Gun Report

Ruger LCR No. 5401 38 Special +P, $529 (Grade: A-)

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The LCR is a leap from traditional DAO revolvers with its use of polymers and mechanism. The trigger was smooth and easy to use. Recoil was nil because of the larger rubber grips, though we would want smaller grips for better concealment.

Ruger LCR No. 5401 38 Special +P, $529 (Grade: A-)

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Double

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The LCR filled the shooter’s hand and the sides of the frame were smooth. Note how the cylinder latch is smoothly integrated into the frame.
The Ruger, bottom, did a better job of filling the space behind the trigger guard, which makes the revolver easier to shoot, our testers said.
A look from the business end shows the LCR, left, to be slightly bigger than the 42. Note the LCR’s barrel sleeve.

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