Yes, I am a slacker… I admit it. I’ll take my lumps for it. And I am sorry it took so long to get this write up together… You will probably remember that a while back I picked up a Ruger LCR to serve as my new primary concealed carry gun in the summer months. Well, I have been shooting and carrying it ever since, and have finally gotten around to putting together this long overdue writeup.
I went out in search of a new dog-days-of-summer EDC mainly because of all the craziness that has been going on with regard to lunatic active shooters and what not. I have always lived a life that was (relatively) crime free and thus a life that is of a relatively low threat level. Lets be honest, the odds of me needing a gun when I “can’t carry a real gun” has always been pretty low, and my Kel-Tec P32 has always been “good enough” as a bad guy repellant on those days when it was too hot for anything but a Speedo. Well, ‘the times they area a changing‘, and now that murderous shooting sprees are a very clear and present danger in our society, I began to find myself feeling inadequately prepared and needing of something with a little more horse power. Enter the Ruger LCR…
I settled on a revolver to serve in this role because they are very easy to carry. This is vital in the deep south during the middle of the hotter-than-hell months. Yes, I give up some capacity from my normal EDC (Glock 26), but in the dead of summer even that is just too much to bear in such a climate. I settled on the Ruger LCR because of a couple of factors…
First and foremost, the trigger. I love the trigger on this gun. Its what everyone raves about with the LCR, and Ruger is more than proud of themselves for what they have come up with in their new friction reducing cam system.
I will tell you that it does in fact live up to all the hype. The best thing that I can compare the trigger to is to that of a very well broken in S&W J-Frame trigger. Its smooth, it doesnt stack, and its just something that makes you say “wow“. They did a remarkable job with this innovative new approach to designing a trigger, and its truly something that you just dont expect to get with an out-of-the-box snubbie.
There is one drawback however, and that is the reset on the trigger. With the LCR the reset is a bit longer than with a J-Frame. Its not really a deal breaker, but its certainly something that must, repeat must be practiced with. The concern here being that if you get a little bit too “trigger happy” you can in fact short stroke the trigger on the reset and one of two things will happen… either the trigger will lock up and not fire until you fully reset the trigger, or you will double rotate the cylinder and go right past a live round and on to the next. Either of these outcomes could be a very big deal in a gun fight. So – like I said – its vital to train against this.
The second thing that I really love about the Ruger LCR is the fact that you can change out the front sight on the pistol. I personally have a hard time seeing the sights of most snubbies against a dark backdrop. The black on black color scheme of the LCR (and the black sights that are on most revolvers) can be very difficult to acquire in low light or when pointed at dark colored clothing or whatever. With the LCR a simple roll pin in the front sight can be removed and then you can have whatever front sight you wish.
I chose a Hi-Viz front sight for this and I absolutely love it. Its a very simple DIY instillation, and the improvement that it makes to the sight-picture is priceless. I liked it so much, in fact, that I ordered a second one for my other EDC (Glock 26). Its just that darn good.
The final reason I went with a LCR was the carry weight. Weighing in at only 13.5 ounces, its one of the lightest revolvers out there on the marketplace. Thats 1.5 oz less than the J-frame, and 1+ oz less than the S&W Bodyguard. S&W does offer the $1,000+ scandium frame J-frame that weighs in at 11.4 oz, but I’m just not going to pay that.
I have been carrying the revolver appendix style in “the world’s most controversial holster in the world” and its a real joy to carry. It sounds ridiculously clique to say this, but at times you do indeed forget that you are carrying it. I do really like the above linked holster because it sits the gun low enough IWB that the butt of the revolver does not print much, if at all. It disappears nicely even under the most flimsy of t-shirts.
Shooting the Ruger LCR is no walk in the park. Its not an 11.5 oz .357 by any means, but with high octane defensive loads you are not really gonna want to spend all day at the range with it. With standard practice rounds its certainly not bad, and the recoil reducing pad inserted into the Hogue Tamer grips is certainly a help over standard grips:
Hogue’s rubber grips in general make a big difference when it comes to controlling recoil, and they were a very nice choice for the LCR. They fill my average sized hands nicely, and the tamer insert is an added bonus. I cant get my pinky on the grip, but its certainly very secure, and like I said… they conceal and carry nicely.
The cylinder release is something else that was a deciding factor for me. I personally dont like the S&W push-style of cylinder release as much as I do like the Colt pull-style of release. ‘GASP! How dare you say that!’ Yeah, I know… I am bad little gun blogger… but its just a personal preference brought about from how I run the gun.
I personally tend to rotate the gun inward a bit in my hand when I do reloads, and consequently the S&W style is less natural to my hands. The LCR style pushes straight in, and is more similar to the Colt style of activation. This works for me personally, and I have found that I didn’t need to work to get acclimated to the LCR at all.
So there you have it… thats my take on the gun. Its been stone cold reliable for the 250+ rounds that I have put through it so far. It carries great, and its without a doubt a quality piece. As you can imagine… I have been very happy with it all the way around as a carry gun.