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 Post subject: Ruger LCR vs S@w J frame
PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:24 pm 
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looking for a new pocket pistol ,how does the polymer Ruger LCR stack up with S@W J-frame 442 ? how welll does the Ruger polymer hold up?and problems .Have a S@W mod 60 so 442 would be familiar , but looking for something lighter and no exposed hammer ,


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:27 pm 
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Sold my 60 since I bought the 38 Special LCR.

I carry the LCR about 90% of the time.

It's lighter by a lot, came with a factory red fiber optic front site. Still looks like new even after 6 years in a leather Galco holster and probably 1000 or more rounds.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2020 11:46 pm 
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I'll keep my S&W 642. 1.5 oz heavier but all metal.
Found this comparo:
https://aliengearholsters.com/blog/sw-j ... ruger-lcr/

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:02 am 
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Both are very good choices. Buy what YOU desire.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:10 am 
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Both are good but IMO the LCR has a far superior trigger.

My LCR has been my EDC for 8 or 9 years. Not sure of round count but several thousand of my reloads through it and no troubles.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:22 am 
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I own each of them. The LCR somehow manages not to fit in my pocket as well as the S&W 442. I also dislike the finger groove grip on the LCR, because the finger-grooves are not spaced properly for my fingers. No issues with the durability of the LCR, though.

I carry my J Frames a lot more often than my LCR. The J Frame trigger improves a bunch with use, in my experience. There’s a lot more aftermarket support for the S&W, too.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:34 am 
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I have 3 LCR's, 22LR, 357 Mag and 327 Fed Mag. I have shot thousands of reloads theu the 357. And thousands thru 22. Just got the 327 last fall.
I think the 327 may be my favorite.
Never had any trouble with any of them.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:16 am 
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If you can, handle both and try them in various carry configurations. Personal preference for me is a S&W Model 49 Bodyguard Airweight. Lightweight with a shrouded hammer. Mine is a retired deputies back up piece. Meets your requirements.... Good luck with your choice!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 2:36 am 
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I am a small barrel enthusiast. Have been shooting pocket guns on a diligent schedule for over 10 years now. I am a Beretta Pico fan boy. However I love shooting the Snubbie. As Hickcock45 said when reviewing one, "There is just something about them" in reference to the pleasure of shooting them. I train often and that gun is the LCR9mm. Man, I love shooting that gun. Typically will load up 40 moon clips the night before a range session. If you shoot often and do not reload, the 9mm makes for the most economical choice.
But I carry the Smith 642 much more often than the LCR. Weight, and weight matters. And I love the feel of the Smith. Snubbies like small Pistol pocket guns are not hard to shoot well. Just have a longer learning curve. And they can do much more than the internet leads you to believe. They can be very fast to the draw and as accurate as you want to make them.

Here is a good place for keeping up with the Snubbies. https://www.imwithroscoe.com/
Spend time with all the drills etc. which many are listed. Frequent diligent practice.

Ps. Just bought these speed loaders and surprised at how fast they can be reloaded with the off hand.
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And if you are serious about shooting them, I highly suggest when you can afford it to invest in a 22.cal. It has done wonders for my trigger control and point and shoot skills.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:57 pm 
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davevabch wrote:

Ps. Just bought these speed loaders and surprised at how fast they can be reloaded with the off hand.
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Please tell us more about these- I have never seen this type before...


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:34 pm 
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I need the info on the speed loaders too.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:55 pm 
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I went with the 442, both are excellent, but the with the Houges in place the 442 fits me better, and is much better with the tactical trigger and hammer spring kit, plus, I like mine dipped in ,etal, not plastic.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:38 pm 
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DeltaRose wrote:
davevabch wrote:

Ps. Just bought these speed loaders and surprised at how fast they can be reloaded with the off hand.
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Please tell us more about these- I have never seen this type before...


Here’s a link to the manufacturer’s website:

https://zetasix.com/product/j-clip/

They also offer a speed strip that has the rounds spaced so you can load 2 at a time.

Edited to add: I have no pecuniary interest in the sale of these products. I recently ordered some and have used them a little and am thus far satisfied.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:29 pm 
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I can honestly say I absolutely LOVE Ruger and S&W, won't own anything else.
Pick which one feels better to you and have at it.
I have to say that twice in my life, Ruger made a couple of guns so ugly, they were unappealing.
First was way back, the P-85 series, (chunky candy bar ugly) and then the LCR (cap gun looks)
I'm a 442 guy for that reason only, but YOU will be OK with either.......


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 6:57 pm 
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arfmel wrote:

Here’s a link to the manufacturer’s website:

https://zetasix.com/product/j-clip/

They also offer a speed strip that has the rounds spaced so you can load 2 at a time.

Edited to add: I have no pecuniary interest in the sale of these products. I recently ordered some and have used them a little and am thus far satisfied.


Thank you for the link.


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