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Ruger 5450 LCR 5RD 357MAG/38SP +P 1.87"
by Bryan T Date Added: Sunday 27 November, 2011
Overall a good quality firearm, as you would expect from Ruger. All mechanical parts are crisp and function like a well engineered design. Weighs about a can of beer empty and a bottle of beer loaded. The trigger is perfect IMO, not to light, not to hard, not to long, not to short with a perfect break. I'm a fan of the over-molded soft-rubber grips from Hogue, and it fits well on the frame. I'd say I have skinny to normal sized hands with long fingers and I can get 2 fingers on well with my pinky slightly hanging off; The palm is perfect. Sights leave a little more to be desired as they are black on black and can lead to a hard time getting a quick sight picture, though with a barrel this short, I'm not sure how terribly important it is. I dry fired it about 1000 times and everything broke in nicely, very buttery. Took it down and threw a fresh coat of Tetra grease on everything and it runs smooth. (Be very careful separating the frames as pieces start to fall out of place! I would not recommend this unless you are comfortable with basic DIY gunsmithing. All major pieces are pinned into place, but it will require you to line everything up properly and monkey the frames back together.)

Range Trip:
This little gun is a beast. Just got back from the range where I shot 45 .357's and 25 .38 +P's. The .38's are manageable, but the .357's are at the threshold of controllable. It's never "out of control", but there is enough of a recoil to throw you off enough that it takes some time to get back on target; The Hogue grips help immensely with hanging on. Definitely not a gun you want to be shooting all the time, by about round 65 a .22LR sized piece of skin had ripped off on the inside of my thumb (granted I had also just gone through 250 rounds on my Glock 23). The gun cycled every time and never got "out of wack" or tweaked in any manner. By the end, everything functioned like a new gun, not a small gun badgered by magnum ammo. It also stayed surprisingly cool after 20 round sets. It does pepper your face a bit with powder but its more of a nuisance than a problem. Probably kept 10-12" groups at 21' but there were a few wild hairs when I would cycle quickly. When I tired to bring the target in for more close work, the target would get ripped to pieces from the blast.

All in all I'm very pleased. Ruger continues to impress me with their firearms, especially at their quality to price ratio. If you aren't interested in .357 you can save a few bucks and a few ounces with the .38 +P only model, but if you are looking for a compact CCW revolver with the ability to shoot .357, look no further.

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