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Old 03-23-2013, 6:08 PM
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Default Ruger SP101 v GP100

So I'm looking for a dependable wheel gun for HD (mainly for wife). Is the frame size the only difference in these two pistols? I like the 6" barrel on the GP but the smaller frame on the SP might be more suitable for the wife. Thoughts?
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Old 03-23-2013, 6:46 PM
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My wife hates my sp101. But I have a Dao model and boot grips. For hd I would get gp100 with hammer.
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I so want a SP101 to go alongside my P95.
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GP100 is my drink of choice.

I believe its the frame size and I think one is SA only or has a SA only option I forget.

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I own both the SP101 and the GP100. I kept the SP loaded for HD near by for many years. My wife shot it well except she lacked the hand strength to shoot it double action reliably. She would always cock that hammer each shot. Accurate but too slow. So I switched over to a DAO S&W M&P 9mm that she can shot faster and more accurately.
Just my opinion: let your wife try out several revolvers and pistols and find one she shoots well and is comfortable with. Then maybe she'll go practice with it more often. Good luck.
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Old 03-23-2013, 7:43 PM
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A SP with a 3 inch barrel may be good for the wife. Load it up with 38 special gold dots, preferably short barrel if you can find them. 357 magnums out of the SP have alot of recoil.
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Possibly more important than the frame size is the frame weight. I'd say a lot of women will gravitate to the lighter weight revolver/pistol for the sole reason it weighs less. The problem occurs when the recoil equation is revealed - that lighter gun will have a harsher recoil.

For a home defense gun a heavier pistol/revolver is acceptable (preferred?) to tame the recoil and to get the firearm back on target quicker. Time at the range will be more pleasant. Get the wife to a rental range and have her shoot a light weight and a heavier weight gun to feel the difference herself. Now it also may be the fact that she may need a small frame for the size of her hand and that gets her into a lighter gun. I haven't found the perfect gun yet.
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Old 03-23-2013, 8:17 PM
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Both models have SA/DA or DAO versions. For home defense, it isn't just a matter of frame size, but the extra round you get in the GP100 (6 vs. 5 in the SP101). Something to think about for an already limited capacity gun.
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I'm about the GP for the extra round.
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I guess taking her to the range and handling the guns at the gun shop would be the first step. Honestly I just want a revolver and getting one she can shoot will help me convince her.
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[QUOTE=weber_2;10897878]I guess taking her to the range and handling the guns at the gun shop would be the first step. Honestly I just want a revolver and getting one she can shoot will help me convince her.[/QUOTE]

I hear that, although I couldn't get her to the range to try them, so i just bought one (S&W 686). Until she does shoot it, she doesn't get the combo to the GunVault.
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The SP101 excels when it comes to a carry piece. For HD pistol, I'd prefer a 4" or 6" GP100.
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My GF loved her Gp100 with the 4" barrel. She had no problems handling it
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HD purpose-go GP100.
You get 6 rounds vs. 5 in the SP101
The frame is heavier so recoil is easier to manage
Generally longer barrel so increased sight radius/accuracy/velocities

My wife did not mind shooting my 686p, she actually likes the size of the revolver a lot because it makes it easier to shoot. You can always do a spring change and some polishing to make the double-action easier on her.
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In my experience the thing that the ladies hate most in a handgun is too much recoil. (Don't blame them; me too!) I would imagine that a GP100 4" would be perfect and a GP100 6" also not bad. You probably want to have her use .38 special SD rounds.
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The SP101 excels when it comes to a carry piece. For HD pistol, I'd prefer a 4" or 6" GP100.
Agreed. After shooting both, I chose a GP100 4" for HD and my wife (5'3" 110 lb) feels very confident shooting .38 in it.
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Bought my daughter the 4" SP101 for her birthday recently. The smaller size stock grips fits her perfectly and the rubber gives her a lot of control. The fit of the pistol to the individual is very important. The GP100 was just bigger and heavier than she liked. I did a full internal polish trigger job so the action is super smooth making it easy for her to shoot it double action. She really likes the easy to pick up fiber optic front sight and adjustable rears. 5 vs. 6 shots was never an issue. She'll get it done with 5 if it comes to it.

We started her off shooting very light .38 target wadcutter loads to gain her confidence in handling the gun eventually working up to +P .38 Special loads which she became comfortable with. She'll probably never shoot .357 Magnums thru it and I would'nt want her to, just too much recoil in this size pistol. Again, the fit of the pistol is very important and the SP101 is the perfect size and perfect fit for her skill level.
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My wife loves the GP100.
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I have both a 6" GP-100 and a 3" SP-101. I'm way more accurate with the GP-100, not only because of the longer sight radius, but also because of the the better sights. The SP-101 is purely (for us) a self-defense gun, while the GP-100 can be used for HD, or just general shooting pleasure. If I had to pick the best of both worlds, I'd get a 4" GP-100. Plus. as mentioned before, you get an extra round in the GP-100.
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Possibly more important than the frame size is the frame weight. I'd say a lot of women will gravitate to the lighter weight revolver/pistol for the sole reason it weighs less. The problem occurs when the recoil equation is revealed - that lighter gun will have a harsher recoil.

For a home defense gun a heavier pistol/revolver is acceptable (preferred?) to tame the recoil and to get the firearm back on target quicker. Time at the range will be more pleasant. Get the wife to a rental range and have her shoot a light weight and a heavier weight gun to feel the difference herself. Now it also may be the fact that she may need a small frame for the size of her hand and that gets her into a lighter gun. I haven't found the perfect gun yet.
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OP asked about 2 Ruger models. Why is it so hard for you too stay focused, buddy?
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SP101 3 1/8" barrel loaded with Federal 110JHP would make a nice package.
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