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Old 04-23-2014, 06:39 PM   #1
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I've been considering a Ruger SP101 .357 3" barrel for a next gun. I would likely use it as EDC rather than my M&P .40.

But also intrigued by the LCR in a 2" but they all appear to be hammerless. Is that good or bad?

What are some pros/cons to the differences between the two?

Is an LCR too small for someone with big hands?

They seem close in price. I would only buy new.

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Old 04-23-2014, 08:42 PM   #2
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I've been considering a Ruger SP101 .357 3" barrel for a next gun. I would likely use it as EDC rather than my M&P .40.

But also intrigued by the LCR in a 2" but they all appear to be hammerless. Is that good or bad?

What are some pros/cons to the differences between the two?

Is an LCR too small for someone with big hands?

They seem close in price. I would only buy new.
Well, the exposed hammer on the SP101 allows you to fire in single action which you'd probably only use for target practice or taking care of a varmint in the yard. The LCR is double action only but has a trigger pull reducing cam allowing it to have a really smooth pull. The SP101 is constructed completely out of steel, while the LCR has a polymer frame and a steel barrel with an aluminum shroud. The 3" barrel and weight of the SP101 allows for easier, quicker aiming and make the .357 loads easier to control. The lightweight and compactness of the LCR make it ideal for pocket carry but those qualities also make it slower to aim and harder to control, especially when firing rapidly. The LCR would probably be better for pocket carry and the SP101 for IWB or OWB carry or as a house/truck gun.
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I've been considering a Ruger SP101 .357 3" barrel for a next gun. I would likely use it as EDC rather than my M&P .40.

But also intrigued by the LCR in a 2" but they all appear to be hammerless. Is that good or bad?

What are some pros/cons to the differences between the two?

Is an LCR too small for someone with big hands?

They seem close in price. I would only buy new.
i dont have your hands so i cant help you with the grip question...

if you plan on pocket carry get the lcr. no hammer to snag up.

the lcr is much lighter making it a much better everyday carry gun.

the lcr is pretty much the sp101 using lighter materials. they both come in 357 and both come in hammer or hammerless versions.

the only real difference is weight.

if your going to carry and shoot it a lot get the sp101 it will be a more pleasent shooter as its almost twice the weight of the lcr. if your just going to mainly carry with a little shooting get the lcr.

whichever one you get, get it in 357magnum. 38special is downright pathetic in a shortbarrel revolver. 357magnum brings shorties up to 38spl levels in a longer barreled 4-6" gun.

38spl is anemic in a full size gun and when you shrink it down to a 2 inch barrel its down right sad.
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Also: LCR is 1.875" and the Shortest SP101 is 2.5 ." Having shot and owning both ( Well, the Mz does) I like the Sp's ability to soak up the recoil. Our LCR is 38+P, which seems to be enough, while the SP handles 357's.
The LCR was going to be her Carry Gun but she is going to trade it back for a Hammered version.

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Soooooooo Coke & Diet Coke, basically?

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Sort of, yeah...


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the lcr is pretty much the sp101 using lighter materials. they both come in 357 and both come in hammer or hammerless versions.
Actually, I don't think the 357 lcrx is out yet (could be wrong though), so if the OP wants 357 with hammer it's the sp101.
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it's out. It's even at the local Gougers gun shop for $125 over MSRP. CDNN lists all of the LCR's models in different calibers at $399 but they don't always have what they list in stock on Guns, but they are better on Accessories.
Edit: the Hammered X version is only in 38+P...

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Personally I like the SP101 I just fired my Son's LCR 357 and while manageable its not pleasant to fire.
I prefer guns with hammers and single action pistols.

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I've been considering a Ruger SP101 .357 3" barrel for a next gun. I would likely use it as EDC rather than my M&P .40.

But also intrigued by the LCR in a 2" but they all appear to be hammerless. Is that good or bad?

What are some pros/cons to the differences between the two?

Is an LCR too small for someone with big hands?

They seem close in price. I would only buy new.
Main difference would be weight. I have an SP101 and love it but I've heard great things about the LCR as well... I'm just not ready to trust a plastic revolver but that's me, I'm sure they are both good guns.
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