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Which do you think is the better defensive handgun...G26 or SP101

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Doug S, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. Doug S

    Doug S Well-Known Member

    I've got a second G26 that I purchased as a backup in case something ever happened to my CCW G26. It's been sitting in a safe for 5 years, and I'm tempted to trade it for a SP101 in 357. I'm hesitant though, because the G26 is my favorite handgun, and also because I don't want to regret making the trade (especially as Glock seems to be transitioning to Gen 4, and I like the Gen 3 better). Just wondering which gun the people on these forums would choose (if they had to choose one) for defensive purposes. I do like the idea of the SP101 for a woods gun, but I'm pretty sure I prefer the G26 for general CCW or even HD.

    So I guess my question is, would you keep a duplicate G26 in a safe, just in case your primary ever went down, or would you trade it for an SP101?

    I should probably mention that the second G26 is actually kept with a loaded magazine in a safe in my "Man Cave". It doesn't get carried or shot, but it allows for quick access if I'm in the cave, and otherwise unarmed. That said, I figure the SP101 could also pull this duty just fine.

    I also have a Mossberg 500 Tactical that just sits in a safe, that I could use as trading fodder. After some of my recent purchases, my wife would probably try to shoot me with it, if I tried to just buy the Ruger outright, so some kind of trade is almost a must if I'm to get the Ruger.

    Thanks for any feedback.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2010
  2. HexHead

    HexHead Well-Known Member

    I'd keep the backup G26 and save up some money for the Ruger. Trade the Mossie for it to bring down the cost.
  3. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Why switch manual of arms and failure protocols in defensive handguns?

    Sure you can get just about the same ballistic performance by picking the ammo you want to feed the two if you're careful, but then you have to worry about reliabiliyt and accuracy of two different calibers from two different make/models when you're just matching energy/momentum on target. I'd never advocate mixing working guns.

    If this isn't really a working gun question and more of a justification for getting rid of a gun you don't use for one you might, it doesn't really matter.

    SOUTHPAW Well-Known Member

    Hmm... Tough call being two totally different types of pistols. I personally love my SP101. I bought it used from a friend for $300. Not a lot of money to spend in today's gun market, and worth every penny. I use it for carry, HD, and at the range those 125gr .357's put the biggest smile on my face! :D
  5. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    I like the SP 101 and I am sure you will also.
    How you get yours, and what you trade or keep, leaves me stumped,except for trading the mossberg and saving a few bucks over time.
  6. Doug S

    Doug S Well-Known Member

    I appreciate the quick responses. Trading the Mossberg is an option. The shop offered me $240 for my Mossberg. They have a used SP101 for $365, but I think I'd prefer a new one which they sell for $477 (after a recent price increase, used to have them in the $450 range). I was quoted $375-$400 for the Glock trade.

    I guess on the one hand, it is a justification for making a trade, but on the other hand, I do like the idea of the simplicity of a revolver as a safe gun. No springs being compressed, and that it can sit loaded for years without worrying about it. I also enjoy shooting revolvers at the range, and it would make a good hiking gun IMO.

    Otherwise, I have to agree with the above. I wouldn't be making the trade for ballistics. As far as reliability neither of my G26' have ever malfunctioned. They are accurate, and I think a good match for my house G17 (with which my wife is also familiar).
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2010
  7. Fred Fuller

    Fred Fuller Moderator Emeritus

    Since this is a 'hardware exclusive' thread and doesn't get into strategies and tactics, I'm moving it to Handguns: General.

  8. fireside44

    fireside44 Well-Known Member

    If the SP101 was the three inch kind that is what I would keep.

    Otherwise, I would hang on to the other gun, as you have an affinity for it.
  9. conhntr

    conhntr Well-Known Member

    if its just going to sit around in the "man cave" id much rather have a shotgun to grab than a pistol (even if it is a mossberg)
  10. Bulldawg55

    Bulldawg55 Active Member

    I have a SP 101, 3 1/16" which sits in a Gunvault in my nightstand.It will share winter carry duty with my Para CCW & G32 when my new holster arrives.
    I had a G26 which was a great gun but I sold it and got a G33 (like that 357 power!). It shares summer carry duty with my S&W 360 & PF9.
  11. Old John

    Old John Well-Known Member

    I have 2 SP101, .357's.......

    I only shot a Glock once, a .45acp. It was okay.
    My everyday CCW is an SP101. I have a spare in the gunsafe.
    I also have a Ruger, GP100, .357 mag.
    I would not think of trading any of them.
    I make my own choices. No one else's.:D
  12. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    I would rather have the SP101 but..

    I am partial to the wheelguns over semi-autos anyway. I have the Ruger and like it a great deal.
  13. NMGonzo

    NMGonzo Well-Known Member

    What you shoot better with?
  14. Don357

    Don357 Well-Known Member

    For me there is no question as to what to do. This is my opinion and mine only, unless someone agrees with me! I (for my own reasons, not bashing) don't like Glocks, and would opt for the Ruger without even thinking about it. I would keep the Mossberg, lose the Glocks, and never look back.
  15. Trebor

    Trebor Well-Known Member

    Keep the G 36. You like it and it's a good defensive pistol.

    If you really want a Ruger revolver as a woods gun, save your pennies and get one later.

    But, you will likely regret trading away a gun you like for a gun you *might* like.

    And, I'm a revolver fan and not a Glock fan and I still think this. You like the gun you have. Why trade it for an unknown?
  16. neededausername

    neededausername Well-Known Member

    I agree with Trebor. I'd much rather have a revolver, and I don't like Glocks. But if the Glock feels good and shoots well for you, then what does my preference matter? Btw if the springs sit compressed for a long time on a mag it wont hurt them. What wears springs is going from uncompressed to compressed and vice versa. In other words normal use
  17. wanderinwalker

    wanderinwalker Well-Known Member

    Keep the Glock. Stoked with 127gr Ranger SXTs (+P+, the Glock can take it) it gives you near-.357 punch, 10 +1 rounds (or more) reliably and it is no harder to shoot than a short-barreled DA revolver.

    If you want a .357, save your pennies and pick up a used Security/Service/Speed Six. If it's a man-cave, safe, woods, range gun, you can even go with a 6" model for something easier to shoot.

    And I can shoot either a Glock or a DA S&W well, so I don't think I'm too biased in my opinion. YMMY! ;)
  18. wtfd661

    wtfd661 Well-Known Member

    I would keep the G26 and save my pennies for the Ruger SP101. I would definitely not get rid of the shotty.
  19. W.E.G.

    W.E.G. Well-Known Member

    Two is one.

    One is none.
  20. Ichiro

    Ichiro Well-Known Member

    In your position, I would keep the backup Glock, keep the shotgun, and forget about the SP-101. Costs nothing and leaves you with three good guns.

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