Toss Up: Ruger LCR or S&W Bodyguard?

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    Toss Up: Ruger LCR or S&W Bodyguard?

    My wife wants a compact revolver to carry. I did some research and noticed the Ruger LCR has been getting some great reviews. Then, I took her out to look at revolvers and we saw the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard as well. We are almost sold on the Ruger, but the S&W wasn't all that bad either. We need help.

    From what I can gather, the S&W seems like a "rush job" to emmulate the LCR. Both revolvers feel good, price was similar and either one would serve the purpose for what it was designed. Here are some pros and cons.

    LCR has a cam-opperated trigger pull that was easy to opperate. Polyer and titanium frame, Houge grips and a larger backstrap. Was pricey but I liked it and so did the wife.

    Bodyguard has similar frame, weight and was less in price. I didn't like the built in laser. Turn on switch was on top near the newly positioned cylinder release. I didn't care much for the top mounted release. The S&W seemed a bit on the heavy side for it's size.

    Personally, I'm leaning towards the Ruger LCR, it just seems like the better revolver.

    Any input from the gang here will be most appreciated.
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    LCR is what I have and I don't regret buying it for a second. I haven't shot a Bodyguard though, but I will say that if you get the LCR you won't regret it.

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    Much preferred the LCR trigger. My daughter just made off with mine. So, I'm in the market again.....

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    My vote goes to the LCR.....not impressed with the Bodyguard. JMO

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    LCR .357 is the best of both worlds
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    LCR ! Nuff said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rollo View Post
    LCR .357 is the best of both worlds
    That's what I was thinking^^^ options are always better.

    I'm a Smith Guy, but would get a LCR .357 over the BodyGuard. Only way I see myself getting a bodyguard is if I wake up and am have turned left handed some how. (because of the ambix cylinder release on the BG)
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    I've shot both and much prefer the LCR. I'm also not a fan of the laser implementation on the S&W Bodyguard. It's not instinctually activated like the Crimson Trace lasers.

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    i have handled and shot both and i feel the smith fits my hands better. My mom carries the smith and it was hers that i shot. trigger breaks easy there is no additional travel on the trigger, the recoil is manageble and I much prefer the slimmer grip of the smith to the LCR
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    I'd go with the LCR

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    LCR hands down. Actually, the LCR .357 that way you have the option of shooting eaither .357 or .38 and the additional few ounces will help soak up recoil.

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    I like my LCR. I was surprised how accurate I was with it, which I will credit to the smooth action.

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    I bought the LCR for my wife, and we both love it. It points very naturally, recoil is manageable, weight is negligible, great trigger... in fact, I like hers so much that I may be getting another one for my EDC :)
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    Anyone know what this is all about?..

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