No matter how shiny and tuned with fancy engraving on it the SP101 is a self-defense tool for two legged threats. Target 1 at 21 feet which is considered maximum justifiable self-defense distance looked great for double action. If you were aiming center mass on an attacker, target 1 states he would be down. I like breaking in new guns with cheap ammo to get a feel for the gun but the point of impact always disappoints me once compared to quality hotter ammo which is far more accurate. I understand the feeling of wanting pinpoint accuracy in a carry gun for confidence, even at 50 feet, and am sure all the glitches in the SP101 will be straightened out by Ruger.
Don't let the model moniker SP101 define its purpose. I didn't purchase this handgun as a defensive handgun, but rather as light weight field handgun. If a 4.2" GP100 can make a 50 yard shot at a deer, take out a snake at 5 feet, and then a rabbit at 25 yards, I can assure you that an SP101 with a 4.2" barrel is capable of the same.
You can see now, why I expect better. I would expect better, even if it were to be used as a self defense handgun.