They say nothing lasts forever, but when it comes to firearms there is at least one company that has set out to disprove this axiom once and for all: Sturm, Ruger & Company. Bill Ruger, who founded the company in 1949 with Alexander McCormick Sturm, set out from the start to build innovative and tough-as-nails firearms that performed time after time.

Today, more than 60 years later, there can be little doubt that Ruger succeeded beyond measure. Indeed, when the company decided to jump into the pocket pistol market, it did so with the same full-throated gusto and all-out ingenuity—hallmarks from its previous offerings.

Quick-Draw LCR

For pocket revolver fans Ruger introduced in 2009 the LCR, or Lightweight Compact Revolver, which incorporated a first-of-its-kind polymer frame. This brought all of the benefits of a polymer-framed pistol to the revolver, including significantly reduced weight and a higher weight-to-strength ratio than steel, in addition to being impervious to corrosion and moisture.

The LCR was designed from the ground up to serve as the ideal pocket revolver. Its profile is virtually snag-proof with a completely hidden hammer and double-action-only (DAO) operation. The sights also are designed to be snag-proof for a faster and easier draw from concealment. The rear sight is a simple U-notch integral to the top of the frame; the front sight is a replaceable pinned ramp.

When carrying a gun in a pocket, weight and size are the two crucial factors. The LCR in .38 Special is only 13.5 ounces. The .357 Magnum model only weighs 17.1 ounces. With a five-shot cylinder, it is still only 1.28 inches wide and sports a 1.88-inch barrel. The stainless steel cylinder has been heavily fluted for further weight reduction while maintaining optimal strength. They are also finished in Ruger’s own Target Grey finish, which provides outstanding corrosion resistance. The Hogue Tamer grip included with the standard LCR also does an excellent job of taming perceived recoil, especially given the revolver’s light weight and the heavier-kicking .357 Magnum loading.

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    Love my LCR. I have the lasermax centerfire laser for it and it rocks. Sign out front of my house should read: Beware of LCR Owner! 🙂

  • Charles Mitchell

    Have the LCP in .380 and the LC9 in 9mm, Love them both. Got the LC9 because the LCP is too small for my hand. The LC9 is just right and conceals easily.

  • Pete L

    My Girlfriend has the LCR in 38 special with a Crimson Trace Lazer and I have the LCP in 380 with a crimson trace lazer. She loves her LCR and I love my LCP. I carry it all the time!

  • truthsayer

    LCR .357, that’s odd, but it is very smooth and comfortable.

  • wef3rd

    LCP 380. In my pocket most all the time.

  • Brian Shrader

    LC9 has become one of my favorite concealed carry pistols