Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Jack B., Jun 28, 2022.
I've got both. Pick one.
The S&W has better aftermarket support. More aftermarket grips available. More holsters. The nice Safariland Comp 1 speedloads work with it (not the LCR). There are no real sight options.
The LCR is lighter, and a more modern design. All around a slick revolver. The Safariland loader does not work. (not many do.)
I would go with a S&W 642 mainly because I have been using J frames almost exclusively since the late '70s. I have over time become very comfortable with carrying and using them. That and the fact is I don't care all that much for the LCR's ergonomics; just not a good fit with my hand.
The Smiths invariably have the better triggers, both DA and SA.
Rugers appear to be more stout, but actually aren't because they're cast instead of forged. This is also why they cost less.
If the Ruger you're looking at is polymer, keep in mind that plastic doesn't age as well as steel does. As it ages, the elastomers evaporate out and it becomes brittle, no matter HOW good the plastic is when new.
I DID used to have a S&W 29 in .44 Magnum, that used to shoot its screws loose when I shot magnum loads. I never had a Ruger do that, but I don't really enjoy shooting Magnums anyhow.
This is my second 642. My friend also has a 357 LCR that I shoot often.
The Ruger is 13.5 ounces. The Smith is 14.4 ounces.
The LCR feels even lighter than it is and has a far superior trigger. I put larger grips on it and carry it in cargo pockets. When I'm healthy it's my most common EDC.
The 642 is fine. I left the small grips on it and carry it in my back pocket when I'm walking the dog.
Their practical accuracy is not much different, even with the Ruger's superior trigger.
Whichever one fits your hand better is probably the best one for you. I'm comfortable with either one.
EDC by Tallball posted Feb 10, 2019 at 1:35 PM
Smith And Wesson Model 642-2 by Tallball posted Jul 12, 2020 at 4:16 PM
Ruger- polymer fire control housing. No like plastic. Retail more then the Smith.
I have S&W 2 J frames. A 337PD & an old M60.
Before buying anything, search for recalls.
The Ruger is almost $200 more than the S&W.
If the Ruger LCR is lighter than the S&W guns, I may not like shooting even 38 Special.
But that is just me.
I cannot fault the reliability of Ruger revolvers so most of my feelings are perception, not reality. So, I cannot supply an objective opinion.
Buy the one that best suits your fancy.
Cost was not a factor, however when I got it - LCR was less $ than 642, don't believe that is the current reality. Happy with my choice.....
Ive seen too many Airweights with cracked frames to ever buy another one myself, and no plastic revolvers for me either.
Guessin' I'll have to try out the fugly LCR and see why a couple guys here say its trigger is better than the S&W. I've been shooting S&W revolvers against Rugers for a long time, and usually it's the Smith that has the better trigger.
The biggest faults the LCR has, that keeps me away from them, is the trigger with a false reset and the lack of grip assortment. Don’t see how most folks can pocket carry one of them.
me for pocket carry and I tried plenty.
I had a LCR for about 3 years. I did not like the trigger return. It was to long and easy for me to not reset. I have a few J-Frames and like them way better. I also like the grip replacement options for a J-Frame.
Just my opinion and if you choose to beat me up so be it. Smith and Wesson hasn't made a great revolver in years. Let the bashing begin.
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