Ruger sent me their new .22 Long Rifle SP101. In years past they had produced 6-shot .22 SP101′s, this new model carries an 8 holed cylinder. .22 Short, .22 Long and .22 shot cartridges can also be fired from this revolver.
Included in box: Instruction manual, action locking device and a single pre-fired cartridge case.
Manufacturer: Sturm, Ruger & Co.
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Capacity: 8 rounds
Weight: 30.4 oz.
Barrel: 4 3/16 in.
Twist: 1:16″ RH (mfr)
Grooves: 6 (mfr)
Material: Stainless Steel
Trigger pull: DA-11 lbs. 4.5 oz./SA-3 lbs. 14.4 oz.
Rubber grip with checkered wood insert.
That sure beats 5 or 6 shots.
Federal and CCI was the ammo grabbed for the maiden test. It’s hot as hell here in Texas right now, temperature was 102° when we first arrived and by the time we left it was 106°.
First things first. Wanted to see what velocities were capable out of this 4 incher.
Federal Value Pack 36 gr. CPHP ….. 1033 fps.
CCI Mini-Mag 36 gr. CPHP ………….. 1054 fps.
Shelby is 11 years of age and this was her first experience with a handgun. She enjoyed shooting the SP101 and did exceptionally well for her first time.
After she shot countless rounds I wanted to get a little time with it.
.I have to say it is a fun handgun to shoot. The weight and balance made handling effortless. The rubber and checkered wood grip gave a secure hold even with sweaty palms. Target acquisition was easily acquired with the use of the fiber-optic front sight. We didn’t keep a round count but were well past 100 rounds and less than 650 without any malfunctions whatsoever. Accuracy is acceptable, but I believe I could have shrunk my group sizes a bit if the trigger would have been textured somewhat as my sweaty finger kept sliding across the smooth surface. Another issue was the weight it took to cock the hammer, some with less strength could find it strenuous. Other than that, this SP101 will make for a fun plinker or to teach the novice and youth handgun fundamentals.
Overall it is well designed and in keeping with Ruger standards – built like a tank.