Woo Hoo! Scored on a 4" .22LR SP101!!


July 11, 2008, 04:46 PM
Just got back from my local dealer. Sat down to do some work and had an email from the shop saying they got in a used 4" full underlug SP101 in .22 LR, and did I want to take a look at it? Dropped what I was doing and headed over.

Twenty minutes later, I walked out with a very nice specimen. Looks like it has barely been shot. No box or papers, but I'll not complain given the price ... $323 out the door, including tax and NICS fee! Wasn't even gone from home long enough for the can of Diet Coke I left sitting on the desk to get warm. So off to the range tomorrow!

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July 11, 2008, 04:47 PM
Very nice! I am loving my 2 1/2" .22 SP101 I recently acquired. :D

July 11, 2008, 04:51 PM
I also have the SP101 .22lr in the 2.25"
I love that gun. I put as many rounds thru it as I can. Cheap to shoot, will always be around and easy to clean...
What's not to love?

July 11, 2008, 05:02 PM
Still watching for a 2.25" at the right price. Around here they seem to be more rare than the 4" version, and that's scarce enough!

July 11, 2008, 05:03 PM
In these parts.. I cannot remember seeing a 4"... would love to have one of those as well!!

July 11, 2008, 05:03 PM
Nice gun! Those things are a might heavy, but God knows .22 will never wear one out. LOL!

July 11, 2008, 05:53 PM
$323 out the door, including tax and NICS fee!

I wish I could find one for that price, or find one at all for that matter. I am wondering about the NICS fee, though. I have purchased a number (:evil:) of firearms this year and have never been charged a fee for the check. Why do some dealers do this?

July 12, 2008, 07:13 PM
Fantastic gun, amazing price. We have the same gun, and love it. Paid a lot more for it, though :(

July 12, 2008, 08:58 PM
I've never been charged (nor would I pay) an NICS fee from a dealer whom I was buying the gun from.

They do charge for transfers, but not when they are the actual sellers.

NICS is prohibited by federal law from charging buyers for the background check.

July 12, 2008, 09:38 PM
Wow, that was a score. I wish Ruger still made those. Given ammo prices these days, you'd think they be able to sell enough.

July 13, 2008, 06:17 AM
They are out there if you look hard, 4" full lugs seem the most common, I got one last year for $200 but not OTD in CA of all places.

My trigger is mediocre, sights are also. Gun will last forever though. I saw one sell for $450 in my area recently so I think I did ok.

July 13, 2008, 06:58 AM
Good score on the SP101. I guess I'll have to start looking for one of those now. I've got a Dan Wesson 22, and a Smith and Wesson 17.

I don't know about an NICS fee, but every gun I've bought in a long time has a $2.00 state police background check fee on the invoice.

If the dealer has to pay a fee, you're going to pay a fee. It might not show up on the invoice, but you're going to pay it. There ain't no free lunch.

July 13, 2008, 01:16 PM
Those SP101 4" .22's currently have a collectible value of $500-$550 if found to be in NIB condition! You got a great deal on yours! Following, are some pictures of my NIB "short shroud" 4" SP101 .22, that is even more scarce than the full shroud version;

July 13, 2008, 01:33 PM
I am wondering about the NICS fee ... Why do some dealers do this?Just looked at the receipt again. It's listed as a "PSP (Pennsylvania State Police) Surcharge," so I guess it's a PA requirement rather than related to federal NICS.

July 13, 2008, 09:04 PM
Florida charges a $5.00 fee to call in and see if you are a criminal or have a criminal record I noticed on my last firearms purchase.

When (and WHY) did Ruger stop making those SP101 .22s? I'd love to get one.

July 14, 2008, 08:05 AM
Don't feel bad, my state has a minimum $25 fee with up to an extra $10 allowed to be tacked on to it by the FFL.

IIRC the .22lr SP101 was discontinued in 2004. I wonder why it wasn't marketed in .22mag ever?

I really want the 9x19 version.

When were the 1/2 shround and 2 1/16" versions discontiued on the .22llr versions?

July 14, 2008, 09:41 AM
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