I had an SP101 for a brief period. I liked how sleek and compact it was. And if i were younger and still 10' tall and bullet proof, I would have kept it. But my older hands and joints did not enjoy shooting it. Even with 38spl loads. It is a tank of a gun that I think would last forever just like all of the six series. It was just too hard on my hand.I've always liked snub nose revolvers and as a child I remember always telling my Dad I was going to buy a snub nose 38 and my Dad would always chuckle.
If the Ruger SP 101 didn't cost so much I'd buy one in 357 magnum with a 2x3/4 inch barrel.
Who knows I may use my stimulus check on one after all that would stimulate the firearms economy right.
Yes that's also a concern I have also is my hands are laced with carpel and arthritis which does make it hard to deal with the recoil of snub nose revolvers.But my older hands and joints did not enjoy shooting it. Even with 38spl loads.
It was just too hard on my hand.
I agree it is a sweet little revolver and I would also hated to have to get rid of it.It is an awesome sleek revolver though. I hated to have to let it go. It just tore me up. Not as young as I used to be. I favor 20 gage over 12 now too. I guess that make me a wuss, so to speak. I will live with that.