Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Quoheleth, Sep 30, 2017.
What say ye: Smith 17 or SP101?
Fit and finish was poor. Trigger sucked. Had to polish the chambers myself. In general it's too small for me too, even with an after market grip.
My Ruger SP-101 is a good specimen and I like it fine. I could see the trigger being a bit too heavy for some.
My SP is only an 8-shot, so it's only 2 more than a Smith K frame would have. Are you sure the other gun isn't one of the new GP-100 models in .22lr?
The Ruger is really only useful if you want a .22 for defense and can't handle anything more powerful. There are plenty of cheaper alternatives if you just want a tin can shooter....think Heritage Rough Rider.
If you get the Smith, be prepared for old timers to stop you at the range with, "Nice K, sonny..."
I would buy the M17 before its gone.
Gotta agree with you there; even after my gunsmith worked on it, I didn't like it and sold it off; disappointing.
Not even close. I'd take the 17 over the SP even if the Ruger is clean and the Smith rough. The Smith will have a fine trigger , and will point like a dream. The SP will have , well , an SP trigger , and will point like a brick.
Well, I would have to ask what are your plans for the gun. For a kit gun, the SP101 is probably a better choice due to its smaller size and stainless contruction.
For a plinker for Sunday afternoons and forays out to dispatch squirrels in the back yard, the Model 17 is a better choice.
But, if the Model 17 had been rode hard and put up wet, that can play in the decision.
In good condition, both will serve you well.
Hope this helps.
P.S. I have a Model 17 and a S&W Model 317. The latter is probably similar to the SP101 in 22 LR configuration although the Model 317 is all aluminum construction with stainless sleeves, AirLite in S&W terms if I remember correctly. My Model 317 is a handy kit gun for trips out in the rough on my property or as a tractor gun while bush hogging. Light and handy.
I do have an SP101 in 327 Fed Magnum that is fun to shoot but I know that is an apples to oranges comparison with 22 lR.
.22LR yesterday; the 10 days wait has begun. I have over a dozen pistols and revolvers, but this ten day wait will enable me to "cool down" in case I bought the little 22 in anger. I'm very impressed with the fit, finish, workmanship, and trigger of this little revolver and cannot wait to get it to the range to try it out. 8 days to go!
I have 3 SP101's and still want another....don't have one in 357.
I pretty much don't bring any gun home until my gunsmith has worked his magic on it.
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