America's favorite gun maker is reaching back into the creative closet and bringing forth a blast from the past that has some six-shooter aficionados rejoicing. Yes, we are talking about the return of the SP-101 in .327 Fed Mag.
Introduced through a partnership by Sturm, Ruger and Federal Cartridge in 2007, the .327 Federal Magnum uses the rimmed, straight-walled .32 H&R case with a very lightweight .312 caliber bullet (typically 100 grains) to generate a screamer of a round that delivers beaucoup performance downrange. How much performance? Try 1800 feet per second in a 100-grain JHP round that brings an impressive 780 ft. lbs. of energy with it. Some harken it to a .357 Magnum, only smaller and better.
In the April 08 American Rifleman, Bryce Towsley wrote glowingly that, "The .327 offers more 'real-world' energy than the .357 Mag., (at least in my test), better penetration and one more shot per gun load. It does all this with substantially less recoil and noticeably less muzzle blast than the .357 Mag."
Ruger chambered a SP-101 stainless six-shooter in .327 from 2007-2011 that chambered not only the new round but also legacy .32H&R, .32SW, and .32SW Long, but discontinued the offering some years ago.
Well, that's about to change.
Debuted last week by Ruger, the new offering in the SP-101 line, the company's small framed double-action revolver, is making a return in .327.
"The SP101 has a reputation for being a very strong and reliable revolver and combining it with the powerful .327 Federal Magnum cartridge creates a perfect "kit gun" package," said Chris Killoy, Ruger President, and Chief Operating Officer in a statement obtained by Ruger Talk. "The compact size of the SP101 makes it the ideal companion while in the woods or afield, and the longer barrel helps the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge reach its velocity potential," he concluded.
It is updated over the legacy offering by the fact that it has a slightly longer barrel (4.2-inches over the old 4-inch) as well as better fiber optic front sights (over the old blade) and adjustable rears. Further, the new style rubber over decking grips is factory. You see all of these features were made standard after 2012, but Ruger discontinued the old .327 the year before. Now reintroduced, these guns get the new swag.
The gun, already on Ruger's website, should start shipping to distributors and retailers soon.
Material: Stainless Steel
Finish: Satin Stainless
Front Sight: Fiber Optic
Rear Sight: Adjustable
Barrel Length: 4.20″
Overall Length: 9.12″
Weight: 29.50 oz.
Grips: Black Rubber, Engraved Wood
RH Grooves: 6
MA Approved & Certified: No
CA Approved: No
Suggested Retail: $719.00
Now where did I put that box of .327 is the question...