New Pistols: Ruger Adds to LCRx and LCP II Lines

New Pistols: Ruger Adds to LCRx and LCP II Lines

Ruger LCRx and new LCP II models

Ruger has continued to grow its light revolver and pistol lines with two new variations. One should win plinkers’ hearts, the other should be a hit with the concealed carry crowd.

No matter how you cut it, there are costs associated with carrying concealed. There are the obvious expenses that come with going armed: the handgun, holster, permit, training. But there is a somewhat hidden expense some new to the discipline might overlook — regular practice.

Ensuring safety and proficiency with a defensive arm requires squeezing off rounds on a routine basis. Without consistent individual training, like any skill, defensive pistolcraft gets rusty and less effective. However, the range time and the ammo to polish self-defense skills can quickly add up.

Ruger’s expansion of its ultra light line of revolvers should go a long way in making these regular sessions a lot easier on the pocketbook with the introduction of a model that grazes on one of the most economical rounds available. The .22 LR LCRx is an ideal configuration for a concealed carry skill sharpener.

Ruger LCRx in .22 LR
Ruger LCRx .22 LR.

The New Hampshire gunmaker’s 17.3-ounce wheelgun should prove to be an accurate training aid, outfitted with a 3-inch barrel and adjustable rear sights. In turn, shooters have the ability to diagnose, then address many of the common shooting errors, whether it be flinch or jerking the trigger or other miscues, and carry over the lessons to an everyday carry piece.

Furthermore, a few of the features common to the LCRx line of revolvers have the potential to make the gun a perfect option for those just undertaking handgun marksmanship. A Hogue Tamer Monogrip should help pacify the already light .22 LR recoil, so even the greenest shooter won’t get shaken. And Ruger’s patented friction-reducing cam in the LCRx’s fire control system will help those new to double-action revolvers master its most challenging aspect — a smooth trigger pull.

The .22 LR LCRx’s attributes not only make it an ideal training aid but also recreational revolver. At 7.5 inches in overall length, the eight-round pistol is a natural addition to a camping kit, perfect for a little fun-and-gun target practice in the wilderness. Presently, Ruger has a $579 MSRP on the new revolver.

The small-bore revolver is one of two new additions Ruger has made to its family of light and compact handguns. The LCP II also had a new variation introduced, one certain to make it a more functional and accurate concealed carry handgun.

Ruger LCP II with Viridian laser
Ruger LCP II.

The 6+1 semi-automatic pistol now comes with the option of a factory-installed Viridian E-Series red laser sight. The unit does very little to modify the overall specs of the LCP II, only adding one ounce to the platform and a bit of material to the front of the trigger guard.

The sight is designed to accommodate both lefties and righties with its push-button activation. And it is designed to put the controls at an intuitive position, near the natural line where a shooter would index upon the draw.

The operation and features of the new LCP II iteration are identical to the original. And like the original, Ruger includes a pocket holster for the pistol. However, the laser-outfitted pistol does cost a bit more than the standalone LCP II with a MSRP of $439.


.22 LR LCRx
Caliber: .22 LR
Grip: Hogue Tamer Monogrip
Front Sight: Replaceable, Pinned Ramp
Barrel Length: 3 in.
Cylinder Finish: PVD
Twist: 1:16 RH
Rear Sight: Adjustable Black Blade
Finish: Matte Black
Weight: 17.3 oz.
Height: 5.80 in.
Overall Length: 7.50 in.
Capacity: 8
Grooves: 6
MSRP: $579.00


LCP II (w/Laser Sight)
Caliber: .380 ACP
Capacity: 6+1
Barrel Length: 2.75 in.
Overall Length: 5.17 in.
Weight: 11.4 oz.
Grip Frame: Black, High Performance, Glass Filled Nylon
Slide Material: Alloy Steel
Barrel Material: Alloy Steel
Slide Width: 0.75 in.
Sights: Integral
Twist: 1:16 RH
Grooves: 6
Slide Finish: Blued
Barrel Finish: Blued
Height: 3.71 in.
MSRP: $439.00


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Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


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