Ruger LCR

By Robert Dunn
AGI Pro Course Graduate, GCA Charter Member

I love the Ruger LCR! I just wanted to get that statement out of the way so there is no guessing where I stand regarding this lightweight revolver. I usually write about the firearms that I personally own but the LCR is actually my wife’s gun. I will own one myself before too much time goes by because it is a practical weapon and it’s fun to shoot. I think that a revolver is the best choice for my wife for home defense. I say this because if she is awakened at 3:00AM and has to defend herself against an intruder, all she would have to do is point at the bad guy and pull the trigger to get the desired results.


Ruger LCR .38spl +P laser sighted carry revolver

By contrast, my choice for defense/offense is a 1911 pistol. I am very familiar with that pistol and I am fairly tactically mind­ed. The 1911 is probably not the best choice for my wife because she would have to concern herself with having the strength to rack the slide to chamber a round and she would need to make sure that the thumb safety is off before getting down to the business of dispatching potential foes. Although I love firearms, my weapon of choice for an unarmed intrud­er would be to whack them with a baseball bat, however my wife does not possess that skill set.


A look at the LCR’s friction reducing cam. (courtesy of Ruger)

The LCR is a reliable 5-shot double-action only self defense revolver with some real innovations. When I first studied this revolver, I didn’t see the “traditional” side plate and screws that are commonly found on a Smith & Wesson or Colt revolver. What I found was a two piece frame. The LCR has a polymer fire control housing (what some might call the grip frame), which is where you will find the shrouded hammer (no hammer spur), mainspring and trigger/sear. Even though it weighs a mere 13.5 ounces (thus, “Lightweight Carry Revolver”), the recoil from the .38 special cartridges is very manageable. The LCR is built to handle +P loads. Another weight reducing feature is the heavily fluted stainless steel cylinder. The length of this little revolver’s stainless steel barrel is 1.875”. The Ruger’s “Monolithic Frame” which  supports the barrel and cylinder is made of 7000 series aerospace grade aluminum. The barrel threads into the barrel sleeve, which is an integral part of the frame.


Laser switch button, behind trigger guard

The grip section of the gun, (what Ruger calls the Grip Peg) allows a couple of different types of grips to be installed, such as: the Hogue Tamer Grip or the Crimson Trace Lasergrip. Roxanne’s LCR has the Crimson Trace Lasergrip and that makes it even more of a home protection asset. The laser is activated by finger pressure via a button on the front of the grip itself. The little red dot shining on center mass will give you results when the trigger is pulled! Sometimes that little red dot will end a bad situation before you even need to shoot! The LCR has a fixed rear sight and a blade front sight, which is fine for shooting in the daylight but when you’re stuck in the dark, the laser is quite an asset and it can improve accuracy a great deal. I think that I would buy an XS tritium front sight as well as the Lasergrip for my set up.


Do we REALLY want to have to take the grips off and put them on to allow ourselves the questionable luxury of an action lock??

There is one feature that tends to annoy me, like so many handguns of the 21st century, and that is the dreaded “Internal Lock”, which is located at the bottom of the right side of the fire control housing. I guess you either like them or you don’t, and I don’t . . . case closed.

A feature that I do like is that the transfer-bar is lowered out of its firing position when the hammer and trigger are in their forward most position. The hammer safely rests on the frame when the hammer is fully forward. This allows the shooter to confidently carry the gun with all five chambers loaded.

I think this revolver would be a good carry gun for me because I am a smaller guy and it is sometimes hard to conceal a big 1911 on my small frame. Comfort can be an issue as well because sometimes a larger pistol gets left at home. I can wear this little gun in an ankle holster, a shoulder system, a traditional paddle or simply drop it in my pocket. Even if you do carry a large pistol, the LCR would make for a great back up revolver.

Roxanne really likes her LCR, it is the first firearm that she has ever owned. I hope that all of you readers are sitting down, because this is the first and probably the last time that I will use the name Obama in a firearms related article, but I would like to thank the POTUS for a few things. Due to the way the Obama Administration has conducted itself, my wife is finally a registered Republican, she has joined the NRA and she bought her first handgun for protection! The Ruger LCR reminds me of these significant changes and they are just more reasons for me to love the LCR!

7 Responses to Ruger LCR

  1. Very well explained. For additional info regarding suitability and use of a DAO revolver for self defense/CCW, including a ton of sensible training, I highly recommend Grant Cunningham’s book Defensive Revolver Fundamentals.

    • Robert, you mention that in some situations the 1911 could yield to the LCR for you as a carry gun. I’ll bet if you give that book a read the LCR will become your edc and not just as a backup. It’s evident from your article that you, your wife, and the author (me too) are of the same mindset. Thanks for your articles, they make good sense.

  2. Awesome! Love the gun!

    Congrats Roxanne! I’m proud of you. Would also love to have your cool little gun.

    I’m really hoping that someday soon in Canada we can conceal carry, or at least carry. Sometimes coyotes come wandering around during nights while I’m in the yard spending time out at the fire pit. It would be great to have something small and quick to grab (such as the LCR) in the event of a wildlife attack or whatnot. Rural crime has increased (in Alberta anyhow) and no doubt it concerns me. We should be allowed to protect and defend ourselves with firearms. Would be great to wander about the property with a shotgun and a handgun equipped with red dot sights for the evenings.

    Great article (AGAIN) Robert. Thanks for sharing buddy.
    Cheers to ya’ from Canada eh’.

      • That’s funny, you got me laughing out loud!
        Good thoughts though, thanks for looking out for me buddy. I’ll do what I gotta do here for now (carry a Woodsman’s Pal, knives, a big stick and a big stink), or sit in a tree stand.
        Thanks for the chuckle!

    • Thanks, Dana! I hope your gun laws get better in Canada. It is a constant battle to retain our rights down here. Who ever made it possible to make up a new law or variation every damn day should have been strung up! Anyway, hope all is well up North! 🙂