Ruger LCR : any negatives ?


November 18, 2010, 08:01 PM
Are there any reliability issues with the Ruger LCR ? Any problems ?
I have got an urge to get one . I like the way they feel and the trigger pull is awesome . I havent checked up on these much until now .
Any help is appreciated .

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November 18, 2010, 08:20 PM
I have seen a few in stores, and actually had my hands on one a few days ago at the range. A buddy had just picked this pistol as an off duty carry. It seems to be a well built pistol, extreamly light weight, but it kicks like a mule. I would immagine that standard pressure loads would make it a bit more polite, but then you are getting into the realm of .380 loads. LCPs are almost half the money, lighter still, and hold 2 more rounds, and they arent too bad to shoot. The only advantage I see in and LCR over and LCP is that the LCR is a revolver, and less likely to have a malfunction.

November 18, 2010, 09:03 PM
The grips are too big for easy concealment IMHO.

November 19, 2010, 01:38 AM

According to that guy the frame experienced significant gas cutting after I think 500 rds. However, I don't know if the problem has been fixed by Ruger or not, so this could be old news. Still, something I'd check out before buying.

November 19, 2010, 04:44 AM
They offer LCR with a smaller grip now. They are very good guns that function well. They have the new rod safetly system built in them which is great, but is you pick the gun up and shake it side to side you hear a noise, that is the rod shifting which it has to do in order for the safely to work properly. It also has the lock system like Taurus and Smith and Wesson with one difference, Rugers are located under the grip. You have to remove the entire grip to lock the gun with the keys safety. Only time that would be mainly used would be if you were storing it for a period of time.

November 19, 2010, 10:33 AM
Others have already pointed out the only negatives I've heard about the LCR.

I will say though, that when I was considering getting an LCR I ended up going with the 642 instead (though I would have also gotten a 442 if i'd found a similar deal), as I've heard nothing but good things. I've been very happy with it since.

It's worth noting that you can find the 642 (and maybe the 442?) without the internal lock. Mine was a 641-1 model, NIB without a lock.

S&W also has a $50 rebate until the end of the year, if you buy a new one.

Sorry I don't have much to add about the LCR, but I just wanted to point out some info about the 642 and 442 in case you're not aware. They're VERY similar to the LCR, and should definitely be thrown into the pot for consideration alongside the ruger.

November 19, 2010, 10:50 AM
I have both the 38 and the 357. Smooth action. Easy pocket carry.

November 19, 2010, 11:49 AM
Rod safety?

The flame cutting is comparatively rare.
A test sample I had here didn't show it after 5000 rounds.

November 19, 2010, 12:10 PM
other than the looks my only issue with it is the recoil due to the lack of weight

If you don't mind the recoil it is a very nice carry piece.

November 19, 2010, 08:32 PM
I bought an LCR this past spring. Put about 300 rounds through it and started having problems. The cylinder stopped turning. Sent it back to Ruger and they replaced the cylinder, the ejector rod, the firing pin and the trigger! It was almost a new gun. Although I was impressed with their repair, I still traded the gun in on a S&W M&P 9mm. Love that gun for range use.
Now I'm in the mood for a revolver again and am torn between the new S&W Bodyguard 38 w/laser and a 442. I did like that LCR but I guess I just couldn't trust it for concealed carry.

November 19, 2010, 08:57 PM
Bought a used LCR a few weeks ago and it came with a Fobus paddle holster. First Kydex i've ever owned. Love both the gun and holster and hardly know I'm carrying it. Any lightweight has a pretty good snap to them and the LCR is no diff. It does, however, have a very soft portion of the grip where the web of your hand goes, and the finger grips allow for good control. I've shot standard 38's and a few +p's....which are no fun at all. This is the first wheelgun I've ever carried and feel good knowing that if I pull the trigger its gonna go bang.

I ordered the small grip from Ruger and after trying it, found it didn't allow the control I needed, and it also stung more. Also couldn't see that it was any more concealable in an OWB holster. Sent it back for a refund.

In case any of you are shopping for a holster, search for Ruger SP-101. The LCR fits the least in the Fobus I'm guessing in all other holsters as well. Sometimes the LCR isn't listed whereas the Sp-101 is.

Billy Shears
November 19, 2010, 09:02 PM
I bought an LCR this past spring. Put about 300 rounds through it and started having problems. The cylinder stopped turning. Sent it back to Ruger and they replaced the cylinder, the ejector rod, the firing pin and the trigger! It was almost a new gun. Although I was impressed with their repair, I still traded the gun in on a S&W M&P 9mm. Love that gun for range use.
Now I'm in the mood for a revolver again and am torn between the new S&W Bodyguard 38 w/laser and a 442. I did like that LCR but I guess I just couldn't trust it for concealed carry.
I bought the very bodyguard you mention. Unfortunately, mine came with a defective hammer block, that was not disengaging when the trigger was pulled. The result was the the gun was going click instead of bang every time I pulled the trigger. It was promptly sent back to S&W, and they fixed it (though if you ask me, it should never have been shipped in that condition in the first place), and now it shoots very well. I can't say I'm happy with the delay, but I've now run several hundred rounds through it, and it is both accurate and reliable. I must say I am impressed with the grips. They are small enough and thin enough for easy concealment, but also hand-filling and recoil absorbing enough to make the gun very much easier to shoot than any other S&W snubby I've ever fired. And it doesn't have that damnable internal lock.

November 20, 2010, 07:41 AM
I've shot the LCR and was impressed, I usually carry a 642 and liked the '82 much better. It has an excellent trigger pull, and is smaller and lighter. As for comparing it to the LCP there is no comparisson, the LCR is a uch better gun.

November 20, 2010, 07:58 AM
The grips are too big for easy concealment IMHO.

Just where are you trying to conceal it?:scrutiny:

November 20, 2010, 11:14 AM
I have nothing but praises for my LCR. Shockingly accurate with my wadcutter reloads to point of aim. $378 out the door at a local gun show.

No better firearm for a novice female shooter. No slide to pull back, no not remembering if there is one in the chamber or not. Just pull the trigger.

November 20, 2010, 11:47 AM
I have fired a buddy's lcr. and It is a good firearm.
But I like my S&W 642 much better.:neener:
Looks better,:cool: feels better.:)
They shot about the same. It seemed the lcr kicked more with the same ammo.
My S&W has a trigger job, and I think the trigger is much nicer.:evil: But the ruger is new. Time and more rounds down range may change that.
I would buy a 642 or a 442 before the lcr, They just look better. IMO

November 20, 2010, 12:07 PM
I love my LCR it is the best shooting snubbie I have tried. have shot the Smith Airweight . I shot another Smith right beside the LCR and the LCR was a lot better. My LCR is very accurate and does not hurt your hand. I sold my SP101 357 because the LCR is better to shoot and lighter.I have shot Colts also but still prefer the LCR.

November 20, 2010, 04:54 PM
I was very impressed the LCR I shot. It had a better trigger than any J-Frame I've ever owned, even the ones with action jobs. I may buy the .357 simply because of the the extra durability and the few extra oz's will aid in recoil, and won't make a carry difference because I don't pocket carry, just IWB carry. I WILL NOT use .357's in it though. Plus P's will be about as hot as I'm willing to go.

November 20, 2010, 11:13 PM
I wouldn't put too much stock in that YouTube video. The white residue is typically a sign of high pressures and flame temps. I'd put good money those were close to or magnum class loads. He never showed primer or case indicators, though, high pressures could be present w/o those signs. That small a package, even powder selection at elevated pressures could cause that cutting. I have about five hundred rounds through my LCR and no problems at all

November 23, 2010, 08:06 PM
Just purchased the Ruger LCR with the Tritium front sight. It appears the backstrap is a bit thicker than other standard LCR's I have looked at. Might be an optical illusion due to the high front sight. I would have to compare them side by side and dont have another handy. Shoots to point of aim and the recoil is completely controllable. I have several airweight S&W's and cant say if one is better than the other. I do like it much better than the Scandium .357 I had and fired. Sold it. I alway have carried a Smith airweight and a NAA 22 magnum. I will try this for a while and shoot it until it breaks or doesnt. We will see.

November 23, 2010, 08:53 PM
Well After I did some studying I decided to go with the S&W 442 . I am gonnaa wait for a year or two more before getting the LCR . Seems that there are still too many bugs popping up with it . So far the 442 is excellent .

BP Hunter
November 24, 2010, 01:13 PM
I've had a Ruger LCR for many months now and have fired maybe a few hundred rounds with it. I have not had any problems whatsoever with it. It is very ight, conceals well, is rugged and utterly reliable. My only problem, and the problem is with me, is that I just can't group well with it. The trigger is maybe the best DA trigger out there. But the best I can group is 4" at 5-7 yards. And I know the gun can do better than that. Maybe I expect too much from myself. For defensive purposes, that grouping is more than sufficient, but I wat to hit the heart and not the lungs. :DSo...I traded it.

November 24, 2010, 09:03 PM
There was the flame cutting issue, but this has either been fixed by Ruger or it was only an isolated incident. My biggest grip with the LCR and this is mainly for the .357 model. Is that the recoil is pretty nasty. That can be said for most snub nose .357's though.

As far as reliability there is no question that they are sturdy revolvers. The grip issue has also been covered. I am just not that partial to a .357 in that small of a frame.

November 24, 2010, 10:14 PM
I enjoy shooting my LCR much more than my S&W M37. You'll feel the recoil in the LCR, no doubt about it, but the M37 is downright painful with even standard .38 loads.

November 24, 2010, 10:38 PM
The main problem was on one batch that was the frame wasnt or didnt have enough of the hardening process made on it. Alot went back to Ruger to be made into LCR revolvers. That batch of frames was melted down and scraped. It was a computerized malfunction on Rugers part that did the flame cutting and streching of the frame.

November 25, 2010, 10:13 AM
BPHunter: Have you found a snubbie that you can group better with? With my LCR, I found that the addition of the Crimson Trace inproved accuracy considerably, mainly because I adjusted the laser to compensate for my "high and right" trigger pull.

February 1, 2011, 12:58 PM
The LCR 38 special is a more potent SD round than the LCP .380 for sure. LCR for sure bro. I own one and find the recoil VERY manageable; even in +P. Go with Speer Gold Dot for short barrel or something similar, IMHO.

February 2, 2011, 02:18 PM
I'm interested in the LCR also.

I'd like to read some comments from LCR .357 owners. How's that going for ya? Are you getting acceptable double tap results within the 21 feet range and closer?

February 2, 2011, 06:48 PM
There was a LCR Recall:barf:

February 2, 2011, 06:49 PM
So, there was a BIG Toyota recall, people are still driving them.

February 2, 2011, 10:55 PM
When was there an LCR recall? I must have slept right through it.

February 3, 2011, 01:00 AM
ditto any written proof of a recall on the LCR?

there was for other models on rugers website like the LCP which is a semi auto .380 pistol not a .38sp+P revolver

and as of right this moment there is still nothing on rugers official site about any recall or safety warnings

as for the OP

i have had mine since the very first one came on the shelves here localy and its seen alot of use without any failure

its pretty accurate for a snubby and does have a little bit of recoil to tame but nothing hand shattering by any means

im looking forward to picking up a .357Mag model sometime soon

February 3, 2011, 03:15 AM
Over on the Ruger forum, a couple of people have reported gas cutting problems with their LCR's, where flash from the cylinder-gap upon firing has forced hot gases into the frame, cutting into it. A thought seems to be that an incorrect cylinder and or barrel alignment could cause this? Some have said that after firing about 125 plus rounds or so they noticed this. But some haven't had this problem with their LCR's? Could it be a segregated fluke? Maybe just an over sight during a numbered-lot manufacture? Maybe? However, many LCR owners have fired their LCR's far more often than that, and have reported no problems.

I believe the lightweight S&W revolvers have some type of a shield but the LCR doesn't? But Ruger has gotten some complaints. Donít know the out come I guess just contact Ruger about it.

February 3, 2011, 10:03 AM
I've had mine since early last summer. I've shot over 400 rounds through it. No problems what so ever. No recall, but yeah, some recoil. What do you expect from a 14 oz revolver shooting a decent .38 round?

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