Trigger work Ruger SP101 22lr

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by HARPERC, May 19, 2013.

  1. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    I'm trying to get my daughter (adult) a handgun for protection. She took a women's class
    and handled all semi-autos. She's small with small hands, and all the slides were tough to operate. I've got the SP101 as mentioned, and it fits her hands well. Double action she handles it well, but cocking it for single action was very difficult. I'm not a gunsmith, and my knowledge of handguns is limited. My questions are, is there much improvement to be had with the triggers in these revolvers without sacrificing reliability. Is there a hammer extension available for them, and any thoughts regarding aftermarket parts I should look at. I will be taking it to a gunsmith-but would like to know a little bit to better understand what to ask. The plan would be get her started with the .22, and move up when she's managing it well.
     
  2. BountyHunter

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    Yes there are trigger kits that a competant pistol smith can install.

    IMO, I WOULD NOT get her used to manually cocking the hammer for self defense.

    That is too easy to touch off in high tension scenario and a shot go errant (right or wrong) Get her used to a smooth double action pull and leave it at that.

    Stay with double action revolvers or pistols. There are too many extremely good guns that you do not have or want to manually cock.

    The next move up, I would look at the Kahr P9 or CW9. Butter smooth double actions, easy to cycle the slides, and accurate as all get out. Plus reliable and reasonably inexepenssive.
     

  3. Hired Gun

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    Anything that reduces the hammer pull weight decreases reliability. The proper lube in the right places helps as does shooting it a bunch to break it in and smooth things up.

    For a given caliber on semi auto's the smaller they are the harder the slide is to pull.

    If she can't operate a revolver then maybe a hand gun not the best choice for her right now. One of those grip exercisers used regularly should help get her the hand strength needed to operate any firearm.
     
  4. HARPERC

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    Thanks guys, I'd like to keep the single action capability to start with, just for basic can plinking with her husband. I was bit surprised the single action gave her trouble. She used to have pretty good hand strength from playing fast pitch, and at one point was the only girl at school that could do pull ups from gymnastics. The last few years though she's been book worming her way through pharmacy school. I had another female friend try and fail to cock it as well. I guess actually measuring the pull would be a place to start. If I can get her through this first part, I'd look at something hammerless and more concealable.
     
  5. Hired Gun

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    The last couple hammerless pistols I weighed all exceeded my 13 pound scale.
     
  6. HARPERC

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    Thanks that helps!
     
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    Also consider that the instruction she got in her class was lacking. Not that the instruction was poor. There's only so much an instructor can cover in one class.

    In more advanced gun fighting classes, students are taught to rack a semi-auto slide using one hand, using either the strong or weak hand. Even racking a slide with two hands is done more aggressively and reliably. I strongly suspect a good instructor could teach her to rack the slide on a medium frame 9 mm pistol.
     
  8. HARPERC

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    The class size was too large, but its one of those things nobodies making money on. As much community service as anything. The number of women here applying for concealed carry, and purchasing handguns is WAY up, and these classes book up early every time. If I heard right they stopped individual classes because the demand was unmanageable. One thing I learned raising a daughter, was it helps if they see other women doing the same thing. When we found upper level fast pitch played by women it made more sense to the little leaguers. I have a friend thats a qualified LE instructor, and likely at some point we'll get together. I'm hoping life settles down now thats she's graduated, and time will permit more fun things. If we get the basics down I would gladly spring for one of the courses such as Thunder Ranch etc, and provide a serious
    combat pistol for her.
     
  9. HARPERC

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    Just back from the smith, and this one is off the scale as well. Guesses on how much more were 15lbs plus. I left it to be improved.
     
  10. HARPERC

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

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    Success! We had our first range trip and it went well. She had some success, and felt good about it. The new set of springs was a definite improvement. Thanks to all that weighed in.