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New SP101 22LR

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by skidder, May 2, 2013.

  1. skidder

    skidder Well-Known Member

    Just received this hot off the press.

    I swapped out the factory grips for these Hogues. The Hogue grips really make a difference.


    Last edited: May 3, 2013
  2. WNC Seabee

    WNC Seabee Well-Known Member

    Order up a Wolff spring kit too. Makes a good gun great!
  3. skidder

    skidder Well-Known Member

    Thanks WNC. I was thinking about it. The trigger pull is pretty stiff.
  4. ID-shooting

    ID-shooting Well-Known Member

    Did yours come with the wood inserts in the factory grips? If so, how much?
  5. ultramag44

    ultramag44 Well-Known Member

    I put the same grips on mine. The wolf spring kit is an easy upgrade.

    I only used the trigger spring. The replacement hammer spring caused misfires. The trigger is a very crisp 3.0 #

    I have heard these guns are hard to find. The gun was released on 9/15/11. I had my LGS order it that day. I had the gun 9/16/11 @ noon... Hard to find, I don't get it. :confused: :D ;)
  6. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    Nice. I got rid of my Buckmark cuz I didn't really care about it despite it being a well made gun. I plan to pick one of these up in the future. I prefer revolvers over semiautos.
  7. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    They do make a very nice looking .22 revolver
  8. tubeshooter

    tubeshooter Well-Known Member

    Those Hogue grips look very comfortable. I have had no problems with the factory grips, and I think the wood inserts are handsome, so I have no plans to switch. Plus I think the factory grips are a bit more pocket-friendly; YMMV.

    They were/are hard to find. I had been keeping an eye out since their release, and it took a little over a year to finally land one. They seem a bit more prevalent and easier to find now than they were 18 months ago.

    I have a Ruger MK III and a couple of BuckMarks, but I am a revolver guy at heart. When I found out that hyper-vel ammo is generally not recommended for most* semis, that kind of sealed the deal for me. I don't plan to part with my semis, but revolvers are my favorite.
    Last edited: May 3, 2013
  9. skidder

    skidder Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys.

    I too prefer 22 revolvers. You can feed them anything. 22 shorts, hyper velocities, bird shot, you name it.
    I'm going to put the wood panel grips on my 357. I like the idea of the smaller grips on my snub.

    Whoever did the wood panels did an excellent job. Flawless.
  10. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    I visit the better local shops on a fairly regular basis and none of them have gotten a new SP-101 in 22LR delivered other than as a special order. I honestly have never seen one in a gun shop for sale. Maybe it's a 22 thing.... I consider them a little hard to find if you want to fondle the gun before purchase.

    Skidder, hope you enjoy that revolver! I have a thing for 22 revolvers as well.
  11. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure Altamont makes these inserts for Ruger. I love their grips, but have yet to buy any from them.


    I wish they made thes grips (second row middle, the Smith & Wesson J Round Oversized Fingergrooves Super Rosewood)


    for the SP101. Love the look.
  12. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Well-Known Member

    There is one at my LGS. I'd be interested in your range report.
  13. skidder

    skidder Well-Known Member

    Will do.

    I plan on taking it out this weekend.
  14. Stufftoad

    Stufftoad Member

    I picked one up a while ago. I change the trigger spring and did a bit of polishing before I put it back together.
    No misfires and pretty smooth. I'm happy enough, I'll leave the hammer spring stock.
    Nice and accurate. A nice warm up to my gp100 and cheap to shoot.
    It's a quality revolver in a somewhat compact size if you've never held a sp101.

    My only complaint is the stock grip is a little small for my hands.
    I don't like hogues. I tried eagle grips but they don't fit very well.
    I wish someone made a stock style grip but just a little bigger.
  15. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    Wow I not seen one of those yet.
  16. SunnySlopes

    SunnySlopes Well-Known Member

    I'll take it. Can you take a half blind guard in on trade?
  17. ole farmerbuck

    ole farmerbuck Well-Known Member

    I just bought a new SP101 a few weeks back. It's a pain to shoot with the hammer being very hard to pull back. Why are they so hard?
  18. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Well-Known Member

    I just bought a new SP101 a few weeks back. It's a pain to shoot with the hammer being very hard to pull back. Why are they so hard?

    Just change the spring. Very easy to do. Google it and see.

    I did it with my Vaquero and it worked wonders. It is a given that SASS shooters do this. At the time I paid a gunsmith $15 to do it.

    But it is no big deal.
  19. skidder

    skidder Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the good advice.

    I just got done ordering the shooters pack from Wolff Gunsprings.

    I noticed they have a warning on the SP page:
    Important Note:
    Due to changes in this gun by the manufacturer, the spring below will not function in SP101 .22 caliber rimfire models manufactured during and after 2011.

    Well mine has a production date of 4/5/13. I ordered the springs anyhow because I just swapped out the spring from my 1995 SP101 357 and it worked fine. Not sure why the warning.... maybe it has to do with some legal mumbo jumbo :confused:.
  20. DPris

    DPris Well-Known Member

    Spring swaps may or may not work & are no guarantee.
    The design needs a heavy firing pin strike for rimfires & changing to a lighter spring frequently causes misfires. This isn't the same deal as a centerfire SP.

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