Ruger LCRx .38SPL +P Review and CCW Pistol Rating System

 

In this episode of TFBTV, James has the opportunity to review the Ruger LCRx in .38spl +P. The Ruger LCR series of revolvers are lightweight polymer/aluminum/stainless steel hybrids in numerous calibers. The Ruger LCP has a monolithic aluminum frame mated to a polymer grip and trigger group module that results in an overall lightweight package. With the addition of a heavily lightened and machined stainless steel, PVD-coated cylinder, the LCP’s weight is further reduced to an air-light 13.5 ounces, while still maintaining a reasonable, sub-$400 price point. James tells you how the LCR performs in this video.

Click here for Gun Size/Efficiency Spreadsheet.

Click here for New Review Scoresheet.

Moreover, James debuts the first official scoring system that he will use in reviewing CCW/subcompact pistols in the future. James will review the following features and assign a value of 0 (poor) to 7 (excellent) for each:

Value
Size Efficiency
Trigger
Sights
Fit and Finish
Mechanics
Performance

There’s also a reviewer “tilt” point that can be awarded or deducted based upon the reviewer’s personal opinion. The addition of these 8 numbers is multiplied by two the get a score on a 100 point scale. The score is then saved to a spreadsheet archive which can be accessed with the above link. The video contains a poll asking you to give your opinion of the new system.

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James Reeves

• NRA-licensed concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present
Maxim Magazine’s MAXIMum Warrior, 2011
• “Co-Director” [air quotes] of TFBTV
• Former Regional Sales Rep, Interstate Arms Corp., MA
• Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition
• GLOCK® Certified Pistol Operator, 2017-2022
• Lawyer
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  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    But is it small enough to conceal in those shorts?

    • no 🙁

      • Jared Vynn
        • I know bestgunnit

        • Independent George

          I did NOT need to see that.

          • Jared Vynn

            Is nature’s holster, embrace true deep concealment.

          • Make your knees touch your elbows and you’re Quickdraw McGraw

          • Palmier

            I knew there was a reason I open carry.

          • mazkact

            Me neither. Recently their have a few thugs get caught with tiny pistolas up their keisters in a search while being booked. Can’t remember details but one of those stories was on TFB I believe.

        • valorius

          Not the old prison wallet carry.

  • LGonDISQUS

    This in 3/¿3.5?” is my dream gun.

    • Jared Vynn

      Model 5431 has a 3″ barrel so you are in luck.

      • LGonDISQUS

        $400 on GB. Determining whether this or a pair of rear tires are more needed…. ♡

  • gunsandrockets

    The street price is $400 for an LCR/LCRx? What street is that?

    • Palmier

      Yeah, I bought one last week $480

    • The information superhighway

      • Paul White

        I honestly haven’t seen them under about 440. There’s a few with current bids udner that on gunbroker but they’re mostly “reserve not met”.

        And that’s before shipping/FFL fees

        • Do a search on SlickGuns. I’d be surprised if there were any *over* $400.

          • gunsandrockets

            Not a retail price.

  • tiger

    This is honestly the first Ruger handgun that I actually like. It is not pretty, but It just the right size, weight, price for a dual purpose gun. Duty & off duty. Perfect to haul in a duty holster for a security guard all day. Light, scuffable, can handle rain & sweat abuse. By the same token it is a good boat or car gun.The polymer is not going to need to by oiled all the time. It can fit in a tackle box. It’s 38 spl. can dispatch a bad guy on a trail up to a Great White on a fish hook. It could sit in the trunk or glovebox and you will not freak about a scratch or dust on it. It has a real hammer for single action shots & Laser grips are a option for this model as well I think. And the 3″ barrel is easier to shoot than the snub. Personally I like the Taurus Trackers and the 7 shot 617 and 627’s. But This Ruger may change my mind for a first wheel gun buy.

    • valorius

      What security guard would carry a 5 round snubnose in a duty holster?

      • Anonymoose

        Japanese beat cops carry S&W 37 Airweights as their standard sidearm (when they carry guns).

        • valorius

          OK..what AMERICAN security guard would carry a 5 shot .38 snub nose in a duty holster?

          • LGonDISQUS

            Barney Fife.

          • Matt Taylor

            I’ve seen some rotund security guards that need a duty size holster for their duty belt sized ankle rig. ;P

          • valorius

            lol

      • tiger

        This is the 3″ model. Beats packing a Hi Point or some Rock Island boat anchor.

        • valorius

          You can get a used 15rd 3rd gen S&W auto cop trade in for under $300.

          • tiger

            Have not seen any bargains like that on used shelves for a while.

          • valorius

            There is a 15rd S&W 915 3rd gen gun on Armslist right now for $300.

            The local PD where i’m at in Hawaii is still carrying 3rd gen semi autos. They’re fantastic guns, i carried one for work for something like 15 years.

          • LGonDISQUS

            Call me when you can find a great gray on gray ladysmith. #Dreamgun despite it not actually being anything special, I bet I’d sell it a few years after actually owning it.

    • Palmier

      I think its beautiful.

  • Raptor Fred

    My quest for a 3in LCRx in .357 magnum and .327 magnum will not end until the magic is true!! Ruger make magic already jeeeeeeeeeez.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/892181b549b91179daa10ef307f0951b92f9ab464b4faa4dfc877f7335b3ff4c.jpg

  • Charles Perry

    I have an LCR in 38 special +P and really like it. The trigger is amazing for a 38 snubbie. I have an older, stainless S&W 38 snubbie that is much heavier and is much more punishing to shoot. Ruger did a good job on the LCR. Nice that it disappears in the pocket of cargo shorts also.

  • These are actually pretty fabulous.

  • valorius

    So it weighs more than my 9rd LCP with crimson trace while holding about half as many rounds in a bulkier package. Pass.

    • Steven Alexander

      Use must have unicorn LCP. My lcp mag holds six. Despite what some think,38 special is more powerful than .380.

      • valorius

        I use underwood 100gr+P hard cast flat nose or Underwood 90gr+P solid copper flat nose ‘extreme prenetrators.’ They both have penetration many times better than any .38 hollowpoint and make a full diameter hole. I think they’re superior to .38 hollowpoints.

        Ruger sells a 7rd factory mag (CDNN also sells a +1 baseplate), and the Mag-guts +1 spring kit makes 8. 1 in the chamber makes 9. With crimson trace laser and 9 rds of ammo it weighs less than a pound.

        Here’s a pic of my LCP with the CDNN magazine. google mag guts for the +1 spring kit.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7f499f60ab5268fd8b1e3ee59851ebce6065a044d108df26bb3d0843537e1620.jpg

        • Palmier

          I think ANY solid round is superior to hollowpoints in most pistol calibers. I carry 158 grain +p in my LCRx .38

          The only handgun I carry HPs in is my .44 mag, but other than that pistols need all the help they can get when it comes to penetration.

          • tiger

            Not every load or bullet design is the same. The above statement is a broad stretch.

          • gunsandrockets

            You are more right than you are wrong.

        • tiger

          At this point, why not step up to a 9mm para? The trade off in power for size is not worth it.

          • int19h

            9mm is significantly heavier.

            Whether the trade-off in power for size is worth it or not is a subjective judgment call.

          • tiger

            A LC9, or Kel tec PF9, Walther PPS , Taurus Slim 709, Kahr PM 9 , Beretta Nano & Remington RP9 Are in the same packet sized class as a LCP. I prefer the power of the 9mm luger over a .380 ACP with the same capacity.

          • int19h

            “Same class” is very arbitrary. Look at the actual specs. For example, Ruger LC9 is 17 oz. Ruger LCP is just under 10 oz. And that’s before you account for difference in ammo weight.

            And yes, those 7 oz do make a big difference when you’re pocket carrying, for example.

          • LGonDISQUS

            I have owned a PF9 and LC9. Sold LC9, trying to offload PF9. They were snappy, horrid guns for me. P3AT with a few hours of lovin’ and mods has been my summer/office edc for 3yr now. BT380 with some heft when I can carry it discreetly.

          • tiger

            It also brings true stopping power over the mouse gun. Only 007 seems to make a 380 ACP stopper every round.

    • ShooterPatBob

      This is definitely not a replacement for a semiauto. It seems to be a fantastic little revolver, but it’s not enough to convert those of us who don’t already carry revolvers.

  • Edeco

    My earlier recommendation that you fill the guns with paraffin to test their volume, by filling all insidd space and sinking in a cylinder of oil was unnecessarily difficult. Thinking about it, you can use bees wax or solid crisco.

    • Jared Vynn

      Solid fireclean you say?

      • Edeco

        Well, I don’t think crisco would hurt the gun, put it that way. No defame-o.

  • gunsandrockets

    Come on, that’s really a wholesale price not retail.

    I have actually seen one LCRx in .38 special for $425 at a local gun store, but it is unique in it’s rarity. The local big box sporting goods store which regularly blows guns out at loss leader prices normally sells the LCR for $499 and never lower than $450.

  • Palmier

    I just bought one of these, copper cylinder and everything. I really like it so far.

  • mazkact

    Gets extra points for being black and gold. Love me some Saints.

  • ShooterPatBob

    Great review, James. I really want one now, yet I have zero need for it. I’m not sure how your new scoring system is going to work, though. It seems like the greatest compact revolver ever, yet only scored 84%. It seems like you really want to rate it at 90%, if 100% was pure perfection and wholly unattainable by any gun on Earth. (Excluding, of course, John Moses Browning’s greatest gift to mankind, the 1911) 😉

    • Hahaha, you forgot “Glock” in front of “19” and you added an “11” after it…
      Thanks PatBob. I think you will find that 84% is going to be one of the highest scores if I keep this system up. I think 100% or even 95% is going to be unattainable.

      • LGonDISQUS

        Similar to Jalopnik’s older numeric rating system. Most great passenger cars were getting 76’s, and Porsche GT3 RSs were landing low 90’s.

        People got pissy after a while, and they end up doing a four number rating system without a final number. Then they did four sentence PROs and CONs, resulting in a “Would I buy it with my own money?” final statement.

  • WPZ

    The cylinder was”heavily lightened”?
    Seems counter productive.

  • Mercysdad.com

    Great job,
    Now score a 1911

  • Matt Taylor

    I’m sorry.