Had the opportunity to spend some time on the range today with my LCR Model 5405. This is the 38 +P model that comes with the XS front sight. As you can see from the photos (sorry I'm not the best at closeup pictures) the sight has the XS logo on the side and Trijicon's logo on the top. There is obviously some relationship between the two companies.
The XS sight makes for a terrific sight picture, especially for older eyes using an indoor range with bad lighting! The white outline really pops.
Today I shot 50 rounds of American Eagle 130 gr FMJ; 50 rounds of PMC Bronze 132 gr FMJ; 10 rounds of Hornady +P 110 gr FTX and 10 rounds of Remington HD +P 125 gr BJHP. The American Eagle and PMC were both quite pleasant to shoot and I really couldn't tell much difference between them. The Hornady +P had a bit more kick but with the lighter grain bullet wasn't really unpleasant. The Remington HD +P had quite a bit more "snap" to it and would be tiring if I had stayed with it. Today I was working on getting better acquainted with my LCR and feeling out a couple of CCW rounds. At this point I like the Hornady based on perceived recoil comfort but I may try some more options next time out.
The trigger was very nice and when I acheived a "surprise break" I usually was right on target at 7 - 10 yards. This lightweight revolver requires your best technique and when I failed to concentrate I ended up grouping more to the right - more range time required!
The Hogue grip was very comfortable but I sometimes wished it had more length. I have bigger hands and I'm used to more grip places for my fingers. I like the way it fills up in my hand and I understand why it's short - it's supposed to be compact after all and when it's in my pocket I like the grip length just fine. Any longer would start peeking out of my pocket in some of my shorts.
Overall I'm really happy with my LCR and I expect to get better with it the more time I spend on the range. Maybe I'll eventually have a target I'll be proud enough to photograph - but not today! I don't regret the decision to go with the 38+P version as I have plenty of other revolvers I can shoot .357 mag and I love the XS sight on this one. Shooting .38 spec I felt I could go all day - I only stopped at 100 because I was out of ammo.