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Old January 2nd, 2017, 08:58 AM   #31
 
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After studying several revolvers for a couple of weeks, I chose the LCRx3 last week and put a box of Rem. 130 gr target rounds through it; shot very well. It's going to be a great gun to shoot and carry. Being retired and in a country home setting with lake and 40 acres to manage, weighing in under a pound, it was a no brainer. I wanted an all day carry for snakes (rat shot) and varmints, then at night it is a great house gun by my chair and bed. So to sum it up, I'll be spending a lot of time with it. Also, I don't have to worry about it getting "banged up" like a pretty finished revolver. When I'm away from the house, my CCW carry is a Khar P380 loaded with +P's. Get one soon, you"ll love it!



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Old January 2nd, 2017, 01:05 PM   #32
 
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Smooth Grips

Okay, new to this forum, hello!

I own an LCRx 3-inch, an LCR .357, and an LCR 22LR.

I carry the LCR .357 as my primary CCW, IWB strong-side, with the Hogue Bantam/Boot Grip, in an old-school Bianchi IWB belt clip suede-leather open holster (originally sized for a S&W Model 66 2 1/2-inch, emphasis on old). The LCR sits there out of sight, tucked low in the Bianchi, and quite frankly I forget it's there. My round of choice is 125GR .38+P rather than any .357 round.

Two speed strips reside in my right back pocket for reloads.

When detonated, a .357 feels like a grenade going off in my hand, hence the milder round preference. The .38+P is mighty-bitey as well, but is a lot easier to practice with. And as you know, you need to practice with what you carry...

Enter the LCRx 3-inch

My LCRx 3-inch is my out-in-the-woods carry gun with the same .38+P round. It has an improved sighting radius, and MUCH better sights, but with a rather limited holster selection.

Most short-barrel LCR holsters will work for the LCRx 3-inch in some fashion with the muzzle sticking out the bottom at the expense of a smooth draw (the front sight may hang up on exit). Not a good idea. Currently I use an inexpensive nylon OWB with pocket clip holster (one size fits 3-4 inch revolver-style), with the clip reversed if I carry the LCRx IWB. A little bulky, but it works, especially when we're talking mainly out-in-the-woods, AND will work for CCW when needed.

The common denominator among all factory-shipped LCRs is the sticky rubber "tamer" grips. Great on the range for practice and show, but are bad for CCW. The rubber hangs up on clothes, jackets, packs, gear, and just about anything else that sticks to rubber. The LCRx grips stick WORSE due to the longer profile.

I mentioned the Hogue Bantam/Boot grip above. It has a hard plastic shell of sorts that is smooth in profile, and minimizes hang-ups. Great for the .357, but won't work on the LCRx.

I have a Hogue Extreme Series G10 smooth grip on my LCR .22 LR, and had one on the .357 for awhile (until I opted for the shorter Bantam/Boot), and really liked it! It was smooth, filled my hand to control the .38+P rounds, and didn't hang up on anything. Period. But Hogue only makes the G10 for LCR "enclosed hammers".

I took the spare G10 and with some trial-and-error inside shaping/sanding, was able to fit the G10 to the LCRx. It looks great, and the hammer cocks as needed without grip interference. Makes all the difference in the world. I don't understand why Hogue doesn't market a modified G10 for the LCRx.
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I took the spare G10 and with some trial-and-error inside shaping/sanding, was able to fit the G10 to the LCRx. It looks great, and the hammer cocks as needed without grip interference. Makes all the difference in the world. I don't understand why Hogue doesn't market a modified G10 for the LCRx.
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I've got some images, but sadly the forum won't let me post images or links. It says my "post count must be greater". Any idea what the magic post count is?

I'll put the images up as soon as the forum lets me!
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A lot the recommend in the LCR .357

There's actually a lot to recommend the LCR in .357 (not that you have to load .357, but options are good).

First of all, I policed a decade down in S. Texas during the wheel gun era, so I've always felt more at ease with one. Also, I'm left handed. I know that many semis are set up for southpaws, but I've just developed an automatic reflex for releasing the cylinder and dumping the shells.

I like that the cylinder release is quite stiff, so I won't have it accidentally come open if I belt carry. I also like the shrouded hammer, one less thing to snag on coming out or pocket fired. And it's quite light. I like the "v" between the cylinder and the grips for a naturally secure belt carry.

I'm not bothered by the 5-shot limit and slower reloading (I use the Bianche Speed Strips to keep a slimmer profile in my coat pocket). I only had two uses of deadly force in my career, both were limited to 2 shots from me and one from the other guy (not counting a barricade situation once, but I was wielding a shotgun).

What most semiautomatic fans don't get with their guns that I get with the LCR is the ability to forcefully jam the barrel into the chest of a subject without fear the gun will go off or of getting knocked out of battery. If done right, the pain of a barrel jabbed into the sternum is nearly heart stopping.

This is because the transfer bar in the LCR won't rise between the hammer and firing pin unless the trigger is full back. And because the lightweight firing pin can't gather enough inertia to launch a round, even if you drop the weapon, one should feel pretty confident that you can use the LCR as a "come-along" or "go away" aid without actually killing someone.

Yeah, it's a risky move, being in close to a subject like that. But I used it quite a lot in my police career. Especially when the situation wasn't quite to the pulling the trigger level of aggression yet, but might get there.

(I also once barked an ear off of a subject with the cylinder of my service S&W 28 during a bar brawl, but that's another story.)

All the usual disclaimers apply. If it's not your job to go to bad places, don't go. Avoiding trouble is always better than all that paperwork. Plus, there is also the possibility you will lose. And never forget that bad guys always have the upper hand. They know what they want, how far they're willing to go to get it, and they get to pick the time and place.

You, on the other hand, are out shopping with your family, keeping an eye on the kids, and doing all kinds of other stuff.
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I took the spare G10 and with some trial-and-error inside shaping/sanding, was able to fit the G10 to the LCRx. It looks great, and the hammer cocks as needed without grip interference. Makes all the difference in the world. I don't understand why Hogue doesn't market a modified G10 for the LCRx.
Here's images of my LCRx with the Hogue Extreme Series G10 grips. As you can see, at full cock the hammer clears the grip completely (even when the hammer is extended beyond full cock travel limit there's a gap).



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Big fan of Rugers lcr group...my latest is the LCRx 3in. Very satisfied...ultra light shoots well....wish it were six instead of five but so well..I have a 22lr and 22mag...every bit as good
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That's a pretty telling statement. My impression is that a 3" barrel LCRx would be a great outdoorsman's gun, bedside table gun, or fun range plinkin' gun.



If the mission is to carry IWB or deeply concealed and the OP wants to "reduce recoil" then I think I'd lean toward the smaller but heavier .357 LCR and shoot 38s out of it. Just my opinion.

I too, opted for the .357 and shoot 38's out of it. Works for me




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