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Gun Review – Ruger LCR 38 Special Review

Regardless of hand size, the Hogue Tamer grip proves to be comfortable AND provide positive traction.

Accuracy SHOULD NOT be this outstanding from a gun this size. But it was!

There are not shortage of reviews on the web of the Ruger LCR (Part of the Ruger Lightweight Carry series, with the LCP and LC9) both in 38 Special and 357 Magnum. It’s been around for a couple of years and no question has proven itself in popularity and first hand experience of consumers. Honestly though, with so many people still interested in a review of this gun, I’m not sure how we could continue to overlook it and pass it up as an ultimate CCW option. At the same time we’re not short on gun reviews of compact auto pistols and even rifles, but revolvers have been a little skimpy on our site so far.

This is a simple gun and an easy one to find the high points for review. First off, it’s lightweight. At 13.5 ounces and just an 1.25″ thick, it’s capable of being concealed comfortably on any part of your body. Want a pancake holster? Fine. How about an IWB (inside the waistband) holster? No problem. Ankle holser? Sure. Shoulder Rig? Why not! Regardless of how you choose to conceal it, you won’t have a problem forgetting it’s there as it falls under 20 ounces full loaded with 5 rounds of 38 Special.

Despite it’s miniscule size, thanks to the Hogue Tamer grip, this thing feels outstanding in the hand. With it being so lightweight, many shooters have been concerned with the amount of recoil of a 38 Special coming from such a timid sized gun. Don’t be. The recoil is entirely manageable for shooters of any size as can be seen in Momma Ebbs’ Perspective of the LCR.

Smooth edges, a fluted cylinder, and short overall length make this little snubby a great CCW option.

Rather than repeat the past of Double Action revolver triggers, Ruger opted to completely invent a new one with the mechanism housed entirely in this gun’s all polymer frame. And they did an incredible job. Take my word when I say they’ve created one of the best (and my favorite) double action trigger for a snubby revolver I’ve ever seen, felt, and fired. Prior to this gun review I anticipated that because of it’s size, light weight, short sight radius AND double action trigger, this would be a face-to-face fire type gun only and boy was I wrong! Accuracy was staggering at realistic self defense distances, even with just a front site post and the top groove on the receiver. In the gun review video of the LCR you’ll see what accuracy looked like from the CTK Precision Compact Shooting Rest (the little brother to our previously reviewed Ultimate Shooting Rest).

If there’s anything to be said for likability and comfortability of a gun like this, I believe I’ve said it. Concealed Carry guns that are both comfortable, powerful and accurate can be extremely difficult to find in entirety. We often find one that carries well but is a drag to shoot. Then there are the others that shoot incredibly but don’t conceal well or feel terrible in the hand (Check out Summer Concealed Carry Suggestions Part 1 and Part 2 for some of our favorites in this area). In the Ruger LCR, you’ll find all three. Maybe you’re a person who prefers auto pistols over revolvers. If that’s you, then you wouldn’t be disappointed to consider the LCR as your first revolver for carry. The trigger is better than you’ll find on most DAO pistols and, and the grip angle and “point and shoot” capabilities feel like that of many compact autos.

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15 Responses to Ruger LCR 38 Special Review

  1. The Edge Observer says:

    I want one.

  2. ArmsVault says:

    As always, your do some great reviews! Very surprising accuracy!

  3. Dan says:

    Nice video and written review. Generally enjoying the site – subscribed and looking forward to more.

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  6. Susan Cheney says:

    Do you have the Ruger LCR 38 special with the crimson trace laser grip and how much would this gun with the laser cost me. Thank you
    Susan Cheney

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  8. L Griffith says:

    I am looking for Ruger LCR 38 special – do you have one?
    My cell number is 417-880-2465.

  9. JP says:

    Nice work on the review. I’ve got a case of .38 and no pistol to shoot it with. I think you’ve convinced me to try this one out..

  10. […] only gun review I’ve done with a Hogue grip that I actually liked is my mom’s Ruger LCR that wears a Hogue Tamer and really just seems to be the right grip for that pocket snubby .38. […]

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  12. Phil says:

    I’m 62 and recently purchased 2 357 magnum revolvers: Ruger SP100 and Taurus Poly 605. I love the Ruger and try to love the Taurus. However, last Sunday I rented the LCR 38 SPecial and shot 50 rounds at 30 feet. All rounds were within the 8″ target. I didn’t do so well with the Taurus. I’m trading it this weekend for the LCR. The LCR conceals, grips and shoots well.

    • Ebbs says:

      Agreed. Wildly accurate, more comfortable to shoot and better with +P ammo. Not sure if you prefer a hammer model or not but Ruger just released their LCRx. I’ve got one and love it. Have the video review done but still need to finish the writeup.

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