Got my SP-101 22lr in!


August 23, 2012, 08:18 AM
My ordered SP-101 [in .22lr] finally came in. Verdict?

GREAT revolver! Fit and finish, grip feel, quality, all very good. Double action trigger is pretty good for DA. Still hit in the general "fist size" area at 7 yards. Single action, on the other hand [well, same hand, when firing it], was excellent! Accuracy? About as good as my extremely accurate Mark II Government Target Model with Volquartsen trigger!

No real issues with it. . . .but only fired 50 rounds. Ran out of time to shoot it any more than that. All in all, a homerun for Ruger.

I will post pictures soon [perhaps this evening, if I have enough daylight left after getting out of work].

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August 23, 2012, 09:45 AM
Glad to hear you like it. They sell rather quickly at the local gunshops. I will probably eventually buy one, but I have seveal S&W and Colt 22 revolvers that I know are better all around. But for the price, I think the new Ruger SP-101 22LR a very good revolver. Didn't care at all for the old SP-101 in 22LR that was discontinued years ago. I tried to like them, but just couldn't. I probably "almost" bought one 10 times, but in the end, I just couldn't see the quality of that vintage Ruger. The new Ruger's are better!

August 23, 2012, 10:07 AM
I almost bought one of those older .22lr SP-101 revolvers as well. But, sight unseen [bid on a couple on gunbroker and the like]. I am unaware of their quality, . . . but this new one seems to be VERY good quality. I wouldn't say "excellent quality", but quite fine for my taste and purpose. Can't say enough about the accuracy. I MAY need to have a bit of trigger work done if I care to shoot more DA with it. At this point, though, SA is very nice!

August 23, 2012, 06:00 PM

I am so jealous....

Been on the lookout for one of these pretty much since the day they were announced. Still have never seen one in person. I have pretty much given up at this point.

WNC Seabee
August 23, 2012, 06:07 PM
I bought one when they first came out. Liked it well enough. Put a Wolff spring kit in it to deal with the awful heavy DA trigger. Was very happy....until I got my S&W 617 4" 10 shot. Couldn't sell the Ruger fast enough after that!

August 23, 2012, 06:15 PM
i got to try a new SP-101 at my local gun store a few months back. well balanced, great grips. BUT, that trigger pull was H E A V Y .:(

August 23, 2012, 06:25 PM
I don't know about the 22lr but my wife's SP101 .357 got an immediate spring change. The factory springs are designed to fire everything from a possibly filthy dirty gun.

Between us we've had no light strikes after nearly 300 rounds now, I'm calling it good.

August 23, 2012, 06:54 PM
I have several S&W and Colt 22 revolvers that I know are better all around. But for the price, I think the new Ruger SP-101 22LR a very good revolver.

I'm interested in getting a .22 revolver soon, just starting to look at them. Which ones are better all around? I looked the SP101 up, and it seems like the street price is ~$500, does that sound about right (if you can find one)?

August 23, 2012, 09:00 PM
I picked up a SP101 22 and 357 4.2" in the same day, got pretty lucky. Love em!

August 23, 2012, 09:01 PM

August 24, 2012, 02:01 PM
BearGriz, there are a lot of 22 revolver threads floating around. For the price, a new Ruger SP-101 is hard to beat, but it will have a heavy (but generally smooth) trigger pull. $500 is about right on them give or take.

Arguably the best 22 revolver currently manufactured is the S&W 617. I prefer the 4" over the 6". I have a 6" S&W M17 that is a great revolver. The current 617 is a 10-shot versus the older ones that have a six hole cylinder. To me that makes little difference. But it is something to consider.

The other Smith & Wesson products currently made is the 3" Model 63 which has a smaller frame than the 617. Many like it, but it seems to be very difficult to find on. S&W previously made a 5" which was discontinued a couple years ago. I have one of those. I like it but have been constantly looking for it's sister a 3" to acquire also.

There are old M63's (usually 4") around in 22 and the snubbie M34 which many like. There was also the M18 which was a 4" (same frame as the M17) which is a great 22 revolver. During the transition from M17 to M617 (blue or nickel > stainless), there are some 4" M17's around with the full underlug.

The M317 is a alloy frame revolver (2" and 3") in 22. They are pocket sized but I lean toward steel framed 22 DA revolvers in general.

All of the older Colts are 6-shooters in 22. The least expensive of them is the Trooper Mark III which came in 4, 6, and 8" barrel lengths in nickel and blue. It is a great revolver, but many feel it is too big (and heavy) for a 22 but great in 357 mag. The Colt Diamondback and Officers Model Match are probably the best shooters but are generally more costly. The Diamondbacks have become collector items now and I guess the other Colts are as well to Colt collectors. Other Colts are the Cobra which is fairly hard to find in 22, and of course the single actions which are quite good. But I would probably buy a Ruger Single Six or Single-Ten if I wanted a new single action 22.

The Ruger LCR in 22 is also very good for a pocket sized 22 revolver.

Charter Arms makes the Pathfinder in 22LR. I have heard fairly good things about it for a less expensive revolver, but have no personal experience with them.

Taurus makes a couple 22 revolvers. Taurus quality seems to be hit or miss with their DA 22 revolvers. One is great and the next one makes multiple trips back to the factory for repairs. But they are fairly inexpensive as these things go.

There are old H&R DA 22 revolvers around for a modest price. They tend to be more utiltarian with a lesser fit and finish (as compared to S&W and Colt) and have a heavy trigger, but are reliable and many like them due to their cost.

So, it depends on your pocket book and what you are going to use it for in terms of barrel length and manufacturer.

Hoppes Love Potion
August 24, 2012, 03:50 PM
22-rimfire has given an excellent and accurate account on the current state of .22 revolvers and which used models to look for.

I have the LCR-22 and think it's an interesting choice. Lightweight, accurate, and reliable, and priced just a bit above the Charter and Taurus models. The LCR-22 is significantly cheaper than any of the S&W .22 revolvers, which tend to run over $500 for alloy models and over $600 for stainless. The LCR can be had for $350 - $400.

The trigger is not nearly as nice as the trigger on the LCR-38. Rimfires require harder hammer strikes and the Ruger's trigger is pretty heavy, but does get better with use. It seems quite rugged and accuracy is good for a compact handgun.

Some will struggle to imagine a use for a DAO .22 snub, but it is fine for plinking, for low-cost training to mimic a centerfire carry gun, or something to slide in your pocket while you walk the dog or work around the homestead.

August 24, 2012, 08:39 PM
Oh, I envy you. I have wanted one since they first hit the seen. I have 6 distributors that I do business with and none of them have one in stock. If they do they have it allocated and I'm not big enough to have much pull.:(

August 25, 2012, 12:27 AM
Well, maybe they're about to release a bunch to distributors and you'll start seeing them on the shelves. Again, . . . as soon as I get some time [and good lighting], I'll take some pics.

August 25, 2012, 12:43 AM
Thanks 22-Rimfire and Hoppes Love Potion, that is very informative. I'm heading to a gun show tomorrow, and I hope to be able to handle one or two of the revolvers you all have talked about!

August 25, 2012, 09:51 PM
I was going to get one of those for my daughter but.....i picked up a lcr-22 because the trigger mechanics are suppose to be better......they arent, not to me anyway....should have bought a proven design instead.

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