Ruger Reintroduces the SP101 Revolver in .327 Federal Magnum

By Suzanne Wiley published on in News

Originally introduced in 2007 and later discontinued, Ruger is pleased to announce the return of the SP101 revolver chambered in .327 Federal Magnum. Ruger’s newest revolver has been updated and improved over the first model SP101 .327 Federal Magnum to optimize the full performance of the .327 round. With its 4.2-inch barrel, the SP101 fully maximizes the full velocity potential of the .327 Federal Magnum with some loads reaching up to 1,500 feet-per-second.

.327 Federal Magnum revolver by Ruger with stainless barrel and black rubber grips with a wood insert

Ruger reintroduces the SP101 revolver in the powerful .327 Federal Magnum.

Eight years ago, Ruger, in collaboration with Federal Cartridge Company, developed the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge in order to fit one more round in a small-framed revolver’s cylinder and offering the performance velocity of a .357 Magnum without the recoil and muzzle blast. Based on the .32-caliber bullet, but loaded to higher pressures, the .327 Federal Magnum performs better than the .38 Special, .357 Magnum or 9mm. Upon the .327 Federal Magnum’s introduction, Federal’s lead design engineer Larry Head said, “The .327 Federal Magnum is ideal for personal defense and has the potential for future application in field use. Using a slightly longer .32 H&R Magnum case and our advanced powder and bullet technology, we’re able to offer more performance out of a smaller platform. And its recoil is milder than the .357 Magnum.” In 2009, the cartridge won the NRA’s Golden Bullseye Award for Ammo of the Year.

Few companies chambered revolvers for the cartridge, but all were to be discontinued by 2013, including Ruger’s own SP101 with a 3 1/16-inch barrel. That’s not to say, however, that the round was a dud. It has always had its fair share of fans.

Front view of Ruger's SP101 .327 Federal Magnum revolver in stainless steel

Measuring 9.12 inches long overall, the new SP101 weighs only 29.5 ounces and is perfect for self-defense in the field and at home.

The new Ruger SP101 in .327 Federal Magnum is a double/single-action revolver with a six-round cylinder built on a stainless steel frame. It has a light-gathering green fiber optic front sight and an adjustable rear sight. The rubber grip has checkered hardwood inserts.

Measuring 9.12 inches long overall, the new SP101 weighs only 29.5 ounces and is perfect for self-defense in the field and at home. Chris Killoy, Ruger’s President and COO says, “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.”

Ruger’s MSRP is listed at $719, but street prices are expected to be lower.


Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Ruger SP101
Action Double/single action
Barrel Length 4.20 inches
Caliber .327 Federal Magnum
Overall Length 9.12 inches
Weight Unloaded 29.50 ounces
Sights Fiber optic front/adjustable rear
Grip Black rubber with wood inserts
Capacity 6
Frame Stainless steel, satin finish


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Comments (14)

  • William


    Glad Ruger brought back the SP101 in the 327 mag , putting my gun guy to ordering me one . Perfect for my wife to handle and I will enjoy this one also, probably will have to get one for myself too.


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