Револьвер Ruger SP101


Номер каталогакалибрВместимостьДостопримечательностипеленадлина стволаВесЗаметки
KSP-221+0,22 LR6ОтрегулированныйПолный2 1 / 432 унцийСнятые
KSP-240+0,22 LR6Отрегулированныйкороткий4″33 унцийСнятые
KSP-241+0,22 LR6ОтрегулированныйПолный4″34 унцийСнятые
KSP-242-8+0,22 LR8Отрегулированныйкороткий4 1 / 530 унцийРегулируемая оптоволоконная
KSP-32310,32 H & R Magnum6ОтрегулированныйПолный3 1 / 1630 унцийСнятые
KSP-32410,32 H & R Magnum6ОтрегулированныйПолный4″33 унцийСнятые
KSP-32731X0,327 Federal Magnum6ОтрегулированныйПолный3 1 / 1628 унцийНет больше на сайте: 16 января 2013
KSP-327410,327 Federal Magnum6ОтрегулированныйПолный4 1 / 1/529.5 унций
KSP-821.38 Special + P5ИсправленаПолный2 1 / 425 унций
KSP-821DOS.38 Special + P5ИсправленаПолный2 1 / 425 унцийСтриженый молоток сделано для Государственного департамента США
KSP-831.38 Special + P5ИсправленаПолный3 1 / 1627 унцийСнятые
KSP-321x0,357 Magnum5ИсправленаПолный2 1 / 426 унций
KSP-341X0,357 Magnum5ОтрегулированныйПолный4 1 / 529.5 унцийРегулируемая оптоволоконная
KSP-321x-CT0,357 Magnum5ИсправленаПолный2 1 / 425 унций Багровый след lasergrips
KSP-321XL-LG0,357 Magnum5ИсправленаПолный2 1 / 425 унцийБагровый след lasergrips
KSP-331X0,357 Magnum5ИсправленаПолный3 1 / 1627 унций
KSP-321XL0,357 Magnum5ИсправленаПолный2 1 / 425 унцийDAO
KSP-9219 × 19 мм Парабеллум5ИсправленаПолный2 1 / 426 унцийСнятые использует лунные клипы ; вновь введена ноября 2017
KSP-9319 × 19 мм Парабеллум5ИсправленаПолный3 1 / 1627 унцийСнятые использует лунные клипы
  • Все модели выполнены из нержавеющей стали
  • Калибр: 0,357 Magnum SP101s обрабатывать все заводские нагрузки 0,357 Magnum и принять фабричные патроны .38 Special
  • Модели Spurless-молот (только двойного действия) обозначаются буквой «L» в их каталожные номера

By the Numbers

Ergonomics 3/5

This gun is small but it is designed that way for portability and concealability.  Sacrifices were made in ergonomics, but not to the extent where accuracy is affected.

Accuracy 3/5

This is tough to rate.  Up close this gun is as deadly as a blind berserker, slaying anything with ease though distance takes a lot more effort on the part of the shooter.

Reliability 5/5

I never had any failures to fire while shooting a lot of rounds through this gun.  There were some issues ejecting shell casings that had warped, but that was the ammo, the gun had done its job.  

Customization 4/5

About the only thing I would consider upgrading on this gun is the sights.  Intimate engagements, you don’t really need them, but for greater distances, it would be nice to have a fiber-optic front sight and these are available.  

Looks 5/5

This potent little gun is as cool as Steve McQueen in the Magnificent Seven.  The engraving and wood grips harken back to a day when five rounds were enough to solve your issues.  You’d roll a cigarette and smoke it when you needed to reload.

Price 2/5

The Talo came out in limited supply so there aren’t a lot of these floating around.  That makes them more valuable. I paid around $550 for mine a few years ago. Now, the only one I could find for sale online was $759.99.  I gave the low score because I believe the price is only going to go up. However, non-Talo versions are much less expensive coming in at $400 to $500.

Overall Rating 4/5

This revolver is stunning and will deliver years of uninterrupted service to shooters whether plinking with .38 special or banging out .357 rounds.  It seems rare in our disposable society that something so elegant can still be built to last. Whether you carry it, shoot it, or collect it, the SP101 Talo is a great investment.

These sights work but fiber-optic would be better in my opinion


Overall, the Ruger SP101 is a great concealable revolver that’s reliable, beautiful, and built like a tank, but with mediocre sights that leads to only close-up encounters and a higher than average price tag that maybe better spent on newer pistols.

But, and this is a great big “but,” this pistol is dependable and pretty easy to conceal.  Think about where you might need five shots in your life.  For some people, it’s simply a fight stopper type gun, carried in their front pocket.

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For others, it is a backup, worn in the same spot or even on an ankle holster in case things go sideways.  For others still, it might just be a transitional gun, allowing someone to put rounds downrange while they move to cover, escape, or get to a better weapon. 

The size of this SP101 lends itself to close engagement. Up cozy, you’re not going to miss, but with practice, you can still hit targets from afar.

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Show vs Go

I went out to the range on a rainy day and rest assured, I was the only one there with a revolver.

Now because of the small size of this shooter, you might think it is limited.  Don’t get me wrong, it is in a way, but it surprised me. Just sighting down the barrel made me think about the sight radius I typically enjoy.  

My duty weapon has about a 6.5-inch sight radius and this greatly helps with accuracy. The 2.25-inch barrel SP101 has a total of a 4-inch sight radius.  This means micro-movements when firing translate to big movements downrange.

That being said, my duty weapon most certainly will not fit in my pocket—the SP101 does.  Front or rear, even with a pocket holster to keep it grip up, I enjoy carrying this pistol.  

I started out shooting some .38 special rounds to see how the gun would handle.  At a distance of 25 yards, I started firing all five shots for groups at a target.  

Most of my groups averaged around 3.5 inches though I made an observation: firing single action (cocking the hammer back first) I was able to rest my support hand thumb along the cylinder and really stabilize the gun.  

Eventually, I shrunk my groups, my best being just over 1 inch, with two rounds finding the same hole.

With focus I was able to pull this group off at 10 yards

The trigger, although smooth when firing from double action, is loooong.  All the while you’re squeezing that bang switch the muzzle is wiggling around a little.  Total weight on the trigger, double action, measured in at 10 pounds 12.4 ounces using a Lyman Digital Trigger Gauge provided by Brownells.  

Now, cocking back the hammer and squeezing off shots single-action came in at an average of 3 pounds, 11.4 ounces on the same gauge.

This is the way to go and it gets easier with practice.  Compared to the marathon pull of double-action, the single can be surprisingly swift so you need to be on target when using this method.

Using .357 ammo netted roughly the same accuracy results with a bit more muzzle flip and bang for the buck.  The .38 special felt pretty tame, largely eaten up by the weight of this small revolver. And even though the .357 were much stronger, nothing I fired came close to testing the durability of this little revolver.

Actual wood on a gun!

Tactical Applications

What are the revolver’s advantages compared to modern defense pistols?  Well, they are limited and even negligible in my mind. However, reliability is one.  Although revolvers almost never “jam”, you can have other issues, like ammo.

I shot some crappy, leftover .38 ammo at one point and although they always fired, I had a hard time ejecting some of the remaining casings as they had warped a bit.  This is an ammo issue and no fault of the gun. Using the ejection rod, I had to bang it a few times to convince the wedged shells to leave.

Ejection rod doing work when gravity does not prevail

Revolvers are limited in the number of shots they hold and reloads (for this cowboy certainly) are much slower than semi-autos.  Additionally, I feel like the march of time is causing ammunition manufacturers to focus more efforts on upgrading the 9mm as opposed to older calibers.  

I have seen evidence that led me to believe 9mm is on par or surpasses .357 in ballistic gelatin tests. I know, that’s hard to believe.

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Brief Ruger History

William B. Ruger was born in 1916 when the Old West was still recent history.  He went on to create an American empire with a man named Alexander Sturm, creating a litany of firearms classics.  The name Sturm, Ruger & Company is largely known worldwide today simply as “Ruger”.

The brand is known for its over-engineered approaches to applications as well as their incredible durability.  This is true among all of their guns but it perhaps peaks in their revolvers.

Some reloaders I know who tend to “overpressure” their rounds can attest to the fortitude of Ruger revolvers that left other brands peeled like a banana.

You might be tempted to think I’d head straight to the Ruger Redhawk, a famous .44 caliber beast—but no.  I picked out something smaller, beautiful, still useful, and capable of great feats in spite of its size.

The Ruger SP101

The SP101 is a small frame revolver but it doesn’t feel like you’re missing anything when you pick it up.  It’s solid, a handful, but not too heavy, weighing in at 1 pound, 9.1 ounces on my scale. For the size it is hefty but this comes in handy later.

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The wheel gun I tested is the SP101 with a 2.25-inch barrel, chambered in .357.  This is the Talo Distributor Exclusive model which means it comes with some gorgeous aesthetic upgrades.  Imagine a flame paint job on a tank and you start to get the idea.

The engraving work on this pistol is beautiful, also, note the shrouded ejection rod

To start, the all steel frame and cylinder sport traditional engraving.  For my tastes, this classic touch is beautiful. Add to that a cushioned rubber grip with hardwood inserts and you have a handle that is as attractive as it is functional.  The wood of the grip also features the omnipresent Ruger eagle.

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