Low prices on the Ruger LCR .357 Magnum start at Champion Firearms- the Ruger Lightweight Compact Revolver (LCR), a 17.1 ounce, small frame revolver with a smooth, easy-to-control trigger and highly manageable recoil. Packed with the latest technological advances and features required by today’s most demanding shooters. The LCR is a compact, five-shot .357 Magnum that has a fully shrouded hammer, double-action-only trigger pull, 1-7/8 inch barrel; and is rated for “Magnum” ammunition. It is essentially the same size as a classic S&W Chiefs Special, and it maintains basic holster compatibility with these guns.
So what’s so special about another lightweight, snub nose .357 Magnum? Well, the LCR’s lower half, which contains the entire operating mechanism, is constructed of polymer. Yes, that’s right; the Ruger LCR is a .357 Magnum / +P .38 Special revolver with a plastic frame. It’s the first polymer-framed revolver in history.
The LCR’s construction consists of three major modular subcomponents: an upper cylinder-frame/barrel assembly, a lower frame/fire-control-housing assembly (polymer), and a cylinder/crane assembly. The cylinder-frame/barrel assembly is constructed of a 7000-series aluminum forging with a 1714 stainless-steel barrel sleeve threaded into the barrel shroud. The grip is a soft-rubber Hogue Tamer with a cushion insert in the wraparound behind the rear of the frame.