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Ruger 5401 LCR 5RD 38SP +P 1.87"
by Jonathon F Date Added: Sunday 14 March, 2010
Couple things to be aware of: because of the short barrel and light weight, this thing packs a punishing recoil. Shooting .38 special ammo in my GP100 with 6" barrel, the recoil is a joke. That very same ammo in this gun has more of a magnum kick. Also, if you hear a light rattle when moving or picking the pistol up, this is supposedly normal and due to the transfer bar, a Ruger safety mechanism. Read the forums at:
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In my opinion, the rattle is a bit disconcerting, but several people say that it doesn't bother them and is unnoticeable during carry.

Double Action Only has pros and cons itself. It's got a long trigger pull, but not a heavy one and still takes some getting used to, especially if you're used to single action. At first, I was shooting all over the place with this thing, but after making an adjustment and learning at what point in the pull the hammer actually strikes, I had two-inch groupings at ten yards. If you're not used to DAO, you just have to pull that long trigger slowly about halfway, make sure you're sights are set at your target, then fire. Don't anticipate the recoil!

On the bright side, the DAO conceals the hammer very well for carry--no hammer to get caught on anything. Fully loaded, this thing weighs just under one pound! It's nearly ideal for concealed carry, but it sure takes it outta ya if you like to shoot a lot at the range.

I considered the Ruger LCP, which is even more compact, lighter, and holds more rounds than this, but ultimately went with the LCR because the LCP's .380 ACP ammo is scarce and overpriced when available as opposed to the LCR's .38 special rounds which are nearly as plentiful and cheap as 9mm. Good luck!

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
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