Opinion on Ruger LCR series?
I've been thinking about purchasing a Ruger LCR. However, I'm not real knowledgable about them. I was looking at a few the other day and absolutely love how light they are, but is there a drawback to this advantage? Another thing is im not sure if I want to get a .357 or .38 special. Does one LCR have an advantage over the other? If there is any more information, experiences, or observations it would be much appreciated. Thanks!
The advantages of the resin frames are: lower production costs, and light weight.
S & W produces an aluminum framed .38 in the same weight range and it costs a good bit more. Of course S & W guaranties the frame for life; I'm not sure about the Ruger guaranty.
The .357 Ruger has a steel frame and is heavier (but still cost-effective and fairly light).
S & W makes a .357 scandium framed snubbie but it is very expensive (about $1,100.00 list; locally just under $900.00 here; and at Bud's guns just over $700.00) but very light (under 11-1/2 ounces).
I read a test (torture test) and the Ruger did relatively well, but the author recommended against a steady diet of +P rounds.
Of course resin framed revolvers are fairly new and they don't have the favorable history (yet) that resin framed pistols have. So if you are of a conservative nature you might want to think twice. But overall the write-ups I've read say the Ruger is an excellent gun and the resin frame seems to absorb some fo the recoil making it easier to shoot.
And Ruger (as a corporation) has always seemed to be conscientious about standing behind their products.
I agree with most of the points Packard has made.
Originally Posted by MAG13
I bought an S&W Centennial Airweight snubby a while back. That is the humpback "hidden hammer" model with aluminum frame.
For $400. Added Crimson Trace laser grips for about $210.
The same day I bought mine, a lady friend bought her Ruger LCR. So, I have fired both quite often, including +P.
My Smith is fine, but if I had it to do over, I'd go with the LCR. She paid $400. Maybe a bit cheaper now ?
Somewhere in the archives are more info I posted back when comparing range experience with these two. I like the LCR trigger better.
I highly recommend factory lasers on snubbies. You can get 'em on the LCR, and the new S&W "plastic frame" Bodyguard revolver.
Both companies make .357 versions of these guns. To me that is MEAN and TOTAL overkill in a 15 oz. revolver.
And, the absolute worst carry revolver is the S&W Scandium snubby in .357 Magnum.
Let's pay three times the price, lighten it as much as possible, and load it with mule-kicking, muzzle-blasting Magnum ammo.
Jeez, for anyone into heavy-duty masochism it would make sense.
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