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American Handgunner March/April 2012 Digital Edition - Page 56

sP-101 .22 Dave Anderson the ruger sp-101 .22 is a medium-weight, double-action .22 revolver. Quality of workmanship and materials is excellent, and it’s tough, durable and reliable — excellent for new shooters, plinking, informal target shooting, small-game hunting or storing in a survival pack. RugeR’ s goldilocks Revolver Many a big-game hunter is going to find room in a daypack for an sp-101 .22 and a box of cartridges. Handy for taking small game, vermin control around camp and maybe for a friendly plinking competition back at camp after a successful day’s hunting. It ’s Just Right or informal target shooting, plinking with friends, or introducing new handgunners to the shooting basics, I love my S&W K-22 and Colt Officer’s Target Model .22 revolvers. Their excellent accuracy, steadying weight and outstanding trigger pulls make them joys to shoot. The same 38- to 39-ounce weight, which makes them hold so nicely, becomes a disadvantage for carrying. On hunting trips, outdoor photography excursions, while hiking, fishing, or most any outdoor activity, I generally have an S&W Kit Gun in .22 or .22 Magnum stuffed in a daypack somewhere. With their light weight — about 24 ounces — they’re easy to carry, though a little hard to hold steadily. This arrangement suits me just fine. But many otherwise fine people don’t see a benefit in owning lots of guns. For some it makes more sense to own WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2012 F 56

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