For you back-up revolver carriers, Sturm, Ruger & Company is introducing a 9mm version of their popular LCR platform. If you like having a secondary firearm chambered in the same caliber as your on-duty pistol, then this one may be your ideal belly gun.
The Ruger LCR has rightly gained a solid following based upon its light weight, smooth cammed trigger pull, and reliable functioning. A 9mm round ups the foot pounds of energy delivered on target when compared to its .38 Special +P variation, though both still lag behind the .357 Magnum.
Sharing the same 400 stainless steel monolithic frame of the .357 model, the 9mm LCR will come with three moon full clips to hold the cartridges and facilitate relpacing. Thus far, I have seen photos of the hammer spur-less DAO model, and I am curious if a hammer-spurred LCRx in 9mm will be in the works.
I shot the latest spurred .38 Special +P LCR at SHOT Show in January, as well as a double action only model the previous year. I really liked the consistent trigger pull. The Hogue Tamer Monogrip was likewise friendly in the hand. The Ruger range instructor watched me happily hit 15 yard headshots in both single and double action with the LCR.
Here are Ruger’s 9mm LCR specs:
|Finish:||Matte Black, Synergistic Hard Coat||Grip:||Hogue® Tamer™ Monogrip®|
|Front Sight:||Replaceable, Pinned Ramp||Rear Sight:||U-Notch Integral|
|Barrel Material:||Stainless Steel||Cylinder Finish:||Ionbond Diamondblack™|
|Barrel Length:||1.875″||Overall Length:||6.50″|
|MA Approved & Certified:||No||CA Approved:||No|
The LCR can be buyer-upgraded to a Crimson Trace laser grip and aftermarket tritium or fiber optic front sight. This is the advantage of a “modular weapons system.” I said the last part sarcastically. I advocate these modifications for a fighting revolver. Hit what you are shooting at, I say.
If my issued SIG Sauer P226R was stoked with the 9×19 mm Parabellum, I would consider having a Ruger LCR in 9mm onboard while working the street. It is an advantage to have the same caliber in your primary and secondary guns. There is more ammo to work with if something goes sideways.
With many police agencies flocking back to to 9mm, the timing for this gun’s release by Ruger could not have been better. I foresee a bunch of these 9mm LCR’s generating sales receipts.