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Question about Ruger LCR's trigger pull

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by paravil, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. paravil

    paravil Well-Known Member

    How does the Ruger LCR's trigger compare to that of the 642? Will soon be shopping for a gun for my wife. I have a Smith and Wesson 642 as my 24/7 gun. She's shot it before, but wasn't comfortable with the heavy trigger.
  2. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    The Ruger LCR's trigger pull isn't lighter, but it feels that way because the design allows the trigger to have greater leverage when causing the hammer to rotate backwards. They accomplished this by starting with a new "from the ground up" revolver.

    Smith & Wesson J-frame revolvers with an inclosed hammer are based on a basic frame that once included a single-action option, and because of this the hammer is released earlier when using the double-action mode. This, and the fact that the action rebounds (retracts) the hammer require heavier trigger and hammer springs for certain reliability.

    Smith & Wesson's response to the LCR is their "new" .38 Special Bodyguard model. The few that I've handled had a better trigger pull then the average J-frame snubby. It's up to the consumer to decide which they like better.
  3. paravil

    paravil Well-Known Member

    Thanks. That makes sense.
  4. Droid noob

    Droid noob Well-Known Member

    I have the lcr and have dry fired the 642 several times. I don't know specs on trigger pull, but the lcr feels lighter and the break feels much smoother in the lcr. It could be because the 642 was brand new though.
  5. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    I'm a S&W man and will continue to be.....but Ruger hit a home run with the LCR revolver. Very light trigger pull on a very light revolver. Great carry weapon for a novice woman shooter.
  6. paravil

    paravil Well-Known Member

    I've had mine for a couple years now and have shot it a good bit. The trigger is still really stout. I like that personally, as it's always being stuck in a pocket or in the truck console (holstered, of course) and that heavy trigger effectively works as a safety.

    That's what I was hoping. I'm going to let her shoot several different things, I just personally like the practical simplicity of the small revolver. I will get her up to the gun store soon to check out an LCR.
  7. WoodchuckAssassin

    WoodchuckAssassin Well-Known Member

    People rave about the LCR trigger, but it just always felt to me like it took forever for the trigger to reset itself (either that, or it was a very LONG reset). While I've only held one at the local shop, when I pull the trigger as quick as I can, I don't always get the hammer to fall. Does that make sense?

    That one gripe asside, the LCR is a fine weapon - I just prefer the S&W trigger. I'm a huge fan of Ruger, but S&W have always been the leader in triggers. Others may not agree, but many will.
  8. paravil

    paravil Well-Known Member

    I obviously can't speak to the LCR, as that's what I asked about, but this comment reminded me...last weekend I was out shooting with some friends, and one of my buddies' wives shot my 642. She was obviously having a hard time with the trigger, and when she pulled it slowly, kind of staging it, it failed to fire. But when the 642's trigger is pulled quickly, it always works, so that's interesting about the LCR.

    Now, as to the reset, it is long. I have "skipped" a round in rapid fire by not allowing the trigger to fully reset. I'm actually glad it happened because it made me aware of that potential problem.
  9. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    I've long carried a S&W 642 as a BUG and had it tuned after the first 6 months of shooting failed to smooth up the trigger enough to make 25 yard shots practical. It was much better afterwards as the tuneup cleaned up all the drag in the cylinder too.

    However when I first picked up and tried a LCR, I was sold that it was a better platform to start with. It's trigger stroke is lighter and smoother...it's length reminded me of the old Colt D-frame Cobra/Agent/DS. It is much easier to shoot it accurately right out of the box...much more so than the Ruger SP-101 or GP-100

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