Ruger’s LCRx – Now in Magnum Strength!

Ruger LCRx

Ladies – do you ever have that little problem that a .38 just doesn’t seem to quite fix? No matter how many times you stroke the trigger, those little underpowered loads just don’t seem Special enough to make the bad man stop?

Worry no more!

New from your friends at Sturm, Ruger & Co. is a wheel gun that guarantees to put more wallop in your preferred felon repellant! Now loaded with Magnum firepower, the LCRx will send the neighborhood mugger packing.

Ruger designed this gun specifically for all of your needs! Built on the success of the LCR platform, this five shot revolver uses space age polymers and advanced aerospace metals to make the gun both light and durable. Perfect for the pocket or purse!

But unlike the original LCR, the LCRx series offers you an exposed hammer spur that you can cock for single action shots. While no one expects you to fan that hammer like Annie Oakley, it does allow for more precise shots when the need arises.

And don’t think you won’t ever need those crisp single action shots! The next time the gang is at the range for your weekly club meeting, it will be you with the tightest little groups. Talk about being the envy of the other women!

When you’re ready to fix your Special problem with Magnum strength, Ruger is ready for you!

Ruger LCRx

New LCRx Specs

  • .357 Magnum
  • 5-shots
  • Hogue Tamer Monogrip
  • 17.1 ounces
  • OAL 6.5″
  • barrel length 1.87″
  • PVD black finish
  • MSRP: $669.00


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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  • I really hope they come out with a 3″ barrel version of the LCRX in .357 magnum. And .327 Federal if we’re being greedy.

    • LGonDISQUS

      Came here for just that!!! 3″ .357 LCRx has been on my wait list since LCRx series began! I don’t even own a single cartridge of .357 either! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2d6156fd9d09a80df90ab40803133ba7cd84c081753f6877fd933b7603887c35.jpg
      (Humblebrag?)

      • I remember when I could accurately account for all the ammo I own.

        Now between having so much ammo, and the constantly fluctuating due to shooting & loading I don’t have the faintest idea of how much ammo I own beyond saying not enough.

        • LGonDISQUS

          Went through a major consolidation in 2013 after ammo became gold.

          Stuck to primary calibers 12ga, 9mm, 223.

          .380 is ccw.

          20ga, 7.62x54R is recreation, and 22lr is forever fun, necessary, and still rare around here.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      I second the motion for Ruger to introduce a .327 LCRx. That’s a perfect pairing of caliber & gun, in my opinion.

      • TechnoTriticale

        re: I second the motion for Ruger to introduce a .327 LCRx.

        Seems like it would be easy enough to do, given that the LCR is already available in .327Fed (6-shot).

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          It would be simple to do, which means they must not have done it due to concerns over how well it will sell. Ruger! If you’re watching, I’ll buy one on day one!

          • Wang Chung Tonight

            I beginning to think Ruger hates making money. An uber light weight easy to control revolver with a fantastic DA trigger, great ballistics , and adjustable sights. Yea who wants that???? 1 more inch makes all the difference in .327 and .357.

      • Chris

        Would be more “perfect “with adjustable rear sight because of the tremendous amount of poi shift between the 5 different cartridges that can be used in .327Fed.

    • gunsandrockets

      As much as I agree with you, I suspect Ruger doesn’t want to compete with itself and is preserving the longer barrel magnums to the SP-101 line of revolvers.

      • PersonCommenting

        Smith has tons of revolver SKUs. Ruger could try and put them out as the revolver leader if they had the same stuff that competes with them. I will say the New 8 shot 357 mag is breaking into that territory though.

      • Well since they no longer offer a 3″ .327 federal SP101 (ironic, as the cartridge was designed for this specific model) there would be no competition from a .327 3″ LCRx 😉

        And a 3″ .357 LCRx would make a fantastic Kit/Hiking gun, in addition to use as a carry piece.

        • Wang Chung Tonight

          I beginning to think Ruger hates making money. An uber light weight easy to control revolver with a fantastic DA trigger, great ballistics , and adjustable sights. Yea who wants that???? 1 more inch makes all the difference in .327 and .357.

    • PersonCommenting

      I say over hall the entire gun and put a 6th round into it. It doesnt make the gun that much bigger although will say if the made an LCRx 3 inch model in 327, 22, 22 mag then I would be pretty content.

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        For all intents and purposes the GP100 is a 6 shot SP101. Its all the same inside just scaled up a little. Unfortunately the SP101 is a little larger than a J Frame and the GP100 is a little larger than a K Frame which are the standards by which we judge 5 and 6 shot revolver sizes. I believe that is due to the fact that Rugers are cast and S&Ws are forged and therefore can be equally tough but smaller.

        Now if Ruger scaled up the LCR to make a 6 shot it might be smaller than a K Frame.

        • PersonCommenting

          I have seen detectives next to LCRs, they are not that much bigger. I just dont see why someone doesnt put a six shot LCR sized revolver out.

          • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

            Unless you edited you post I must have misunderstood that you were speaking of the SP101.

            I agree. Right now though Im very excited about the new 2.75″ 66.

          • PersonCommenting

            Nope, was talking about the LCR. Although much of what you said could apply to the SP101. I dont see it as a problem because smith has tons of guns that overlap but hey the revolver market is dwindling and they are expensive to make so Ruger just may be being cautious.

          • richard kluesek

            2 piece barrel, an inner tube shrouded over. Forward locking lug deleted, solid ejector rod like a Colt, and a crane lock substituted. 100 years ago there was the New Century Triple Lock series using both with the cylinder latch. Sometimes custom gunsmiths install these for one of a kind specimans. Cost prohibitive but interesting.

        • junkman

          Rugers are known for being much tougher than Smiths. I am spoiled by Ruger & want no part of Smith.

          • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

            The way I understand it Rugers have more mass (and therefore give off the impression of being tougher) because cast metal is not as strong as forged metal so a cast gun must be beefier to make the same standard of strength. Its not better or worse way to do it; just different. I actually prefer a heavier revolver. As for Ruger only loads it has not been made clear to me whether it is a pressure issue or a OAL issue that makes them exclusive to Rugers.

            In the end though both are made well enough to do the job just fine for a long time and I wouldnt feel under gunned with either.

          • junkman

            Rugers are much stronger & take more pressure, hence the ‘Ruger only’ loads. Metallurgy is a very deep science & depending upon what alloys are used is a major factor in ultimate strength along with heat treating. Prime example is in knives; a lesser grade of steel with proper heat treatment will outperform a much higher ‘grade’ of steel that was not given an optimal heat treatment. Heat treatment is the ‘black science’ to making metals perform optimally. (Not hard to find pics of S&W and other revolvers with blown cylinders & top straps).

        • richard kluesek

          And competitive with the old Colt D frames, Magnum Carry / newer Cobra, and new Kimber K6S.

    • Bigbigpoopi
      • richard kluesek

        sweet Smiths ‘ ! Had a blued one but traded for the new ss 3.5 8 shot option.

    • richard kluesek

      .22 s too !

  • Alex Waits

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  • Maxpwr

    “Space Age Polymers”. LOL. That’s the stuff they make the Space Shuttle out of. Studies show it also has a high “Q” factor. Shut up and take my money.

  • john huscio

    Like to see an LCR in 41mag…….I keed…

    • Anonymoose

      It’s okay, I didn’t like that hand anyway. 🙂

    • Edeco

      Yep, 3-shot, extra long heavy trigger for an extra, erm, 48 degrees of cylinder rotation.

  • Don Ward

    Good news and thanks Ruger.

    Although you can tell the writer doesn’t know anything about revolvers since you don’t “fan” a double action. Like seriously TFB. Making fun of woman shooters in an article AND revolvers? This is why we only have booth girls at SHOT show.

    • Bierstadt54

      There are other reasons. Ruger, come on here! Women don’t want to buy something only 1.87″ long… and to the 3″ supporters out there, I am sorry to say that doesn’t make the grade either.
      Colt Peacemaker with a 7.5″ barrel is the way to go!

      Damn, the only thing more tasteless than these jokes is how bad they are. lol

  • Anonymoose

    Woops, I dropped my monster round that I use for my magnum LCR!

    • LGonDISQUS

      LCRx: Wyatt Earp edition.

  • anon

    what else would you expect from a man named Richard Johnson

  • gunsandrockets

    There is a slight downside to the LCRX vs the LCR. The changes needed to the LCR lockwork to enable a single-action trigger pull seems to interfere somewhat with the double-action pull.

    Yes the LCRX DA trigger pull is still very nice, but it doesn’t seem to be as good as the trigger pull on the LCR. At least it seems that way to me when I compare them head to head.

  • Andrew

    I hate the legal crap that has to be put on guns now. “Read Instruction Manual” has no business being on the side of a gun.

    • Edeco

      Should have called it the Ruger CYA

    • Nashvone

      The legacy of Bill Ruger lives on. Trying to appease the antis before realizing there is no pleasing them.

    • iksnilol

      I dunno, it kinda should.

      • Andrew

        Why? I mean yes you should probably read the manual and at least skim over it before you never look at it again, but why the hell should that be permanently inscribed on the gun in a way that ruins the aesthetics? Make it a sticker if you absolutely must put a warning on it.

        • iksnilol

          Mainly to annoy the people complainin’ about ’em.

  • Justin

    I’m a fan of Snubby revolvers but seriously full power .357 Mag out of a lightweight gun is not very much fun to shoot and you are only gaining a little bit of verbosity for an increase in recoil and muzzle flash. I can see maybe this handling 38 +p rounds better but still it’s not something you just go the range and fire off 100 rounds to train with unless you are dedicated.

    • Shankbone

      I don’t think you lost any verbosity.

      • Justin

        Not likely but I did fire my auto spelling auto correct 🙂

  • Tim

    I’m hoping they will offer it in .22LR with a 4″ barrel.

    • Paul White

      I’ve posted that in every survey for the last two years. an affordable double action 22 from a good manufacturer? YES PLEASE

      • junkman

        The LCR X 3″ in .22 LR is still in the works. Last time I asked Mike about it, it was still a go, but don’t know when.

        • Paul White

          I’d prefer a 4″ but may settle for 3 then. I like their SP in .22 but it’s just more than I want to spend on a .22 revolver you know?

  • Alexander Nguyen

    Is this a paid advertisement or do you just write like that for free

    • Gary Kirk

      Think he thought it would be humorous to write the article in the fashion of old department store catalog ads…

  • Vitsaus

    They should make it in (insert favorite caliber and my preferred barrel length here) then I would buy it in a second. Also if it was (insert absurdly low price here).

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      Lol, too true.

    • Jared Vynn

      You forgot Glock magazines.

    • LGonDISQUS

      Dead honest with my desires despite the stereotypical rhetoric. ???

  • YZAS

    Love a little gun humor, enjoyed that schtick. You get points for that somewhere

  • John

    My reaction to super light .357 revolvers?

    *BANG*…oww!

    *BANG*…owwww!

    *BANG*…OWW!

    *BANG*…OOOWWWW!!!!

    OK, I’m done.

    • You still have one more in the cylinder.

      • LGonDISQUS

        I read your response in James May’s voice and it made it even funnier.

      • Paul White

        Doesn’t always matter. A friend’s FIL has one of those lightweight 44 mags S&W made for a few years. I shot it once or twice, popped the cylinder open and handed it back nearly full. That SOB hurt.

    • mazkact

      I go 6’4″ 255 lbs. and you know I don’t think I want to shoot that one. I’ll just keep carrying my 442 J-frame .38 with Speer Gold Dots.

      • junkman

        Well, hate to tell you this, my petite 120# niece absolutely loves & enjoys shooting full house .357 Mags from my LCR .357. The LCR manages recoil better that any other lightweight revolver.

        • richard kluesek

          Ladies are the best shots, steady hand to eye coordination, they can dot the ‘ i ‘ every time.

    • Amplified Heat

      I read this post as a guy being shot four times before calmly giving up; a four-hitter quitter

  • VeriAeq

    Magnum in a 1.87″,,, just the sound will stone cold stop’em in there tracks

    • richard kluesek

      and the flame will burn ’em to death as the bullet passes over their heads

  • Sledgecrowbar

    Does .357 do anything in a 2″ barrel that .38 does not? I’m not particularly concerned about the assailant’s hearing. I mean, I definitely prefer .357 if it has to be a wheelgun, and a revolver is a good choice for the same reason a pump action is a good choice, yes, autoloaders are terribly reliable nowadays, but when the variables are few, i.e., your bedroom, startled awake so not thinking clearly, there’s something to be said for the mechanical simplicity of a manual action. But I don’t entirely get a .357 with a 2″ barrel. I thought .357 was created for the FBI to combat mobsters and the 4″ barreled-gun they got was the original “compact”, because regular uniformed policemen had 6.5″ or so wheelguns.

    • There tends to be a large velocity difference between .38 Special and .357 Magnum in even short barrel revolvers. I recently ran some factory loads through a S&W 640. Hornady’s 110 gr .38 SPL +P Critical Defense ran an average of 870 fps while the 125 gr Critical Defense in .357 Mag ran 1,175 fps.

      I also ran the same .357 load through a Ruger LCR and averaged 1,176 fps. I did not have any of the .38 SPL 110 gr +P Critical Defense to try in the LCR, but I suspect the results would have been similar to the 640.

    • .357 still vastly outperforms .38+P even out of a short barrel; 125gr’s are doing 1150-1175fps out of a J frame .357 from tests I’ve seen.

      Basically a J frame .357 hits like a Glock 19 9mm+p 124gr.

      • Marcus D.

        As between a 9mm semiauto and a .357 snubbie, I’d choose the less painful of the two options every single time. On top of which, the Glock, given the lesser recoil and longer barrel, should be more accurate.

        • Right, but the choice under discussion is between a .38+p snub nose and a .357 snub nose…

          • Marcus D.

            I was responding to your comment that “basically a J frame .357 hits like a Glock 19 9 mm +p 124 gr.” As between the two, I’d take the 9 mm, all things being equal, since it has less felt recoil and a higher capacity. There’s no contest. Now if we stretch out that barrel to 3, 3.5 or 4″, the equation changes. So we are talking about the same thing, the desirability of a very light weight .357 snubbie–and quite frankly, it really isn’t.

          • iksnilol

            Easy, take the .357 and load with .38.

      • Sulaco

        Sorry what did you say? Speak up!

  • Swarf

    .357 out of an 1-7/8″ barrel is silly. Maybe it’s a nod to the under-served “ineffective pyrotechnics enthusiast” market.

    Anyway… I wasn’t really looking to start stocking a new caliber (shut up, new to me), but .327 is pretty cool.

    A 10 round GP100 and a 6 round LCRx would also be pretty cool.

    How many of you took Ruger’s recent survey? They may or may not have a lot of really interesting things in the works. It’s allll a big mystery!

    • junkman

      They do have a bunch of interesting things in the works, including a gun that they never made before.

      • Swarf

        See my reply to Doom below. I have a guess about that.

    • Doom

      I hope they make a sub 5-600$ side by side. and a nice pistol caliber carbine. and a pump shotgun to replace the faltering remingtons and compete with the Mossbergs.

      • Swarf

        Add to your list finally getting around to stealing doing Kel Tec’s PMR-30 the justice the concept deserves (rather than the keyhole-ing, front sight losing,) impossible-to-fully-load-a-mag mess one is apt to buy from Kel Tec), and I agree. It was on the survey, and I’m willing to bet it’s going to happen this time around.

        Just not another AR variant, please. I’d rather see a Blunderbuss or a petard.

        Or a modern LeMat. Actually I really would like to see that. 9 rounds of .327 around a .410 last ditch round? Oh yes. Go ahead and shallow-rifle the shotgun barrel so it’s legal and send me the first one.

        • Doom

          If they made a lemat that fired modern rounds like preferably for ease of ammo use .38 or .357 and a .410 shotshell but had it modeled after the original Id totally buy one.

          Fixing keltecs abortions and actually making a marketable number of them would be nice too.

          im also dead tired of nothing but 1911’s and AR Variants. though now the market seems to be being flooded with sub par US made AK knockoffs.

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    Really? They made it polymer? Are they trying to kill the bad guy or shooter? But I guess thats why I prefer the SP101 to the LCR. Ill gladly carry the extra weight for a gun that Im not afraid to shoot.

    • junkman

      Own both, both have their place. The Polymer frame diminishes recoil better in a light firearm. Modern Polymers are incredible feats of science & engineering that are able to take extreme punishment. I find .357s from the LCR fun..

  • iksnilol

    Richard, please, this ad was so cringy I wringed my neck from cringing.

  • Geoff Timm

    I really wanted the 3″ version. Geoff Whose .357 Magnum is a Ruger Security Six, 4″ Heavy Barrel in blue.

    • Swarf

      So that’s your thing, then? Referring to yourself in the third person, but strangely?

  • “make the bad man stop” and “preferred felon repellant”. I must somehow find a way to include these in a use of force report.

  • Marsh

    A 22 LR lcrx3 please

    • junkman

      Coming.

  • Sasquatch

    Um didn’t they already have a lcr in 357.

  • myfordtruck

    That’s the reason I load my own make them a hot 38 to shoot in my little ultra-lite give them a little extra punch that’s a carry gun

  • Doom

    Brilliant, Give the weakest amongst us one of the lightest guns with the harshest recoils! I wouldn’t even suggest this to a big guy. .357 out of such a short barrel is a waste. Have at least a 3 or 4 inch barrel to get a little bit of power out of it and a steel frame to tame the recoil for followup shot.

  • Omer Woodruff

    I have the first 357 magnum . I would consider a 327 magnum .

  • Sulaco

    Makes my hand hurt just to think about it…and the average ladies?? Forgetaboutit