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Ruger SP101 alternative

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Sullyman, Feb 20, 2011.

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  1. Sullyman

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    Looked at a SP101 today. Really like the feel and looks. I wanted something in blue however. Hammer-less is good also. I like the looks of the LCR but grip is too small. I want something near or less than the size/weight of the SP101 about 25oz. for occasional CCW and nightstand use. Doesn't have to be .357, a .38sp would be fine. I prefer to stick with a wheelgun, as I have a smaller semi-auto 9mm

    Any thoughts/suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  2. ClemY

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    I think S&W is making a 3" 640. (.357, enclosed hammer).
     
  3. Lucky Derby

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    SP101 can be had with a bobbed hammer.
    If you really like the SP101, many refinishers can apply a blue like finish to a stainless revolver. And most will likely be more resistant to wear than an actual blue finish.
     
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    Taurus offers a blued 605 with a 3-in. barrel. This is a .357. They also have a model 85, .38 special, with a blued finish and 2.5-in barrel. Bobbed hammer versions are available also.
     
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    If you don't mind a used gun that will be, at a minimum, 25 years old, this has Colt Detective Special written all over it.
     
  6. poilu

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    ruger speed six. i like the colt ds as well.
     
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    What if I want 6 rounds?
     
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    I just bought a .357 SP101 with a bobbed hammer (close to hammer-less). It was between that and the LCR. I really like looks of the LCR, but aside from being MUCH lighter, it felt a bit cheap to me. I have shot both, and the SP101 is far easier to control with hot loads than the LCR. My point is that looks aside, the SP101 wins in my book.
     
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    There is no replacement for mass in controllability.
     
  10. welldoya

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    I like my S&W 60 in .357.
     
  11. W.E.G.

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    These "Recommend me a gun" threads would run a lot better if the OP would state how much he is willing to spend.
     
  12. Wolfeye

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    Charter Arms has a few models that might fit the bill: Mag Pug, Bulldog, Police Undercover, Patriot. (Those are in 5-shot .357 mag, 5-shot .44 spl, 6-shot .38 spl, and 6-shot .327 mag, respectively.) Worth a look-see if you're on a budget.
     
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    If you really like the SP101 they do come with a bobbed hammer and you can send the gun to someone like Robbie Robar who does an excellent job of coating weapons.
     
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    I like my two J frames in 357, 60,640 and I do own a 3 inch SP 101 in 357 mag too. All are great guns.
     
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    Taurus 650SS.
     
  16. 357 Terms

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    There honestly is no alternative.
     
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    S&W Model 13 or 19 snubnose with round butt. Model 13 has fixed sights and 19 has adjustable. Both are .357.
     
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    In my very limited revolver experience, I must agree. I ran about 100 rounds through the new SP101 last weekend. I'm very happy with it, especially when compared to the LCR I shot a while back. The weight makes it a pleasure to shoot, and the quality feels much nicer than the LCR as well. Thanks to everyone for steering me (and especially my wife) towards the 101.
     
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