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I've carried a Ruger SP-101 for a while now in warm weather. It's a 5 shot 357 magnum revolver with a 2.25 inch barrel. The ballistics out of that gun for a 357 are not impressive. Recently I have acquired a new S&W Shield EZ 9mm that holds 9 rounds. It claims to have a 3.675 inch barrel length. Given that the 9mm round in a hair longer than one inch this gives a little longer barrel than the 357. I'm thinking of starting to carry the shield instead of the 357 in warm weather because it has nearly double the fire power and very close to the same amount of muzzle energy. What do you think?
 

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I carry the SP 101 myself. And the Lbs on target exceed that of the 9mm. I'm fine with both, but one has to consider which factor may be most important. Power, or capacity? Then there's reload time...
 
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I carry the SP 101 myself. And the Lbs on target exceed that of the 9mm. I'm fine with both, but one has to consider which factor may be most important. Power, or capacity? Then there's reload time...
I was gonna use +p in the shield for carry.
 

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I EDC a 1970 Colt Cobra in .38 special.....I don't feel the least bit under-gunned.
 
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I EDC a 1970 Colt Cobra in .38 special.....I don't feel the least bit under-gunned.
I don't feel under gunned, I just want more fire power, if it looks like a good swap.
 

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I don't feel under gunned, I just want more fire power, if it looks like a good swap.
Capacity is a real advantage.
 

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I don't feel under gunned, I just want more fire power, if it looks like a good swap.
Sorry, you are ruined....It's hard to give-up a snubby. ;)

There's some kind of new small 9mm SIG carry pistol everyone is raving about but I don't recall what it was.
 
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Capacity is a real advantage.
I did a trigger job on the Ruger and it makes a big difference. All you do is change two springs. I have a video if you want and Wolff Springs sells the springs for around ten bucks.
 

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I did a trigger job on the Ruger and it makes a big difference. All you do is change two springs. I have a video if you want and Wolff Springs sells the springs for around ten bucks.
Sure. Send me the PM.
 

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I did a trigger job on the Ruger and it makes a big difference. All you do is change two springs. I have a video if you want and Wolff Springs sells the springs for around ten bucks.
Ruger DAs are so simple to work on. I did the same thing on a old 3" stainless .357 Speed Six. It was DA only with a bobbed hammer so I put a new hammer in it too and made it SA/DA.

I carried it hunting for years and ended-up giving it to my nephew when I picked-up a 4" .357 Colt Trooper MK III in the Coltguard finish.
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I've carried a Ruger SP-101 for a while now in warm weather. It's a 5 shot 357 magnum revolver with a 2.25 inch barrel. The ballistics out of that gun for a 357 are not impressive. Recently I have acquired a new S&W Shield EZ 9mm that holds 9 rounds. It claims to have a 3.675 inch barrel length. Given that the 9mm round in a hair longer than one inch this gives a little longer barrel than the 357. I'm thinking of starting to carry the shield instead of the 357 in warm weather because it has nearly double the fire power and very close to the same amount of muzzle energy. What do you think?
How does accuracy compare between the two? I would go with the one I could shoot most accurately.

Then there's the reality that a revolver isn't going to malfunction.
 
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How does accuracy compare between the two? I would go with the one I could shoot most accurately.

Then there's the reality that a revolver isn't going to malfunction.
I didn't see this, but for self defense ranges the SP 101 is good enough. The nine is about the same or maybe a little better with more fire power.
 

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If you are a sucker for "impressive ballistics" you will probably never be satisfied. Get something you can comfortably carry even if it's a wimpy .38 and aim for center mass if you get in trouble and hope you never have to use it.
 

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