Gun Report

Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum No. KSP-321X

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We liked the Ruger's comfortable grips and the overall solid feel of the blocky gun, but didn't care for the hefty weight. The satin-finished helped cut glare. The gun locked up well and gave better overall accuracy than the others.

Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum No. KSP-321X

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The arrow points to a spring-loaded catch that fits into a recess in the frame within the crane area. This helped the gun lock up securely and probably contributed to its accuracy.
The chambers were well polished, but the entry area had extremely sharp corners that snagged cases during reloading. The edges need to be chamfered.
The Ruger's sight picture doesn't have any easy provision for tritium inserts, so is poor in dark situations. One fix is laser sights, but not everyone likes those.

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