The people at Ruger are out of their minds. And when I say out of their minds I mean it’s as if they’re in MY mind thinking up new ideas of what should come next in their already extensive and innovative product line. The idea behind this most recent development of creating their long time popular SP101 wheel gun into the 22 Long Rifle platform? I think it would go something like this:
“Well if we can create a Mark III 22/45 in 22 LR to simulate practicing with your 1911 in a cheaper way, why can’t we develop a revolver based on an already popular and trusted design for the same purpose?”
Whoever asked that question wins. Because today Ruger sent out their product update email with this as the highlight. An SP101 capable of delivering 8 rounds of 22 Long Rifle in Single or Double Action from a single cylinder. The first of most likely a couple other spin-offs features a 4.25″ barrel, 3o oz weight class, fiber optic sights, stainless steel, and a very cool wood/rubber combo grip for comfort and accuracy. Standard aftermarket replacement grips and add ons will fit the frame (not cylinder) with no issues as even though this is a 22 Long Rifle, it is still a Ruger SP101.
The price point of this new offering comes in retail at approximately $675 which means it will realistically fall somewhere just under $600 in stores and online.