My new SP101 is not a virgin anymore


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Rob P.
April 15, 2009, 10:27 PM
And all I can say is HOLY WOW! :what:

I brought my new baby home last night and applied a bit of magic from the IBOK. I didn't change any springs; I just polished and tuned it a bit. The trigger pull went from OK to NICE!!! even if it was still a bit heavy. I didn't polish the edges of the trigger and it still has a bit of a bite to it as I learned today.

I went to the range to do my monthly practice and I grabbed a box of 125 Gr .357 along with a box of 9mm. I filled all 5 holes in the cylinder and took careful aim. BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM. 5 neat little holes spread out all over the target like a 10" shotgun pattern. That's too big for 15 yds so I think I need to practice a bit with this one.

10 more rounds and the guy in the lane next to me pokes his head around the corner and asks what the heck I'm shooting that makes so much noise that it's causing the ceiling tiles to flake and little bits of "snow" are falling all over the place. It's so bad that we look like we have terminal dandruff from it.

We talk and it seems that he has a S&W .357 that he's shooting 38 special in. I give him one .357 round and let him shoot his gun at my target. He's impressed with the difference between .38 and .357. I told him that if he's going to keep .357 for home defense rounds, he should practice with them some to get used to the difference. He agrees with me.

I ran through half the box and then switched to my 9mm S&W. Easy as pie with that one. 35 yds and I'm still inside 8" with all 50 rounds. The difference in recoil is dramatic to say the least. The 9mm is a popgun compared to the fullhouse .357 loads in the Ruger.

Went back to the Ruger after the 9mm and finished the rest of the box. Groups started showing up that looked like something other than a shotgun blast. Not great, but with more practice it will get there. I could have cocked the hammer and shot SA which would have improved my groups but this is not a target gun so I need to learn it in DA mode.

My trigger finger is sore from the tip of the trigger where the edge is too crisp. 50 rounds of magnum recoil is tough on tender fingers. I'm also going to change the mainspring with a new one from Wolf sometime in the not so distant future. A Hogue monogrip is currently on order as I type this as well. The factory grips are OK but my hands apparently are a bit larger than the engineers designed for.

I also have to remember to change my grip from my "normal" grip. My normal grip is to have my left index finger on the front of the trigger guard. On a revolver this puts the tip of the finger in line with the front of the cylinder. I already knew that you do not want your fingers in this area as I have shot many many many revolvers in the past. I, however, seemed to have left my brain in my range bag on at least one shot because I also have a sore left index finger from powder burn. :banghead: I've been shooting automatics too long I think.

To end this monolog, the revolver is fantastic. Easy to point, easy to shoot even with magnum ammo. More practice and better grips will improve my groups but the gun performed flawlessly. She's a keeper in my book.

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Quoheleth
April 15, 2009, 11:05 PM
Nice report.

Two brief comments.

One, I "stack" my trigger pull a bit. I've figured out how to do it for a quick pull to lock the cylinder into place and require only a gentle squeeze for the hammer to fall. Works for me.

Two, try some 158 grain .357 loads. To me, they are easier to handle - not as "torque-y" as the lighter 125s. In fact, I really dislike 125s - they HURT! Two practice loads I enjoy shooting are CCI Blazer and Monarch (Academy brand; I suspect it is Privi, as it is Serbian). While not tops on the velocity charts, they are "good enough" for learning to handle the weapon.

Oh...a third...dryfire, dryfire, dryfire. It helps train your finger and smooth the action even more.

Q

Big Daddy Grim
April 15, 2009, 11:12 PM
I agree the 158s feel a load better in my sp101 so they should in yours.

hoptob
April 16, 2009, 02:57 AM
My trigger finger is sore from the tip of the trigger where the edge is too crisp. 600 grit sandpaper can fix it in a few minutes. :)

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