Originally Posted by watchjonbeep
I used to have a ruger lcr in .38 spc but sold it because I never carried it (because I had an uncomfortable holster...) and regretted selling my only revolver 5 minutes after I sold it...
Then bought a used smith and wesson airweight in .38 spc and like it more than the ruger. Both fit great in your hand and both have the same recoil but the s&w has a hammer you can pull with your thumb... The ruger did not.
I also spent a little more money and got a very nice galco holster and this quickly became my every day carry gun...
I have these same two guns. Ruger LCR in 38 Special and Smith a Wesson Airweight shrouded hammer - in black - which makes it a Model 438, in 38 Special.
The Smith is the one I carry simply because it's grip is smaller and makes the whole gun a little smaller and easier to conceal.
BUT ... the LCP shoots softer - because of that larger wrap-around rubber grip! Oh, and the LCR does have a smoother trigger and a little lighter pull - it's nice.
It's like so many things ... you give up one thing and get another...
The concealability advantage of the Smith is apparently important enough to me that I really don't use the LCR. I recognize the LCR as a very nice gun, though.
The Smith came first for me - and I don't usually like to have duplicate or near duplicate guns. But I bought the LCR anyway - and I do appreciate it. I'm just not really using it.
I agree with previous statements concerning the LCR in 357. It may have more ammo options - but I decided I would never really shoot it in 357 --- having another larger frame 357 in the family. The recoil in those lightweight guns would be too much - too shocking in a panic self-defense situation. That was my thought.
The SP101 is excellent too - and would carry a 357 better since it weighs more. But it won't be as concealable.
All three of these are very good revolvers... You can't go far wrong.