Everything old is new again. The old saying seems no more relevant than in the second .327 Federal Magnum Ruger has released in the last year.
Hot on the heels of New Hampshire/Arizona manufacturer’s introduction of the Single-Six in the light magnum comes a SP101 bored for the cartridge. But this isn’t the first time the double-action revolver has been mated with the relatively new round.
In fact, the small-frame beast was one of the original handguns that grazed on the cartridge when Federal Ammunition introduced it in 2007. But the revolver had a short lifespan, with Ruger pulling it from the market in 2013.
The .327 Federal Magnum SP101 is back again and boasts a number of features and refinements that has hit the line in recent years.
Perhaps the handiest for what should make a dandy field gun are the fully adjustable rear sights. The gun’s windage and elevation can be tailored to the shooting conditions and distance, a plus for anyone who aims to be in total control.
Aiding the gun's sighting system is a fiber optic front sight, which helps shooters focus where they should. Given the hard-hitting light magnum would make a top-notch small game choice, these features alone should get many shooters excited.
The light recoil of the .327 Federal Magnum has the potential to be further mitigated by a number of aspects of the SP101. The gun’s weight, a shade under 2 pounds, is one; its grips are the other.
The .327 version of the SP101 features engraved wooden grips — something that should appeal to traditionalists. But this classic feature is surrounded by rubber that runs along the backstrap and the front of the grip.
The synthetic material should reduce felt recoil considerably. In addition to this, it also will aid shooters in getting a solid positive grip on the revolver every time the draw it.
The new SP100 should get the most out of the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge with a 4.2-inch barrel. This gives the six-round revolver an overall length 9.12 inches, which might make it an option for some as a carry piece.
The cylinder has three lock points in the frame (front, rear and bottom) creating more positive alignment and dependable operation. And it features Ruger’s patented transfer-bar safety, which secures against accidental discharges if the gun is dropped.
Presently, the new .327 Federal Magnum SP101 has an MSRP of $719.