Sturm, Ruger & Co. has been busy this year in the revolver department. At January’s SHOT Show, we got to shoot the LCRx, an external hammer version of their polymer/aluminum wheelgun. Next came the 9mm moon-clipped LCR model introduced in October. Out of nowhere, Ruger just announced its new 3″ barreled LCRx in .38 Spl. +P.
“The newest LCRx is the perfect revolver for backpacking, concealed carry, home defense, or just plinking,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “The 3″ barrel, adjustable sight, and modest weight create a great all-around gun.”
I know Ruger is upscaling an existing platform, which will hold down the production costs, but I wish they had squeezed just one more .38 Special cartridge into the stainless steel cylinder!
On the upshot, this is a really light 3″ revolver at only 15.70 ounces. A comparably sized five rounder would be the Smith & Wesson J-frame Model 60 in 3″ barrel. It weighs in at 24 ounces. For a long hike, the feathery LCRx might be your go-to gun.
As I have stated before, I’m a fan of the LCR fire control system. It provides an out-of-the-box smooth, stack-less trigger pull for consistent performance. Here are some of the LCRx’s stats:
- Matte Black, Synergistic Hard Coat
- Grip: Hogue® Tamer™ Monogrip®
- Front Sight: Replaceable, Pinned Ramp
- Rear Sight: Adjustable Black Blade
- Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
- Cylinder Finish: Ionbond Diamondblack™
- Barrel Length: 3.00″ Overall Length: 7.50″
- Height: 5.80″ Width: 1.28″
- Weight: 15.70 oz. Capacity: 5
- Twist: 1:18.75″ RH Grooves: 6
- MA Approved & Certified: No
- CA Approved: No
- Suggested Retail: $529.00
I guess all that’s left for the Flying Red Hawk in 2014 is to bring out an LCR chambered in 9mm electromagnetic railgun. Then again, the battery pack would probably be a bastard to carry around.