Ruger Introduces Four New LCRx Revolvers

Ruger LCRx in 327 Magnum

Sturm, Ruger & Co. recently announced an expansion of its LCRx line of revolvers. There are now four more options to pick from if you are in the market for one of these lightweight wheelguns.

22 WMR

larger LCRx in 22 WMR

Ruger expanded the LCRx line with a pair of handguns chambered for the .22 WMR cartridge. One has a 3″ barrel while the other has a shorter 1.87″ barrel. There are a few other differences as well.

The larger gun, Model 5437, has a larger grip: the Hogue Tamer Monogrip. This grip is a soft rubber grip without finger grooves. It also has an adjustable rear sight. (Note: Ruger already offers a .22 LR version of this gun.)

smaller LCRx in 22 WMR

The smaller gun, Model 5439, uses the shorter version of the Hogue Tamer Monogrip with the finger grooves. On this revolver, the rear sight is a notch that is integral with the top strap.

Both of these guns have a 6-shot capacity and MSRP of $579.

327 Magnum

LCRx in 327 Mag

The Model 5462 is in the form of the smaller LCRx and is chambered for the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge. It holds six cartridges in the cylinder. Like the other small LCRx models, it has a pinned front sight, integral rear and the Hogue grips with finger grooves. This model has a suggested retail price of $669.

9mm

LCRx in 9mm

Adding yet another rimless cartridge to the company’s wheelgun catalog, the Model 5464 joins the recently announced SP101 in offering another 9mm option to revolver shooters. It is in the small form (1.87″ barrel) of the LCRx. Three full moon clips are included with this revolver, and the MSRP is $669.

Although there are arguably better choices for self-defense, I’ve always liked the 9mm revolver. They tend to kick a bit more than a .38 Special, but I suppose I like the oddity of it. Sure, I’ve got a number of wheelguns in more traditional calibers. For example, my Smith & Wesson 642 in .38 is almost always with me. But, there’s something special about a 9mm wheelgun. Anyone else feel that way?





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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  • Sean

    Love my LCR in 38! But I’m a little surprised Ruger still hasn’t come out with an LCR 3 inch in .357 magnum. I’d think that that wouldn’t be too hard to produce and the 3 inch barrel is way better for .357 than the 1.875 inch on the standard gun.

    • Joe

      .357 may be a bit much, but I don’t disagree.
      I’d like to see a 3″ in 9mm.
      A conversion cylinder for the .22 Magnum wouldn’t hurt, either.

      • ShooterPatBob

        Iโ€™ve heard great things about the trigger and comfortable shooting with the LCR line, but I donโ€™t need another snub nose. I would love to see some larger target models come out.

      • Sean

        Yeah, different cylinders for the 22 would be awesome, I’d buy that all day long. And yeah, I wouldn’t shoot hot 357 but some hot +P or mild 357 would perform pretty great out of a 3 inch barrel.

    • gunsandrockets

      I wonder if the reason we don’t see more 3 inch LCR is because that is creeping into the SP101 territory?

      • twr

        I understand the people that say why not just an sp101 when it comes to a 3″ Magnum, but in that case I’d really like to see them put the lcrx trigger in the sp101

        • Paul White

          plus money. SP101’s cost a fair bit more

        • Sean

          Yeah, I can certainly see that. Although they aren’t directly compatible, purely in regard to weight (not a bad thing) and bulk (SP101 is slightly larger in every respect). It strikes me as a “why-not” sort of product.

  • TVOrZ6dw

    I would like to the the .327 Federal in a 3″ with adjustable sites.

    • Andrew

      Me too, and I wrote them a letter saying so about a week back.

      • Neil Hamilton Hightower III

        I’ve wrote them several emails too.

  • MrPotatoHead

    Now Ruger just needs to offer the LCRx with interchangeable cylinders in .22lr and .22 WMR.

    • Jeff Smith

      That would be a winner.

      • nova3930

        Call it the LCRx Double Six ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • ostiariusalpha

          LCRx Twain Hex.

        • Neil Hamilton Hightower III

          8 shot

  • Jimmy Chimichanga

    I don’t think I will sell my 9mm LCR for the 9mm LCRx, but the hammer is a welcome addition.

  • Alan

    9mm wheel guns are fine, until you get a bend in the moonclip. Along with some heat in the cylinder, you’re looking at trouble opening or closing the cylinder. Happened to me.

  • Brett baker

    9MM is cheaper than. 38 Special, just admit that’s the reason!

    • Palmier

      Um…..duh…of course its the reason, the best reason there is.

    • LGonDISQUS

      .38’s can have a primer popped out/replaced, the end of the casing punched into wax and shot for like $0.04 a bang; no brass cleaning needed.

  • Xerxes036

    3″ in .357 and now you’re talkin.

    • Steve

      You haven’t shot an LCR in .357mag before, have you?

      • Xerxes036

        I own that very gun a BUG. So answering your question yes.

        • Vizzini

          I own that one as well and I’m not ashamed to admit it just stings my palm too much. Meanwhile I find .38 +P completely comfortable. So that’s all I end up carrying in it. I leave the .357 magnum for my S&W 681.

          • Xerxes036

            I like the caliber options that come with a .357 revolver.

          • Andrew

            .327 can also chamber multiple calibers. I get that it isn’t as powerful as a .357, but something about it keeps drawing me in.

          • Xerxes036

            True but none that interest me

          • LGonDISQUS

            *DING DING DING!!!*

            I’d rarely if ever practice with anything but wadcutter .38s, but would have it loaded with .357 when roaming some wicked streets.

          • Xerxes036

            I still practice with .357 if I’m loaded with .38 out and about my speedloader is loaded with .357 or vice versa.

    • Stuki Moi

      Should say .327……… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

    Id like to see Ruger make a 6rd .357 revolver frame size patterned after the LCR. The GP100 is way larger and heavier than a 6rd carry revolver should be. Its good at what it does, but what it does isnt concealed carry.

    • gunsandrockets

      So… a scaled up medium framed LCR? I guess you would have to call it the LMR for Lightweight Medium Revolver?

      • Ross

        Make a poor man’s S&W R8 – 8 shot .357 with a scandium frame- but with the LCRx weight savings. Not all that pleasant to shoot magnums, but a perfect competition and range gun shooting puff .38 up to backpacking gun shedding a lot of weigh over a steel gun and probably never needed.

        • Sean

          I had the same thought the other day! If they scaled the LCR style build up to a 8 shot cylinder, they’d have an R8 killer on their hands. It’d likely be a lot cheaper (polymer frame instead of scandium, established production methods from the original LCR) but about the same weight, that phenomenal LCR trigger, and ample space for modern accessories.

    • Sean

      I’ve always wondered why Ruger hasn’t come out with a modernized Security Six. Yes, I know the GP100 is technically that gun but it’s a lot bulkier than the original. Not a problem, but a K-Frame by Ruger would be pretty sweet. Maybe the LCR platform is a better choice for a modernized Security Six!

      • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

        It would be cool if they made a modern polymer/alloy 6 gun and called it the Security Six.

  • FlaBoy

    Hoping for an LCRx 4.25 inch 38sp or 357mag. They may produce it, as it would be legal to sell in Canada (with it’s dumb min barrel requirement). Ruger already makes a 4.25″ compact revovler, the 5shot, stainless steel SP101 — great gun but not super light like the LCRx. As a kit gun/ hiking gun/ farm gun, I much prefer a 4″ or 5″ over a 3″, both for aiming ability as well as extra velocity. The problem with most is the weight penalty, which the LCRx addresses. The great trigger and weather resistance are extra pluses. I have a 3″ LCRx, but plan to get a 4.25″ as soon as Ruger makes one.

  • dhdoyle

    I would carry a 9mm LCR but not if it requires moon clips. They are fragile and easily bent. They aren’t as sturdy as speed loaders but print just as badly in the pocket. Nope – I like carrying ammo in Bianchi speed strips.

    • gunsandrockets

      The Ruger 9mm LCR only requires the moon clip for speedy unloading.

      I can easily carry 2 loaded moon clips in a pouch intended for a single speed loader.

      If your ammo carry choice is a speed strip you give up nothing with a 9mm LCR, unless you intend to quickly reload more than once.

      A moon clip is a much less fussy way to quickly load a revolver and with a moon clip it is impossible for the extractor star to get hung up beyond the rim of a case.

    • Palmier

      Moon clips aren’t the problem. They are great. What is a problem is keeping the ammo in one piece under 9mm recoil.

  • RocketScientist

    Oh man, a .327 mag revolver! Makes me happy to see them (not sure if this is a new addition to the LCR line, but first I’ve heard of it). Wish they’d managed to squeeze in 7 rds though, but still, 6 aint so bad!

    • gunsandrockets

      Ruger has had the double-action-only LCR out in .327 for a while now.

  • John

    I’ve often wondered why they don’t just make a 9mm cylinder that doesn’t need moon clips.

    There are lots of Asian countries that would appreciate such a revolver for their non-tactical police forces.

    • Joby

      It’s complicated. Charter Arms makes one that’s kinda garbage. Korth makes a cylinder for a SW gun and their own Sky Marshal. Both of those probably work fine but are made by Korth, so they can’t be cheap or easy to find

    • Stuki Moi

      In guns as light as LCRs, I’d be concerned about possible crimp just in the typically hot defensive 9mm rounds. I do think a series of guns in caliber “9×19 Rimmed Ruger” would be a nice development. Piggybacking on all the development and testing done in autos.

      • Brett baker

        9mm Federal. 9x19R, made in the 80s for a Charter Arms revolver.

        • Stuki Moi

          Sweet. Considering the popularity of the 9, now would seem a good time to reintroduce it.

    • Palmier

      Moon clips are half the point.

    • LGonDISQUS

      Had a 5″ 6rd 9mm Charter Arms. It looked badass, was a complete turd.

  • iksnilol

    What we need is a belt fed revolver, ditch all that clip nonsense!

    • Edeco

      Chain pistols used to be a thing

      • iksnilol

        T’WAS GLORIOUS DAYS, LADDIE!

        • Edeco

          the best help a bucko could get defending his windjammer from Barbary pirates

    • Cymond

      Maybe you can figure out something starting with a Dardick as the basis

  • gunsandrockets

    With the short ejector rods of snubby revolvers, the short 9mm case is a good match.

    For a lightweight snubby revolver, the 9mm is also a nice compromise between the too weak .38 special and the too strong .357 magnum. It doesn’t hurt that 9mm ammo is the cheapest and most common too.

    The only caution is to first check your preferred 9mm defense load for bullet jump by test firing it.

    • Palmier

      Yes, bullet jump was so bad for me I sold my 9mm LCR.

      • gunsandrockets

        Yikes. What was the offending load?

        • Palmier

          About half of the varieties of factory ammo I tried had the problem to one degree or another, I tried 115, 125 and 147 and the brand seemed to make more difference than load. Fiochi was the worst If I remember, WWB 125 grain did pretty good, as did some Aquila, but in the end I have no place for guns that are brand specific on ammo. The whole point of a 9mm revolver for me was to have something that could eat anything and this gun was far from that.

          • gunsandrockets

          • Andrew

            I shoot WWB target 147 g loads for training in my semiautos and these things have a visible ring on the brass around the (hidden) bullet base, with a good bit of crimp. It looks like the brass is temperature shrunk around the bullet and then crimped. Just something to consider trying.

          • Palmier

            I tried them, and yes, they work but I don’t tolerate guns that are picky about ammo.

          • tiger

            Picky? Translation: cheap assed crap on the bottom shelf.

          • Palmier

            Still makes it picky. I don’t believe in high maintenance cars guns or girls.

          • Gabriel Owens

            Motorcycles?

          • iksnilol

            If people didn’t believe in high maintenance motorcycles/cars, Harley Davidson and BMW would be renowned vehicle frame makers.

  • gunsandrockets

    That 5462 is verrry interesting.

  • gunsandrockets

    With the change in lockwork from the DAO LCR to the DA LCRx, there does seem to be some compromise. Maybe it’s my imagination, but the trigger pull of the LCR seems superior to the LCRx fired double-action.

    • Beju

      I’ve only fired the DAO model, but you’re not the first person I’ve heard say that.

    • DESTRO YAKISOBA

      The DAO feels slightly better. Both are significantly better than any Smith J frame.

    • LGonDISQUS

      They’ve confirmed this. Something like 18% tougher pull at back end of the trigger stroke.

      • gunsandrockets

        That’s very interesting. Do you have a link?

        • LGonDISQUS

          Ughhhhhhh, evidence…. give me some time.

          I know they used the term change in camming action for the need of the hammer to perform double action.

        • LGonDISQUS

          I’m pulling blanks, I watch and read so much that not even Boole can help me figure out where it was officially stated, I’m betting shot show videos.

          LCRX: 10 pounds 10.5 ounces
          LCR: 7 pounds 10 ounces

          • gunsandrockets

            That’s a lot more than 18%!

          • LGonDISQUS

            Yoh, pull weight wise, I think they were explaining that was how much furthef ghe hammer had to travel or something necessarily arbitrary.

            I’m not BSing the science, I just can’t recall what the science was exacly about. It had to do with something and the need for the hammer to be able to lock back. *shrug*

        • LGonDISQUS
  • Chris Brandon

    I’m just going to carry this single shot. Is it true that I don’t need any paperwork for this since it’s technically a non-gun until I drill one hole in it? I don’t want to run afoul of the law.
    Ebay… /itm/152742259116

    • autofull– kevin horning

      they can keep them, i have had both the lcr and lcrx in 22lr and the trigger pulls were just too much. i put a blister on my trigger finger in 50rds. i repair firearms and there is no way to reduce the pull and i have never had a weapon be so innovative and useless at the same time. 22 rimfire does not require a 14 pd. pull to set the off. just my two, kevin

  • ShrimplyPibbles

    still no 3″ .327 *snore*

    • Banana Xango

      They will not make one in .357 either, it’s a technical limitation of the design. Not that a .357 that weighs ~10oz unloaded is a good idea anyway but a representative stated that the pressures were too high.

  • Flounder

    There have been 9mm LCRs for more than a year now… How is this new? No snark just asking.

    What am I missing guys?

    • Jack Burton

      The external hammer.

      • Flounder

        Ah, thanks.

  • Palmier

    I had a 9mm LCR. I was unable to solve crimp jump problems. It worked with some brands but many others would pull the bullet out of the case and lock the action. I didn’t see any point in having a picky 9mm revolver so I sold it and bought a .38 LCRx

  • DESTRO YAKISOBA

    I have a few LCRs. Only one LCRx, it’s disappointing to me for concealed carry because every move you make it audibly rattles (the transfer bar inside). It’s the 3in .38 and it’s perfect for hiking but the rattle drives me crazy so I don’t take it with me.

    • Laserbait

      I put a small dab of grease between the hammer and transfer bar, and it stopped the rattle completely.

      • DESTRO YAKISOBA

        Great idea! Thanks!

  • CEO FEARREAL4

    walthrccp

    • CEO FEARREAL4

      have ccp trigger feel like its ti easy pull i thinkn fire pin gone. anyone have any other ideas wat could b problem

  • LGonDISQUS

    @TFB – No offense, but um…. Wasn’t this press release from like….. ยฟ10+ days? ago?

  • Blake

    Great to see more .327 fed mag options out there; it’s an underrated & very versatile caliber.