Here’s why I chose to carry the Ruger SP101 as my every day carry revolver:
- It’s small. With a barrel measuring 2.25″, this revolver is small enough to be carried inside and outside the waist. In my state of residence you’re able to carry concealed, and carry open. Having a smaller handgun makes it easy to carry, while packing a big punch.
- Big ammo. Although the revolver is small, it’s very well-made, and you’re able to fire .357 magnum ammo as well as .38 special. With this version you’re able carry 5 rounds at a time, and although you can carry much more with semi-automatic pistols (like my other favorite carry guns, the Glock G19/30), 5 well-placed shots with a reliable firearm that packs a punch is more than enough, in my own personal opinion, in a defensive situation.
- Why did I Revolver vs. Semi-automatic? I didn’t. I think you’d be silly to limit yourself, and having carried the G19 for years, I am very confident with carrying semi-autos reliably. With that said, I still carry my semi-auto and will continue to do so, but the revolver is an added tool for my ‘tool bag.’