- Durable & dependable
- Easy to conceal
- Heavier than the competition
- Poor finish
- Mediocre sights
The Ruger SP101 is a small-frame revolver with magnum capability. Although geared toward concealed carry, the SP101 is overbuilt to handle a steady diet of heavy magnum loads. It does this by utilizing a triple-locking cylinder, solid sidewalls, and a thick frame. Low-profile sights, a smooth double action, and a crisp single action elevate this revolver even further. A transfer bar mechanism ensures safety against accidental discharge. Overall, the SP101 is a well-built revolver that users can rely on in any situation.
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“Kimber did an awesome job with this revolver. Aesthetically it’s appealing and eye-catching. The controls are easy to manipulate, the trigger is beautifully smooth, and the gun feels good in my hands. The biggest downside is the need for speedloaders because they are not easy to find.” — Kat Stevens
The King Cobra is Colt’s revival of the medium-framed magnum revolver from their older “snake gun” lineup. While it may be a fairly standard 6-shot, 3-inch barreled revolver, it comes in at a price point similar to that of its competitors. This means you get the name value that comes with owning a Colt product without having to pay a premium for it.
“Overall, the Ruger SP101 is a great concealable revolver that’s reliable, beautiful, and built like a tank, but with mediocre sights that leads to only close-up encounters and a higher than average price tag that maybe better spent on newer pistols. But, and this is a great big “but,” this pistol is dependable and pretty easy to conceal.” – Sean Curtis
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