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Old 04-07-2011, 19:56   #26
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I believe the LCR CTC grip has a soft rubber backing, just hard on the sides, similar to the LG405 for J Frames.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:54   #27
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I am taking delivery today of a Ruger LCR with the crimson trace grip. I will go to the range afterward and report back on shoot and feel. I am currently a G19 owner so I suspect I am in for some surprises regarding recoil! I cannot wait!
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Old 04-11-2011, 15:27   #28
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Yeah i'm going to order the CTC's this week myself.
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Old 04-11-2011, 15:29   #29
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Old 04-15-2011, 13:37   #30
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I am taking delivery today of a Ruger LCR with the crimson trace grip. I will go to the range afterward and report back on shoot and feel. I am currently a G19 owner so I suspect I am in for some surprises regarding recoil! I cannot wait!
I know it isn't classy to quote yourself but...I forget to get back regarding the Ruger LCR range report. I only took 50 rounds with me and am glad that is all. Wow! That dog has a bark and bite! I am so used to my G19 with it's almost complete lack of recoil and hand impact that I was surprised at the kick from the Ruger .38 LCR. I will say this, the crimson trace is awesome. It was set up for 50 feet out of the box and I was never more than 8 yards at the range, but I could clearly appreciate the whole "what you see is what you get!" aspect to it.

Back to the gun. I had no idea what to expect prior to the first trigger pull. I have never fired a revolver. Watching the cylinder rotate during the trigger pull was something I didn't expect. (You guys forget what is was like to be a newbie!) It was hard to concentrate and I was all over the place. Heck I didn't even know how to hold it correctly. So I slowed down and used only the gun sights and started to get some very nice groups at 25 feet.

I have been dry firing a lot and have found a nice position right before the hammer strikes where the cylinder has already rotated and is ready to fire. All it needs is one more quarter of a ounce of pull to light it up. If used in a SHTF scenario, I doubt I will ever have that luxury, but it felt good to know a little bit more about the trigger pull and firing.

My only issue with the gun is I would like some markings on the sights. They are all black and need some contrast. I am going to work on that. This gun is fun to shoot and will be my EDC when my CPL comes in. It will live in a pocket holster and my G19 will live in my nightstand...for a while anyway.
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Old 04-15-2011, 20:47   #31
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Glad you liked it. Regarding the front sight, there are a few replacement available you can see them at shopruger. Or you can paint it. Put a base coat or two of white on first and then your color of choice. I've used florescent orange in the past.
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Old 04-16-2011, 13:49   #32
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I'd get the XS front sight if I were you, well worth the money and makes picking up the front sight simple and FAST!
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Old 04-24-2011, 00:16   #33
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I'd get the XS front sight if I were you, well worth the money and makes picking up the front sight simple and FAST!

I did and you are right. It locks right in place regardless of background. Great suggestion. This is my carry gun.
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:10   #34
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I've got a S&W bodyguard, it's a little lighter than the air weights, outside of the appearance it has little to nothing in common with the rest of the S&W wheel guns, cylinder even indexes the opposite direction. the integrated laser is not my flavor (don't have much use for them outside of trigger control training).

little dog with a big bark, 25-30 rounds of +p is enough for my hand for a range trip.

I like the 642/442 better, but a friend needed money more than the gun.
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:48   #35
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Just in case your wondering I got a S&W 637 Chief special.
Not a bad choice at all. I've had mine for about 9 years, and it's been a solid shooter. Been shooting it in the backyard a bit lately, and I'm still impressed with how accurate that short barrel is.

I carried it pretty much exclusively as an EDC gun 'till last July; now I switch to or add a G23 sometimes.

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Old 05-20-2011, 11:34   #36
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So does anyone own a Polymer snub nose revolver.


When I went to check out the different snub nose revolvers I noticed the LCR something new kinda different but i just wasn't for me at this time.


I prefer a metal body snub nose but that don't mean I ain't curious about the Plastic Revolvers people are putting out.


Will my google fu lead me to some pretty mixed reviews on the LCR. Seems like some people are complaining about Flame cutting with in the first 500 rounds and having to send them back.


So has anyone else experienced this problem and is the Plastic Revolver just a fad or something here to stay.


Would you own a Plastic revolver your self?


Just in case your wondering I got a S&W 637 Chief special.

An Airweight is about the same weight as the 'plastic guns.' I'll stick with my Airweights.
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Old 05-26-2011, 14:37   #37
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I just picked up an LCR .357. It has some polymer, but it is steel where it counts. I only have 20 rounds of .357 and about 10 rounds of .38 so far, but I like it already, and I have been carrying it for the past week, instead of my 642.
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Old 05-26-2011, 14:50   #38
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Mine goes everywhere with me. I find that the boot grip is better for carry, the regular grip was better for shooting. I carry it more then I shoot it so the boot grip is best for me. The XS night sight is great.
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Old 06-21-2011, 13:11   #39
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I've got a S&W bodyguard, it's a little lighter than the air weights, outside of the appearance it has little to nothing in common with the rest of the S&W wheel guns, cylinder even indexes the opposite direction. the integrated laser is not my flavor (don't have much use for them outside of trigger control training).

little dog with a big bark, 25-30 rounds of +p is enough for my hand for a range trip.

I like the 642/442 better, but a friend needed money more than the gun.
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I ahve the same revolver and a Ruger SP101. If I want range time I take the Ruger, but you can't beat the BG .38 for pocket carry.
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Old 06-21-2011, 13:15   #40
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The flame cutting was due to a bad batch of aluminum frames in a group of early production LCRs. This is no longer an issue.

The LCR feels lighter than it is, and comes with features and looks that put it in the range of S&W's scandium M&P J-frames that cost twice as much.
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Old 06-26-2011, 05:55   #41
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...The LCR feels lighter than it is, and comes with features and looks that put it in the range of S&W's scandium M&P J-frames that cost twice as much.
I've long been a Smith & Wesson guy when it comes to DA revolvers, but I have to admit if I was just starting out in the snubby game, I'd be looking hard at the Ruger LCR. As you point out, the LCR is an outstanding value and more than competitive with the Sc J-Frames.

As for the (new/plastic) S&W "Bodyguard" revolver, there really is no comparison; IMO, the LCR blows it away. (Pun intended. ) In contrast, the S&W will probably go down in history as the first truly disposable revolver ever mass-produced in the US.
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:19   #42
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An Airweight is about the same weight as the 'plastic guns.' I'll stick with my Airweights.
The plastic guns trigger and ergos are superior to the Air weights. That seals the deal.
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Old 10-30-2011, 07:26   #43
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I'm seriously considering buying an LCR .38. In fact I plan on getting it in a couple of weeks. But first I would like opinions. I own a couple of old full size S&W .38s and I've shot a snubbie (S&W 442), but I haven't been able to find an LCR to borrow/rent and shoot. So I'm buying blind.

Locally, the standard LCR is available. I can order the Tritium front sight and Crimson Trace models, and I'm willing to do that if I'm convinced it's the best option. So I read this thread with a lot of interest. I hope it continues.

To those of you with both S&W snubbie and the LCR, is the felt recoil similar?
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I'm seriously considering buying an LCR .38. In fact I plan on getting it in a couple of weeks. But first I would like opinions. I own a couple of old full size S&W .38s and I've shot a snubbie (S&W 442), but I haven't been able to find an LCR to borrow/rent and shoot. So I'm buying blind.

Locally, the standard LCR is available. I can order the Tritium front sight and Crimson Trace models, and I'm willing to do that if I'm convinced it's the best option. So I read this thread with a lot of interest. I hope it continues.

To those of you with both S&W snubbie and the LCR, is the felt recoil similar?
I have a 442 and a LCR 357. With 38+p the 442 is not to bad but the LCR 357 Blows it away. The 17oz. LCR 357 with Tamer Grip is very comfortable shooting +P Ammo. 357 Ammo was a little wild at first but, I have been shooting 357 Snubs for years and got used to it quick. The Tamer Grip makes shooting the 125JHP loads painless for me. I ordered and installed the X/S Night Sight. This gun has become my favorite 357 Snub to carry and shoot. I can shoot it pretty good and follow up shots are not a problem. The very smooth trigger makes for good accuracy. I always carry Two Snubs so the LCR 357 is One that is always with me. Sometimes I carry it with a 7 Shot Taurus 357, SP101 Ruger, or my 442. I still like that little 442 so I carry it as a Back up when I want to go with Two light weight guns. The LCR fits my pockets fine but, I don't ware tight fitting clothes. I may buy another one so I can carry Two but, I still like to rotate my other Snubs in to carry.

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I'm seriously considering buying an LCR .38. In fact I plan on getting it in a couple of weeks. But first I would like opinions. I own a couple of old full size S&W .38s and I've shot a snubbie (S&W 442), but I haven't been able to find an LCR to borrow/rent and shoot. So I'm buying blind.

Locally, the standard LCR is available. I can order the Tritium front sight and Crimson Trace models, and I'm willing to do that if I'm convinced it's the best option. So I read this thread with a lot of interest. I hope it continues.

To those of you with both S&W snubbie and the LCR, is the felt recoil similar?
I added the XS front site to my LCR and highly recommend it. It's amazing how accurate these little guns are. I love my LCR.
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:55   #46
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I've pocket carried an .38 LCR for more than a year and a half and shoot it at least 2x monthly. The trigger pull is smooth as butter IMO. I have larger hands and recoil may be a bit more manageable for me and the Hogue grips help to absorb it as well. Its so light in weight that I don't even notice it when I carry it, but this also contributes to the felt recoil.

At the range I'll sometimes use cowboy loads for practice and its like shooting a .22 and cheaper to practice mechanics with. I'll always finish the session with full loads. I painted the front sight with some modeling paint and touch up is easy when needed. I use a strip loader as it is easy to carry in my other pocket. For me it took a lot practice to become reasonably proficient using it.

In the winter I carried my SP101 as it was easier to conceal, but anymore I simply stuff the LCR in my pocket and go about my day. I'm thinking about getting the .357 LCR to replace this one as my carry weapon for the added ballistics. Its a well designed and manufactured double action and you have to shoot it to appreciate it.

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At the range I'll sometimes use cowboy loads for practice and its like shooting a .22 and cheaper to practice mechanics with.
Is this a load you can buy, or are these reloads?
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Is this a load you can buy, or are these reloads?
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.38spl. I use 158gr RNFP bullet. Winchester Small Pistol primers, and 3.0 grains of Titegroup powder.

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.38spl. I use 158gr RNFP bullet. Winchester Small Pistol primers, and 3.0 grains of Titegroup powder.
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:17   #50
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An Airweight is about the same weight as the 'plastic guns.' I'll stick with my Airweights.
If I already had an Airweight that was filling the bill I would say the same thing.

But I haven't owned a snubbie in 15 years and since I am about to go shopping for one I am going to keep an open mind.

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