Ruger SP101 is Ideal Choice for Concealed Carry
Choosing a gun for concealed carry is an important decision that often requires hours of online research and in-store browsing. There are dozens of choices to make ranging from major decisions such as caliber and weight to minor personal preferences like color and finish.
However one factor often overlooked, especially by inexperienced shooters, is the overall design strength of the firearm.
With the move towards lighter aircraft-grade alloys and polymer plastics, finding a rugged, dependable gun for concealed carry is no easy task. Yet every search should include the Ruger SP101.
The Ruger brand has always been synonymous with strength and the SP101 is no exception. This revolver is constructed of pure stainless steel and has the weight to back up a .357 load. Some of the lighter alloys and polymer fabricated guns in the heavier calibers really punish the shooter when fired, but the 25.5 ounce 2 ¼ barrel model of the SP101 is by no means a burden to shoot. That little extra weight on a .357 adds stability during firing.
Despite many debates to the contrary, snub nose guns are just as accurate as any other pistol and perhaps more so. In his article “Ruger SP101” at USConcealedCarry.com, author George Hill relates how he turned the tables on his fellow police academy trainees when he showed up at the range with a short-barreled Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver:
“The snickering turned to respect when I outshot the entire class with it. The snub forced me to concentrate on the basic shooting fundamentals and focus very hard on the front sight post. That was the difference. That’s also why so many people say these guns are inaccurate.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
The specs on the Ruger SP101 are fairly standard for a snub nose. The overall length is 7.0 inches, with a height of 4.8 inches and a width 1.4 inches. The cylinder capacity on this gun is 5 rounds and the trigger pull is a slightly heavy 5.5 pounds.
The specs change with some of the many options available for the SP101. Barrel lengths come in sizes from 2 ¼ to 4 inches. The gun can handle five different calibers ranging from the .22 up to the .357 Magnum. There is also a wide variety of ammunition that the SP101 can chamber without flinching, including super light target loads, shot shells, and heavy hunting loads.
The Ruger SP101 also is available with fixed or adjustable sights, another aide to accuracy. At the range, the SP101 was extremely accurate at self-defense range. All rounds stayed in a tight half-inch grouping, and as is expected with a revolver, there were no misfires or jams.
The Ruger SP101 is a tough, reliable firearm with enough stopping power for almost any situation. It is definitely worth looking into for a concealed carry choice.