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Posted: 9/8/2010 7:19:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 2:48:42 PM EDT by DrinaCorps]
I had an itch for a .357 snub so I headed to a local shop and grabbed a NIB Ruger SP101 2.5" for $395 OTD. I thought it was a pretty good deal. I've ordered a set of Hogue rubber and some HKS speedloaders for it. I would post pics, but I've gotta pick it up in the morning. Silly delays.

Does anyone know of a decent retention or thumb break holster for the SP101?
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:22:29 PM EDT
Don't light that candle without plugs in...
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:24:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DrinaCorps:
I had an itch for a .357 snub so I headed to a local shop and grabbed a NIB Ruger SP101 2.5" for $395 OTD. I thought it was a pretty good deal. I've ordered a set of Hogue rubber and some HKS speedloaders for it. I would post pics, but I've gotta pick it up in the morning. Silly delays.

Does anyone know of a decent retention or thumb break holster for the SP101?

Excellent Revolver.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:24:52 PM EDT
Haha! I've been on youtube checking out videos for the past hour. I can't wait to feel the blast. That and an M44 should make for a great session.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:24:59 PM EDT
Good gun, OK price.

Of course someone will come along shortly who bought one for $100 back in 1987 so there's no way one could be worth $395 today!
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:25:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DriftPunch:
Don't light that candle without plugs in...

Someone needs a potty break
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:26:48 PM EDT
Bianchi 5BH, but that's more for bumming around, not CCW.

Of course, I'm a big guy and I don't like tight clothes. I just stick the whole thing in my front pocket and use it like a pocket holster.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:27:27 PM EDT
Crimson Trace would probably do this thing a world of epicness.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:29:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DrinaCorps:
Crimson Trace would probably do this thing a world of epicness.



No good for pocket CCW or much range use.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:32:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Firebird69:

Originally Posted By DriftPunch:
Don't light that candle without plugs in...

Someone needs a potty break


Someones never fired a 2.5 inch small frame revolver with full house loads and no plugs in!
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:34:25 PM EDT
Originally Posted By TC6969:
Good gun, OK price.

Of course someone will come along shortly who bought one for $100 back in 1987 so there's no way one could be worth $395 today!


I paid $381 out the door about 5 years ago.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:35:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2010 7:37:20 PM EDT by DrinaCorps]
Originally Posted By Firebird69:

Originally Posted By DrinaCorps:
Crimson Trace would probably do this thing a world of epicness.



No good for pocket CCW or much range use.


This guy was running .38's through his with a set of CT and at 40', the results weren't too bad at all. About 6:30 in to the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGaSQ––ywhU

Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:35:36 PM EDT
It is fun to shoot at dusk, flames everywhere! Great pistol.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:37:29 PM EDT
I have the 3 1/16" barreled version.

It's a bitch with full power .357 mag loads. First time at the range the little fucker skinned my knuckle and send blood dripping down my hand.

Since then I wear gloves.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:39:11 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mattja:
I have the 3 1/16" barreled version.

It's a bitch with full power .357 mag loads. First time at the range the little fucker skinned my knuckle and send blood dripping down my hand.

Since then I wear gloves.


OH BOY OH BOY! This is like Christmas.

I've got a thing for small powerhouse pistols.

Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:39:31 PM EDT
Go to Wal-mart and buy a box of Remington .357 Magnum, 125 grain SJHPs. Oh, and a glove. Enjoy.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:43:24 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AR15Texan:
Originally Posted By TC6969:
Good gun, OK price.

Of course someone will come along shortly who bought one for $100 back in 1987 so there's no way one could be worth $395 today!


I paid $381 out the door about 5 years ago.


I paid like $245 for a DA only SP 101...new on sale...but it's been a number of years back...'98..'99...mighta been a Y2K gun ..it disappeared into my wifes armaments pile ...Seen it the other day though in her office desk at her business.

Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:43:42 PM EDT
I've had mine since about 1991? I've tried to get rid of it but in the end it's just too cool of a little revolver to let go. It's now the only .357 I own. I've fired some hellacious loads from my SP101 that tied up my S&W model 66 but was perfectly acceptable in the little Ruger. You can get quite the fireball out of the little 2.25" barrel and a stout load.

Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:51:46 PM EDT
Today, I picked up a bunch of .38SPL for plinking, some Remington 125gr. JSPs, some Remington 158gr. JHPs, and some of the 125gr. Cor-Bon DPX.

I think I'll order some of Buffalo Bore's 158gr. hard casts for punching on the steel.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:58:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:
Go to Wal-mart and buy a box of Remington .357 Magnum, 125 grain SJHPs. Oh, and a glove. Enjoy.


Hells yes, those are the bastards that skinned my knuckle.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 8:00:04 PM EDT
Good gun. A real workhorse.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 8:01:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 8:07:25 PM EDT
I'm still thinking about the Ruger SP101. Great beater.

That's a decent price.

Only thing I can say about the Ruger line of pistols is they are built like a tank but ugly as sin (Semi Autos).

Link Posted: 9/8/2010 8:20:22 PM EDT
Originally Posted By sterling18:
I'm still thinking about the Ruger SP101. Great beater.

That's a decent price.

Only thing I can say about the Ruger line of pistols is they are built like a tank but ugly as sin (Semi Autos).



I don't know, the S&W 5906 has grown on me. Kinda looks and feels oldschool.

Link Posted: 9/8/2010 8:24:33 PM EDT
Decent....i own the stainless and the tactical grey...paid 360 for each...little heavy to carry for me...
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 5:11:22 AM EDT
I just got a 2 1/4" last week and took it to the range yesterday. I went from 110 gr. 38 to 158 gr 357 +p Deestoppers. I do have the Hogues on mine-I would think it would make a big difference. The 158 gr. was a "trip"-more on the flash than recoil. I think I'm going to run either 110 gr. 357 or 125 gr. JHP +p for carry purpose.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 5:18:21 AM EDT
What you need are some mother-of-pearl grips.



They look good in your pimp hand.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 5:20:22 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mattja:
I have the 3 1/16" barreled version.

It's a bitch with full power .357 mag loads. First time at the range the little fucker skinned my knuckle and send blood dripping down my hand.

Since then I wear gloves.


For some reason my dad's 2.5" SP101 always tags the knuckle of my middle finger with the back of the trigger guard. Hurts like hell, and I've never had that problem with any other revolver.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 5:20:39 AM EDT
All I can offer is, if you're gonna shoot much .357, be glad it's a heavy fireplug if a gun. Light .38 Special isn't much of an issue, but I found .357 to be pretty unpleasant. I couldn't imagine how some hot .357 would feel in a scandium S&W. Guys that shoot that shit are better men than me.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 5:21:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 5:24:15 AM EDT by sprayandpray]

Originally Posted By TC6969:
Originally Posted By Firebird69:

Originally Posted By DriftPunch:
Don't light that candle without plugs in...

Someone needs a potty break


Someones never fired a 2.5 inch small frame revolver with full house loads and no plugs in IN A BEDROOM !


WHAAAAAAT?!?!?!?!?


Nothing but ringing for 3 hours , I was 100% sureI had made myself permanently deaf.


(S&W 686 with a 2.5" barrell")

Link Posted: 9/9/2010 5:23:14 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DrinaCorps:
Originally Posted By mattja:
I have the 3 1/16" barreled version.

It's a bitch with full power .357 mag loads. First time at the range the little fucker skinned my knuckle and send blood dripping down my hand.

Since then I wear gloves.


OH BOY OH BOY! This is like Christmas.

I've got a thing for small powerhouse pistols.



Oh you're gonna know when it touches off!
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 5:39:46 AM EDT
Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
Originally Posted By Firebird69:

Originally Posted By DrinaCorps:
Crimson Trace would probably do this thing a world of epicness.



No good for pocket CCW or much range use.


I've carried my LG-105's for three years...all day, every day, in the pocket. They've endured lots of rounds downrange in that time.

No problems. I know lots of others who have had a similar experience.

I have an SP101 exactly as in the OP's post, with Crimson Trace hard grips on it,as my current carry gun. It works just fine.
The only caveat is that while the older LG101 hard plastic Crimson Trace model draw very easily from a pocket carry, those grips hurt like a *&(*%&*(&# when fired with 158gr .357 CCI Lawmans. I recommend the softer,overmolded model.
The factory Ruger grips are actually pretty nice with .357 loads. Not as nice as my old GP100,but not bad at all for handling recoil.

Link Posted: 9/9/2010 5:40:59 AM EDT
After 30 boxes of Cracker Jacks I finally got my sp101 in the mail. Sorry. I would like to get me one....someday.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 2:45:37 PM EDT
Just back from the new indoor range in Lynchburg, VA. Holy shit yes! I love this thing. I swapped out the factory grips for Hogue rubber and the thing just fits like a glove. I fed it .357 fodder the entire hour. 50rnds of Fiocchi 125gr. JHP, 50rnds of Remington 125gr. JSP, and 25rnds. of 140gr. Hornady FTX.

I'll still have to practice with a few hundred rounds of .38SPL and +P, but I'm in love with this thing. I dunno, I guess I can just tame the beast.

Here is my old Taurus 605 with Speer 158gr. .357 JHPs. 605
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 8:50:58 PM EDT
I have the Hogue rubber grips too. I can shoot .38 Special loads all day, and lighter .357 Mag loads like Golden Sabers, but the heavy loads are a bitch.

Sounds like you had fun.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 8:56:46 PM EDT
If you love your gun do not go Here. I don't have much use for another SP101(sold mine a long time ago), but I long for one done up by Gemini.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 9:10:23 PM EDT


Link Posted: 9/10/2010 9:14:44 PM EDT
I have the same gun, bought it from a buddy years ago for $250, he needed rent money and intended to buy it back, but never did. I think it's wirth more.
Great gun, but mine has a pretty heavy trigger pull for my taste.
My first real snubby.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 9:25:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DrinaCorps:
Just back from the new indoor range in Lynchburg, VA. Holy shit yes! I love this thing. I swapped out the factory grips for Hogue rubber and the thing just fits like a glove. I fed it .357 fodder the entire hour. 50rnds of Fiocchi 125gr. JHP, 50rnds of Remington 125gr. JSP, and 25rnds. of 140gr. Hornady FTX.

I'll still have to practice with a few hundred rounds of .38SPL and +P, but I'm in love with this thing. I dunno, I guess I can just tame the beast.

Here is my old Taurus 605 with Speer 158gr. .357 JHPs. 605

You sound crazy.

But you're just the kinda crazy that'd be good to have WITH you, rather than AGAINST you
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 9:41:24 PM EDT
Good price, great choice! I'm on my second sp101 (sold the first to fund a smith & wesson chief's special - decided the ruger is a better gun). I have alot of guns, and i find this is the one I carry and use the most.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 2:00:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DrinaCorps:
Crimson Trace would probably do this thing a world of epicness.




I have Crimson Trace grips on my snubbie SP-101 with the bobbed hammer.

Makes you look like a real tool at the range when you're trying to overcome the stock trigger pull and the laser dot is dancing all over your target.



Went right out and bought me a Wolf spring kit.



Link Posted: 9/11/2010 5:25:39 AM EDT
I have not had any of the issues with full power loads in my sp101. I have big hands and a tight grip. I will have to try some of those remington loads.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 5:30:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By DrinaCorps:
Crimson Trace would probably do this thing a world of epicness.

Here's my SP101. Great gun.

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