The Ruger SP-101 in 9mm Luger (or Parabellum) had become something of a cult favorite with prices to match. Possible reasons for this may have been it was discontinued in 1998 with limited numbers on the market or because 9×19 ammo tends to be cheaper than either .38 Special or .357 Magnum ammo. It was originally available in both the 2.25″ and 3″ barrels and used moon clips to hold the non-rimmed ammo.
This week Ruger answered the prayers of those that wanted a SP-101 in 9mm but didn’t want to pay twice the price of a .38 or .357 Mag model. They have reintroduced the SP-101 in 9mm with a 2.25″ barrel. MSRP on the reintroduced model is $719 but I’m sure the street price will be significantly lower. Checking gunbroker.com, I see them being sold for as low as $519 plus shipping.
|SP-101 in 9mm|
Here are the specs on the reintroduced model:
I have a 3″ SP101 in .357 Magnum that I bought used a few years ago. With .38 Special wadcutters, it is the ideal gun to introduce new shooters to a center-fire handgun. The weight of the revolver makes it a very soft shooting handgun.
The new or reintroduced SP101 will definitely go on my “have to check it out” list.