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Thoughts on the Ruger LCR?

gunsknivesgear:

The Ruger LCR was the first popular polymer-framed revolver.  It’s won praise for its smooth trigger pull, light weight (13.5 ounces for the .38 special version).

By the way, if you’re going to get a revolver with a 2-inch barrel (like the LCR), get it in .38 special, instead of .357 magnum.  The magnum needs a longer barrel to accelerate the round properly, and a 2-inch barrel will degrade the magnum’s performance so drastically, I feel it’s not worth the added flash, blast and recoil.

Thoughts on the Ruger LCR?

gunsknivesgear:

gnash666:

gunsknivesgear:

The Ruger LCR was the first popular polymer-framed revolver.  It’s won praise for its smooth trigger pull, light weight (13.5 ounces for the .38 special version).

By the way, if you’re going to get a revolver with a 2-inch barrel (like the LCR), get it in .38 special, instead of .357 magnum.  The magnum needs a longer barrel to accelerate the round properly, and a 2-inch barrel will degrade the magnum’s performance so drastically, I feel it’s not worth the added flash, blast and recoil.

Yeah well your wrong smart guy cuz you can run Standard or .38+P in a .357 mag all you want but if all you have is .357’s your still good…get it?!?! Besides, It’s not like your going to shooting a belly gun as your Target Rig anyway…it’s an emergency Stop the fucking bad guy gun… and a .357mag, even with a short barrel, is still markedly a step up from the barely adequate .38 Special and the better +P. You might even be better off caring a Ruger LCP .380 with Seven Rounds rather than a .38 with five as they can be fairly close in power.

Yes, a 357 magnum out of a 2 inch barrel will still be more powerful than a 38 out of the same barrel length.

However, is that bit of velocity you gain really worth the vastly greater muzzle blast, flash, and recoil the 357 will give you in that size gun?

The idea that a magnum will grant you massively superior one-shot stopping power is a myth, debunked by many studies.  In truth, no handgun round can give reliable one-shot stopping power, any kind of handgun is a poor weapon compared to a shotgun or rifle

For defensive handguns, far more important than caliber is the ability to get quickly repeated, accurate hits on the chest. To be specific, 3-4 accurate shots in less than a second, not including draw.  I seriously doubt any typical shooter could get that kind of speed and control with full-charge magnums in a tiny snubnose.

Aside from that, the massive flash will destroy night vision and the blast could leave you temporarily deaf.

In sum, I feel out of a snubnose, you give up more than you gain with a 357 when compared to a 38 special.

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