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.
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.
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.
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.
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!