Managed to get out to the range for a bit on Sunday.
15 yard 8-shot, off hand group. Fed Auto-Match ammo. The gun handles excellent. The front sight is a help to older eyes. The crispness of the trigger makes it feel lighter then the actual weight of pull.
The hammer edges are sharp!
A grapefruit sized rock at 30 yards was easy pry for the 101. :D
I went to the Silly-Wet range and toppled over some iron out to 100 yards.
Did I mention this is the very first 8-shot SP101 to arrive in Lubbock, Texas?
I just got one last night. :neener:
Ordered online cuz no one seemed to have it locally. It is a nice looking piece and the grip is narrower than most k-frames which is great for smaller hands.
I will chime in with a report this weekend ;) I'll be shooting with cheap target ammo. I'm excited to try it out. :)
October 7, 2011, 08:59 AM
A side note...
Yesterday, at the range, I tried to duplicate some poster's results with my new 11/10 S&W 3" 63. I shot CCI Stingers, Fed Automatch, and Fed 36gr copper wash 36 gr HPs (WallyWorld 550pk) at 12yd handheld.
The groups were close to identical (~2", with the Stingers centered lower.) and generally in & around the bullseye. All cases fell out easily - even the Stingers - and they were shot after a bunch of Automatch, which also fell out. The S&W's chambers must be finer reamed/polished. Of course, they should be - the S&W is about $100-$150 more. Still, a fun eight-shooter. Here is mine with it's earlier 5" 63 sibling.
Both sport the '60 Pro' style grips, available from S&W Accessories (SKU #411740000 ~$43 + s/h). They feel better in my medium+ hands, too.
October 7, 2011, 09:33 AM
Nice pistola. Looks great, and shoots well too. :)
October 7, 2011, 10:20 PM
I am familiar with the Ruger SP101; the gun pictured "appears" to me to be a GP-100. However, I am not disputing that it is indeed a SP-101.
So has the SP-101 been upsized recently? It looks much bigger than the older SP-101's I am used to. If so, what are the differences between it and the GP-100? It looks like it has the old GP-100 grips on it.
The Lone Haranguer
October 8, 2011, 10:00 PM
I like the fully adjustable rear sight, something the original SP .22s didn't have. :)
October 9, 2011, 02:57 AM
The .22 SP is the same size as the original .22 & all other recent SP versions as far as frame & cylinder size go.
Has the same size grip.
October 9, 2011, 02:58 AM
It's just proportioned like a mini-GP-100 is all.
October 9, 2011, 04:09 AM
There is one of these sitting in my lgs with a $500 price tag on it... Tempting howevever I thought it locked up a little loose. How tight does you's lock up when you wiggle the cylinder and trigger pulled?
October 9, 2011, 09:05 AM
Elano asks: "How tight does you's lock up when you wiggle the cylinder and trigger pulled?"
The lockup on mine is tight.
$500.00 is a great price. I gave $539.00, but I had mine the day after introduction!
Been shooting the bejeebies out of it. :D
Was very overcast here yesterday. The fiberoptic sight showed up very well. In artificial light it is not too visable.
The fiber optic sight isn't that great for paper shooting, but it's the goods for Silly-Wet or other field use. :)
October 9, 2011, 01:49 PM
Mine locks up fine, barely detectable fore & aft movement, tighter on rotational movement than a brand new GP I also have here.
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