Ruger LCR

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Ruger LCR
Ruger LCR
Type Revolver
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designer Joseph Zajk, others
Designed 2009
Manufacturer Sturm, Ruger[1]
Produced 2010–present[2]
Weight 13.5–17.1 oz (380–480 g)[1]
Length 6.5 in (170 mm)[1]
Barrel length 1.875 in (47.6 mm)[1]
Width 1.28 in (33 mm)[1]
Height 4.5 in (110 mm)[1]

Cartridge .22 LR
.22 WMR
.38 Special +P
.357 Magnum
9mm Luger
.327 Federal Magnum
Barrels 1:16" Right-Hand twist[1]
Action Double-action revolver
Feed system 5-round cylinder
Sights Fixed "U notch" rear and pinned ramp front sight (later models with the XS tritium dot front sight)

The Ruger LCR is a compact revolver built by Ruger and announced in January 2009. The LCR acronym stands for 'Lightweight Compact Revolver'. It incorporates several novel features such as a polymer grip and trigger housing,[3] monolithic receiver, and constant force trigger. At 13.5 oz (380 g),[4] the LCR is nearly 50% lighter than the stainless steel SP101[5] and with only the barrel and fluted cylinder made of stainless steel. The frame is aluminum alloy and synthetic glass-filled polymer finished in matte black with Synergistic Hard Coat. The LCR operates in double-action only (DAO) as the hammer is concealed within the frame handle's fire control housing of the gun and cannot be cocked prior to firing. In order to create a crisp and light trigger pull that is non-stacking, it features a friction reducing cam, a feature seldom found on double-action revolvers (which by nature of their mechanism normally have a very heavy trigger pull).

The revolver was originally released in two models: the LCR and the LCR-LG, with the LG featuring Crimson Trace Laser Grips.

In June 2010, Ruger released two new models of the LCR. The LCR-357 is chambered for .357 Magnum rather than .38 Special. The LCR-BGXS has a Hogue smooth boot grip and a tritium dot sight.[6]

With the rising popularity of the LCR, in December 2011 Ruger announced the new Ruger LCR 22 chambered in .22 LR with eight round capacity. Also new in 2011 are the special TALO exclusive limited edition models with laser engraved cylinder and gold trimmed cylinder.

Ruger also produces the LCRx in .38 Special +P, announced in December 2013,[7] which is built on the LCR 7000 series aluminum frame, with an external hammer, allowing it to be fired in single or double action.[8] In November 2014, Ruger began offering the LCRx with a 3-inch barrel, slightly different grips, and adjustable sights.[9]

The LCRx includes the friction-reducing cam for the smooth trigger pull, but the LCRx has an exposed hammer that can be cocked allowing the revolver to be fired in single or double action. All the other features of the LCR .38 Special are also present in the LCRx including the polymer grip, trigger housing, and fluted stainless steel cylinder.[10][11]

In the fall of 2015, Ruger introduced a .327 Federal Magnum version of the LCR.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Ruger LCR". Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Peterson, Philip. Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values: The Shooter's Guide to Guns 1900 to Present (16th ed.). p. 246. 
  3. ^ Denney, Steve (April 9, 2009). "The Ruger LCR". Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Ruger LCR". Ruger. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Ruger SP101 Double-Action Revolver". Ruger. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Ruger LCR Double-Action Revolver". Ruger. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ruger Expands the Popular Line of Lightweight Compact Revolvers with the Addition of the LCRx". Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. December 18, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Ruger LCR Double-Action Revolver". Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ruger Expands the Popular Line of Lightweight Compact Revolvers with the Addition of the LCRx with 3-inch barrel". Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. November 24, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Ruger LCR Double-Action Revolver". Ruger. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "The Ruger LCRx Double-Action Revolver". Ruger. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 

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