I really never thought I’d ever have a need for one of these Ruger LCR double action revolvers or any others like them. Sure I thought they looked cool enough but I didn’t really care to have one. Ok, honestly I convinced myself it would be ok to someday get one but is was way down on the list.
What I found out was that trying to conceal carry a Glock 17 in the summer just wasn’t going to happen. There’s just no way to conceal one and remain appropriately dressed for the warmer temperatures.
So I find myself at one of the local gun dealers asking to look at a few of the pocket guns they had on display. I looked, and handled the Springfield, Glock, and Kahr pistols. The Springer and Glock both fit my hand well but the Kahr didn’t. So Kahr was off the list. Then it dawned on me that the purpose of a pocket gun might be to shoot it from inside the pocket, so that ruled out the other two. From there the clerk handed me the Ruger LCR. And I have to tell ya it felt good. You know how sometimes you can pick up a handgun or rifle and you get the feeling that you and that gun were made to be together. Well I had one of those moments with the Ruger.
There are a couple of versions of the Ruger LCR and the one I ended up liking the most was the Model 5405 that comes with the XS front sight and the Hogue Tamer grip. I also picked up a Desantis Nemesis pocket holster and after the exchange of some money out the door I went.
I’ve read many articles on how the blending of polymer and metal as in the case of his gun made for a pleasant shooting experience. Well, I’m sensitive to recoil and coming in at 13.5 ounces unloaded I can tell ya I would never consider this for a fun day of plinking. But to be fair I have nothing to compare it to as I’ve never shot anything comparable. But that doesn’t mean I don’t really like the gun. As I said it fits my hand very well, is extremely easy to point in the right direction and has a great double action trigger as well.
I’ve ran a box of Winchester White Box 130 grain, some 158 grain handloads given to me by a friend and some Hornady 38 Special + P 110 grain through it. The heavier bullets tend to shoot a little low and left but the 110 grain buttets seem to hit right where you’re aiming them.
In summary I would buy this Ruger LCR again without giving it a second thought. Again it’s not for plinking at least for me it’s not but I don’t really think that was ever the intended purpose of this pocket revolver.