Ruger’s first LCRx was a snub-nosed LCR .38 with an exposed hammer. Huh? Why would Ruger put an exposed hammer on a snubbie, especially one equipped with one of the best out-of-the-box double-action triggers on planet earth? So buyers can shoot it more accurately.
So you might think an exposed hammer makes even more sense in a wheelgun with a full-size grip and a 3-inch barrel. And you’d be right! Just not this wheelgun.
With a frame fashioned from aerospace-grade 7000 series aluminum, the Ruger LCRx 3″ .22 LR weighs-in at 17.3-ounces. That’s a lot less schlepping than carrying an all-steel 30-ounce Ruger SP101 .22 LR. So what’s not to love? The LCRx .22 LR’s billion pound double-action trigger pull.
The gunsmith at The Range at Austin deployed his electronic trigger pull measuring thingie on our behalf. It maxed-out at 12 pounds. Further research revealed that this LCRx has a pull weight somewhere between 18 to 20 pounds. It’s so heavy that weak-handed shooters may not be able to fire the LCRx .22 LR at all.
The Ruger SP101 in .22 LR shares the exact same affliction. But the LCRx .22 LR’s combination of a world heavyweight champion double-action trigger and a strawweight frame makes it incredibly difficult to pull the LCRx 3″ .22 LR’s lever without moving the eight-shooter’s muzzle off-target.
Shooting the LCRx .22LR freehand in double-action, neither Dan nor I could get better than a 1″ group — at three yards. Modesty prevents me from showing you the target at 25 yards, which looked not unlike a particularly large block of Swiss cheese.
Like Dan, all my shots pulled right — until I held the featherweight firearm like grim death. Granted, I suck. But aside from the Jerry Miculeks of this world, who doesn’t?
[Note: Precision shooters have a better chance of staging Springtime for Hitler than the Ruger LCRx .22 LR’s gas pedal.]
Assuming you want to hit where you’re aiming, the Ruger’s exposed hammer makes perfect sense. The single action fired results are a lot less laughable. But still not great. Even at three yards.
In its defense, the LCRx 3″ .22 LR’s Herculean trigger pull guarantees that Maxwell’s silver hammer reliably fires any and all brands of baby bullets.
It must also be said that the LCRx .22 LR’s double-action trigger pull is smoother than Ray Donovan, using the same friction reducing cam that makes the LCR and LCRx .38’s such a joy to shoot.
The longer sight radius is a good thing, too — despite the lack of space on either side of the [properly positioned] front sight. The rear sight’s adjustable (for pulling right in double action?) and the front sight’s easily replaceable.
Yes but — do you want to swap sights on a gun that’ll set you back $579 MSRP? And once we’re shopping . . .
Given that the LCRx’s osmium-class double action trigger pull makes single action operation is the default option, why not buy a single action only .22 caliber revolver?
North American Arms offers Lilliputian .22 single-action revolvers (with even worse accuracy). Heritage’s Rough Rider’s scaled-down 22 single-action wheelguns “puts shots where you want ’em.” And the aforementioned medium-sized Ruger SP101 in .22 LR (with hammer) will git ‘er done.
If you want a really lightweight perfectly proportioned 3″ revolver that fires both double and single action accurately, I reckon the .38 caliber LCRx (with its nine-pound trigger pull) is the way to go. A gun that reliably runs reduced recoil loads.
I’m having a hard time thinking of a suitable case use for the .22 caliber version. Maybe because there isn’t one? Anyway, I love the ergonomics and the matte black finish. So there is that.
Grip:Hogue® Tamer™ Monogrip®
Front Sight: Replaceable, Pinned Ramp
Barrel Length: 3 inches
Cylinder Finish: PVD
Twist: 1:16″ RH
Rear Sight: Adjustable black blade
Finish: Matte Black
Weight: 17.3 oz.
Overall Length: 7.5 inches
Capacity: 8 rounds
CA Approved: No
MA Approved & Certified: No
RATINGS (out of five stars):
Ergonomics: * * * * *
With its full-size Hogue grip the LCRx .22 LR 3″ feels great in the hand.
Ergonomics Carry: * * *
So light it might blow away in a stiff breeze. Stars deducted for the potential problem of hammer snag.
Reliability: * * * * *
The LCRx ate everything I fed it without a single click (sans bang): CCR, Federal Premium, Remington and a smorgasbord of loose .22’s that had been gathering dust at the bottom of my range bag.
You can easily replace the front sight. A [not currently available] laser might help here, but probably not.
Style: * * * * *
Black is sooo slimming and the proportions are perfect.
Given a trigger pull heavier than trigonometry class, the 3″ LCRx’s exposed hammer is a necessity, not a luxury. But even in single-action, the handgun’s light weight works against you.
Great looking reliable gun featuring the world’s heaviest trigger pull. With a 3″ .38 LCRx available that fires reduced recoil loads, I have no idea what this one’s for, exactly.