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Ruger Model SP101 #5765 KSP-242-8 22 S/L/LR, $699 list; $540 retail

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This was a good revolver, and it should be for the price. There is a lot to like about the SP101 - sights, finish, performance. This is a premium example of a kit gun. But the fact is, the used Taurus M94 shot as well, or better. The Ruger is unquestionably the better gun, but it is far from being the better value.

Ruger Model SP101 #5765 KSP-242-8 22 S/L/LR, $699 list; $540 retail

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In hand, the SP101 grip was comfortable, yet felt boxy compared to the Taurus M94.
The lockup on the Ruger was tight and showed no gaps.
The Ruger ejected empties well clear of the cylinder.
The hammer spur was coarsely checkered for a sure grip; note that the transfer bar just behind the firing pin will raise before it is hit by the hammer. Single-action trigger pull was nice at 4.8 pounds.

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