Ruger LCR

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Ruger LCR
Ruger LCR
Type Revolver
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designer Joseph Zajk, others
Designed 2009
Manufacturer Sturm, Ruger[1]
Produced 2010–present[2]
Weight 13.5–17.1 oz (380–480 g)[1]
Length 6.5 in (170 mm)[1]
Barrel length 1.875 in (47.6 mm)[1]
Width 1.28 in (33 mm)[1]
Height 4.5 in (110 mm)[1]

Cartridge .22 LR
.22 WMR
.38 Special +P
.357 Magnum
9mm Luger
.327 Federal Magnum
Barrels 1:16" Right-Hand twist[1]
Action Double-action revolver
Feed system 5-round cylinder
Sights Fixed "U notch" rear and pinned ramp front sight (later models with the XS tritium dot front sight)

The Ruger LCR is a compact revolver built by Ruger and announced in January 2009. LCR stands for 'Lightweight Compact Revolver'. It incorporates several novel features such as a polymer grip and trigger housing,[3] monolithic receiver, and constant force trigger. At 13.5 oz (380 g),[4] the LCR is nearly 50% lighter than the stainless steel SP101[5] and with only the barrel and fluted cylinder made of stainless steel. The frame is aluminum alloy and synthetic glass-filled polymer finished in matte black with Synergistic Hard Coat. The LCR operates in double-action only (DAO) as the hammer is concealed within the frame handle's fire control housing of the gun and cannot be cocked prior to firing. In order to create a lighter trigger pull, it features a friction reducing cam.

The LCR was originally released chambered in .38 Special. In June 2010, Ruger released the LCR-357 chambered for .357 Magnum.[6] With the rising popularity of the LCR, in December 2011 Ruger announced the new Ruger LCR 22 chambered in .22 LR with eight round capacity. In Summer 2013, Ruger introduced a .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire (WMR) version of the LCR, with a six-round capacity. In the autumn of 2015, Ruger introduced a 6-shot .327 Federal Magnum version of the LCR and in fall 2017 a 5-shot 9mm version.

Ruger announced the LCRx variant in December 2013,[7] which features an external hammer, allowing it to be fired in single or double action.[8] All the other features of the LCR are also present in the LCRx including the polymer grip, trigger housing, and fluted stainless steel cylinder.[9][10] A 1.87-inch barrel version of the LCRx in .357 Magnum and a 3-inch barrel version in .22 LR became available in April 2017. The 1.87" barrel version became available as a 5-shot 9mm and a 6-shot .327 magnum in fall 2017.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Ruger LCR". Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Peterson, Philip. Gun Digest Book of Modern Gun Values: The Shooter's Guide to Guns 1900 to Present (16th ed.). p. 246. 
  3. ^ Denney, Steve (April 9, 2009). "The Ruger LCR". Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ "The Ruger LCR". Ruger. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "The Ruger SP101 Double-Action Revolver". Ruger. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Ruger LCR Double-Action Revolver". Ruger. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ruger Expands the Popular Line of Lightweight Compact Revolvers with the Addition of the LCRx". Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. December 18, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Ruger LCR Double-Action Revolver". Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ "The Ruger LCR Double-Action Revolver". Ruger. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ "The Ruger LCRx Double-Action Revolver". Ruger. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "LCRx". Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 

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