April 28, 2012, 06:53 PM
I am looking to pick up a revolver to shoot PCCA with and I think I have narrowed it down to the S&W 640 or the Ruger SP101 (2-1/4"). The Sp I handled the other day had a bit of an owkward cylinder release and that concerned me for reload speed.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
April 28, 2012, 07:30 PM
the father in law has an sp101. it is a nice gun. feels nice, and i did fall in love with it.
the release is kinda forward a lil, but not all to awkward..ive used worse. but it is kinda weird. His you have to coax the cyl to pop out rather than it coming out on its own.
i still love it.
April 30, 2012, 04:15 PM
It's been a while since I've owned a 640, but from what I remember, I liked shooting the Ruger better because it was heavier and took out a lot of the sting. For what it's worth, I still have the SP-101 and regulary shoot full house .357s out of it.
May 1, 2012, 03:05 AM
Without a doubt the M640 and not because the Ruger is a bad revolver, it's the SP101 trigger that's the problem. If you try to run the SP101 quickly the trigger does something funny. it's hard to explain but you can't shoot fast without the trigger failing to fire (sorry, it's hard to explain) but from what I'm told it's a design flaw. The trigger on the M640 can be run as fast as you can pull the trigger.
May 1, 2012, 09:00 PM
The Sp I handled the other day had a bit of an owkward cylinder release and that concerned me for reload speed.
Can you explain that. The only difference I've noticed is that the S&W release is pushed forward while the Ruger is pushed inward. While reloading quickly, I've actually found it easier to miss the S&W release
My personal choice would be the Ruger LCR, just for it's superior trigger; the best choice would be an old Colt Detective Special or 2.5" Diamondback for it's superior trigger geometry
May 2, 2012, 09:18 AM
When the trigger does this "funny" thing, are you sure that you are allowing the trigger to reset fully.
This is the first time I have ever heard of an issue with the trigger mechanism on the SP101 other than it is not as smooth as a Smith.
May 2, 2012, 09:35 AM
On my Ruger service six the difference between trigger reset and a jam is a fine line. If I get in too big a hurry I don't make that small difference and as Redline said it doesn't reset. It just takes practice as in most good things.