Okay...very brief review on the LCR that I got to monkey around with at the SHOT Show over the weekend. First, the gun is LIGHT!!! I was absolutely amazed when I first picked it up. Even the Crimson Trace model was extremely light. We all knew it would be when the specs were posted that it only weighed in at 13.5oz, but the proof is in the pudding. While only a little over an ounce or so lighter than the S&W 442, the LCR felt markedly lighter and overall had a better "feel" to me than the Smith.
Second, the trigger is truly a dream for a BUG/Ultra Compact CCW rig. I obviously did not have a trigger pull gauge with me, so I can't speak to the exact weight of the pull, but the trigger action was firm, but not "heavy", but it was also very smooth and free from any slop. When compared to the S&W pistols of similar size, etc. (i.e. - 442), that I have shot...the Ruger takes the edge without question. I tried the trigger on several and each were identically smooth and refined. I was sold on the pistol once I pulled the trigger!!
Third...the fit and finish on the several models I handled was outstanding. I know some folks have complained about Ruger quality issues, but I saw no reasons whatsoever to be concerned with the quality of this pistol.
Finally, in terms of the "cosmetic" appeal of the gun...I would agree with folks that it ain't the best looking girl at the dance. I much prefer the lines of the comparable Smith revolvers, but with that said, with any BUG/compact revolver...it is a tool. I don't care what it looks like as long as it performs the job it was designed to perform. My first impressions of the LCR are that it will do an excellent job.
For anyone interested in a lightweight, concealable BUG or CCW, you owe it to yourselves to check out the LCR before buying any similar product that is available!!
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