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When handling the various SP-101's at the gun shops I seem to notice that not all of them have the same, identical trigger pulls. None of them are what I would consider good but some are worse than others. The difference is only marginal most of the time but on one particular hammerless version the trigger pull was horrendous! I would've thought with that one having less of a hammer it would be lighter and the trigger pull better but that was not the case.

I also can't stress how much working the trigger on these guns helps. I recently picked up a used SP-101 in .357Mag in what looked like close to unfired condition but the trigger is noticeably smoother and a bit easier to pull than on those I have bought brand new. I don't think the former owner got a trigger job on it as it's not THAT good but it is better probably due to the trigger being worked through dry practice, either that or it just came from the factory that way.
 

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Factory action has always been inconsistent across all products from nearly every manufacturer of production guns. This has made the action job a staple of the gunsmith's trade from the earliest days. No brand was exempt - I recall reading some time back how one well known gun writer told of buying a brand new Colt Python and immediately sent it off to his favorite gunsmith for "tuning" (which was primarily action work) without even firing it once.
 

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If you look back through the threads on the SP101, in just about all will mention poor, heavy, gritty trigger pull. You will also read a myriad of opinions on how to remedy it.

With mass production being the norm... inconsistent trigger pull is the new standard.
 

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I like mine just fine and the wife and I are very accurate with our 3" 357 SP101. In fact I can say I really like the trigger on our SP.
I work at a bike shop, you can get on one CBR1000RR and the brakes are great, the next one, so so. When I was Ford tech you would check the milage on one car and check the next and they would be different.
Nothing really is the same nor perfect.
 

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Inconsistency from gun to gun is about the only thing that is consistent with most manufacturers. Revolvers, especially, vary a lot. If you've ever detail stripped a Ruger double-action revolver, it shouldn't be surprising why this is. Iowegan and his BOK are awesome.

Quite a few people find it worthwhile to limit purchases to ones that can be inspected in person before exchanging cash.
 

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Inconsistency from gun to gun is about the only thing that is consistent with most manufacturers.

Quite a few people find it worthwhile to limit purchases to ones that can be inspected in person before exchanging cash.
I've had the same experience when in a gun shop handling about 6 or 7 models of SIG P238's. Some had very nice triggers and some had trigger pulls that were too heavy for my reduced strength hands. And, BTW, the same variation seems to apply to the amount of strength it takes to pull a slide back to slide lock.

Yes, it is definitely worth while to inspect and at least dry fire! I know some people won't buy an in the counter gun because they want one that is pristine. Sometimes if you want a specific gun there is no gun shop within driving distance that has one in stock and then you have to go ahead and order and HOPE you get one that is "good" for your particular abilities.

Perhaps the truly custom, truly expensive, guns that are all hand made are more consistent?
 

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There is a good reason a Baer 1911 is $3000 and a Ruger is $1000. And I think there is a good reason I'm satisfied with my Rock Island 1911.
 
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