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Bought my first revolver.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Trent, Dec 21, 2012.

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  1. Trent

    Trent Resident Wiseguy

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    I own a couple of revolvers but both were inheritances.

    Today I picked up my first brand NEW revolver. Picked out a Ruger SP-101.

    The first time I pointed it the sights aligned perfectly on target with no adjustment of grip. Not believing it, I then tried it a dozen more times in the shop and said "ok.. this one is mine."

    I've *never* picked up a gun and had it point dead-on like that, every single time. It's like it was made perfectly for my hands/grip.

    I see some quality range time in my near future... :)
     
  2. skidder

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    Congrats! Nice choice. One of the greats.

    My SP is my meat and taters weapon.

    Got any pics?
     
  3. Alabama21

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    I had that same feeling when I picked up a Colt Diamondback .38 special with Pachmayr grips. Unfortunately it was a little too pricey for me. I can't stop thinking about it. :(

    You made the right decision to pick it up when you got the feeling.
     
  4. Trent

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    No pics yet.

    Heading out in the morning to give it a run. Plan on getting intimate. Got a couple hundred rounds to send downrange. We'll see how many I can get through before my fingers get frozen and ice cycles form off my nose. Gonna be a cold day. :(
     
  5. BYJO4

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    Congrats. You bought a very nice revolver.
     
  6. cyclopsshooter

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    I have a soft spot for the 3" SP101s Solid gun you got.
     
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    A country in a hi capacity frenzy and you bought a revolver.......:banghead:

    Well done, that is a nice little packing gun:D I wouldn't rather have anything else honestly.
     
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    Trent

    Nice choice!

    For me it would be a S&W J frame snubby (preferably a Model 638), with either a Tyler T-Grip adapter or with a set of boot grips. The gun just feels perfect in my hand and the sights line up quick and easy.
     
  9. Trent

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    I got the 3" model, BTW. They had the little snubby but it didn't feel quite right when I held it.

    The only trouble I ran in to so far is when I brought it home and showed my wife, her eyes lit up and she thought I bought her a new gun!

    Sooner or later she'll figure out that the rounds from the 38 snubby she keeps in the kitchen cabinet will fit and she can shoot the SP101 without the additional recoil of the 357. (She has tiny little wrists, 38 is about the most she can handle)

    I figure at some point I'll have to buy another, because she'll take this one.
     
  10. Naybor

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    Good choice. The wife picked the SP101 .357 and loves it.

    I do too whenever she will let me use it.
     
  11. Trent

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    50 shots of Winchester white box JHP, 7 yards.

    Still getting used to the trigger.

    (Double action is a LOT different feel than my semi-auto handguns)
     
  12. Trent

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    Also, I shot 50 rounds of Remington 125gr 38 Special SJHP +P.

    I had ONE casing (of 50 fired) split right down the side. Is that supposed to happen sometimes with 38 special? Was a real pain to eject the spent shells that time.
     
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    Oh, and... for the record..

    I really like this gun. Sure, reloading is slower than what I'm used to. But it was nice not having to crawl around in the slush picking up shell casings, like my less fortunate friend who was shooting his 1911. :)

    I got in the early habit of putting it in the inside pocket on my Carhart coat when changing targets, perfectly comfortable, fits perfectly, and had the side benefit of keeping me warm. :)

    (It was ~20 degrees and somewhat windy where I was shooting today).
     
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    The trigger on my SP really slicked up quite a bit after a few thousand dry fires. I think you picked a winner.
     
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    I have had a Sp101 3" in .357 for about 5 years it is usually a primary carry gun. They are great guns and surprisingly strong, mine had fired what must have been a double charged .357 reload. I can't be sure but it was much louder and recoiled much more than previous rounds. Scared everyone around.

    Two things that will improve the SP101 is a Wolff trigger spring and stoning off the very sharp knurling on the hammer. I found my thumb getting raw after shooting many rounds single action. I stoned them down enough to take the sharp points but not enough to be seen.
     
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    You picked a super revolver ! I've got the 3" myself, I couldn't wait, so I took mine to the smith and had an action job done on it, stoned trigger and hammer, plus lightened the hammer spring 2lbs., now the DA is much smoother than the SA, so thats the way its shot now. Enjoy, you've got yourself a winner.
     
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    'gratz. :)
     
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    Nice choice. I picked one up in 9 MM. Did one step down in power with a Wolff spring, and a fluff & buff and de-burr. I could d not wait 17 years. :D

    Love the action now. Not light, but smooth. Good luck keeping it from becoming the wife's. ;)
     
  20. Trent

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    Some questions.

    Will dry firing on empty cylinders hurt the gun? Should I put in empty casings when doing so? Or buy some snap caps?

    This double action pull REALLY throws me off, I'm shooting low and left by a few inches when firing on double action, even giving it my maximum attention (good group, but off center) . When I fire single action it's centered perfectly. When I try rapid fire with double action I'm all over the place (but rapid fire with other handguns I'm centered and hold good groups).

    I'm assuming with sufficient practice I can learn to tame the double action. (Something which wouldn't hurt, regardless, because some of my semi's are SA/DA and I'm always off on the first shot on THOSE too..)
     
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    Dry firing a Ruger is no problem. Your manual should even say that it's OK. I dry fire my redhawk to get the smoothness needed to shoot da.
     
  22. Naybor

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    I too went the 9# Wolff mainspring and slightly rounded the edges of the hammer spur. The wife says it's MUCH smother and easier to shoot.

    When she's happy, I'm happy.

    BTW, our SP101 shoots a little low and left with .38 Sp and dead on with .357. Evidently the sights are calibrated for Magnum shells.
     
  23. Trent

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    Yup I found the "dry fire is OK" thin on the bottom of page 13 tonight, I'd overlooked it. I also found that it's drop safe, which was another question I had (if it needed to be carried with an empty chamber, answer is no).

    I will add - cleaning revolvers is surprisingly involved. I sat down thinking "this won't take long"... next time I looked up 45 minutes of brass brushing and cleaning had passed ... It's like cleaning 5 guns at once!

    (Another note.. when I put it in the inside pocket of my Carhart, I found that I don't notice it to the point I forget it's there.... think this revolver is going to be a "constant companion" this winter.)
     
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    Hey Trent,

    The DA on my SP101 3" was really heavy. I had a gunsmith polish the internals and add a Wolff spring. It made a huge difference. If you're having trouble shooting DA, then, as others suggested, you might swap out the springs.

    Cleaning revolvers can take a little while, especially if you lose track of which charge hole you started cleaning first. Ha.
     
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    Congrats man! The trigger will improve. Dry fire the hell out of it! Enjoy! I carry mine regularly.
     
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