Ruger LCR: Now in 9mm

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Ruger announced they will now be making a version of the LCR chambered in 9×19. This brings the total number of calibers in the LCR line to five.

The new gun is a five-shot revolver like its rimmed-cartridge cousins. It is heavier than the .38 Special guns (17.2 ounces vs. 13.5 ounces) and even a touch heavier than the .357 Magnum that weighs in at 17.1 oz. The gun comes with three full moon clips.

Like the existing LCR line, the gun has a stainless steel barrel and cylinder and a polymer fire control group (i.e. handle.) The gun is double-action-only. Unlike the other LCR revolvers, the 9mm version has a white front ramp sight.

The MSRP is $599.

From Ruger:

Ruger Expands the Popular Line of Lightweight Compact Revolvers with the Addition of the 9mm LCR

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announces the introduction of the 9mm LCR®, the newest variation of the revolutionary Lightweight Compact Revolver (LCR).

“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 President and Chief Operating Officer. “Customers have been asking for a 9mm version due to ammo availability and compatibility with pistols.  We were listening and have added a 9mm version of the LCR,” he concluded.

The newest LCR retains 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. The LCR is elegantly designed with three main components: a polymer fire control housing, an aerospace-grade, aluminum monolithic frame, and an extensively fluted stainless steel cylinder. When originally introduced, the Ruger LCR revolver was one of the most significant new revolver designs in over a century and it has since been awarded three patents.

In addition to 9mm, the LCR double-action-only model also is available in .38 Spl. +P, .357 Mag., .22 WMR. and .22 LR.  The exposed hammer LCRx™, which can be fired in double- or single-action modes, is available in .38 Spl. +P.  All LCR models feature replaceable ramp front sights with white bar, and a fixed U-notch rear sight.  Some models are available with Crimson Trace® Lasergrips® instead of the Hogue® Tamer™ Monogrip®, which comes standard.

For more information on the Ruger LCR in 9mm, or to learn more about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit Ruger.com or Facebook.com/Ruger. To find accessories for the LCR or other Ruger firearms, visit ShopRuger.com.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • They need to reduce the length of the cylinder, and add a longer barrel insert to make up the difference.

    • Risky

      That would reduce some of the weight but wouldn’t make an increase in performance.

      • Soless

        Yes it would. Velocity at 1.8″ sucks.

        • sven_va

          The cylinder *is* part of the barrel in a revolver. The variable is whether the energy production is hampered more by putting the gap forward by a small fraction of an inch or less, and if that difference can even be measured. Not a firearms engineer, but I’d put a quarter on “nope.”

          Back to topic, neat gun!

          • Soless

            Meh… Another negative is the long jump, but with this gun, it doesn’t matter. It needs a longer barrel for good ammo to work decently.

    • jimmarch

      Actually, no. I researched how these cylinders work before converting my New Vaquero to 9mmPara with a custom cylinder and barrel.

      The “throat” on these is a long straight-walled plain tube unlike how you’d see a 38/357 set up. That tube is very tight against the bullet – .355″ or .356″. (Mine is .3555″ via a chucking reamer as I split the difference.) During the time the bullet is in that “smoothbore” of nearly an inch it’s getting pushed on with more or less no blow-by and accelerating like a bat outta hell.

      S&W 9mm snubbies are clocking bullet performance from a 2″ barrel on par with a Glock 19. That is NOT BAD at all. My gun’s cylinder is even longer and I’m running a 3.25″ barrel (the rifled part before the gas trap).

      Upshot: for a defensive piece Ruger has set it up for optimal performance. For peak accuracy a shorter cylinder would work better.

    • Fred Johnson

      Personally, I do like the short cylinder 9mm revolver design like Taurus used to make. They shorten the frame so the whole gun was a bit shorter than their re-release of a 9mm with a .38 special length cylinder and frame.

      Taurus’ M380 is built like the old style discontinued Taurus 9 that I’m writing about.
      http://www.taurususa.com/product-details.cfm?id=856&category=Revolver

  • david

    yawn

  • Gwolf

    Make one in 10mm and I’m in. But this is cool too. Options. They is good.

    • Blake

      Because .357 mag in a pocket gun doesn’t have enough recoil for you?

      • Gwolf

        It would be fun. 🙂

        Which is cause enough for 50% of human invention.

        The other 50% is undertaken in efforts to impress chicks. “Check it out babe, yep I’m going up in space on top of that.”

        Lol

  • Some guy on the internet.

    Yup. Ruger dialed my number directly on this one. Money as good as spent as long as the initial reviews aren’t plagued with case-sticking issues.

    • Tim U

      Pretty much my thoughts. I’ll wait and see how the early adopters report back, but without any catastrophic failures it’s as good as mine.

    • Asdf

      If it were six shots I would be right there with you.

      • Fred Johnson

        That would make it awesome, IMO. Added bulk or not.

  • Fred Johnson

    Sweet. Time to trade a couple guns in. 🙂

    • Richard

      I’ve regretted every gun I’ve ever sold. Just get a bigger safe!

  • Blake

    According to the press release, it looks like the “fire control system” is part of the trigger..

  • Anon. E Maus

    I was disappointed in the .223 Scout, but this actually strikes me as a good idea.

  • supergun

    Would not the 38 special plus p bullet be better than the 9mm? What are the advantages of the 9 over the 38. I always thought the 38 was a more powerful bullet. The only advantage the 9 would have is in the semi-auto quick loading.

    • ryobiwankenobi

      The 9mm has a much better selection of loads than 38Special and for cheaper (when it can be found). As one who own a 357 mag revolver I am painfully aware of this every time I shop for ammo.

      • Sulaco

        And the average 9mm is much hotter (higher pressure) than any .38 especially out of a short barrel. Plus there is much more 9mm available now then the old .38 which is getting hard to find as it is becoming considered obsolete. I think cost wise it would be better also…