Ruger Releases New LCRx Revolver – Adds Exposed Hammer to Popular Carry Revolver

January 2 2014
by GSL Staff
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Maybe it’s just me, but part of the appeal of the Ruger LCR revolver is the lack of a things to get hung up when drawing from concealment. For that reason, I’ll probably be skipping the new Ruger LCRx, but I’m sure there are many people out there who welcome this revision.

Based on the available specs, it looks like the LCRx is identical in every way to the standard LCR, with the exception of the exposed hammer. Of course, the exposed hammer will allow the gun to be fired in single action mode which, in theory, should allow you to squeeze some additional accuracy out of the pocket gun.

Supposedly, the trigger pull on the new version is supposed to be the same as the hidden hammer version, which is a good thing since the LCR has one of the best stock, double action triggers out there. I haven’t yet been able to try the LCRx, but I would be interested to try one side by side with a standard LCR. It has been my experience with other manufacturers that exposed hammer revolvers normally have a slightly less smooth double action trigger pull than their concealed hammer counterparts.

According to a Ruger Press Release,

“Since its introduction in 2009, the LCR® has become extremely popular with conceal carry customers seeking the simplicity of a revolver,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Customers have been asking for a traditional double-action version of the LCR® with an external hammer for optional single-action shooting. We were listening and have added a crisp single-action mode to the already smooth double-action LCR®,” he concluded.

The newest LCR® maintains all the features of the critically acclaimed original LCR®. Its double-action-only trigger pull is uniquely engineered with a patented Ruger® friction reducing cam fire control system. The trigger pull force on the LCR® builds gradually and peaks later in the trigger stroke, resulting in a trigger pull that feels much lighter than it actually is. This results in more controllable double-action shooting, even among those who find traditional double-action-only triggers difficult to operate.

Right now it looks like the LCRx only comes in .38SP +P. The standard LCR also comes in .357Mag and .22LR.

What do you guys think? Is this a smart addition to the LCR line?

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