I'd bought an LCR just for grins, but it's rapidly becoming a constant companion


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Stress_Test
December 19, 2012, 09:06 PM
I first saw Ruger's LCR a couple of years ago in a Guns 'n Ammo article. I thought "hey that's pretty neat" and it kind of went into the mental file of guns I might possibly like to try someday. Time went on and the 357 version came out, but I still wasn't ready to bite yet.

However, when my local gun store had a Ruger sale day, I saw a new 357 LCR for a good price and bought it strictly for a s**ts and giggles fun gun. It fit that role well enough; Remington SJHP 125gr magnums out of such a small, light gun is pretty wild! 38sp rounds were nice and pleasant.

I didn't go shooting very much with the gun and mostly it sat in the drawer and I didn't think much about it. But when I got my concealed carry permit, that changed. I had first planned to make my M&P .45c my carry gun, but I have a hard time concealing that well at my waist unless I'm wearing a jacket. Even then I have to be careful how I move.

However, with the LCR, I just put it in a pocket holster (DeSantis), slide it into my front jeans pocket, and away I go. Yeah, it bulges a bit, but not too terrible. The outline is hidden by the holster so it's not apparent that it's a gun. Some people may notice the bulge and think "what's that?" but they'll probably assume it's an I-pad or something like that. Wearing a longer shirt helps partially cover the bulge anyway and make it less obvious.

This is pretty easy and lets me go about my day without much worry about the gun. It's also very easy to access, and I like that I can put my hand on it, ready to draw, without it being obvious. (well, can't do this while in the car, but that's another story). I can stand there with a solid grip on the gun and it just looks like I've got my hand in my pocket. In that condition, I can then draw very fast and get on target (I've tried this, unloaded, and even with my fist around the grip I can still slide the gun easily out of the pocket).

So ironically, the gun that I bought for a fun range toy is now becoming my constant CCW companion. No worries about magazines, feeding issues, etc, I just slide in 5 .38 Golden Sabers, add two speedloaders on my belt with more of the same, and away I go. A 5-shot snub may be a compromise gun in some ways, but it's still a hell of a lot better than bare hands!

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fxstchewy
December 19, 2012, 09:45 PM
Same as you, mine is with me more and more...........:)

Flint Ridge
December 19, 2012, 10:20 PM
Yup, nice rig for sure.

Hoppes Love Potion
December 20, 2012, 05:09 PM
A small frame alloy 5-shot .38/.357 is an ideal carry gun for many many people, and you have discovered some of the reasons why.

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