NEW Ruger SP101 Match Champion Gets Some Custom Shop Treatment

SP101 Match Champion

Ruger is throwing another model into the custom-shop quality circle for their revolvers. The next in line is an SP101 Match Champion.

Ruger released an ecstatic press statement providing a basic overview of the upgraded SP101 soon to be available to consumers.

Ruger is proud to announce the Ruger SP101® Match Champion – a five-round revolver designed with the competitor in mind. This double-action revolver delivers fast, accurate shots and takes the popular Ruger SP101® to the next level. Chambered in .357 Magnum, but capable of firing .38 Special, the Ruger SP101® Match Champion has a full-lug, 4.2″ barrel with an 11° target crown for competition accuracy, a chamfered cylinder and custom Altamont hardwood grips with stippled and checkered sides. The fully adjustable rear sight combines with a fiber optic front sight to create a great sight picture for both plates and targets, and the polished trigger guard allows for smooth shooting all day long.

SP101 Match ChampionSome of the upgraded features that you are going to be seeing on this variation of the SP101 Match Champion are:

  • Full-Lug 4.2″ Barrel delivers Lively Handling for Quick Transition between Targets & also features an 11° Target Crown for Competitive-Level Accuracy
  • Polished & Optimized Internals & Centering Shims on the Trigger & Hammer produce a Smooth Double-Action Trigger Pull & a Crisp & Consistent Let-Off
  • Takedown of Integrated Sub-Assemblies requires no Special Tools & allows for Easy Maintenance & Assembly
  • Patented Transfer Bar Mechanism provides an Unparalleled Measure of Security against Accidental Discharge
  • Patented Grip Frame easily accommodates a Variety of Custom Grips
  • Triple-Locking Cylinder is locked into the Frame at the Front, Rear & Bottom for more Positive Alignment & dependable Operation Shot after Shot
  • Custom Altamont Hardwood Grip w/ Stippled & Checkered Sides permits an Ideal Grip for any Shooting Environment
  • An Adjustable Rear Sight & Fiber Optic Front Sight allows for a Fast & Visible Sight Picture

SP101 Match ChampionThese specs are nearly identical to the upgrades that you see on the GP100 Match Champion with an exception to the grip. The GP100 Match Champion has a Hogue brand wood grip that is very upright with stippling for dexterity. The custom Altamont grip on the SP101 is smaller, but more contouring to the shooter’s hand; better ergonomically.

The MSRP of the SP101 Match Champion is $859. The most affordable variations of the SP101 retail for $719 while the GP100 Match Champion has an MSRP set at $969.

The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


  • CowboyBob




    • Disarmed in CA

      Better give your (range) Doctor a visit!

  • Brett baker

    Sounds like a perfect woodsbumming gun. Hey, Ruger, any chance of a 5″ model so it’s deer legal in Ohio?

  • Edeco

    Aw, the triple lock and shimmed trigger sound good. Barrel profile looks a bit less hideous than usual. But 4.2″? Yawn. Not that I’m in the market anyway.

  • Brassporkchop

    I’m eyeing the 2.25 length one for ccw but this is painfully tempting

    • valorius

      The SP101 is a very heavy revolver for it’s size. Something to consider. I love mine, but not for CCW.

      • Brassporkchop

        It wouldn’t be for every day. My current gun is 35 ounces.

        • valorius

          I carry a Ruger LCP with crimson trace and 8rd mag. I think it weighs about 12oz fully loaded.

        • valorius

          I have Hogue fancy wood grips, an XS big dot front night sight and a 10lb DA trigger on mine. I LOVE it, it’s my bedstand gun. I keep it loaded with Underwood 125gr Gold dots.

      • Mel_Anosis

        It’s not that heavy. Once you get use to the weight it is fine. It has the same silhouette as the LCR and in my hand is much more accurate. It’s also fun to shoot at the range. The LCR is awful on the range especially if you shoot +p
        rounds or have the 357 version which is ridiculously tough on the hands. I’m more accurate with my sp101 2.25 barrel than I am with my son’s Glock 22 at
        10 yards.

  • Raptor Fred
    • Gary Kirk

      Agghhh.. My eyes..

      • Mel_Anosis

        Yes, it is an ugly firearm.

    • Kyle

      What in the is that grip? Is that real?

      • gunsandrockets

        Yes it’s real, but not for the Super Redhawk, at least not yet I think.

        It’s called the Delta grip, from Ergo. I had one for my S&W J-frame, and the sucker actually works pretty well, it’s just a bit too big for my dinky paw.

        I tell you though, with that Delta grip on + a Lasermax laser sight mounted, my J-frame looked like it belonged in the movie Blade Runner!

    • Jared Vynn

      Chambered in 460 Rowland right?

  • Isaac O. Lees

    If it was 6 shots of .327 Federal Magnum in that same package I would buy one on the spot.

    • Raptor Fred

      Model: 5773 Just put those funky Altamont grips on and there ya go. I guess without all of “special match” features. All of these guns need a spring kit anyway.

      • gunsandrockets

        The factory composite grip is pretty good already. What that .327 needs is an action job.

  • valorius

    I love my SP101, but it is a very odd choice for a match grade model.

  • Paul White

    so, should I just have my paycheck direct deposited with them? Cause damn…

  • Madcap_Magician

    I think they do the 4.2″ barrel for Canadian sales. Their Canadian sales must be hot to make so many models with barrels that length. I’d be interested in making this a generally upgraded SP101, and I’d really like to see the return of the 3″ .327.

    • gunsandrockets

      I’d rather see a 3″ LCRx in .327 magnum.

      • Madcap_Magician

        I wouldn’t RATHER see that, but I’d sure LIKE to see it.

  • Andrea Goldstein

    I don’t understand; what kind of competitor wants a FIVE shot revolver?? Certainly not in USPSA!!

    • Sujit Sharma

      wanna taste you..

  • Nicks87

    I guess I will be trading off my current SP101 for this one. Damn you Ruger!