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Old July 27, 2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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I Brought Home my First Handgun

I joined this sight looking for some guidance and suggestions as I researched for my first handgun and I found a great group of people .

I'm posting in the General section because I asked questions in both the revolver and semi-auto sub-forums and received great help from both areas.I would like to thank everyone here for all their help and insight.

So, here is what I decided on after researching and going to ranges and shooting what I could get my hands on . Sorry for the really bad phone picture. (I put my knife in there after realizing it matched my new gun perfectly, lol).



There was this one CZ semi-auto that I handled and tried that was a close second.......and, you know... maybe sometime in the future I'll have to look into that

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Old July 27, 2013, 09:33 PM   #2
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Congrats! Great choice!. Have fun with it!
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Old July 27, 2013, 09:38 PM   #3
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Darned fine choice. Cant go wrong with a Rugher revolver.
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Old July 27, 2013, 09:46 PM   #4
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Sweet. I've always wanted to try an SP101 but never have.
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Old July 27, 2013, 09:48 PM   #5
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That was my first gun, too!

Now it looks like this:

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Old July 27, 2013, 10:12 PM   #6
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My favorite gun, congrats.....

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Old July 27, 2013, 10:13 PM   #7
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Good choice! It is especially nice to see a first time handgun owner choosing a revolver.
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Old July 27, 2013, 10:28 PM   #8
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I'm not a Ruger fan, but you have a fine gun and made an excellent choice.

Now shoot the snot out of it... That's what it was made to do.
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Old July 27, 2013, 11:20 PM   #9
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I think Ruger makes the best revolvers off the shelf today. They're rugged, comfortable, and well-priced. Due respect to Smith, I'd pick Ruger every time.

Congratulations!
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Old July 27, 2013, 11:26 PM   #10
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I Brought Home my First Handgun

I'm not a revolver guy, but that specific one is THE revolver that excites me. So beautiful.
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Old July 28, 2013, 12:02 AM   #11
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Back before (this most recent) guns & ammo PANIC, my post would have said, "That's terrific! Now, you need to start shopping for a decent semi-auto rimfire for your second handgun!"

See, that was back before Colorado & Newtown. Back when 525 rounds of .22LR was $16-$18. The idea was that you could do a -HEAP- of shooting for very, very low money. That shooting would MAKE you a better handgun shooter, whether or not you ever even considered it or otherwise. Trigger time pays off, always. Doesn't matter if it's not like your "primary", or in your case, your only other handgun.

Right now, the market is upside down. Bulk rimfire is like purple unicorns. (hard to find) Fact continues to remain, even in this whole completely messed up situation that rimfire is STILL likely cheaper than what you're feeding that cool new SP-101 you've got.

Thus...
You need to start shopping for a quality .22LR chambered semi-auto pistol!

Nice SP-101 btw. Great guns.
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Old July 28, 2013, 01:15 AM   #12
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Nice. SP-101 is a hella nice gun.
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Old July 28, 2013, 01:20 AM   #13
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A Fine Choice! It will outlast you and likely your many Grandchildren.

Now go get a handloading set up, make a bulk purchase of components, and attempt to wear that thing out!

(Good Luck With That!)
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Old July 28, 2013, 01:56 AM   #14
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UBER SWEET! The first handgun I ever purchased for myself was a GP-100 6" stainless in .357 magnum, and that was just last month Fantastic guns those Ruger revolvers! I think you made one swell choice!
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Old July 28, 2013, 02:17 AM   #15
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Congratulations, on your first handgun purchase.

Enjoy it, and shoot it often.
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Old July 28, 2013, 08:48 AM   #16
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That is a great choice for a hand gun. The SP is also a great gun weather it's your 1st or 10th.
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Old July 28, 2013, 08:58 AM   #17
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Old July 28, 2013, 09:49 AM   #18
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Congratulations on acquiring a very well built revolver. I never liked the grips, finally ended up with Hogue monogrips on mine.
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Old July 28, 2013, 09:53 AM   #19
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Congratulations on a great choice. That is on my list, but ideally in a 3" barrel length.

Beautiful grips ItalianBreadMan.

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Old July 28, 2013, 10:26 AM   #20
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I Brought Home my First Handgun

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Congratulations on acquiring a very well built revolver. I never liked the grips, finally ended up with Hogue monogrips on mine.
What's you do with those inserts?

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Congratulations on a great choice. That is on my list, but ideally in a 3" barrel length.

Beautiful grips ItalianBreadMan.
Thanks! I love them for the looks and concealability. They're so comfortable to shoot and to carry, and the gun is easy to draw. I would probably prefer a little less steep an angle, though.
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Old July 28, 2013, 11:13 AM   #21
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Well, I took it to the range today and put 100 .38 specials (PMC 132 grain) and about 25 .357 magnums (Blazer Brass 158 grain) through the new gun. I stuck to all double action shots for my first time out with it. I shot at the range minimum of 21 feet for my first time out.

Things I learned: I definitely need more practice, that is for sure. I noticed that I tend to shot low and to the right. I'm sure it has to do with my trigger pull. Another thing I learned... .357 magnums are most definitely more "peppy" than the .38 specials, lol. I shot them about midway through the session and afterwards the .38s felt like a dream, lol. They weren't to bad though and didn't hurt, just caused the gun to rotate up into my web of my hand a bit more. I'm probably have to adjust my grip somewhat.

Here is pretty much what all the targets looked like. A few of them got away from me pretty far. They were all on the paper though. (again, really bad phone picture.. I need to get a camera, lol).



The range is new and only 15 minutes from my house. They also had a good supply of ammo at decent (not great) prices (you can bring your own, buy for range use or just buy and walk out with it). So, I don't foresee any problems with getting practice in!
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Old July 28, 2013, 11:32 AM   #22
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The cure for pulling right is lots and lots of dry fire practice. It will strengthen your hand, making your hold steadier.

This will also smooth out the trigger pull.

You may want to clean and lightly lube the lockwork first.

For more live fire practice, I'd recomend a handloading set up. A Lee hand press kit, dies and components will set you back less than $200, and will fit in a couple of shoe boxes.

It does not get any simpler than loading .38 special target loads, and you can make them for as little as $16 per hundred, using plated bullets. Lead bullets are even cheaper, but I don't like the mess, myself.
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Old July 28, 2013, 11:38 AM   #23
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Welcome to the addiction.........
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Old July 28, 2013, 11:56 AM   #24
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The cure for pulling right is lots and lots of dry fire practice.
Another fine technique for improving can be found in post #11.

OP, just for those who like numbers...
.38 Special SAAMI Max is 17,000 PSI
.38 Special+p SAAMI max is 18,500 PSI
.357 Magnum SAAMI max is 35,000 PSI

Yes, "more peppy" is one way to describe it. Another way to describe it would be twice the pressure!

Sounds and looks like you are off to a fine start.
Keep up the good work.
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Old July 28, 2013, 12:08 PM   #25
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For more live fire practice, I'd recomend a handloading set up. A Lee hand press kit, dies and components will set you back less than $200, and will fit in a couple of shoe boxes.

It does not get any simpler than loading .38 special target loads, and you can make them for as little as $16 per hundred, using plated bullets. Lead bullets are even cheaper, but I don't like the mess, myself.
$16 per hundred?!?!?! Oh man, reloading just became much more appealing.
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