New Ruger LCRx revolver in .357 Magnum

The LCRx now offers 5 rounds of either .38 Special +P or .357 Magnum. (Photo: Ruger)

The LCRx now offers 5 rounds of either .38 Special +P or .357 Magnum. (Photo: Ruger)

Ruger is giving the five-round revolver LCRx line a kick with the addition of a .357 Magnum version, the company announced this week.

Consisting of three main components — a polymer fire control housing, stainless steel monolithic cylinder frame and a fluted stainless steel cylinder — the .357 Magnum version continues to offer the same compact, concealable design as its sister line, the LCR. With an overall length of 6.5-inches and a weight of just 17.1-ounces, the .357 variant easily slips into a holster as a primary or back-up gun.

The wheel gun is equipped with a 1.87-inch stainless steel barrel and exposed, external hammer so shooters can run it in either double-action or single-action mode. Like the standard LCR, the LCRx contains a patented friction-reducing cam that results in a smooth, non-stacking trigger. Double-action trigger pull force builds gradually and peaks later in the trigger stroke which allows for better overall control and a lighter felt pull.

The LCRx's exposed hammer allows this wheel gun to be fired in either double-action or single-action mode. (Photo: Ruger)

The LCRx’s exposed hammer allows this wheel gun to be fired in either double-action or single-action mode. (Photo: Ruger)

Featuring a matte black design, the revolver offers a Hogue Tamer Monogrip with finger grooves for better grip while shooting. The LCRx utilizes an integral u-notch rear sight and a pinned, white ramp front sight for quick target acquisition.

The LCRx is also offered in .38 Special +P configuration with either a 1.87-inch or 3-inch barrel. Fans of the original can still get their hands on the LCR, chambered in 38 Special +P, .357 Magnum, 327 Federal Magnum, 9mm, .22 WMR or .22 LR. The new .357 Magnum LCRx is available now with a MSRP of $669.