Ruger has drastically expanded its external-hammer line of lightweight, concealable revolvers with four new LCRx configurations.

What the new LCRx revolvers have to offer:

  • Ruger has added a new 9mm, .327 Fed. Mag and two .22 WMR models to the LCRx line.
  • The .22 WMR is available in a 1.87- and 3-inch barrel models.
  • The 9mm and .327 Fed. Mag. are optimized for concealed carry, with 1.87-inch barrels.

It’s difficult to improve on a design as tried and true as a revolver. Really, what can be done to polish a gun that has shined for going on two centuries? Honestly, not a lot, but a few years back Ruger went a long way to cracking that riddle with what has become a couple of its most popular revolver lines.

LCRx-22

Turning to cutting-edge materials, the New Hampshire gunmaker redefined the concept of a lightweight wheelgun with the LCR and LCRx. Heavy use of high-strength polymers and aluminum and drastically milling down metal components made for one of the easiest-to-carry revolvers to ever hit the market.

And with a couple other slick feats of engineering — such as the trigger — the LCR and LCRx have found their way into more than just armed citizen’s holsters. The very shootable revolvers have become real players in the overall revolver market, even with shooters looking to punch holes into paper on the weekend.

The lines have continued to grow over the years, and the newer LCRx recently enjoyed a large expansion. Ruger added four new configurations, giving fans of the external-hammer variant three new calibers to choose from — 9mm, .327 Fed. Mag., and .22 WMR.

The company continues to turn an eye to the concealed-carry market, with all four of the new revolvers available in 1.87-inch barrel, snub-nose models. But the company saw an opportunity for the .22 WMR as a utility handgun, also introducing a 3-inch barreled model. Given its weight —17.8 ounces — this seems like a good move, with the 6-round wheelgun set to be a dandy backpack gun that takes up little space and adds little weight in a trek into the backcountry.

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Ruger has had success with the 9mm and .327 Fed. Mag., chamberings in its hammerless LCR line and it’s logical it’d make the leap with each caliber into the sister line. In fact, the company has been pretty heavy into .327 for some time, counter to much of the handgun market, also offering the SP101 in the snappy, yet manageable magnum. As for the 9mm, it offers shooters a practical defensive wheelgun for the popular caliber. In particular, and making it more concealed-carry viable, the five-round revolver is moon-clip compatible, hastening reloads when the situation calls for it.

The small bore LCRx revolvers are built around an aluminum frame, while the 9mm and .327 Fed. Mag.’s more powerful rounds require stainless steel. All of the handguns, however, boast a polymer fire-control housing that drastically cuts down on their overall weight. They are outfitted with a highly fluted stainless steel cylinder and Ruger’s friction-reducing cam fire control, producing a much more manageable trigger pull.

The snub-nose models have a u-notch integral rear sight and replaceable pinned front. The 6-inch barreled .22 WMR, on the other hand, has an adjustable rear sight. The .22-caliber pistols both have MSRPs of $579, while the .327 Fed. Mag., and 9mm are each $669.

Specifications:

LCRx .22 WMR (3-inch barrel)
Caliber: .22 WMR
Grip: Hogue Tamer™ Monogrip
Front Sight: Replaceable, Pinned Ramp
Barrel Length: 3 in.
Cylinder Finish: PVD
Twist: 1:9 RH
Rear Sight: Adjustable Black Blade
Finish: Matte Black
Weight: 17.8 oz.
Height: 5.80 in.
Overall Length: 7.50 in.
Capacity: 6
Grooves: 6
Suggested Retail: $579.00

LCRx .22 WMR (1.87-inch Barrel)
Caliber: .22 WMR
Grip: Hogue Tamer™ Monogrip
Front Sight: Replaceable, Pinned Ramp
Barrel Length: 1.87 in.
Cylinder Finish: PVD
Twist: 1:9 RH
Rear Sight: U-Notch Integral
Finish: Matte Black
Weight: 15.4 oz.
Height: 4.50 in.
Overall Length: 6.50 in.
Capacity: 6
Grooves: 6
Suggested Retail: $579.00

LCRx .327 Fed. Mag.
Caliber: .327 Federal Magnum
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: 17.7 oz.
Height: 4.50 in.
Overall Length: 6.50 in.
Capacity: 6
Grooves: 6
Suggested Retail: $669.00

LCRx 9mm
Caliber: 9mm
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: 17.4 oz.
Height: 4.50 in.
Overall Length: 6.50 in.
Capacity: 5
Grooves: 6
Suggested Retail: $669.00


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