Ruger LCRx with 3″ Barrel

Ruger LCRx

Ruger announced a new version of the LCRx revolver that has a 3″ barrel. The gun retains the five shot cylinder, but replaces the standard Hogue Tamer grip to one without the finger grooves.

The guns are chambered for the .38 Special +P. Unlike earlier versions of the LCR, this model has an adjustable rear sight. The front ramp sight is pinned. Even with a longer barrel, the gun weighs less than 16 ounces unloaded.

Ruger LCRx

Since the gun is an LCRx, and not an LCR, it has an exposed hammer that may be manually cocked for single action shooting. The original LCRx has a 1.875″ barrel and weighs about two ounces less than this model.

Ruger is pitching the new LCRx as a kit gun, suitable for backpackers and the like. The light weight would certainly be appreciated by anyone carrying for a long period of time. However, the gun remains limited to five rounds, whereas other 3″ revolvers can be had with six rounds. To some, the extra round will be worth the additional ounces.

The MSRP is $529 for the gun, and they are shipping now.

Ruger LCRx

The original LCR was introduced at the 2009 SHOT Show. Since that time, the line has been expanded to include models in .22 LR, .22 WMR, 9mm and .357 Magnum. In December 2013, the company announced the first LCRx model.



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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  • Mr. Big is pleased.

  • FourString

    ooooo attractiiiiiive :D’

  • gunsandrockets

    Nice. Now all they need is this same revolver with a six shot cylinder for the .327 Federal Magnum.

  • blanddragon

    I have an LCR with the CT grip. It is mostly unshootable in my large hands, so I use it as my NY backup of last resort. This new one has much greater appeal to me.

  • percynjpn

    Perfect platform for .22 mag – here’s hopin’.

  • Madcap_Magician

    … when the .22 WMR version comes out, they’ll do the same as the regular .22 WMR LCR and make it a six-shot, which is a real waste. It should be at least seven and preferably eight. As a seven-shot .22 WMR, it would be a fantastic trail gun.

    With a 3″ gun and the slim cylinder, they could have made it a 6-shot and really had something special.

    Sights also look fragile.

  • me ohmy

    still as ugly as a crowning cooch in the delivery room..

  • Nicks87

    Christmas wishes do come true! I cant remember how many times I said “I wish the LCR had a longer barrel”. Thank you Ruger for making my wish come true.

  • nature223

    still an ugly little spud

  • me ohmy

    not at all attractive

  • Cymond

    It seems like that would be soooo easy to do, too. They already have all the parts! Why not? It would probably cost Ruger almost nothing to offer a 22lr version.

  • Cymond

    Hmmm … The LCR series supposedly has a great trigger. I was considering a 4″ SP-101 as my first centerfire revolver, but this is pretty tempting. It’s a down-size in velocity, but also lighter weight.

  • Madcap_Magician

    I kind of figured anything Ruger made was going to be tanklike, but it looks really fragile in the pictures. I think It’d still prefer fixed sights on this gun.