This past Monday was December port meet up time for the SAW club at the range in Woodland Park. Everyone took a much needed night off from their holiday preparations to get together for a ladies night at the range. We welcomed a few new shooters this month – and as a whole our groups’ targets are looking pretty good! Last month we started our “gun of the month” series with the Keltec Sub 2000; and this month we turn to carry guns with the Ruger LCR.
Buying a carry gun is no different than making any other firearm purchase, it’s a good idea to try out what you are buying. Everyone has a different opinion on what is “best” and the only real judge is the person who will be using it. However, as a woman and a pistol instructor, I have found that while many women like revolvers, a snub nosed .38 is not a favorite. A short barrel and a light weight frame results in a snappy recoil that can actually hurt the hand. Some will say in a defensive situation you can deal with the pain. Well, yes and no. Whatever firearm you choose it is never a good idea to throw it in a drawer to have it “if you need it”. Practice and muscle memory will make your shot placement more accurate and if you are dreading firing your gun, all the features in the world that make it a great “carry gun” aren’t going to help you.
The barrel on the Ruger LCR is just under 2 inches and the gun itself weighs around 13 ounces. It has a shrouded hammer and a fairly smooth double action trigger pull. The nice Hogue grip makes the LCR a bit more comfortable to shoot; I have small hands and it is fairly comfortable fit. About ten women took a try shooting .38spl out of the LCR. The responses ranged from “ouch”, to “one round is enough, thank you very much”, to “it is too small for my hand”, and then, finally, “I really like that gun!” So, out of ten women who tried the gun, we had only one resounding yes.
When I tried the LCR I was able to get a nice group, but I did not find it enjoyable to shoot. It does have a limited capacity, but then so does a Body Guard .380. After about 20 rounds though, I was ready to call it a day.
Based on the overall club review of the LCR I have to give it a thumbs down. However, there are many other carry gun options. We hope to go through them all as we make our way through the extensive rental menu at the Woodland Park Range.