Ruger has just announced a new model of their popular SP101 revolver line. Chambered in 9mm, this new five-shot wheel gun carries rounds normally reserved for Glocks and HiPoints with an MSRP just above $700. An educated guess would put the street price somewhere around $550.
Help me out here: at these prices, why would someone in the market for a new defensive/concealed carry weapon pick the SP101 over semi automatic handguns with higher capacities, lower prices and spare magazines for quick reloads. And be fore you start, I get the overall allure of wheelguns. But why pick one chambered in a rimless round normally reserved for semiautos when perfectly capable cartridges like .357 Magnum.
Details, specifications and links are provided below.
- Grips: Black Rubber, Black Synthetic
- Front Sight: Black Ramp
- Barrel Length: 2.25″
- Material: Stainless Steel
- Capacity: 5
- Rear Sight: Integral
- Twist: 1:16″ RH
- Finish: Satin Stainless
- Overall Length: 7.20″
- Weight: 25 oz.
- Grooves: 5
- CA Approved: No
- MA Approved & Certified: No
- Suggested Retail: $719.00
Cushioned rubber grip with black plastic insert has no exposed metal in the backstrap, making it extremely comfortable.
Takedown of integrated subassemblies requires no special tools and allows for easy maintenance and 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 and bottom for more positive alignment and dependable operation shot after shot.
Ships with (3) full moon clips that act as both a speed loader for the 9mm rounds and aid in the ejection of the spent cartridges.