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Ruger LCR : any negatives ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by tercel89, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. tercel89

    tercel89 Well-Known Member

    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 .
  2. 45Fan

    45Fan Well-Known Member

    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.
  3. InkEd

    InkEd Well-Known Member

    The grips are too big for easy concealment IMHO.
  4. HGM22

    HGM22 Well-Known Member


    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.
  5. onevoice

    onevoice Member

    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.
  6. mstrat

    mstrat Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. desmo21

    desmo21 Active Member

    I have both the 38 and the 357. Smooth action. Easy pocket carry.
  8. DPris

    DPris Well-Known Member

    Rod safety?

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

    Guillermo member

    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.
  10. manthony4563

    manthony4563 Member


    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.
  11. ulflyer

    ulflyer Well-Known Member

    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 same..at least in the Fobus holsters...so I'm guessing in all other holsters as well. Sometimes the LCR isn't listed whereas the Sp-101 is.
  12. Billy Shears

    Billy Shears Well-Known Member

    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.
  13. TNboy

    TNboy Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. TexasBill

    TexasBill Well-Known Member

    Just where are you trying to conceal it?:scrutiny:
  15. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    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.
  16. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    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
  17. roc1

    roc1 Well-Known Member

    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.
  18. L-Frame

    L-Frame Well-Known Member

    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.
  19. Magnumite

    Magnumite Well-Known Member

    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
  20. wikidoki

    wikidoki Member

    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.

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