Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced a further expansion of the LCRx line with a new .22 LR revolver that has a 3″ barrel. The original LCR, which stands for Light Compact Revolver, had an internal hammer. When Ruger received customer requests for an external hammer version, the company introduced the LCRx. Other than the ability to be cocked for single action shooting, the guns are functionally identical.
This new model, the #5435, is fitted with a Hogue Tamer Monogrip, a fixed ramp front sight and an adjustable rear sight. The front sight is pinned for easy replacement. With its polymer and aluminum body, the 3″ gun weighs only 17.3 ounces unloaded. The cylinder holds eight rounds.
Currently, this is the only rimfire option in the LCRx line. Only two other calibers are available right now: .38 Special (+P rated) and .357 Magnum. Both of the centerfire cartridge guns can be had with a 1.87″ long barrel. The .38 Special can also be had with a 3″ barrel that looks very much like this new .22 LR wheelgun.
The original LCR has been available in .22 LR for a long time. The .22 WMR (aka .22 Magnum) is also an option in the LCR.
Ruger set the suggested retail price of the new LCRx at $579. The guns are shipping now and should be available through your local dealer.