Introducing the Ruger LCRx, the new DA/SA LCR (VIDEO)

Ruger is introducing a new model of LCR snub-nosed revolver, and for all that is proven and familiar, one thing is very different. The LCRx is a compact, polymer-framed five-shot backup revolver like most other LCRs, except this revolver has an exposed hammer.

To date all LCR revolvers had rounded frames with fully-enclosed hammers. The LCRx can be fired in double-action as well as single-action. Single-action offers a lighter trigger pull with no pre-travel or over-travel for exceptional accuracy.

The new LCRx has a squared profile to accommodate the low-profile hammer, but everything from the rear sight groove forward is familiar. It uses the same frame and grip as the standard LCR. It is highly unlikely that the LCRx is incompatible with any LCR holsters or accessories.

Top: new LCRx, bottom: original LCR.

Top: new LCRx, bottom: original LCR.

Like the original LCR the LCRx is chambered for the venerated .38 Special cartridge as well as hotter .38 Special +P loads. It has the same 1.88-inch barrel, weighs the same at 13 1/2 ounces and uses the same pinned front sight and grooved rear sight.

One thing remains to be seen is if the LCRx has a trigger that is as smooth and predictable as the LCR’s double-action-only trigger. The original LCR’s trigger is one of its greatest selling points, being lightweight and easy to use. The LCRx has big boots to fill.

However, if the LCRx has a double-action trigger that’s as fine as the original’s, plus the option of single-action, it’s guaranteed to be popular.

We expect Ruger to have the LCRx at SHOT Show and we can’t wait to try it out.

Like the LCR, the LCRx is doubtlessly the first of many. The LCR has been offered in a wide variety of models since its introduction in 2009 making it one of the most highly-recommended snub-nosed revolvers and we expect the LCRx to get multiple variants as well.

The LCR is currently chambered for .357 Magnum, .22 Long Rifle and .22 Magnum in addition to .38 Special +P, with and without Crimson Trace Lasergrips or with an XS tritium front night sight.

While many were skeptical about the LCR’s polymer sub-frame at first, the lightweight, low-recoil design has rocketed the revolver into the first tier of pocket guns for self-defense and concealed-carry.

The LCRx is a slightly more versatile design that gives people more choices. And priced the same, with a suggested price of $529, a street price around $400, it will be a tough choice to make.

For more details and specifications about the growing LCR family, head over to the Ruger product page.

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