Ruger SP101

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The Ruger SP101 is a series of double-action revolvers produced by the American company Sturm, Ruger & Co. The SP101 is a small frame and all-steel-construction carry revolver, with a five-shot (.38 Special, .357 Magnum, and 9×19mm Parabellum), six-shot (.327 Federal Magnum and .32 H&R Magnum), or eight-shot (.22 LR) cylinder. The Ruger SP101 was introduced in 1989 as the smaller-frame counterpart to the GP100. Both of these revolvers, together, replaced Sturm, Ruger & Co's long-standing staple in the American firearms market, the Ruger Security-Six series revolvers. A 9 mm version was available until its discontinuation around 1998, but was later re-released in early 2018. A basic .22 LR version was also available until 2003 while a redesigned version was introduced in 2011.

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Ruger SP101 Specs

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.357 Magnum






Stainless Steel

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Ruger SP101 Features

The SP101 is available in 3 barrel lengths, 2.25”, 3”, and 4.2” and blued or stainless metal. It has a fiber optic front sight and squared rear sight. It incorporates a triple-locking cylinder for positive alignment and dependable action, along with a transfer bar safety. The SP101 is a Double Action/Single Action revolver with trigger pull weights of 10.5 lbs and 3.2 lbs respectively. 

Ruger SP101 Ballistics

.357 Magnum Ballistic Data
Range (Yards) Drop (inches) Velocity Energy Wind drift (inches) Time (milliseconds)
0 0 0 0 0 0
50 0 0 0 0 0
100 0 0 0 0 0
150 0 0 0 0 0
200 0 0 0 0 0
250 0 0 0 0 0
300 0 0 0 0 0
350 0 0 0 0 0
400 0 0 0 0 0
450 0 0 0 0 0
500 0 0 0 0 0

Ruger SP101 Capacity

The SP101 is a revolver with a capacity of 5 for .357 Magnum, 5 for 9mm, 6 for .327 Federal, or 8 for 22LR. The cylinder is released by depressing the lock release located on the left side of the frame behind the cylinder to allow for the revolver to be loaded, unloaded or empty cases ejected via an ejector rod attached on the front of the cylinder.

Ruger SP101 Ergonomics

The SP101 fits the hand well and all functions are easily performed one handed. It points well and offers good sight picture and control for follow up shots. The weight is well balanced and helps tame recoil when using magnum or +P loads. It is a solid cast steel frame revolver with great strength.

Ruger SP101 Fit & Finish

The SP101 features a brushed stainless steel finish with different grip options available. Ruger has a reputation for nice firearms with reliable function and durability and the SP101 is no different. Others may boast of a more refined finish but none can say they outperform in the categories of functionality.

Fit and Finish

Ruger SP101 Concealability

With 3 barrel lengths, 2.25”, 3”, and 4.2”, the SP101 has options for concealed or open carry in the field. The weight is heavier than most polymer pistols used for concealed carry but the weight helps reduce felt recoil and offers better control. It has been described as a “Trail to Town” firearm with just cause.

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How much is a Ruger SP101 worth?

In 2024 a new or used Ruger SP101 value varies depending on supply and demand. In the last 12 months there is great demand for a Ruger SP101 and most handguns. The Price for a Ruger SP101 has increased in cost by $0.00 in 2024 compared to 2023.

Estimated New and Used Values for a Ruger SP101 Values are based on a basic model with no options or colors.

Condition Trade-In Private Party Dealer
New In box $390.75 $510.98 $601.15
Excellent $360.69 $480.92 $541.04
Very Good $330.63 $480.92 $541.04
Good $300.58 $450.86 $510.98
Fair $210.40 $390.75 $480.92
Poor $150.29 $300.58 N/A

Gun Value Conditions explained:

New in box - 100% condition in unopened box. Excellent - 95%+ condition with or without box.

Very Good - 90% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 80-90% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 30% - 80% condition, parts, and finish may or may not be original. Must function properly and shoot.

Poor - under 30% condition. Firearm has severe wear and tear, does not function, or is damaged.

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