SP101 vs. GP100

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SP101 vs. GP100

Postby jeep45238 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:39 pm

My recent acquisition of a 3" SP101 22LR has seriously peaked my interest in revolvers enough to persue a centerfire companion. There is a potential for carry, with being in the woods all day my biggest threat is stumbling across tweakers on their pot plants or potentially a black bear (unlikely due to location). The main purpose would be shooter development at the range, and potentially working it at IDPA while I work semi-auto at USPSA.

I just can't freaking decide between an SP101 or GP100, as the size gap doesn't appear to be that large in photos. So I'm asking for what people would gravitate towards given the above usage. Hand size is a L glove with M length fingers.

My biggest lessons learned with the J/K series was the sights are nothing like what I can find on a semi auto. My .22LR has an actual rear sight, and it makes a huge difference. If it's possible to get an acceptable sight picture with a front sight replacement and blackening the rear sight trench, I'm considering the 9mm SP101 simply due to the fact that I reload 9mm and this would give more trigger time than saving for a bulk purchase of 38/357

My gut reaction is to get a Wiley Clap model of one of the two, since the sights they come with can't be done without significant aftermarket investment. I just have a problem determining whether to go SP101 or GP100 without having the opportunity to have my hands on anything but a SP101. The Wiley Clapp GP100 is $100 more than the SP101, which is reasonable - and the WC SP101 is about $125 more than the base SP101's.
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Re: SP101 vs. GP100

Postby JustaShooter » Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:10 am

Shame you are at the opposite corner of the state, I have both and could let you try them out. I prefer the trigger on the GP100, both the pull and reset - the SP101 reset is more of a slap that I dislike. The GP10 also fits my hand better (I wear size L gloves) and it is enough larger that it absorbs recoil noticeably better in the 357 magnum they are chambered in.
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Re: SP101 vs. GP100

Postby Mr. Glock » Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:06 am

The SP101 is noticeably smaller and lighter, I’d suggest a run to a gun store just to hold them. Both are from the days when Ruger built ‘em heavy, both grips are nice and both triggers are just ok. Out of the box, GP’s might be slightly nicer, but there are spring kits out there that smooth it out without light striking. Or, it coild just be it is bigger and thus you get better leverage on the GP.

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Re: SP101 vs. GP100

Postby dademoss » Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:53 am

Jeep,

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Re: SP101 vs. GP100

Postby jeep45238 » Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:06 pm

After messing with a 4" GP100 today, I think I'm going to go that route. I have larger grips on my SP101, and the difference in the length of pull between the two revolvers was minimal - probably identical if the GP100 had slightly slimmer grips.

With model # 1774, I'm getting a short barrel, stocks that I would have put on it anyway, easily replacable front sight if needed, and 7 shots vs 5 of the Sp101. The price point will likely be around $625 out the door.

I think this is where it's at for my usage.
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