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Double Vision
December 25, 2012, 12:41 AM
I picked up this SP101 in .357 about ten days ago after a long wait for it arrive at my LGS.
It was purchased mostly for range use by my wife so I added the pearl grip inserts from Altamont.
I hope she gives me a chance to shoot it too. It feels great. :D

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Pilot
December 25, 2012, 12:51 AM
"Only a pimp from a cheap New Orleans whore house carries a pearl handled revolver".

GSP


:D

Merry Christmas

Double Vision
December 25, 2012, 12:56 AM
Damn, I guess I shoulda went with ivory! :D

Lost Sheep
December 25, 2012, 12:58 AM
"Only a pimp from a cheap New Orleans whore house carries a pearl handled revolver".

GSP


:D

Merry Christmas
That's not nice. Besides General Patton was probably thinking of only the men who carry guns.

I expect he would give a female who favored pearl a pass.

Lost Sheep

JEB
December 25, 2012, 02:07 AM
I expect he would give a female who favored pearl a pass.

indeed.

fine looking revolver by the way!

460Kodiak
December 25, 2012, 02:39 AM
Ta daaaaaaaaaaaa........... Congrats! enjoy! It's a good choice. Yikes............ I'm drunk! Merry Christmas!!!Q!!!! :D

Good shooter! You'll be happy!

Now that's some good ass whiskey typing if I do say so myself!;)

Merry Chriistmas!!!!!

Fremmer
December 25, 2012, 02:45 AM
Patton got fired.

Nice revolver, she will love it! What's the double action like, I recently read an article on a sp 101 in .22 lr and the da trigger was reported as terribly heavy. How's the da trigger pull on that one?

skidder
December 25, 2012, 03:21 AM
I like the grips and the gun.
Congrats, I've been shooting mine for over 17 years. One of the reasons I like Rugers: they have a tendancy to shoot "smooth" instead of "loose" over time.

Lost Sheep
December 25, 2012, 04:39 AM
Patton got fired.

More than once, too.

Lost Sheep

Lucky Derby
December 25, 2012, 07:45 AM
Very nice. 3" SP101 is one of my favorites.

Double Vision
December 25, 2012, 10:15 AM
What's the double action like, I recently read an article on a sp 101 in .22 lr and the da trigger was reported as terribly heavy. How's the da trigger pull on that one?

This is only our second revolver, the other one being a S&W Model 19, so that's my only real point of comparison. The trigger and hammer seem a bit heavy, but very clean. This gun is tight, in a good way. :D

I realize the pearl grip inserts may be an acquired taste, but they look and feel w-a-y better than the stock plastic ones. While the gun overall looks and feels great, the stock inserts really cheapened it up, IMHO.

DRJ1911
December 25, 2012, 12:16 PM
Congrats, You will love it. I carry a 2 1/2" model every day.

Doyle

Dingus
December 25, 2012, 12:38 PM
My father-in-law, John Fotheringham (late this year), toured europe with Patton, and happened to be the one on duty that took the dismissal message.

As it was marked "for Patton's eyes only", he had to hand it to him in person.

As John told the story, he recalled listening to his own heals "crossing that ballroom floor" -- they always took the nicest place left standing in town -- "passing through the guards, and getting Patton out of bed".

No mention was made of Patton sleeping with his revolver.

rswartsell
December 25, 2012, 05:14 PM
Patton got fired when they no longer needed a hell for leather assault driver. He was no politician, but for driving forward kicking ass I put his record up against anyone. No one was in much of a mood to go to war with the Communists. He and McArthur had that much in common, even though they despised each other.

Fremmer
December 26, 2012, 02:23 PM
Nobody cares what Patton thinks about the OP's revolver that the OP purchased for his wife.

Glad to hear the DA trigger isn't too bad. I'm interested in a SP 101 in .22 LR. Hope you guys have a good Christmas~

ColtPythonElite
December 26, 2012, 02:25 PM
Good choice of gun....I am a fan of pearl or even fake pearl grips.

oldbear
December 26, 2012, 03:52 PM
Patton or not I like the grip inserts..

ronto
December 26, 2012, 04:38 PM
I recently traded a DAO that had a trigger pull of 14# for a DS/SA with a much more manageable SA pull of 6#.

bikerdoc
December 26, 2012, 04:58 PM
I like the SP101, wearing mine today.

As for what other people say, My dad used to say, " When you pay my bills you can have a say."

Minute_Of_Torso
December 26, 2012, 05:56 PM
My favorite bar none and my EDC.

Drail
December 26, 2012, 11:46 PM
Ruger triggers are easily lightened up if you know how to do it. It is not done by dropping a light spring kit into it. Ruger's DA revolvers have funky triggers simply because they don't seem to think there is any good reason to de burr their frames and parts. They leave lots of garbage in there. Stuff that will slice your fingers open. Rough bearing surfaces on the trigger parts. Clean all that stuff up with stones and the trigger becomes much better (even with the factory springs) Another thing I have always disliked about Rugers is their triggers have sharp square corners on them that will chew on your trigger finger when doing DA shooting. Radius those corners and polish the trigger face out and it is MUCH more user friendly. But a S&W will always have a nicer DA pull just because the geometry of the parts is completely different. A S&W can be adjusted to amazing lightness in DA and still retain 100% ignition with most brands of primers. With Federal only primers it gets even better.

Lone Star
December 26, 2012, 11:56 PM
I don't like the pearl grips, but if the lady does, it's her gun.

I like my SP-101 a lot. And it seems hard to find one, esp. with the three-inch barrel. It's the smallest .357 that I'd even think of buying!

And the smallest that I'd consider for general purpose work, if concealment was a prime consideration.

Patton was an egomaniac, but his book is worth reading. "War As I Knew It."

Double Vision
December 27, 2012, 06:41 PM
Thanks for your comments and tips guys.

I figger we can change the grips or grip inserts out easy enough if need be. The stainless just looks right with pearl or ivory inserts IMHO.

Hondo 60
December 27, 2012, 09:25 PM
I think the grips look 100x better than the black plastic inserts that they originally come with.
Very nice gun - happy shootin'!

Double Vision
January 13, 2013, 07:59 PM
Follow-up...
After a trip to the range, we decided to upgrade the grips to the more practical Ruger rubber monogrip. Range report to follow.

LUCKYDAWG13
January 13, 2013, 09:48 PM
nice looking revolver you have there

roaddog28
January 13, 2013, 11:04 PM
Congrats on your SP101. They are good all around revolvers. I have a SP101 22LR and I just bought the SP101 357 4 inch. Other than the trigger on my 22 LR being heavy I like the SP101 for size. Fits my small hands well. In the new revolver line the SP101 fits the closest to a K frame S&W. The problem today is in a medium frame revolver new your choice by Ruger or S&W is the large medium frame revolver. Too bulky for me. Ruger and S&W used to make a fine medium frame revolver in the S&W model 19 and the Ruger Security Six. Both of these older revolvers are better overall shooters and carry better.
Good luck and enjoy your SP101. I am enjoying my two.
Howard

JERRY
January 13, 2013, 11:21 PM
Great gun with almost no equal...

tomrkba
January 13, 2013, 11:33 PM
NICE!

Have you added night sights yet? Have you done trigger work? triggershims.com's shims and spring kit did wonders for my GP100.

Double Vision
January 14, 2013, 08:59 AM
NICE!

Have you added night sights yet? Have you done trigger work? triggershims.com's shims and spring kit did wonders for my GP100.

Thanks.

I'm considering doing something with the front sight to make it easier to see, but I'm not sure what yet.

After we put another 100 rounds or so through it we'll also think about the trigger. Thanks for your suggestions!

mdauben
January 14, 2013, 11:54 AM
Nice! I've had my eyes open for a deal on one, but even before the recent panic buying they seemed to be pretty scarce around here. Only one I found was a nice used one with a bobbed hammer, which I didn't want.

19-3Ben
January 14, 2013, 12:09 PM
Good job with the monogrips. In my hand, no gun has ever balanced so well as a 3" SP101 with a Hogue Monogrip.

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