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Not a single new .22LR SP101 at the Gun Show

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by JohnKSa, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    I'm talking about the 2000+ table show at Dallas Market Hall today and tomorrow. So a big show--the biggest in TX, to my knowledge, and probably the 2nd biggest in the midsection of the country. Plenty of vendors, lots of selection and a ton of guns.

    I walked the entire show and didn't see any of the new 8 shot .22LR SP101 revolvers. The one I saw at SHOT in January remains the only one I've seen in person.

    So I came home with my money...less the $10 admission fee. :(

    I'm surprised. I didn't expect to see a lot of them, but I would have bet on there being at least a couple there.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2012
  2. Shuler13

    Shuler13 Well-Known Member

    There's one at a store in Austin .... For $695!!! It's on consignment. I hate gougers.
  3. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Well-Known Member

    Gouging is right. For $695, it can stay on consignment--I'm not big on paying more than MSRP.

    Looks like I'm just going to have to be patient. Even the online sellers seem to be out at the moment.
  4. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    I was interested in getting one, never did see one in person. Ended up getting a 10 shot S&W 617
  5. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    Interesting about the Dallas Show... I haven't seen one since they were introduced. This is not typical of Ruger. Sounds more like Colt in bygone days. I have seen quite a few of the LCR-22's and the 38 spl and 357 mag LCRs.
  6. Taurus 617 CCW

    Taurus 617 CCW Well-Known Member

    I have yet to see one in person. Online they seem to be scarce. I am wondering if they didn't ramp up production on them and went with the LCR22 instead. I have access to a couple of online wholesale websites. All of them say zero in stock and that the item is allocated, meaning if they get any in, they go to preferred dealers first.
  7. Captcurt

    Captcurt Well-Known Member

    I have 5 distributors that I use and can't get ANYTHING. I have yet to see a new SP and I have had the Keltec PMR-30 on my wish list for over a year. I have seen one Keltec at a GS and it was marked up $200 . If you are a small gunshop you don't get squat.
  8. tubeshooter

    tubeshooter Well-Known Member

    I lucked into one exactly one week ago today, at the gunshow. Reasonably priced, too (at $499.95).

    This was in North Carolina, by the way.

    I had never seen one in person either, and then saw it twice in the past 2 months. They appear to be coming around. I'm very pleased; it has been worth the wait. Be patient if you can; I almost went ahead and bought a S&W model 63 myself out of sheer frustration a few months ago.
  9. ClemY

    ClemY Well-Known Member

    I picked one up at my local toy store this week. Took it to the range right from the store. I put about 150 rds through it. It shot quite well. Trigger was heavy in double action and creepy in single action. When I got home I cleaned it and took it apart to smooth the internals and play with the springs. I put in a 12 lb hammer spring and left the original rebound spring. The trigger is quite nice. I also put Trausch grips on it. Now I need to get back to the range and see how the improvements feel.

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  10. jame

    jame Well-Known Member

    I saw 3or 4 at the last show in Des Moines. All were under $500.
  11. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    For that money might as well get stainless S&W with high capacity cylinder. Seven hundred is loco for this Ruger revolver.
  12. Elmer

    Elmer Well-Known Member

    I think the market for $600 .22 target revolvers is pretty soft. Ruger is likely only doing short runs of them at a time.
  13. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    Take heart. What all this means is that .22 caliber SP 101s are selling faster than the factory can make them -- which means they won't stop making them, and we can buy ours when the prices are more reasonable.
  14. C0untZer0

    C0untZer0 Well-Known Member

    I looked at the Ruger side by side with the Pathfinder and the S&W Model 63.

    The Ruger had the worst lockup of all three.

    I thought that even in single action the Charter Arms had the worst trigger of the three. I thought the DA trigger on the Pathfinder was unusable. But it definately had the tightest lockup.

    The Smith had the best trigger.

    I purchased the Model 63, and it will be a gift for my daughter. I've taken it to the range and really like the little gun.
  15. huntsman

    huntsman Well-Known Member

    I thought those had MIM internals what can you do to improve them?
  16. stanmo

    stanmo Well-Known Member

    I had my choice also, and bought the M-63. The only S&W I have with the lock :banghead:. It is such a nice shooting piece I got over it.
  17. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Well-Known Member

    I don't get the price haters... Looks like $689.00 is Ruger's suggested retail. http://ruger.com/products/sp101/models.html
  18. Apachedriver

    Apachedriver Well-Known Member

    I was in San Antonio today on business and got lucky. I made a spur of the moment pitstop in Cabela's and came across an SP101 .22lr for $499.

    It isn't there anymore though.:)

    The grips are too small for my hands but fit my wife's hands very nicely. She was thrilled as she prefers wheel guns.

    It's finish is nice and brilliant along with the solid Ruger look in it's build. The trigger is pretty strong in DA, but is easy and feels crisp in SA. Lockup is solid on it as well. We'll have to hit the range soon so she can see how it shoots.

    Have you checked McBride's? They've listed this model at $539 on their website.
  19. ultramag44

    ultramag44 Well-Known Member

    Um...I Don't Understand

    The gun was introduced, 09/15/11 (a Thursday). That day I went into my LGS @ lunchtime and asked him to order me one. He called Davisons (his supplier) and had his salesman put one in the shipment going out that afternoon.

    I had the gun the next day, 09/16/11 (Friday) @ lunchtime. I paid $639.00 + Tax

    Fit & finish are perfect. Very accurate out to 100 yard Silhouette targets.

    The trigger is very crisp, smooth, no creep. SA was bit heavy @ 4-1/4#, switching the trigger brought it down to 3#.

    The hammer checkering was sharp! I worked the tops of the points and the edges slightly w/ an oil stone.

    I swapped on Hogue larger rubber grips.
  20. bergmen

    bergmen Member.

    I did exactly the same thing. I waited six months, nobody could get one, dropped into a gun shop in Santa Rosa while my son and I were down there loking for motorcycle gear. They had only had one SP101 and it lasted less than a day. They had a new 4" 617 there and I got it instead. I could not be more happier, it is one great .22 revolver - I love it.


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