LCR vs 642 Comparison


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bill97222
March 11, 2012, 05:04 AM
I've been carrying a 642 for about a year.

I bought an LCR day before yesterday.

I've put hundreds of rounds through the Smith... so far just 15 through the LCR.

My observations...

The 642 is a far more attractive pistol to my eye.

The fit and finish of the Smith is better and the lockup of the cylinder is a little tighter than that of the Ruger.

My Smith has been dryfired at least a thousand times while I've owned it, yet the LCR has a somewhat lighter and substantially smoother trigger.

The Smith has a more substantial feel in the hand... not unlike the difference between a metal semiauto and a polymer one.

Though the physical difference in size is small, it's almost all in the grip... the Smith boot grip seems much easier for me to conceal and easier to draw.

Though the Ruger came with a Hogue recoil reducing grip that covers and pads the backstrap, in regards to recoil, while I don't regard either gun as severe to shoot, my Ruger has a noticeably sharper recoil than my Smith.

Apparently the grip falls short of offsetting the 10% lighter weight of the Ruger?

This time of year I like to pack my snubbie in the pocket of my Carhartt jacket. While it's never been an issue, I've always feared that someone might catch a glimpse of the grey metallic frame and backstrap of the Smith... the black polymer of the LCR is definately less likely to be identified as a gun if someone were to gaze into my coat pocket.

In terms of accuracy, I belong to a 50' indoor range... all targets must be extended to the backstop... that's long range for a snub.

I shot three groups of five from each pistol at an 8" bullseye this afternoon... I put two in the target each time with each gun... the other three shots always went somewhere else... LOL... plenty combat accurate in both cases.

Price... I was able to negotiate a free background check and take the Smith out the door for $300 used... the same shop stuck to their guns on the background check and I carried the used Ruger out the door for $339 ($329 + $10)

Conclusion... I like the Smith a little better than the Ruger, you might go the other way... I'm pleased with both pistols.

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JDGray
March 11, 2012, 09:08 AM
Thanks for your opinion on the two pistols...I'm looking to get the Wife into a 642, and didn't consider the Ruger. Only thing is, pink grips MUST be available for anything she considers!!:D

AFDavis11
March 11, 2012, 09:22 AM
How do they decide how much to charge you for the State background check? Would it be less if you let them use your cell phone to call it in? :rolleyes:

jad0110
March 11, 2012, 10:52 AM
My Smith has been dryfired at least a thousand times while I've owned it, yet the LCR has a somewhat lighter and substantially smoother trigger.

May need to squirt a little CLP into the action of the Smith. I actually removed the sideplate on mine after about 1,000 dry/live fires and cleaned it out and re-oiled it. It's as smooth as most LCRs nowadays, and I actually prefer the firmer trigger reset of a stock J frame to the mushier reset of the LCR ... but to each his own. Good report BTW.

460Kodiak
March 11, 2012, 02:12 PM
and I actually prefer the firmer trigger reset of a stock J frame to the mushier reset of the LCR ...

I had my heart set on the LCR and then I flip flopped to a 642 Talo for exactly this reason. I found I short stroked the LCR trigger in rapid dry fire. I like the reset on the 642 much better. Cylinder locks up better too though.

I'd still trust a Ruger though. It's just a preference thing.

Loosedhorse
March 11, 2012, 02:17 PM
the LCR has a somewhat lighter and substantially smoother trigger.I've heard this a lot. I'll have to check out an LCR next time I'm at the LGS.

But I've just rechecked my 342. I'm sure there could be lighter triggers, but there can't be any smoother ones. Smooth is smooth, and it is smooth.

:)

bill97222
March 11, 2012, 04:58 PM
Thanks for the CLP tip... turns out I've got a can sitting right in front of me.

mio
March 11, 2012, 05:53 PM
you have to pay for the background check?

bill97222
March 11, 2012, 07:19 PM
Yes... they add $10 to the sticker price of any gun for the background check here in Oregon.

Often, if you're buying a gun in lesser demand, they'll negotiate on both the sale price and the background check.

With the LCR... no dice... they stuck to their guns... so to speak...

Used LCR's are hard to come by around here... I'd been snooping around for over a month to find this one.

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