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Ruger SP101 5718 KSP321X 357 Magnum, $450

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The Ruger SP101 is a light handgun, but it gave a firing impression similar to the larger revolvers. Powerful and accurate, the Ruger has a lot going for it. It is the only revolver tested currently in production in its original form. For a combination of carry and home defense, the Ruger gets high marks. The larger revolvers simply outshot it. For those with small hands, it is a very good choice.

Ruger SP101 5718 KSP321X 357 Magnum, $450

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The Galco Carry Lite holster gave good results when packing the compact Ruger revolver.
The Magnum revolvers tested were the Ruger SP 101, in stainless steel, top, and the nickel-plated S&W M19 357 Magnum, bottom. Stout and reliable, the Ruger SP101 has a lot going for it. The S&W Model 19 was perhaps the nicest revolver to use and handle due to a smooth action and high profile adjustable sights, but it wasn't the best shooter.

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