If you liked the look and feel of Rugers LCR snubby revolver, but just couldn't get over having the bobbed hammer, then my friends, you are now in luck. The newest addition to the line, the LCRx, now has an exposed hammer. Click-click
The standard LCR
In 2009, Ruger tried to supplement its revolver line with the Light Compact Revolver (LCR). This 13.5-ounce 6.5-inch long snubby was one of the most advanced of its kind, featuring a fine blend of polymer, steel and aircraft grade aluminum to come up with a gun that was both as light as possible, but still strong enough for serious work.
(Observe, the standard LCR has a bobbed and shrounded hammer)
Well the only thing that many shooters found wrong with it was that it had a bobbed hammer, which made it double-action only with a 10-ish pound trigger pull weight. This bob kept the gun from snagging on shirts, purses, and other items when drawn (as well as keeping a hammer from jabbing fat boys like me in the gut while carrying concealed).
The new LCRx
For those who just could never warm up to the LCR because of its DAO bobbed hammer setup, Ruger just introduced the new LCRx. Taking the same LCR design the company modified the polymer fire control housing, hammer, and trigger action to accommodate a subtle yet workable spurred hammer.
(Its hammer time!)
And yes, it can be cocked, providing a nice, crisp, 6-ish pound single-action shot if needed. The gun MSRPS for $529 as specs out as follows
- Finish: Matte Black, Synergistic Hard Coat
- Grip: Hogue Tamer Monogrip
- Front Sight: Replaceable, Pinned Ramp
- Rear Sight: U-Notch Integral
- Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
- Cylinder Finish: Ionbond Diamondblack
- Barrel Length: 1.875"
- Overall Length: 6.50"
- Height: 4.50"
- Width: 1.28"
- Weight: 13.50 oz.
- Capacity: 5
- Twist: 1:16" RH
- Grooves: 6
- MA Approved & Certified: No
- CA Approved: No
Gunblast's views on the exposed hammer LCRx
Pros and Cons
In a concealed carry revolver, especially a snub-nosed, much of the popular thought has been to have one be as snag-proof as possible. This led to the 'melted frame' guns we see today that have their edges all ground smooth, no exposed hammers, and snag less sights. The only problem with having a bobbed hammer (or being striker fired) is that these guns are by nature always just double-action only. This usually means having a pretty heavy trigger pull.
On exposed hammer revolvers, the aspect of being able to fire single-action or double-action is an important feature for many shooters, especially if taking deliberate aim at a target at distance. The difference in the trigger pull can help alleviate trigger slap, which can pull the shooter off target.
Now with that being said, no snub-nosed revolver will ever be considered a bench rest target gun. Likewise, no DAO bobbed hammer snub will ever be considered to have a smooth-as-glass trigger pull. The LCRx seems to be a compromise between the two.
Just beware of those snags.