Ruger LCRx: Exposed Hammer, Double/Single Action

Ruger has announced a new version of the Ruger LCR named the Ruger LCRx. The LCRx features an exposed hammer and can be fired either single action or double action. While the majority of the market will probably prefer the snag-free original design, I think many folks will prefer having the option of being able to fire single action if required.

Ruger® LCRx 1

The LCRx is chambered in .38 Special +P and features a Hogue Tamer Monogrip and Ionbond Diamondblack finish. It will retail for $529.

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  • poop

    Hey do you have a newsletter?

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  • james

    They should just make a poly framed copy of the smith 49. No snag but still can get that nice single action if needed.

  • Lance

    There is no single double action revolver. Just SA or DA this would be DA. A SW 19 or Colt Python is a DA. a Colt SAA is a SA.

    • Vhyrus

      There is double action only, and it is very common to label modern double action handguns as DA/SA in order to distinguish them from pure DAO models.

      • Fred Johnson

        I agree, Vhyrus. A DA/SA revolver is a double action revolver that the shooter can thumb cock for single action use.

    • David Sharpe

      D/A makes it seem like it would be Double action only….

  • Vhyrus

    Wow, Ruger copying Taurus. Didn’t see that coming.

  • Adam

    Should have gone with a shrouded hammer instead of a fully exposed. And stop making guns with internal locks!

    • percynjpn

      Yes, I agree about the shrouded hammer.

  • wetcorps

    Will they do the same for the 22 version?

  • verymiddleeuropean

    Next logical step would be patridge front sight, adjustable rears ( diopter on commemorative model ), anatomic cocobolo grips and one of those nice french set triggers. All very wellcome on a belly gun. And they should sling some 8 inch bull barrel target models. For, you know, engaging purse thieves on medium ranges, up to, say, 1000 yards.

  • 2wheels

    Meh, no need for single action on a snubby.

    Some people may like having it… But the truth is many of them are probably better off without it, as they’ll then be forced to practice with the DA trigger pull.

  • JohnDoe

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  • spencer60

    Why Ruger, Why?

    The LCR is the perfect carry gun as it was. The only thing that needed fixing was to make the 22Mag version an 8-9 shot instead of 6.

    • floppyscience

      They didn’t replace the LCR with this, it’s just another option. Are more options bad?

      • avlisk

        This debate reminds me of the colorization of classic films. They didn’t burn all the original B&W movies when they colorized them. It’s just more options. Not always even a bad thing. Everyone could still be driving in the PeoplesCar, but fortunately, we were given options. I like exposed hammers. I like Alastair Sim’s Scrooge in color. Citizen Kane, that’a another matter altogether!

  • GringoFusilero

    Why don’t they design a hammer that’s triangular in design, so there won’t be a “hook” on the back. That way it would be snag-free and cockable.

  • gunsandrockets

    Grrr! Great timing Ruger. I already bought a S&W 637!

  • David Sharpe

    If you truly want a DA/SA wheel gun but you still want to snag free, why not bob the hammer but leave a little bit more of the hammer there, if you wanted to fire in SA you could pull the trigger slightly, then pull the hammer back with your thumb.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    My next-door neighbour has a standard LCR in .22LR that he swears by, and one main reason for his choice was the lack of an exposed hammer for concealed “pocket” carry. On the other hand, I can also see the merits of this new version. I suppose it really all depends on your intended usage and mode of deployment, so it is good to have a choice that suits one’s gun-handling technique.