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SP101 or GP100 for concealed carry?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by schapman43, Jul 22, 2003.

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  1. schapman43

    schapman43 Member

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    I looking at picking up a GP100 or SP101 for concealed carry. I would get either in .357 with a 3" barrel. I know the SP101 has a smaller frame a weighs a bit less but is it that much easier to carry than the GP100? I am a fairly big guy at 6' 2" 230 Lbs. so I can get away with a bit. What do you think? Do you own either and carry it concealed?
     
  2. 444

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    No, I don't think there would be all that much of a difference.
    I own both guns. I have carried the SP101 concealed; never tried with the GP100, but I don't think it would be much harder to conceal.
     
  3. Johnny Guest

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    It all depends - - -

    - - - upon your situation.

    Do you have other handguns? Is there some reason you want the revolver to do double duty? One might want a larger piece, for field use, perhaps. Or for police or security guard holster wear - - The GP LOOKS more like a serious handgun, and looks can be important. In certain situations, too, the extra cartridge might be a factor.

    But if you contemplate this piece solely for concealed carry - - -
    The smaller and (somewhat) lighter piece really IS easier to carry out of sight all day, every day. Especially with your wanting a three-inch GP - - Larger frames are a LOT harder to conceal than smaller frames, if both have a short barrel.

    My perspective: I'd rather see decent citizens go armed with something, even if small, than NOT go armed.

    There are times when even a dedicated handgun packer is tempted to leave a large sidearm behind, but might carry a smaller one. My full-size 1911 on my belt is comforting. But I'd rather have my Airweight .38 snub in my pocket than the .45 locked in my car.
    I tend toward the smaller SP101 for CC. No, I don't own either, but I DO own S&Ws sort of equivalent to both. I love my N-frame .357, and I CAN conceal it, but it is a lot easier to CC either a M&P or a Chiefs Special.

    Best wishes, whatever your choice.
    Johnny
     
  4. Snowshoe

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    My daily carry is a GP100 with a 4" bbl. I have not tried an SP101 but did carry a Taurus 605.

    I find the GP just a tad easier to shoot under stress {more to hold onto, longer sight radius, extra round, heavier so recoil is more managable, etc}

    It will all come down to your needs, wants and desires.
     
  5. schapman43

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    What holster do you use?
     
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    The GP 3" can be carried IWB. With a *good* holster. Holsters that good aren't quite what I'd call common. Nor cheap, usually.

    One thing: with a decent fanny pack, either are comfortable. If fanny packs are your thing, the GP is cool :).
     
  7. 10-Ring

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    I like the SP w/ bobbed hammer, but both will serve you well.
     
  8. Drifting Fate

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    Something to consider is how long you carry a gun for. If it's just a few hours at a time, that's one thing. But, if you put it on at 6AM and don't take it off until 9PM, weight is going to be a serious factor. A good belt is critical if you are going to carry something as heavy as a GP100. Do yourself a favor and buy one from a true holster maker like Kramer or Mitch Rosen.

    I sound like a broken record - but have you considered a Smith K-frame? Smaller and lighter than a GP100, you still get 6 shots and a smooth, reliable action.
     
  9. ruger357

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    Given the two choices, I would go with the SP101.
     
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    For carry, the SP101 .357 DAO snubbie 2" would be my choice. One round less - no big deal. Lighter and smaller than the GP100.
     
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    I’m 6’5†225 and carry the Sp101 3†easily in a smartcarry mostly in the summer and a paddle or shoulder holster if I have a cover shirt or jacket.

    :cool:
     
  12. Rob96

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    I have and carry both. To me, carrying the KGP-141 is pretty much like carrying a loaded 1911 Gov't model. It's just a little thicker.
     
  13. schapman43

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    Thanks for all the info guys. I'm going to go take a look at both of these handguns tomorrow. I'm thinking I will go with the GP100 for a main gun and the stubby SP101 as a backup.
     
  14. .45&TKD

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    SP101 .357 DAO Spurless

    I have the SP101 .357 DAO Spurless. It does have the 2.25 inch barrel, but for CCW the spurless hammer is a benefit.

    I'm 6' 2' 225lbs and I carry it in my front pocket without any trouble in an Uncle Mike's pocket hoster (about $10).

    I wouldn't put a revolver with a trigger spur in my front pocket; too easy to snag.

    If I'm carrying on my waist (IWB), I go with a full size 1911 45acp.
     
  15. schapman43

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    Alrighty, I finally made up my mind. I am going to go with a Ruger Redhawk in .44 Mag with the barrel cut down to 4". Here is my reasoning.

    I put the GP100 next to the Redhawk and found there really wasnt much difference in size going on width and frame. I usually carry a Springfield Armory Loaded 1911 Operator that weighs 44oz (unloaded, but I carry 8+1). The Redhawk in .44 Mag with a 5.5" barrel weighs in at 49oz (unloaded, and I will only be carrying 6 rounds). I figure by carrying 3 less rounds and having 1.5" of a heavy stainless barrel lobbed off I should be somewhere around the same weight.

    Like I said before,
    --I am a big guy and can conceal allot.
    --I live in Wyoming where it is cold more days than hot.
    --Open cary is no big deal around here for when it is to hot.

    Another thing this plan has going for it is that I can now buy a Ruger Super Redhawk in .44 mag for hunting so I have a good excuse. Then the Ruger Super Redhawk in .44 Mag will match my Ruger Super Redhawk in .454 and .480 :)

    I'll probably still pick up a SP101 2" in .357 as a backup gun carried in a boot holster (arent cowboy boots great!).



    I know I dont have to go into this here because you are all revolver fans but this is the reason for switching from a auto to revolver for personal protection.

    I have been shooting handguns for about 10 years. I have fired allot of high end auto's such as HK's, Springfields, Sigs, Beretta's, Kimber's, and the list goes on. I have also fired a number of revolvers most just off the shelf stuff like Ruger, Tarus, Smith & Wesson, and Colt. There has not been a single auto that I've fired that hasnt had some kind of malfunction (and no limp wristing wasnt the cause). Out of all the revolvers that I've fired I have never had a single problem. Even the Taurus with the bent frame fired fine but a bit to the left :).

    So after much thinking I have decided that, though bigger, I would be much better off with a revolver. I deserve the reliability and so does my wife and kids.
     
  16. schapman43

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    OK so I'm a liar! I went and put money down on a GP100 4" Stainless in .357. I figure I'll need a gun to carry when my Redhawk is out :)
     
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