Next to dependability and potency of caliber, comfort is typically among the top considerations for shooters aiming for a concealed carry piece. The goal is, after all, to have the handgun on person at all times, and that won’t happen with a bulky, awkward sidearm.
Ruger made headway in this department nearly a decade ago first with the release of the LCR line of revolvers, then following up with the LCRx line soon after. Tipping the scales at 13 to 17 ounces, the streamlined wheelguns have been just the ticket for many seeking a reliable and concealable everyday carry piece. And the New Hampshire gunmaker has continued to expand shooters’ options in these models, chambering the revolver in a litany of popular — and some offbeat — pistol calibers.
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The latest addition comes in the LCRx line with Ruger introducing the model in .357 Magnum. This was an expected release with the time-tested and extremely widespread revolver round making its appearance in the LCR line in 2010.
The caliber expansion in the newer model should appeal to many, given this line of the lightweight concealable revolver features an external hammer, allowing the gun to be fired in single-action, as well as double-action. This is the first time Ruger has deviated from .38 Spc., in the LCRx, with the company offering three variations of the caliber beforehand — all of them +P rated.
While the dimensions of the .357 are the same as the 1.87-inch barreled .38, the new revolver does come in a bit heftier. The magnum is almost 4-ounces heavier than .38 LCRx, due to its stainless steel monolithic frame. The Special utilizes aircraft-grade aluminum in its frame, but this was not an option for the .357 given the round's higher pressure.
The 5-round revolver measures in at 6.5 inches in overall length and features the line's polymer fire control housing, which accounts for much of the gun’s reduced size and weight. It is outfitted with a stainless steel barrel and fluted cylinder, and it boasts Ruger’s patented friction-reducing cam in its trigger assembly. This feature is meant to facilitate a smooth, non-stacking trigger pull in double-action. The pull weight in double-action also feels lighter, as it builds towards the end of the stroke.
The LCRx comes with Hogue Tamer Monogrip, which should be a welcome addition with the snappier .357 Magnum round. The grips, however, are easily switched out, held in place by a single screw at the base.
The revolver has an integral u-notch rear sight and a pinned white ramp front sight — the front sight can be removed and replaced. The LCRx .357 Magnum's external steel components have a matte black finish. Presently, the MSRP of the revolver is $669.
LCRx .357 Magnum Specs
Grip: Hogue® Tamer™ Monogrip®
Front Sight: Replaceable, Pinned Ramp
Barrel Length: 1.87 in.
Cylinder Finish: PVD
Twist: 1:16″ RH
Rear Sight: U-Notch Integral
Finish: Matte Black
Weight: 17.1 oz.
Height: 4.50 in.
Overall Length: 6.50 in.
CA Approved: No
MA Approved & Certified: No
Suggested Retail: $669.00