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New .38 spl. Lcr - very happy

Discussion in 'Ruger Club' started by RVER, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. RVER


    Aug 3, 2004
    After playing around with pocket autos for some time I revisited the revolver and ended up a .38 Spl. LCR. I briefly considered the .357 Magnum LCR (a little heavier in weight and could fire both .38 and .357 ammunition), but I had no intention of shooting .357's out of it. That's what my wife's 3" GP100 is for. The gun that I bought was still in the factory box and is perfect in fit, finish, function, and accuracy. The grips are very comfortable, and although a bit large for pocket carry, they are perfect for “inside the waistband” carry. "Boot" grips are available from Ruger if you want to pocket carry. The retail price was $425.00 for the .38 Spl. The .357 Magnum was $475.00. And The Crimson Trace Laser Grip model was $650.00.

    AMMUNITION / ACCURACY: At 7 yards all of the ammunition fired had the same point of impact – dead center of the target leaving one ragged hole. Recoil was mild with Winchester 130 grain FMJ and Federal 148 grain full wadcutter loads, and “manageable” with Federal 158 grain +P Nyclad HP and CCI 135 grain +P GDHP (my choice for carry). With the +P's the recoil, while not punishing, was not pleasant either. I was very surprised to find that the LCR, although lighter than the Smith and Wesson “Airweight” revolver, has what I felt was considerably less felt recoil. And a much nicer trigger. I fired a total of 50 rounds of ammunition with 100% reliability.

    The gun carries very nicely in a common suede Bianchi IWB clip holster (I like using the holster sized for K frames as smaller revolvers sit lower and holster easier). A really nice CCW / "off duty" / BUG weapon.

    Last edited: Apr 2, 2012
  2. harleytech


    Feb 25, 2012
    I have the .357 LCR and the .357 loads aren't that bad either...Plus I can shoot .38's too...Nice Trigger...Nice gun..!

  3. Chup


    Feb 11, 2008
    N. Ohio
    I second that.
  4. Chip62


    Aug 17, 2010
    I have the LCR .38 spec. with the CT grips. Really like this gun, congrats!:cool:
  5. RVER


    Aug 3, 2004
    A six shot or a larger framed eight shot version would cause me to have to break out the wallet.

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