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It’s Like a Knife, But Louder ๐Ÿ˜‰ : Ruger SP101 [Review]


– A wheel gun with a punch, coming up. (quiet music and electronic sounds) Hey, guys, I’m Johnny
with pewpertactical.com, your definitive source for
gun reviews, gear guides, and all things for when
you wanna pull the trigger until it goes click. Today, we’re looking at the Ruger SP101 chambered in .357 Magnum. Now, I’m gonna get it out to the range, I’m gonna tell you everything
that you need to know about this mighty revolver. And at the end, I’m gonna have a couple questions for all y’all. Now, if it’s your first time here, we always put a ton of stuff down below for you to check out. And if you’re seeing this on YouTube, jump over to our website,
see what you think. There’s a link down below. Even though we live in the age of the striker-fired semiautomatic, the wheel gun market continues to thrive. There’s just something about
the simplicity of a revolver. And when my editor asked me if
I wanted to review the SP101 I said “Giddy up”
because revolvers are fun and, more importantly they work. You pull the trigger, you
get loud noises every time. Now, the SP101 is a family
of double action revolvers and it’s a big family. The models range from
.22 up to the Magnum, with several options for barrel length, but they’re all based on
the Ruger’s small frame, all stainless steel construction,
all made in America, and specifically designed as a carry gun. So with all the options of
barrel lengths and chamberings, I had the choice of nearly
20 different models. I went with a
two-and-a-quarter-inch barrel with the bobtail hammer in
.357 Magnum, ’cause America. Now, keep in mind, this
is a small frame revolver and no exaggeration,
that Magnum packs a punch for such a small frame. Developed in the late
’80s, the SP101 line has a similar reputation as its
big brother, the GP100 line. Now, that’s the large frame revolvers and both families are known for being over-engineered tough workhorses. They are tanks and they run. This one is two red pears in size, it weighs in at 25 ounces, and
the capacity is five rounds. Ruger calls the finish satin stainless and I think it looks great. The grips are black rubber, but you can get wood
inserts instead of plastic. The cylinder has three separate locks and it locks up tight every time. And the spur-less hammer is my choice if you’re gonna be using
this one out of a bag or coming out of a vest pocket. No spur, you get a snag-free draw. Current MSRP is 719, but street price on the model that I tested
is in the 550 to $600 window. All right, let’s get out to the range. For this test, I used a
boatload of .38 special ammo and some .357. For the small frame, it
was super comfortable shooting the lighter .38, but boy, when that .357 hits, you can feel it. It’s fun, but you wouldn’t
wanna do it all day long. I like to put a few .38s in
and then end with a .357. I’ll run a clip here where
you can see the difference. It makes me wanna say USA
every time that Magnum hits. Now, the gun gave me
absolutely no trouble. It’s easy to load and the
shell extractor does just that, it extracts shells. Zero problems with this guns for me, it truly is worry-free. Accuracy-wise, I banged
torso steel nonstop from seven out to 25 yards. The gun will put shots
right where you tell it to. The sights are fixed with
a groove down the frame and a ramp on the end, right out front. That’s totally standard
stuff for a revolver. Now, the trigger’s what I
would call medium weight, but it’s smooth and it’s clean. And overall, in my hand, the
gun really felt fantastic. Maybe I’d like a little more
purchase space for my hand, specifically at my little finger. Now, here’s what I like about the SP101. First, its reputation. People love these guns
and they trust them. And for me, especially as a
truck gun or a backup revolver, it feels good to know that it’s gonna fire when you need it to. And also, I’ve always had
a soft place in my heart, full disclosure, I like Rugers. Now, second, I like the stainless steel. It looks fantastic and it’s
super easy to maintain. If you’re new to revolvers, I think you’ll be happy
with all that shininess, in part, again, because it’s
gonna be easy to maintain. Third, I like the size. It’s nice to have the stopping power of the .357 Magnum rounds
in a small package. Now, as for negatives, I really don’t have much to offer you. The gun does exactly
what it’s supposed to do. But there’s a couple things to consider. First, it only holds five rounds. If this really is a backup gun or maybe, for some of you, a primary gun, five rounds ain’t that many. And at this point,
somebody’s already typing down in the comments section, “If you can’t get it done in five rounds, “then you shouldn’t be
carrying a gun at all.” Well, pipe down there, Carl. Now, second, I’m not real
wild about the grips. No major complaints in using them, I just think they’re plain to look at and I’d like to swap
these out for some G10 or maybe some custom wood grips. Now, here’s my two questions
for the day for all y’all. First, a few of my friends
rolled their eyes at me when they found out that I’d shot a ton of .38 special out of this gun. I’ve owned .357s for years
and I shoot .38 special maybe 75% of the time. How do you .357 owners do it? Do you guys and gals mix it
up with the lighter rounds? I’d like to hear your opinion. And second, for your primary
personal protection gun, are you okay with it being a revolver? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave us a comment down below. We’ll read every single one. Overall, I had a blast with the SP101. It’s easy to operate, fun to get that much power into a small package, and I think it looks fantastic. Cool gun, made in the USA, I
trust it, thumbs up for me. Now, on behalf of the entire
Pew Pew Tactical team, really appreciate y’all stopping by. I’m Johnny and we’ll see you soon. (quiet music and electronic noises)

52 thoughts on “It’s Like a Knife, But Louder ๐Ÿ˜‰ : Ruger SP101 [Review]

  1. Great Gun. Love mine. Ruger makes a good gun and is always over looked. Best upgrade for the SP101 is Hogue grips. Your hands will thank you later.

  2. I am thinking about getting it for my daughter for home defense. Naw, because I have C.O.C.D. Capacity Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

  3. I have two Ruger LCRs that I carry during certain situations: my 9mm in a fanny pack when at the gym (wannabe powerlifter) and my .38 in a Smart Carry holster when I run (I have to be able to run for work lol).

  4. I rock a S&W 640 chambered in .357. It came customized with a ported barrel to help tame the magnum rounds. I'd trust my life to it. It's loads of fun to shoot with .38's or .357's I'm shooting mostly .38 wad cutter ammo out of it these days at the range to test my accuracy, but I keep it loaded with self defense .357 for the rest of the time.

  5. The SP101 is an old favorite of mine. I absolutely will run 38+P in a .357 all day long (no really, you can literally shoot them all day long). I like knowing I can shoot .357 mags but in reality, I load 38+P for self defense. They are a dream shoot in the sp101. Magnums, um yeah, you will know you pulled the trigger.

  6. I have a couple S&Ws I love. I would like a GP100. I'd consider the SP101 maybe in 327. A wheel gun was my daily carry for about six years. An LCR38 in my pocket and during the winter a S&W 66 in my big winter coat. I only recently switched to the LC9S.

  7. Had one in 3 inch still regret selling it… I carry a lcr in .357 daily and want to get another sp101… torn between the 9mm and .357

  8. Iโ€™d bet money that if more carried 5 shot snub nose revolvers, more people would be able to shoot better.

    Sweet vid Johnny!

  9. I have a GP100 in .357 Magnum. I probably shoot .38 Special in it 60% or 70% of the time. I do occasionally carry a Ruger LCR in .38 Special. I love revolvers, but I have fallen for the high capacity semi-autos for normal carry.

  10. You might as well shoot 38 specials out of that gun because the 2 1/4 barrel is going to rob a .357 of most of it's energy advantage.

  11. I own one, and love it. I don't carry it often, but do from time to time. All I shoot and carry in it, is 357. I do despise the hammerless version that you have lol but to each their own. I think if you had a hammer, and felt the single action trigger, you'd love it even more.

  12. You should try the SP101 in .327 Federal Magnum. You get six shots producing 400foot-pounds of energy in hot loads. Pretty snappy! I have a pachmayr grip on mine.

  13. I find your lack of blade disturbing…most disturbing….
    What, no lasers? How can you know where you're point?! Come on, it's 2019, everything needs a LAASSSSSSSSSSER…and a pop out bayonet ๐Ÿ˜›

  14. I'd lose my mind if a Ruger was stolen from my vehicle. I keep a cheapo Rock Island Armscore .38 revolver in there instead. They're only $250ish new.

  15. When I first started shooting I ran mostly .357 mag out of my Taurus snub nose but man that got old real quick. I upgraded (kinda) and got a larger 7 shot Taurus with a ported barrel and enjoyed shooting .357 mag out of that one. Traded that one for a S&W 627 (4inch barrel) and now I shoot both .38 special and .357 mag no problem. Now I did pick up a rhino with a two inch barrel and I was so surprised when I shot 357 out of that one! It kicks but way more manageable ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  16. Yes, I have no problem with carrying a revolver. I generally use 38 specials with 357 wheel gun due to less recoil and would choose hornady critical defense 38spec rounds for protection.

  17. waited 30 yrs for the blued version… worth the wait and worth every dime…. added custom rosewood grip inserts from chig's grips…beautiful and functional.. my lifetime gun

  18. Hey Johnny, I have had my SP101 since around 2002, one of my favorite revolvers. Hated the factory grips so I replaced it with the Hogue SP101 grip. It's all rubber but as far as comfort in shooting .357 it's far better than the factory, at least for me it is. Those Hogue replacement grips are fairly common, I have seen them in several gun stores and of course you can order them. Not too pricey either. Shoot all the .357 you want to out of the Ruger, you wont ever wear it out.

  19. Always hyped to see a video with Johnny!

    I donโ€™t own any wheel guns, but I do love them. My only problem with them is that people keep coming into the shop trying to talk their moms, wives, or girlfriends into buy them because they have trouble racking the slide of more modern handguns. Hereโ€™s the problem with that… My mom is 63 years old, has arthritis in her wrists, and not much muscle. What on EARTH makes you think sheโ€™s going to be able to handle a wheel gun?! I tested this theory. Borrowed my friendโ€™s 38, and had her shoot it. She hated it after one round. Handed her my Glock 43 with a 380 round in it, and she handled it infinitely better. The solution, I bought her the Smith & Wesson 380 EZ. The spring is light enough (Iโ€™m able to chamber a round using my pinky and thumb) for her to run the slide, she can load/unload/reload/ easier with the magazine than the cylinder, and it holds more rounds than a revolver. Is this just my opinion? Yes. However, I love my mom for some odd reason, and took the task of picking out a firearm for her protection very seriously.

    That being said, I still want a few wheelie boys. Haha

  20. I owned one of these with the external hammer. I loved it, but the sights sucked. Iโ€™d like to get one of the Wiley Clapp(is that the one?) version with the real sights.

  21. If you want a wheelie like a character in Breaking Bad, shave your head and buy a Members Only jacket. I have Rugers in .480 and .44 because I have adequacy issues.

  22. Target shooting i run 38s all day, when i am actually running drills with it 357s. I love my wheel as my primary carry quite often actually. Great video by the way.

  23. Johnnie, Thank you for the video. Ruger revolvers are great guns and overbuilt compared to the competition. They will run and last a lifetime. Practicing on a double action revolver improves my trigger control on striker and DA/SA handguns. I practice with my SP101 using 38SPL 80% of the time, and with .357 Magnum 20% of the time.

  24. .38 for the majority of practice, 357 for carry. It'll surely get the job done, but primary carry is in the truck or as backup

  25. yeah man got a snubby backup and a full sized scoped for deer never had to walk more then thirty yards after puttin one in the boilermaker n a deer is a lot tougher than any human

  26. Excellent work! I have the 6" GP100 and see no propose in having the SP101 unless it's a carry gun. The GP is great for plinking. The SP's too small for plinking.

  27. Excellent weapon, love it . I have no issues with a revolver. I carry my SP 101 almost daily. I like to mix it up at the range , firing both 38 and magnum rounds.

  28. KARL!!!! lol – I really wanted to create a youtube account named karl and respond but I ain't got time for dat ๐Ÿ™‚

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