First Look: Ruger LCRx Revolvers for 2018

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posted on December 4, 2017
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Ruger announced the launch of several new models in its LCRx revolver lineup ahead of 2018, expanding the popular collection with new calibers and barrel lengths.

The Ruger LCRx revolver is based on the hammerless design of the company's carry-oriented LCR. While the shrouded hammer on the LCR revolver makes it less likely to snag on clothing and other material in a concealed-carry setup, a consequence is the inability of shooters to manually cock the hammer for a more precise single-action trigger pull.

The LCRx revolver series solves this issue, thanks to a traditional exposed hammer spur that allows the gun to be fired single-action or double-action, depending on user preference. Despite the ability to shoot with a crisp single-action pull, Ruger's use of a friction-reducing cam in the fire-control unit provides a consistent double-action trigger that doesn't stack, ensuring that owners can produce accurate groups even with a long, double-action pull.

Prior to 2018, consumers could only purchase the LCRx in .38 Spl., .22 LR and .357 Mag. Non-magnum calibers were built using a lightweight aluminum frame, while the .357 Mag. option came equipped with a stainless-steel frame for added strength. The monolithic-frame design mates up with a polymer fire-control unit, which provides dependable, durable use while lightening the entire gun for easier carry. New 2018 models of the Ruger LCRx are now available in .22 WMR, .327 Fed. Mag., and 9 mm, with the .22 WMR model available with either a 1.87-inch or 3-inch barrel.

The Ruger LCRx is constructed with a cylinder machined from stainless steel and features heavy fluting in order to remove as much weight as possible without compromising the strength of the gun. The company coats the cylinder on every LCRx revolver with a durable PVD finish that resists wear and corrosion, making it ideal for long-term carry use.

The Ruger LCRx revolver comes equipped with Hogue Tamer grips, but the company's frame design allows for the use of a wide range of aftermarket grips, so consumers can customize their revolver to fit their personal preferences. The suggested retail price on the Ruger LCRx revolver series starts at $579.

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