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lee1959

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I have been shooting the SP101 a lot the past few weeks and I have decided that if I had to play the old internet "can only own 1 handgun" game it would probably be the  3 inch .357 magnum version of the SP101. I would probably take it to cylinder and slide for their adjustable sights treatment and probably Magnaport to do their magic. 

It is small enough to carry concealed under practically any clothing, even fairly light summer stuff. It is light enough to carry all day long with no fatigue or discomfort. It shoots a very capable caliber, two of them in fact, and I would even be able to use it for hunting if needs be. 

Yes it onlhy carries 5 rounds, but that is not a deal breaker, puts an onus on properly reloading technique and practice, and having a proper longarm available. 

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D.J. north woods

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Have had my SP-101 for 12 years. It has a Meprolite front sight,
an 11 degree forcing cone, shims, custom grips, cone muzzle,
and polished all but the back of the hammer.
All springs are factory. It has fired 3,473 rounds.
It is a 2 1/4" 357.
I carry this gun every day, ran, sleet, snow, and it has rolled
with me one time in mud.
It has never failed. The SP-101 is about the finest revolver I have
owned.
Have a great day.

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Solid revolvers and very well made.   Great carry guns.  I know a bouncer here locally and that is his carry gun but he uses .38+p's in it.    I have a different brand a S&W model 36 and have retired it but carried it for years as a back up.   I believe up and coming generations are going to rediscover revolvers like the one in your picture, the Colts and the S&W's.    Good things tend to come around again.
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SP-101's are good solid guns. My best friend has one in .327 Fed. Mag. - a potent handful with .327's or .32 H&R Mags, a light-recoiling pussycat with .32 S&W and .32 S&W Longs. 
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Oldremguy

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Great revolver had the 3 inch and sold it to my sister kept my gp100 wish I would of kept the sp101 might have to buy another
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David Armstrong

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Ruger makes a good, solid gun.  I don't have an SP, but I do love the 3" barrel.  I've got an S&W Mdl 36 with a 3" tube that is a delight, and at one time I had a Mdl 65 3" in .357 that was one of my favorites for general use and carry.  
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lee1959

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I have always liked 3 inch .357s and .38s, the balance is just superb, at least in the medium round butt and small framed versions. In a square butt or larger frame the 4 inch has a better feel for me. In larger magnums like the Redhawk 4 is just slightly too short and 5 is starting to go the other way, I tried 4.5 on my Redhawk after much trial and error trying other peoples, and it seems perfect to me. 

Another 3 inch which was magical was the 3 inch version of the old Smith Bodyguard J frame with the hump and hidden but exposed hammer.
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