I had an opportunity to examine the LCR the other day. A co-worket had purchased it as an off-duty/back-up gun. Its disassembly is rather simple and after examining the gun's components, design, and fitting of the parts; I cannot see how Ruger justifies the suggested retail price of $525.00. (My friend actually paid about $100.00 less for his.) The revolver's polymer frame is simply a molded component containing the fire control parts, which are assembled therein without any fitting. The cylinder and barrel sleeve are installed in the aluminum mainframe with what appears to be little or no fitting as well. Add the rubber stock and pinned front sight and that's about it. The revolver may be a remarkable design from the standpoint of efficient manufacture. It seems rugged enough for its intended purpose. But I simply can't see the price. I suppose they need to recover the costs of development, but it can't possibly cost much to manufacture this weapon. I'd say a reasonable retail price for it would be about $250.00. I'd guess it doesn't cost much more than a third of that figure to build it. I understand prices are determined by what the market will bear and lightweight .38s are popular items right now. But the gun simply doesn't appear to be worth the price asked by a long shot. Those of you who are involved in manufacturing may be able to explain the cost, but I have a hard time seeing it. I note that the Blackhawk and New Vaquero appear much more complicated to manufacture, but can actually be bought for less money.