Ruger LCR 9MM Review

| December 31, 2014 | 6 Comments

Ruger LCR 9mm ??Written by Purple Mountain Outdoors

The 9mm has been getting more respect lately. Many so-called ?tactical gurus? have been singing its praises. With current bullet technology, one really does not give up much to other more ?masculine? calibers. With this surge of interest in an already extremely popular round, it seems only natural that a company like Ruger might want to corner a potential niche: the 9mm snub nose. It?s true that other companies such as Charter Arms, and Taurus have had revolvers chambered in 9mm for a little while, but it goes without saying that Ruger is a stronger household name.?Smith and Wesson tried 9mm in their j frame, but later discontinued that model.? Currently they do have two larger 9mm models marketed for the competition shooter, but nothing to speak of for ccw carriers.

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The LCR is an immensely popular choice for people who want ?five-for-sure?. Ruger has taken the steel and polymer frame of the 357 magnum model, re-chambered it, and cut the cylinder for the necessary moon clips for the rimless 9mm cartridge. The result is a modern revolver that is overbuilt for the caliber, and should last a long time.
The gun is 17.2 oz gun and is dimensionally identical to the 357 model. It has the same stubby 1.875? barrel, 4.5? height, and 6.5? length. The front sight is pinned (and easily replaceable), and has the grippy Hogue Tamer grip. The gun has a slightly nose heavy feel, which actually gives the gun a heft that is very welcome on the range. The trigger is smooth, and feels much lighter than it actually is. I will note that the trigger return spring does feel somewhat on the weak side, and I found short stroking the trigger to be an easy thing to do. This is of course a training issue, but something to be aware of nonetheless.

Table Top Review Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmGrVxCnTa8

Accuracy is astounding for such a small gun.? I certainly am not a proficient double action shooter, yet I had no problem shooting this gun accurately.? Once I got the feel for the gun, I found that one ragged hole is definitely possible if you do your part.? I have a hard time accomplishing this with full size service pistols, but to do this with a snub nose was surprising to say the least.

So it seems pretty cool to be able to shoot 9mm in a revolver.? It?s cheaper than 38 special, and easier to find.? It makes sense to have a revolver in the same caliber as your service or home defense gun.? I?m right there with you.? The question is: Is this a good idea?? 9mm has little to no crimp on the bullet, unlike 38 and 357 which often have strong crimps.? The crimp is meant to keep the bullet in the brass ?while under recoil. In 38 and 357 and other revolver rounds a roll crimp used to prevent bullet jump. On the 9mm a taper crimp is used which is very common for all semi-auto pistol rounds. Revolver rounds bear the full brunt of the recoil, and a poorly crimped round can sometimes ?jump crimp? potentially tying up the cylinder and rendering the gun in-operable.? Well, if you take a bullet with little or no crimp, and put it in a light weight revolver, the chances of this go up.? Through no fault of the gun itself, and purely the fault of the ammo I had this happen to me on the range.? Luckily it was caught on tape, and you can see for yourself what happened.? Other people who shot this gun had it happen to them, though not to the point of tying up the cylinder.? This is an issue that should not be taken lightly.? If you do choose this gun for your self-defense tool, please thoroughly test your ammo before putting it into service.

Jumping Crimp Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuCdTa-SowM

Besides the ammo issue, the gun is extremely fun to shoot.? It recoils just enough to bring smiles, and not enough for tears.? It?s accurate, and really hard to put down.? Just make sure you don?t bring too much ammo to the range, you might find your range bag (and wallet) much lighter on your drive home.

Ruger LCR 9mm ??Written by Purple Mountain Outdoors

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  1. Ben says:

    A taper crimp is not the same thing as little or no crimp. Joe D’Allesandro at realguns.com was testing the taper crimp on some of his 357 SIG hand loads—which, due to the necked-down case, have a very small contact area with the bullet shank—and he managed to deform the case while trying to force the bullet to set back with a press. The tapered shoulder at the base of the case neck collapsed.

    That’s a pretty strong crimp.

  2. Mr K says:

    Not sure if this is gun was good or bad?
    The review didnt help me much.
    whats the estimated cost?
    Sights, what are they like?
    What did you notice with SD vs ball?
    I got it worked an did ok with recoil, ammo may not be proper because of a “crimp”.

  3. Mark says:

    I really need to buy one of these. Great review!

  4. Melissa says:

    I just bought one of these and am extremely excited to get to the range. I love the fact that it is a 9mm since I have a PX4, and a CX4 berretta. 9mm ammo is cheaper right now than most. It fits in my girlie hand just right, and the trigger pull is smooth as mentioned above. It is light weight, but still has that solid feeling. If you are used to a big ole’ 357 or a 45 revolver, this may not be for you – but I love it. Would recommend.

  5. Dave says:

    I bought the LCR9mm and can say that it is one terrific snubbie. Very well built, very solid. I have experimented with many different ammo’s and can assure you that this is a very dependable weapon. Yes, there are some ammo, just like any pistol or revolver that will cause jump crimp or feed issues. Mostly cheap stuff that is out there. I used the “Boberg compatibility list and found it to be very accurate to this revolver as well. I reload, and all of them shoot great.Bice, bright front sight, very well balanced, and a mild shooter.I can easily shoot it for hours. I highly recommend this revolver.

  6. Brett says:

    I agree with Dave – it’s a mild shooter. It doesn’t seem to have the recoil of other .38 special revolvers. Before I pulled the trigger on a live round, i installed an XS-sight NCD Crimson trace laser grip (red). Now that I have put 200 rounds or so, I think this is a fine primary or backup defensive weapon. It’s not unpleasant to shoot 50 or more rounds in a range session.

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