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22lr SP101...Where are they already?????

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Wishoot, Aug 31, 2011.

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  1. Wishoot

    Wishoot Member

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    When are these things going to hit the market already? I thought Ruger said these would be out by August 2011. I went to Rugers website and couldn't find anything pertaining to this gun.

    I'm getting worried that it may never come out.
     
  2. elano

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    Same here, I'm tired of waiting. I want one already.
     
  3. 22-rimfire

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    That's the danger of a premature announcement.
     
  4. minutemen1776

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    Any idea what configuration(s) may be available? I'd love a fixed-sight 3-incher in .22 Long Rifle.
     
  5. clang

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    I have one in my safe - but I bought it about 15 years ago...
     
  6. Dr_B

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    Yeah, really, where is that thing?
     
  7. jamesjo

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    Classic Ruger,
    I have seen announcements about a release, and waited to see it actually available for a LONG time before it was ever available.
    I contacted Customer service multiple times over an almost 2 year period for a rifle listed in the catalog, and it never was released. ( the 10/22 model in .17 caliber) :mad:
     
  8. Wishoot

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    .17 10/22 would be interesting. Not sure if there would be a huge demand though.
     
  9. DPris

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    It'll be announced shortly. They're in production.
    It wasn't Ruger who made the premature announcement, it was Guns & Ammo magazine.
    Four-inch adjustable sight 8-shot version.
    Denis
     
  10. jamesjo

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    Yes the 10/ 22 in 17 HMR would have been great, wanted one to go along with my 10/22 magnum.
    Since they had so many problems with that model they pulled it, which is why they decided to not release the 17.
    Just a great idea that never came to pass.
     
  11. Wishoot

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    Man I really hope your right. I've been itching to get one of these since they were first re-introduced.
     
  12. ColtPythonElite

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    I've read Ruger's official stance on the leak of info on the SP in .22....I still guess they had a hand in the leak to add a little foreplay to the masses. They probably will trickle out the SP's over a course of months to keep the prices high. That seems to be standard fare with new models from Ruger these days.
     
  13. DPris

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    The gun is real, I have one, but you'll have to wait till the official announcement for more details. They're waiting till more are in the pipeline before putting it on the website.
    Ruger was not happy about the premature G&A piece.
    Since they've been very sticky about no announcement till product is actually ready to ship for quite a while now, I have no reason to doubt them when they say G&A was not supposed to run the article yet.
    Denis
     
  14. Wishoot

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    No way are you getting off that easy Denis. :evil:

    What are your impressions of the gun? Is it similar, or exactly like the earlier release?
     
  15. DPris

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    I'm holding off more commentary till Ruger goes official, but basically what G&A pictured & what I said above.
    Half-lug barrel, fiber-optic front sight. Much nicer than earlier versions.
    I believe somebody said Mike Fifer (Ruger CEO) was overheard on a talk show saying it's just about out, so should be any day now.

    I like it. :)
    Denis
     
  16. Chuck Dye

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    I had money set aside for an XGI, the .308/.243 big brother to the Mini-14. That was 26 years ago. (Patent entanglements killed that one.)
     
  17. DPris

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    I was waiting for an XGI myself. That was a huge disappointment.
    It wasn't patent entanglements, it was an unworkable design. I've talked to one of the engineers that worked for Ruger at the time. They tried & tried, finally pulled the plug on it.
    Denis
     
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    I can't wait. I've been wanting one of these for a few years.
     
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    DPris... I have one question... Do you want to keep your sample that was shipped to you or return it to Ruger after your testing is complete?
     
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    It.....will not be going back. :)

    Previous incarnations of the SP in .22 were clunky guns, in my opinion, with that full-length underlug, needlessly heavy, and had inadequate sights with only windage adjustments. They also came with oogly grips.
    I had zero interest.
    No longer the case with the new one.
    Denis
     
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    DPris, please expound!
     
  22. DPris

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    Hang on till the announcement's made. :)
    Denis
     
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    PICTURES HERE

    http://www.rugerforum.com/phpBB/vie...start=15&sid=633991905a1415735de4c66e75782880

    I duuno, I think I am going to pass on this one, it's not a great match up as a true clone practice companion for a 3" SP101 5-shot centerfire

    Maybe I just already have too many others, including the 4" S&W kit guns
    but well >$500 street price ($645 MSRP) for a 4" rimfire of that size and 30 oz weight, I would be a heckuva lot more tempted if it was in 22 WMR

    and poster DPris is not commenting on the DA trigger, so I am in no hurry to make final judgement

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    strikes me as mighty odd that Ruger STILL has no announcement article yet on their own website (now September), for a gun which was supposed to come out in maybe August, and which (however wrongly) had a published article with pictures and whatnot that look mighty like they were composed with direct assistance of Ruger sales people. They apparently had >1000 guns produced as per s/n in pictures, back when G&A jumped the gun.
     
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    I wanted to like that old SP version in 22, but I just couldn't bring myself to spend the money on something that I knew was sub-Tier I quality at this point in my life. This one hopefully will be different.

    DPris can't comment yet. Otherwise he would likely not be given pre-production handguns in the future to evaluate. But I am with you Oldfool. I feel the same way. I want to like this new SP-101. Plenty of time. Since I have Colts and Smith 22 revolvers, I will only buy if it's a good one and represents a real value. I'm not likely the target market for this revolver... it's the folks that look at a Smith these days and say... I'm not spending $650 on a new 22 revolver regardless of the obvious better quality. They will buy this Ruger revolver in hords and gripe about trigger IF it is still gritty and real heavy.
     
  25. DPris

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    I can say Ruger obviously provided a sample to G&A, with help in the write-up, but G&A was NOT supposed to publish till after Ruger had made the announcement.

    Denis
     
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