Having previously reviewed and liked the original double action only (DAO) Ruger LCR (Lightweight Compact Revolver) and subsequent true double action (DA) LCRx .38 +P snub-nose revolvers, we were compelled to request a sample of the latest variation, an LCRx with a longer, three inch, fully shrouded barrel and adjustable sights. Within a week the brand new, three inch, LCRx arrived at our doorstep, which is probably a record for promptness from a gun manufacturer. (We waited about four years to get a Ruger Gold Label shotgun for review!)
My number one choice on the list was a .22 Mag./.22 Long Rifle convertible rimfire version of the 3" barrel LCRx double-action revolver with adjustable sights. I predicted that if any of the suggested models actually made it to market, the LCRx would be the first. As it turned out, the first wheelgun rolled out to the marketplace just last year was the second option on the list: a 5-shot GP100 chambered in .44 Spl. Trust me when I say that having my second pick land first doesn't hurt my feelings at all. It was just as cool to shoot as I hoped it would be. It was a two-year wait for the longer barreled .22 LCRx, which wasn’t quite what I had in mind but it was close.
One of its new products is the Ruger LCRx revolver. While this particular revolver comes from a lineup of various hammerless models, it is the first of the series with an exposed hammer, allowing a single-action trigger pull. While the non-hammer LCR is chambered in .22 LR, .22 WMRF, .38 Special +P, 9mm Luger and .357 Magnum—with and without Crimson Trace Lasergrips—the Ruger LCRx is currently chambered only in .38 Special +P