Introduced to the market by Ruger in 2009, the compact LCR revolver was designed to compete directly with the popular S&W J frame revolver series. The J frame has been the dominate snubby revolver choice for decades, and the growing CCW market represented a huge opportunity for Ruger.
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The success of the Ruger LCP semi-auto led Ruger to implement some of the same materials and features into the LCR, which stands for Lightweight Compact Revolver. The LCR was first made available in .38 Special caliber, but in 2010, Ruger introduced an LCR variation in .357 Magnum. In 2011, they introduced an LCR version in .22 and followed up with a 22 WMR version on 2012. Currently Ruger is offering the LCR in 8 different versions.
The .38 Special and .357 magnum versions carry 5 rounds, while the 22 LR carries 8 and the 22 Magnum carries 6. The original LCR series was a double action only revolver, but in 2012, Ruger introduced the LCRX version in .38 Special which features an external hammer for double or single action firing.
To reduce the overall weight, Ruger manufacturers the body frame from a space age polymer, while the upper frame and barrel are produced from aerospace grade stainless steel. The unloaded .38 Special version of the LCR weighs just 13.5 ounces, making it one of the lightest snubby revolvers currently on the market.
A common complaint with short barreled revolvers of all makes and models has always been the long and heavy trigger pull in the double action position. In an effort to combat this problem, Ruger introduced a trigger system called the Constant Force trigger. This trigger design utilizes a cam to keep the trigger pull smooth and constant through the entire firing process.
Here are some commonly asked questions about holsters for the LCR series:
#1 – Do I need one holster to fit the LCR in .38 special, the .357 version, and then a different sized to fit the LCR in .22 mag?
Luckily, the smart designers are Ruger built each of the models in different calibers on the exact same frame so an LCR chambered in 22 mag is the same size as an LCR chambered in .38 Special or 357 Magnum. Thanks to this design approach, any of the LCR models chambered in the different calibers will also fit into a holster built for the .38 Special/.357 Magnum (or any of the other calibers.). I know this sounds confusing so let me say it a different way: any holster made for any of the LCR series (expect for the ones with the factory Crimson Trace Lasergrips) will fit any LCR model, no matter what the caliber.
#2 – Tell me about some good IWB holster options for the Ruger LCR?
We carry two different holster manufacturers (Don Hume & MTR Custom) who both make IWB holster models to the fit the LCR. Keep in mind that Don Hume only makes a model specific to the LCR in .38, but we know it also fits all LCR models in other calibers as well. Some of the popular IWB holsters that we carry for the LCR include the Don Hume H715M Clip-On IWB holster, the MTR Custom Adversary Clip-on Holster, and the MTR Custom Dual Carry Holster.
#3 – What pocket holster options do you offer for the LCR model?
Unfortunately, at this time, we don’t have a holster maker doing anything to fit the LCR in a front or rear pocket holster. Hopefully, we can get a pocket holster model for the LCR online soon.
#4 – I’m thinking about carrying my LCR in an ankle holster so what ankle holster options do you offer?
At this time, the only ankle model that we carry to fit the LCR is the Don Hume H760 Ankle holster. Please note that this design will only fit the LCR models without an exposed hammer, so it won’t fit any of the LCRX models.
#5 – What kind of belt holster models do you carry for the Ruger LCR?
We carry a number of belt holster models that will fit this pistol made by both Don Hume and MTR Custom. One of the model popular models that we sell for the LCR is the Don Hume JIT Slide, which can be seen below.
#6 – What do you offer to fit an LCR equipped with the factory Crimson Trace Lasergrips?
Unfortunately, give the small size of the Ruger LCR frame, the laser grip may not work 100% with a traditional holster made for the standard LCR. As such, we do carry a line of holsters from MTR Custom which are specifically made to fit the LCR with the Crimson Trace Lasergrips attached. Follow this link to see those holsters.
#7 - I have a Ruger LCR-X. Will the holsters on this page fit the Ruger LCR-X?
The LCRX is offered in 2 versions: one with a 2" barrel, and one with a 3" barrel. Unfortunately, Don Hume isn't making any holsters to the fit any of the LCRX models (2" or 3") at this point. However, we do have a number of holsters that are made for the LCRX 3" and those can be viewed here.
#8 - Do you make anythign to fit the new LCR model in 9mm?
Yes, any of the holsters on this page will also fir the LCR in 9mm.
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