer in thier wildest dreams approach'. :)

Afterall, its for the kids. :D

Sniper X
January 18, 2007, 05:35 PM
I'd hafta say walk down the street with one in each hand. :what: :)

January 20, 2007, 04:14 PM
Currently, strong-side hip holster. Jacket over it for concealment. Remove the jacket, and I am open carrying. I am looking into an IWB.

January 20, 2007, 07:25 PM
OWB El Paso Sadlery Street Combat #88....thats just the one I happened to choose and I have been happy with it.

I have been looking at these for a S&W short barrel K frame....reports over on the S&W forum are very favorable...and pricing seems modest; correspondance with the maker has been pleasant. Check out the "Silver Dollar" for a SP101 :


Harry Paget Flashman
January 20, 2007, 08:51 PM
Mines a .22. Not for carry. Bought it for plinking.

January 20, 2007, 09:22 PM
Where can you purchase that smartcarry holster?

January 20, 2007, 10:18 PM
Just bought a Clipdraw, haven't tried it yet. Good to hear people like 'em...


January 20, 2007, 11:06 PM
Where can you purchase that smartcarry holster?

Smartcarry here :


January 22, 2007, 08:30 PM
DiamondBack, is it a Medium sized Smartcarry?
Just curious.

January 22, 2007, 08:35 PM
When I had a spurless SP101 I carried it in a Don Hume JIT slide. Great holster for under $30.

January 22, 2007, 11:07 PM
DiamondBack, is it a Medium sized Smartcarry?
Just curious.
....actually I don't own one. I was only answering the question as to where they can be found. Best to actually ask those who use one about attributes and size for the SP101. I frankly, like ankle carry, think it would be difficult to produce a handgun with any kind of reasonable speed from a Smart Carry...but an awful lot of folks swear by them....and as I have never used one my opinion is of little worth !


Pat Cannon
January 22, 2007, 11:07 PM
My SP101 is on me whenever my pants are, except at work due to their silly rules. The Clipdraw means I don't have to worry about removing a holster, or wearing an empty holster. I wear it at about 3:30 but usually scoot it up to about 2:45 when I'm driving. I quit carrying the Bianchi Speed Strip when I realized that with all the crap I always carry in my pockets, a regular speedloader isn't noticed.

January 23, 2007, 11:42 PM
I carry mine in a "Laredo Defender" from K & D Holsters

Charles S
January 24, 2007, 08:05 AM

Very nice. What grips are those?


January 24, 2007, 07:13 PM
They are "Secret Service" style grips from Eagle Grips.

Very good feel and doesn't snag on clothing.

January 25, 2007, 07:22 PM
My SP101 is on me whenever my pants are, except at work due to their silly rules.

I wouldn't work at a place that wouldn't let me wear pants. You should look for another job!

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