In recent years, concealed carry has driven the handgun market. This year is no different. But along side some new and interesting defense pistols and revolvers are a number designed for hunting, competition and other applications. Here’s a look at the eclectic collection of handguns from 2015 SHOT Show.
Ruger LCR 3”
Last year, Ruger introduced a version of their popular LCR revolver with an exposed hammer. Previous models featured a shrouded hammer. For concealed carry, there are advantages to a shrouded hammer. There’s nothing to snag in a pocket or purse and without the exposed hammer it won’t hang up or wear out clothing. Of course, there has always been an advantage to the crisp and precise trigger pull of a single action trigger on double action guns. Accurate double action shooting takes a lot of practice so most shooters cock the hammer when they need a more accurate shot. The new version was dubbed the LCRx, the X representing an exposed hammer. Now, there’s been another model added to the line. The new LCRx 3” is a utilitarian multipurpose revolver designed for more utility than a standard five shot small frame gun. With adjustable sights and a three inch barrel, combined with the precision of a single action trigger, the LCRx 3” becomes a revolver capable of precise accuracy when needed without too much compromise to concealability. Chambered in .38 Special +P, there’s enough power to make it a viable protection gun for wilderness situations. I am hereby dubbing this new category of guns as sport utility guns (SUG). Maybe this new Ruger isn’t the first ever SUG, but it’s certainly going to help make this kind of gun popular.
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