Obscure Object of Desire: Gemini Customs Ruger SP101

You may recall that TTAG reviewed the Ruger SP101 3” as a potential newbies’ first gun. I looked to the stainless steel Ruger revolver for four reasons: ease of operation, low-recoil (comfortable range time), .38/.357 ¬†caliber (economical practice and devastating stopping power) and more-than-merely-adequate accuracy (three-inch barrel). Three factors prevented the SP101 from earning the ultimate “start here” accolade: the lack of a bobbed hammer (for concealed carry), lousy sights (barely visible front blade and a mostly useless rear channel) and a trigger that can’t match a Smith’s smooth crispness. So I sent the SP101 to Gemini Customs . . .

Mark bobbed the hammer, installed an XS Big Dot Sight and smoothed-out the trigger. Just for fun (and money), he swapped out the Ruger’s industrial quality rubber grips for something a bit more swish and blacked the gun. Et voila! Full review to follow. Meanwhile, the Smith and Wesson competitor has arrived.

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29 Responses to Obscure Object of Desire: Gemini Customs Ruger SP101

  1. avatarAndrew Wiggins says:

    That might just be the best looking SP101 I’ve ever seen. They should take this in production.

  2. avatarJohn Fritz says:

    Wow. That is one good looking gun Mr. F.

  3. +1 on the great looks

  4. avatarJason says:

    But what will you carry when you’re not wearing a tux?

  5. avatarRyan Finn says:

    New category for the TTAG big bang awards, Sexiest Gun of the Year. I think this is the winner hands down. Because of the “daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn she fine” reaction it invokes.

  6. avatarTravis Leibold says:

    Like! Me want. Bad.

  7. avatarMALTHUS says:

    These tasteful modifications make my stock 3″ SP101 look like a booger.

    What was the cost, if it’s O.K. to ask?

  8. avatarDaniel Zimmerman says:

    That’s one mighty nice looking mohaska.

  9. avatarJOE MATAFOME says:

    Mikeb doesn’t like it when you show us sexy women with guns, and also won’t like you showing us sexy guns because your’re promoting some sort of porn. I wish you had some hottie holding this hot gun, and you would have our day.

  10. avatarSean says:

    I just checked their site…it seems to cost about $1000…damn. Hard to spend that much on a gun I bought for $300. It would look great, however

  11. avatarVigilantis says:

    I’m an absolute sucker for steel guns with wooden grips. RF, you owe me a new keyboard, I’ve got drool all over this one.

  12. avatarpt says:

    Wow nice. Cost for the work??

    • avatarRobert Farago says:

      If you have to ask, I can’t afford to tell you. At least not yet.

    • avatarTTACer says:

      My buddy has a custom based on a Blackhawk. Turned a ~$500 gun into a ~$2500 gun but worth every penny.

      • avatarJohn Fritz says:

        I see old $400.00 SIG Sauer P6 police trade-ins turned into absolutely beautiful four-figure guns fairly often. Money well spent in my humble opinion.

  13. avatarBob H says:

    I am not a revolver guy, but that sure is purty! I think it needs to go to Oleg Volk to be matched with a fantastic model though…

  14. avatarChris Dumm says:

    I’m interested to see how the Smith compares. They seem more artfully made and designed, but less robust and indestructible.

  15. avatarRichard says:

    That is just gorgeous. The grips in particular are stunning. Hmm, what’s their turnaround time?

  16. avatarkiller99 says:

    That’s almost too beautiful to shoot….. almost.

  17. avatarMark says:

    That is beautiful. I want it. Now.

  18. avatarRalph says:

    “Where does he get those wonderful toys?”

    The Joker, Batman (1989)

  19. avatarLuis says:

    I’ll put my Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum up against this gun, any day of the week. The wood grips do look pretty, but I’ll take the Santoprene grips on my gun.

  20. avatarLance says:

    I am not worthy to look upon the glory that is those wooden grips.

  21. avatarHeadknocker says:

    Mark Morganti does some of the best Revolver & Auto Pistol work out there..
    I met him a few times while in Lexington @ The gun shows & he really helped me out on the three SP-101s I used to have..
    That Finish on that Ruger looks fantastic..
    Congrats!!
    Gary aka Headknocker/Beretta92/Glock 17L/berettapistols

  22. avatarkayty says:

    how do i get a peace of art like this, amazing please share your info, i would like one.

  23. avatarAlex in Austin says:

    Marc has my 2.25 sp101 now. I went all out: XS big dot sight, hard chrome, Bolivian rosewood grips, etc. I’m going to need to wear an adult diaper when I see this thing for the first time, it’s going to be tits.

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