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Old December 21st, 2012, 08:26 PM   #16
 
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I have the LCR 357 and I think it's a great carry choice. I have found that the 357 rounds are quite manageable although I like the option of using the .38 and .38+p as well. The trigger is great for a DA and my girlfriend loves the gun too.



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Old December 22nd, 2012, 10:17 AM   #17
 
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Welcome RR! I think that I have a love affair with my 357 LCR. LOL I don't have anything negative to report about an LCR for cc. My LCR is perfect for me to carry with confidence that it would go bang if needed.

1.You may want to go to a range & rent an LCR before you buy one. This would allow you to get the feel of the little darling before you buy one.

2. My LCR has an XS regular dot front sight that you can purchase on LCR-Standard-Dot-Tritium-Front-Sight-Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.. It can be installed in minutes, no gunsmith is needed. The reason I wanted this sight instead of the factory front sight is, I couldn't really see the front black sight. As soon as I had the xs sight on, I could sight the target much faster, more accurately and I was able to get my tunnel vision mode going.

3.My LCR has Crimson Trace grips that I personally do not have a problem with recoil or making my hands hurt in any way. If you are going to buy CT grips I would buy them already on the LCR because I believe its a lot more expensive to buy them after the fact. You can always change the CT grips if you decide that you don't like them. Whether you want CT grips or not will be a personal decision that only you can decide.

4.I use a Crossbreed Holster SuperTuck when I wear pants with a belt. This holster allows your LCR to hug your body incredibly close. Drawing your gun from one of these holsters is a breeze. You will not notice if you have a few extra ounces in regards to a 38 or 357, I promise. I use this holster when I am on the motorcycle & my gun does not wiggle or jiggle loose in any way. (or when using the little girls room) The cant is fully adjustable.

5.The other holster that I wear is The New Remora Reinforced Top No Clip Holsters I personally like & prefer the reinforced to the regular Remora because I wear the stretchy tight jeans. I don't have to wiggle the little snub nose to get it back into the holster. Whether I'm target practicing or just cc, I would always want the reinforced top for the LCR. When using the little girls room, I just place my thumb against the holster & never have had it fall on the floor or in the toidy. I can also use the Remore when wearing leggings, jeggings or shorts with drawstings in the waist! The Remora stays put.You can adjust the cant or location to whatever & wherever you want.

6. As for ammo, I use Federal 38 special target for general practice & shooting my toys. When I cc I use Hornady Critical Defense 38+P. I have not shot 357 ammo & don't plan to for practicing. (However I do put a couple 357 as the last 2 shots with the 38+P when I carry)

7. I use only 5star speed loaders 5 Star Firearms | Speed Loaders | Range Blocks | Leather Pouches | 100% American Made because other brands of speed loaders do not load the LCR with ct/grips smoothly or as fast. I use Bianchi speedstrips Bianchi 580 Speed Strips 38 Special 357 Mag Package of 2 Plastic Black They have not allowed my ammo to fall out ever in my purse or pocket.

8. When researching products & guns, watch YouTube videos for info. This will save you a lot of time & money. faliaphotography channel - YouTube This gal's videos are outstanding.

9. Cleaning the LCR is easy, just watch the videos on the Ruger website. RugerŽ LCRŽ Double-Action Revolver Extras

10. I have a lockbox in my truck Firearm Safes - Portable Gun Safe - NanoVault | GunVault

11. I have a gun safe next to my bed. I went with the keypad safe over the biometric safe because if anything is on your finger print at the time, the safe may not open. Mini Gun Safe - Mini Gun Vault - MiniVault | GunVault

I hope this helps you! (and I will never post this much again, ever! ) (and I wanted to say roan ranger roan ranger, come on over! Couldn't stop myself )

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Thank you everyone, especially Sightngrl. That is a wealth of information. Glad to know that I have a carry option with my skinny jeans. I always wear them or my riding breeches. Good to know that I can comfortably carry on a MC also. I don't have my own any longer but ride with my husband. Believe me, I will check out all the links you provided. I've heard pros and cons re CT and am not sure if I really need them. Hubby thinks not and wants me to learn to shoot like he did as a Trooper. Decisions, decisions. BTW, the name Roan Ranger is/was my handle from SASS. At one point I wa interested in Cowboy Mounted Shooting, but decided that my 4 legged Princess would not appreciate it.
I am the type of person to research things to death before I make a big commitment like gun ownership. It is not the $$ but the responsibility. I can always shoot my husbands numerous guns, but really want my own for cc. I love the feel of the LCR. Great idea about renting one. There is a Targetmaster range about 45 minutes away. Maybe they have one I can fire. Thanks again. I'll keep you all posted.
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I would strongly suggest you find a range where you can rent one to shoot. My wife tried several in the store and had made up her mind to get a lightweight snub nose.

We went to a local range and rented an LCR and several S&W lightweight revolvers. She hated them after more than 5 rounds. She's 5'6 and handles horses every day and she found the recoil too much for extended practice when shooting +p or 357.

Then she shot the SP101. She loves it. Its only slightly larger but weighs a bit more. She has put several hundred rounds through it with no discomfort.

Concealment will be a little bit harder but is doable. Her favorite is inside the waist band, cross draw. She found strong side draw difficult as she had trouble getting the gun out of the holster without raising her arm/shoulder way up. Women seem to have shorter torsos than men.

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That is a very good suggestion of renting one before you buy. If you have a range near where you can rent one it'd be fantastic. Might rent others too just to see which one you like. I do mean, you like too, it's going to be your gun so get one that fits, & that you shoot well or feels good when shooting. I might throw in another suggestion too. I've found I usually shoot better with a gun I like so if you just plain like a gun, you'll likely shoot it better than others unless it's an obvious bad fit.
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My wife is wheelchair bound, paralyzed on her left side, and carries a little Taurus .380 in a 'belly pack' that has a built in holster in it. No other choice for her.

And, yes, she has her CWP. Passed the written test with 100% and her range test with 100% also. (I think the instructor felt sorry for her, or was amazed that she could shoot that well from a sitting position, positioning herself with her right foot/leg. I would have scored her at 90%, but she would have shot me.)

She's my back up. I shoulder carry a Ruger SR9.
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ncfj40, Can you tell me more about the SP101? It sounds like a possiblility too. Maybe my husband and I can go to Targetmaster and rent both the SP101 and the LCR to try. I like the 101 that has no hammer. I also have arthritis in my thumbs and would never need a gun with a hammer anyway. The only problem with Targetmaster is that there are a slew of people there most of the time and I am not comfortable being around so many of them not knowing how "safe" they are. At the gun club where my husband is a menber I do feel safe. The only problem is that you can't go downrange to shoot from a closer distance as the range is always crowded on weekends. My husband works during the week so he would have to take a day off.
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These links have a wealth of information for women:

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Coming from another woman: I absolutely hate that gun. Given the opportunity I would never shoot it again. It has horrible recoil, hurts to shoot and just plain sucks. Just my 2 cents though. For ccw I use my LCP, much better to shoot. And very small and concealable. I use a CrossBreed minituck and love it.. I sit all day for work and it conceals perfectly and I don't even know its there.
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ncfj40, Can you tell me more about the SP101? It sounds like a possiblility too. Maybe my husband and I can go to Targetmaster and rent both the SP101 and the LCR to try. I like the 101 that has no hammer. I also have arthritis in my thumbs and would never need a gun with a hammer anyway. The only problem with Targetmaster is that there are a slew of people there most of the time and I am not comfortable being around so many of them not knowing how "safe" they are. At the gun club where my husband is a menber I do feel safe. The only problem is that you can't go downrange to shoot from a closer distance as the range is always crowded on weekends. My husband works during the week so he would have to take a day off.
RR, not trying to preempt ncfj40's reply, but I can give you my wife's perspective on her SP101 DAO.

My wife is 4' 10" (although she claims to be 5") with small, weak hands. When searching for a gun for herself, we went to a range with rentals and she shot a number of them from .380 to 9mm to .38. She settled on the SP101 DAO with CT grips. She shoots only standard load .38s through it and loves it. She specifically chose the DAO because she did not want the option of cocking the revolver and risking an accidental discharge in a stressful situation.

She did not shoot my .38 LCR because of the recoil. I, frankly, don't like shooting it and I knew she would not like it. Perhaps the added weight of the .357 LCR would help if limited to .38s...don't know. The SP101 is a little larger than the LCR, but the additional weight significantly reduces felt recoil.

Let us know what you decide to get.
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Coming from another woman: I absolutely hate that gun. Given the opportunity I would never shoot it again. It has horrible recoil, hurts to shoot and just plain sucks.
Pretty definite and strong opinion. Were you shooting the LCR-357 with .357 rounds? That can be pretty stout in recoil, for sure.

Mine is comfortable with 130 grain .38s through it. The full weight 158 grain rounds, or +P rounds would be a little stiffer.

People need to remember too, this is not a range gun. It's meant to save your bacon with 2-3 well-placed shots, not target shoot with all day. No snubbie center fire is fun at the range.
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Pretty definite and strong opinion. Were you shooting the LCR-357 with .357 rounds? That can be pretty stout in recoil, for sure.

Mine is comfortable with 130 grain .38s through it. The full weight 158 grain rounds, or +P rounds would be a little stiffer.

People need to remember too, this is not a range gun. It's meant to save your bacon with 2-3 well-placed shots, not target shoot with all day. No snubbie center fire is fun at the range.
I think it is good to express an opinion without over doing it. Bearcatter you are right again as usual. I am no expert by any means, but I am kind of a determinded girly girl & use my LCR for the purpose it was designed, with no issues at all.
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Pretty definite and strong opinion. Were you shooting the LCR-357 with .357 rounds? That can be pretty stout in recoil, for sure.

Mine is comfortable with 130 grain .38s through it. The full weight 158 grain rounds, or +P rounds would be a little stiffer.

People need to remember too, this is not a range gun. It's meant to save your bacon with 2-3 well-placed shots, not target shoot with all day. No snubbie center fire is fun at the range.
To be honest I don't remember what I was shooting, just the cheapest box I could find. Granted it is for self defense but I want a gun that I like and am comfortable shooting. And that's just my opinion, my very honest opinion! Lol. Others may love it but it was not for me.
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