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LCR Alternatives

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by 2WheelsGood, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. 2WheelsGood

    2WheelsGood Well-Known Member

    It looks like I'm going to buy my first revolver. My wife is having a hard time gaining any confidence with any of my autos (she's left handed, has a tough time racking the slide, clearing jams), so she suggested maybe I should get a revolver for her to try. Not being one to turn down the green light on any gun purchase, I think I'm going to take her up on it.

    The .357 Ruger LCR is at the top of my list (with .38s for her to start with). My concern is its reputation for being a bit on the snappy side. I'm doing everything I can to make this confidence-inspiring for her. Is there something similar (price and caliber) that's a bit less snappy? Or is it really not that bad?
  2. 340PD

    340PD Well-Known Member

    If you handload you can mitigate any felt recoil. 148gr wadcutters will shoot soft and still provide a defense load.
  3. AStone

    AStone Well-Known Member

    Smith Wesson 642 with full grips, shooting lighter loads.

    I can do 100 rnds with total control and no discomfort,
    and I have small hands.

    The key is full grips.

  4. mgregg85

    mgregg85 Well-Known Member

    I just bought a .38 special LCR and it was a bit snappy with +p rounds but not unreasonable. It did feel less snappy than some S&W snubs i've shot.

    The .357 version is a few ounces heavier, it shouldn't be too bad with light .38 special loads.
  5. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    If this is not for CCW purposes, look at K frames with 4" barrels; otherwise look at the steel J-frames or Colt snubbies
  6. Flint Ridge

    Flint Ridge Well-Known Member

    K frame is a good idea. SP-101 would work, but the key for me is use of heavy wadcutters 148 or 158 gr - you would be amazed at how much softer these shoot.
  7. 2WheelsGood

    2WheelsGood Well-Known Member

    Initially it's more just to get her comfortable, but definitely CCW is the ultimate goal.

    Nematocyst, that looks like a great option. I hadn't seen one with a full grip.

    The wadcutters sound like a great idea no matter what I choose.
  8. AStone

    AStone Well-Known Member

    2Wheel, full grips are great,
    at least to start with.
    You can always downsize later.

    K's are an excellent idea.
    I'd opt for a 3" barrel.

    SW mod 60, 64 or 65 are nice
    and eat both .38 spl and .357 mag.
  9. 2WheelsGood

    2WheelsGood Well-Known Member

    I should have mentioned .357 is a requirement. Might as well get two guns in one!
  10. btg3

    btg3 Well-Known Member

  11. 2WheelsGood

    2WheelsGood Well-Known Member

    Yes, definitely. Wonderful resource! She can rack it. She's taken lessons, and she's been through CCW training all using a Glock 19. It's more that it's taking away from her enjoyment enough that she's not motivated to shoot very often. I also think being a lefty isn't helping. The slide release is simply on the wrong side for a lefty. I know there are a few true ambidextrous autos, but I'm hesitant to spend the money if it's not going to fix the problem. I think if she can get really comfortable with the revolver, and get used to the noise and recoil, she'll find her way back to the autos where she can tackle the rest of her dislikes. Though I'd be more than happy if she stuck with revolvers forever... as long as she sticks with something.
  12. TrakHack

    TrakHack Well-Known Member

    Eh... I love my Colt Cobra but the way I got used to the noise and recoil was to get the .22 version. I don't like practicing with the .38, but I *really* like shooting the .22. The .38 gets carried, but the .22 gets 95% of the range time.

    I haven't shot the LCR (it was on my short-list of guns, though), but I suspect if noise and recoil are dislikes there are better revolver options out there.
  13. halfmoonclip

    halfmoonclip Well-Known Member

    Having somewhat the same issue with my 105 lb daughter; even the 148 WCs were too snappy in a Smith 640 Centennial.
    I would still suggest the weight of the steel framed Centennial to mitigate recoil and the humpback shape allows a lower bore axis; you can choke higher on the frame. My daughter has shot rifles, but handguns were a little intimidating. I taught her to shoot double action with a M63 in .22rf, but the bang and bounce of the .38 snub were too much.
    I dug out the original, smaller grips for the gun to better fit her hands. Then a buddy cast me some 107 gr bullets, and I found some data I could use with Trailboss powder. The lighter bullets really lighten the felt recoil.
    Eventually, I'll turn up the power level a bit.
  14. Magnumite

    Magnumite Well-Known Member

    If you want to keep her interested in handguns, a small frame like the LCR will discourage her quick, even with wadcutter loads. I've shot my LCR with 148gr loads that go 625 fps out of a 6" barrel and it is still quite snappy and for the novice would not be comfortable. I'm don't have a problem with heavy recoil so that evaluation comes with experience. The LCR and other guns like it not not beginner's guns.

    Go with what the some of the others have suggested, a medium frame revolver in 357 Magnum. Use lower powered loads until she gains more experience and confidence.

    As an instructor, my students new to handguns typically prefer the medium frame revolvers in 4" to 6" barrels over anything else. That's guys and gals.
  15. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

    I'll second the SP101. Its a little bit heavier than a J frame but the weight in a small .357mag is actually a plus.
  16. 2WheelsGood

    2WheelsGood Well-Known Member

    Out of curiosity, is your LCR a .357 or a .38? I see the .357 is about 4 ounces heavier, so that may help a little bit.

    We're going to try to look at some tonight. The SP101 sounds like it might be worth a try. It's a fair amount heavier, and the price is still reasonable. The S&W 642 is on the short list too. She liked it at least from the photo Nematocyst posted. Ultimately I'll let her decide, though unfortunately finding a store around here with a range to test 'em out is tough. But hey, if she still doesn't like whatever we get, I've got another excuse to buy more! :D

    Thanks to all.
  17. waldron

    waldron Member

    Start her with a 22 pistol!

    My wife was afraid of pistols having shot a full-house 357 once.

    I started her with a Ruger 22LR semi-auto. Nothing more powerful for the first three of four trips to the range. That got her used to the idea that the gun was not going to hurt. It taught her how to line up the sights and trigger control. I did not have to reload anything, either.

    If you don't already have a 22 pistol, what better excuse could you have. (money I spend on my eight-year-old grandson doesn't count, too.)

    Try it, really, try it. It really works.
  18. 2WheelsGood

    2WheelsGood Well-Known Member

    I have a Walther P22, and she likes shooting that. But that gun is also incredibly easy to rack, and it's very small and manageable compared to my larger caliber guns. So I'm hoping she'll gain more confidence with the revolver then move back to messin' around with the other autos.
  19. Kal52

    Kal52 Active Member

    just to throw in another idea, you may look for a 327, or 32h&R..2 guns in one and then some.

    you can shoot a variety of ammo through them, and are very light recoiling.
    and as far as ccw they would work well, and good for small game/plinking etc.

    I too love my sp101s, very nice revolvers, I have the 357 and 32 H&R.

    Good luck
  20. Cemo

    Cemo Well-Known Member

    The wife and I both have SP101's loaded with 110 gr .357s.

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