SP 101

The Ruger SP 101 is a medium-frame revolver chambered in .357 Mag., .327 Fed. Mag., .38 Special and .22 LR. The SP 101 is a family of small revolvers that evolved from Ruger’s GP 101. The SP 101 was introduced in 1993 and they have been praised for its small size, large cartridge and ability to absorb recoil. It is smaller than most traditional .357s so the initial reaction was that it wouldn’t handle recoil well, but is said to absorb recoil very well.

The SP 101 is made of stainless steel with a satin finish and comes with cushioned rubber grips. It features a double-action trigger, which gives shooters a longer pull. The trigger also reduces the risk of accidental discharge when concealed because it requires more pressure on the trigger to set off the action, so it’s less likely something will snag it and pull it all the way back. The SP 101 is equipped with a transfer bar that acts as an intermediary between the hammer and the firing pin. The hammer will hit the bar and then the bar will press against the firing pin.

Optional features include Crimson Trace lasergrips, a type of laser sights. The laser activates when the shooter wraps their hand around it (add about $170). The .327 Fed. Mag. model has an adjustable rear sight. And the .357 Mag. is available without a hammer.

Ruger recommends the SP 101 for conceal carry.

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