Originally Posted by Kristie
1 Eyed Jack - I think I decided so fast because I'm not as into this stuff as much as you guys, so you know there are a lot more options out there than me. My research zeroed me into a small amount of choices right off the bat or I wouldn't have decided so quickly. I usually take forever to think things through and drive myself nearly nuts in the process. This wasn't too bad. Of course, the rifle was easiest, since I found out there was only one I could readily get. I almost went for a Smith and Wesson, but I like that Rugers are at least a couple hundred bucks cheaper. I also decided on the Ruger based on the fact that my other pistol is one and I really like it, and the fact that so many guys have said their wives like it. I don't consider myself wimpy about guns, but they do scare me just enough that that kind of frequent endorsement was reassuring to me. As for the grips, I hate how they look, I've got to say. The smooth wooden grips on my Single Six (.22) are what I like, but this pistol is a different animal. I think they'll be really helpful for keeping a tight hold against the recoil. But like ozo suggested, I think I will be sticking to those .38s for a while. But just based on looks, the stainless steel and the 4" barrel was a no brainer. I think my rifle is OK, yeah, as long as it functions fine I'll like it. (I feel like I keep saying that, like I'm worried about it still a little.) Need to take some time to get to like it better, though. And I'm still thinking about a bolt action next but haven't even begun to be able to decide on a caliber yet because I don't know if this is going to be another "serious" gun or just another plinker.
01brian - Yeah, I never start threads on any boards unless I really feel like I need help. And I didn't even know I needed as much advice as I did. I have learned a lot, too! I love message boards for how awesome people can be and this thread is a perfect example.
Well just to be clear, there is nothing negative intended in my comments, just stating that in a short amount of time, you made a couple of good choices, and you listened to folks with a lot of experience(not necessarily me, I've been shooting for more than 40 yrs), but realize I'm just a novice at best compared to some of the knowledge folks here have, Ruger makes an extremely stout/robustly framed handgun, the SP is the replacement for the Security/Speed/Service 6, which is know as a well built handgun, the SP is supposed to be even more stoutly built, and will stand up to constant, repeated punishment of the .357 without a wimper or wearing anything out, and if you are primarily going to be shooting .38's, then even less chance of wearing it out,
IIRC, the SP is built on the same thickness of frame as the heavier calibre handguns like the .44mag, so I think a lifetime(or 2) of trouble free service can easily be expected, and I agree about the grips, maybe not the most asttractive, but look like they will add to general control, accuracy and pleasure of shooting that handgun, generally function breeds form, but maybe not in this case
BUT, I think function/control needs should override looks in this case, after you become comfortable with the hand gun, a grip change is always an option, but everything I've read/heard, you will probably stick with the grippy Hogue's that it comes with,