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S&W 637 VS. Ruger LCR

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by downtown, May 15, 2012.

  1. downtown


    Jan 26, 2009
    I am thinking of selling my S&W J-Frame 637 and getting a Ruger LCR. What are the pros and cons of this? All advice welcome, thanks.
  2. ZekerMan

    ZekerMan ZekerMan

    Feb 21, 2010
    All I can add is that I really like my Ruger LCR, fantastic smooth trigger and accurate. Not my everyday EDC but it has its place depending on how I have to dress. I did add a front night sight.

  3. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    The cons would be selling a S&W for a Ruger
  4. The Pirate

    The Pirate HARRRRR!!!

    Nov 7, 2006
    Walltown, KY
    Haha, I would have said that a year ago. Now I like my KLCR better than my 442. The only real reason is it has a better trigger and I can carry .357 if I want. If you want something different, try it. I bet you'll like it a lot.

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  5. GoBigOrange


    May 22, 2010
    East TN
  6. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    I like Ruger, dont get me wrong I own a few but in this case I think the 442/642 is unbeatable.

    The LCR is a good offering IMO, but i have a 442 and did not feel the LCR was up to par.

    The Smith jframes have the set the standard pretty high.
  7. GoBigOrange


    May 22, 2010
    East TN
    How so? I have heard numerous people say the trigger on the LCR is far better than the 442. These guys were diehard smith guys too.

    Just curious how the LCR was not up to par?

    not trying to cause a pissing match, I don't have much experience with smith jframes but I'm curious what makes them better.
    Last edited: May 15, 2012
  8. MLittle


    Jun 24, 2010
    There is no way that you would choose a Smith 642/442 over the Ruger LCR if you shot them side-by-side. I own both........ I want to love my Smith, I really do. It is so traditional and it is all metal (I like metal edc is a Sig P220 Carry). In good conscience, I could not recommend the Smith over the Ruger. Why?

    1) Trigger......Ruger is light years ahead of the Smith 642/442, try them and see.
    2) Sights.......the Smith has a gutter and very low front sight. The Ruger has clearly defined stock sights.
    3) Recoil.......The Hogue grips on the Ruger reduce felt recoil on the Ruger by 25%(my estimate) from the Smiths.
    4) Weight.....The Ruger weighs 13.5 oz, the Smiths 15 oz.

    The only drawback for the Ruger is that the nice grips do make the stock a little larger than the Smiths and may interfer with draw. Doesn't bother me, but may you....
  9. I shot them side by side. I didnt notice the LCR being any better than my 642. I didn't like the LCR ergos as much. But I consider them equally good choices. A buyer should look at both and pick the one they like better.
  10. The con is you lose the single action. The pro is the double action only is less likely to snag on a draw.
  11. Gregg702

    Gregg702 Gold Member

    May 1, 2010
    Las Vegas
    Keep the 637, save up for the LCR. Both are good guns.
  12. It is hard to get ahead trading in guns that are fully capable to do the job. My old carry J frame is a Smith & Wesson 649 in 38 Special. It was and still is a great revolver.

    I also have a Ruger LCR in 38 Special +P. It is very light and very easy to conceal. The trigger pull is second to none in double action revolvers. I sometimes carry in an IWB clipon holster and even my elastic waistband shorts stay up.

    You will find people with all sorts of claims about brands and quality. You should go with what fits your goals and not fall for the trash talkers. The Ruger LCR is a very good choice. I have mine fitted with a front night sight and the Crimson Trace LaserGrip.

    Out there in fly-over country...
  13. I had a 642 and an LCR. I still have the LCR, but sold the 642 to get a S&W 22A and a bunch of ammo. I wanted a .22 pistol and didn't need two tools for the same purpose. The LCR stayed due to a better trigger and sights. Both are light enough that weight wasn't a factor to me.
  14. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    If the weight is the issue then the nod goes to the LCR, if the trigger is the issue the nod appears to go the LCR and if size is the issue then keep the 637.
  15. ftlupton


    Aug 27, 2005
    I have both, if I had to I would let the LCR go and keep the j frame. That being said the wifes LCR is all she will shoot anymore and she is deadly with it out to 20yds. I put Pachmyar grips on my Smith and love the feel when shooting.
  16. Better trigger pretty much and a weight reduction .. Id do it in a heartbeat. IMO the best CC revolver on the market right now is the LCR. To be honest id look for my best price on the LCR and KEEP the S&W but if you asked me you can have one or the other id take the Ruger.
    Last edited: May 16, 2012
  17. ricklee4570


    Sep 11, 2009
  18. pmwglock19


    Oct 10, 2008
    My son this weekend bought an LCR instead of the S&W. Liked the feel and trigger a lot better.
  19. Orive 8

    Orive 8

    Jun 8, 2004
    Mt. Lebanon, PA
    I have had numerous S&W snubbies over the past 27 years. When I was working on duty - a S&W snubby was my BUG.

    A couple of years ago I traded my S&W 342ti .38 sp. for a Ruger LCR .38.

    Reason - the trigger. Best trigger on any snub that I have ever shot. (And like I posted, I have had lots of different S&W snubs, as well as several different Colt snubs).

    Just ordered the XS tritium express front sight for my LCR and a new Garrett Industries "Silent Thunder" IWB holster for it also. What can I say - wife got a new car, bathroom and laptop so I had to get something for myself :supergrin:
  20. ray glock

    ray glock

    Apr 15, 2007
    I ordered a ruger LCR in 357 and it was way out of spec from the factory. The trigger would not return either. I was very disappointed. I sent it back to Ruger and they rebuilt it by replacing various parts. For some reason they also replaced the front sight. When I took it to the range I was so impressed with the little revolver. It was like custom tuned and shot point of aim at 7 yards. It is a great little EDC. The thing I like the most about it is that I can point shoot it (up to 7 yards) better than most any other revolver/pistol I have ever owned. The extra weight of the part steel construction does not hinder the ease of carry for me but it is not feather lite like the little 442. I don't have any experience with the 38 LCR.