Ruger LCR in ,357 Magnum... My First Impressions
So I have been very skeptical of purchasing a lightweight .357 ever since I fired the Smith scandium air weight family and I am also completely skeptical of buying a weapon until it has had at least a year under it's belt to work out issues, but I also know a deal when I see one.
I was gun shop hopping yesterday and went to a new shop with a lot of promise, inside was a Ruger LCR in .38 with a price tag of 530 dollars. I picked it up and fondled it and was completely impressed with the trigger and light weight. The store clerk told me he could get the .357 for 30 bucks more..... 560 bucks. I knew Buds had the LCR in 38 for 400 and was expected to have the .357 for 50 bucks more at 450 + a 30 dollar FFL fee would get me the .38 for 430 and .357 for 480.
I decided to pop in at another shop I have bought from before and he had a .38 LCR under the counter for 399.... Bud's gun shop prices and I jokingly and half seriously said that if it was in .357 I would buy it right now. The owner, who I know, looked at me and smiled and said I have one in .357 and will sell it to you for that price..... and went in the back. BUSTED! A man of my word I went and got the cash and 434 dollars later I was the proud owner of a new LCR in .357
I went to big five and grabbed up a few boxes of ammo. 130Gr 38 special UMC FMJ, 125 grain JSP UMC in .357 and a big box of golden saber 125gr JHP.
First off the "polymer" on the .357 LCR is just like a glock, polymer frame but the meat of the weapon is stainless steel, just the grip area is polymer and at 17 oz this thing is light and easy to carry.
Firing it even with full house .357 loads was more manageable than the 25 oz Taurus 651 and way more manageable than the 13 oz Smith M&P 340. The trigger is hands down the BEST DA revolver trigger I have ever fired. bar none. I won't even accept any debates about it. It also has an extra large trigger guard which is excellent for gloves or large fingers.
It was accurate, easy to fire and a dream to carry. Bonus: It fit into both my high noon mr softy and desantis nemesis holster I bought for the j frames so no new holster will be needed. The safariland comp I speedloader will not work in it because it requires the front latch to hit the cylinder and it hits the grip going in and can only go half way but I can utilize the HKS with it as it goes far enough in to drop the rounds in reliably before it catches on the grip. Even though I use and train with speed strips it is nice to know that the HKS will work reliably
I can also carry this in the mr softy clipped to a pair of board shorts with no belt and it is light enough it doesnt flip over or sag so I can carry around the house in leisure clothes like sweats or shorts without having to belt up.
Bottom line: Much better recoil management than the scandium smiths, the best most enjoyable trigger I have ever squeezed on a DA revolver, and lightweight. I love it..... the only question is long term durability. That can only be answered with time.
Two VERY BIG Thumbs up.