The Ruger SP101 series of revolvers has consistently been one of their best-selling items, thanks to its reliability and availability in a wide range of calibers. Fans of this old reliable wheelgun have little or nothing to complain about when it comes to these revolvers, save for the lack of an SP101 that’s chambered in a powerful cartridge, and is blued instead of stainless steel. It seems that Ruger heard about this gripe, and answered by releasing a brand-spanking-new revolver with a blued alloy steel finish. Take a gander at the new Ruger SP101 in .357 Magnum here.
Not only does this new blued wheelgun offer all the advantages and features that made the Ruger SP101 series of revolvers famous, it brings to the table a couple of neat features of its own. According to Ruger’s website, here’s what the blued SP101 in .357 Magnum has to offer:
- Cushioned rubber grip with black plastic or hardwood insert has no exposed metal in the backstrap, making it extremely comfortable.
- Patented grip frame easily accommodates a variety of custom grips.
The reliability, maintenance and safety features on this new model are common to all SP101 revolvers:
- Triple-locking cylinder is locked into the frame at the front, rear and bottom for more positive alignment and dependable operation shot after shot.
- Takedown of integrated subassemblies requires no special tools and allows for easy maintenance and assembly.
- Patented transfer bar mechanism provides an unparalleled measure of security against accidental discharge.
While its safety and ease-of-disassembly-and-maintenance features aren’t new, the features it shares with its older siblings aren’t to be overlooked. Also on the Ruger website, the blued Ruger SP101 lists these features:
- Grips: Cushioned Rubber w/ Engraved Wood Insert
- Sights: Black Ramp Front w/ Integral Groove Rear
- Barrel: 2.25″ w/ 1:16″ Right-Hand Twist
- Material: Alloy Steel w/ Blued Finish
- Capacity: 5-Shot Cylinder
- Weight: 26 Ounces
- MSRP: $719
Apart from it being an extremely reliable and safe wheelgun, what will likely appeal to shooters are its ease of maintenance (it can be disassembled without any special tools) and room for customizability; the checkered wood grip inserts can be swapped out for custom grip panels. It certainly doesn’t hurt that this blued .357 beast (or beauty) retails at $719, which is a price point lower than its other, just-as-reliable but fancier SP101 siblings.