Ruger LCR .357 Magnum Review

Today we’ll look at Ruger’s LCR in .357 Magnum. LCR stands for Lightweight Compact Revolver and in .357 Magnum it packs a heavy punch in the competitive lightweight class and is loaded with a smooth proprietary trigger group and recoil taming features.

Specifications from Manufacturer:

Caliber: .357 Magnum, .38 Special or .38 Special +P
Action: Double Action Only
Finish: Blackened Stainless
Grips: Hogue® Tamer™
Sights: Front – replaceable ramp
Rear – U-Notch Integral
Barrel Material: Stainless Steel
Barrel Length:  1.88”
Overall Length: 6.50”
Width: 1.28”
Height: 4.50”
Weight: 17.10 oz.
Twist: 1:16” RH
Capacity: 5
Approved/Certified: (Not for CA and MA, in .357)
MSRP: $575
Manufacturers Website: Ruger

The Good:

  • Lightweight, note the fluted cylinder to remove excess material.
  • Ability to shoot .38 Special, .38 Special +P & .357 Magnum – plinking to full SD ammo.
  • Reasonable recoil with .357 Magnum – Easy with .38 Special.
  • Comfortable grip – allows for a higher grip to help lower bore axis and combined with the Hogue® Tamer™ grips they do tame the recoil.
  • Accurate at self-defense distances.
  • Reliable snub-nose, can be fired from pocket.
  • Ruger’s polymer fire control housing trims the weight and brings an excellent trigger to whatever you encounter.  Smooth non-stacking action that has the internals coated and it only gets better with use.  For range use it can easily progress to cylinder lock for target use.
  • No Safety – this works for me with the shrouded long pull of the DAO snub-nose’s trigger.
  • Uses standard HKS – 36A Speedloaders.

The Bad:

  • Front sight – hard to see the black ramp in a black notch – I will be changing to the XS Big Dot Tritium.
  • Limited availability of quality holsters – though more are on the market and some existing items work as well.  Ruger has a holster selection guide HERE – most S&W Airweight J-frames holsters will work.
  • With DAO revolvers they have a longer trigger reset, so it is possible to short stroke the trigger.
  • Not a jeans pocket gun with the Hogue Tamer grips – boot grip might work.
  • 5 rounds only.
  • Limited availability with these new models.
  • No Safety – for those that require it, though it does have a lock.
  • Not a full-length ejector, meaning you need to use the standard barrel up and a sharp tap of the ejector.  Plated SD ammo will eject much easier.



Ruger has put a winner in the hands of the American people with the New LCR in .357 Magnum.  For those who have always had semi-autos, welcome aboard to a small CCW handgun without the worries of failure to feed, eject or ammo sensitivity – when you need it to go “bang” – Ruger Reliability.

Yes the front sight needs an upgrade, but this is one fine, light-weight, snub-nose revolver with a best in class trigger. Ruger sure has worked its magic through engineering along with Hogue to “tame” the recoil.  Yes even on the .357 it is still fun to shoot and comfortable to wear all day.   It is also available in the .38 Special (slightly lighter) which can handle the +P, it has additional grip options and available laser grips, though these will work also on the 357.  However, I went with the .357 for the additional few ounces and greater range of ammo use.  I like it, “The Bride” likes it – and that is a Win!

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