Originally Posted by mt232
I'm thinking about getting a Ruger LCR and wanted to know what you guys think about them. My main question though is it a good carry weapon?
Hi MT. I've been shooting and reloading for over 40 years. I've won more than my fair share of IPSC and bowling pin shoots. I have a shooting range on my property and recycle all of my lead to cast my own bullets. I have lots of guns and reload for many calibers. I shoot A LOT.
I'm also an X-Marine, and I teach computer classes at a technical college.
My 67 year old girl friend had been shooting my Ruger GP100 a lot, but she wanted her own gun for concealed carry and home defense. We got her the LCR 38 ($399) not the 357 ($499). Even though I reload, we were shooting so much that I was having a hard time keeping up. So we also got her the LCR 22 ($459 and 8 shot). It's great for lots of cheap practice, and will pay for itself in no time if you don't reload. Neither of her guns has a laser. You can either spend lots on ammo for the 38, or use that money to buy the 22 and have two guns. My girl friend shoots the 22 75% of the time and the 38 25% of the time. The 22 can be your New York reload. (For those that don't know what a New York reload is, it's when your primary gun is empty and you don't reload it. You just pull out a second gun.) If you can only afford one gun now, I'd suggest the 22 because it's way more affordable to shoot. But every time you go shooting with it, put $40 in a jar, cause that's what it would have cost you to shoot the 38 (100 rounds). In no time, you'll have saved enough to buy the 38. 98% of the people who own handguns can't hit squat because they don't practice. They're living under a false sense of security. They would score miserably (be dead) in a tactical match, which doesn't involve anywhere near the pressure and fear they would experience in a real life confrontation.
I have shot both guns extensively. The LCR 38 is one sweet little gun. Light as a potato chip, reliable as dirt, butter smooth trigger, and accurate as all heck. The 22 is almost exactly the same except it has 1 more pound in the trigger pull because its a rim-fire. When you pick up both, you can't tell the difference between them. There is some blue energy absorbing material which runs down the full length of the back-strap, underneath the grip in the 38. It really helps to reduce the felt recoil quite a bit. Notice how little the 38 recoils in the below video. Don't believe the myth that snubbies or mouse guns are hard to shoot or are inaccurate. With some proper and patient instruction, my girl friend can handle both of her guns really well. She's deadly fast on pie plates at 21 feet with both guns. I painted the front sight on her 38 white. I tried both white and red, but she preferred white. There are vids on youtube that explain how to do it. It's pretty simple. While there are some after-market grips available, she prefers the stock grips on both guns. This is strictly a matter of personal preference. Some may prefer the after-market grips. She didn't. While these aren't target guns, they both shoot nice groups at 50 feet. It's really up to the shooter. Just watch Hickok45, in the video below, pick off some distant targets with the 38. That gong he shoots at is 80 yards distant! And they're a blast to shoot! Drop one in your front pocket and you will quite literally forget that it's there. It really is that light. I've included some video reviews on both guns. There are tons more available on youtube. While I'm sure that there are many excellent guns in this category, I can only speak about these two because of my own extensive personal experience with both of these guns. You won't be disappointed with either one. I carry a Ruger SR40C ($419), but I would have absolutely no qualms about carrying the LCR 38. It really is an excellent concealed carry weapon. Load it up with some Hornady Critical Defense ammo, and you're good to go. The 357 version could also serve double duty as a woods gun. But for 2 legged critters, the 38, with modern self defense ammo, gets the job done with plenty of authority. Always remember, it's not the caliber that counts. What counts is your skill (marksmanship, gun handling, and tactical) and presence of mind. Practice, practice, practice.
Happy shooting, and be safe.