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Old October 17, 2012, 08:44 AM   #1
jrhilde
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New 8-shooter from Ruger--

Went up to my favorite gun store yesterday to really check out the new SP 101 in .22 LR--I'd seen it before but after reading many reviews on the net, I wanted to check it out thoroughly myself due to some of the reviews commented on the extreme trigger pull, both single and double action---this is a very handsome gun, stainless, carbon fiber front sight, adjustable rear and very attractive grips---unfortunately, the hammer "pad" is serrated, but pretty small and after cocking and releasing in single action several times, my thumb was extremely sore---Although it was mentioned in some of the reviews that this gun can be safely dry-fired, I didn't try the double action pull, apparently it often measures more than the 12 lb scales can read---I was very disappointed because I really wanted this gun, but realized my wife wouldn't even be able to cock it---most of the reviews stated that with a trigger job or replacement trigger it would be outstanding as a trail gun or possibly for concealed carry---I wish Ruger could lighten that trigger a little----------------John
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Old October 17, 2012, 09:06 AM   #2
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DA RF .22s have to be heavier then their CF counterparts so they can reliably ignite rimfire primers. I'd just have a smith look at it. he can probably smooth out some parts without sacrificing spring power Smoother pulls can make a DA much more manageable.
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Old October 17, 2012, 01:54 PM   #3
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Maybe try the LCR-22. The trigger is definitely lighter than 12 lbs. 8 shots and no recoil. Your wife might like it.

As a trail gun? Probably not ideal, because the DAO might limit the practical range for hunting small game. But it's lightweight, weather resistant, reasonably accurate, and can handle a wide variety of ammo.

I carry mine around the yard and on walks. My main concern is poisonous snakes and stray dogs.
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