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post #1 of 7 Old Nov 26th, 2011, 1:17 pm Thread Starter
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Question 38 S&W642 or Ruger LCR

Anyone have any experience with either or both would Greatly Appreciate your feedback.

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Re: 38 S&W642 or Ruger LCR

I have the Ruger 9mm LCP. Nice gun, but it has a long trigger pull. At least longer than I like.


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Re: 38 S&W642 or Ruger LCR

x2............long trigger pull; lot's of creep and a sudden release.........about like a 38 double action........good belly gun........I wouldn't want to shoot too far with either...........$00.02




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Re: 38 S&W642 or Ruger LCR

My wife has a stainless S&W J-Magnum with the exposed hammer in the hollowed out book next to the bed. Kicks like a mule with plus p loads - and I doubt if she (or me) could hit anything past 15 feet with it!

Why not consider a Kahr. 40. For just a few ounces more you've got a nice, basic US made auto that is only 1" wide and carries seven rounds. I've been very pleased with mine.

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Re: 38 S&W642 or Ruger LCR

Appreciate the responses; looking for real user feedback on either the S&W642/642CT & the Ruger LCR revolvers.

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Re: 38 S&W642 or Ruger LCR

I recently picked up a LCR but haven't been to the range with it yet.

It is incredibly light with the composite frame. The trigger action is very smooth but has a long reset. If you don't let the trigger all the way back out, you will misfire then next pull.

I like the light weight and the smoothed edges. The thing just screams pocket carry. It handles +P and with the wraparound rubber grip, (reportedly) tames the recoil better than a j-frame with the exposed backstrap.

Speedloaders are a little tricky with the thick rubber grip. Some owners have trimmed back the rubber a bit on the left side to make room for the speedloader. Alternatively, I have seen some speedloaders that are relieved around the cartridge openings. They may work well too (sorry, I don't recall the brand but it's not safariland or HKS). I picked up some speed strips that carry better than speedloaders. Not as fast, but an easy and compact way to carry reloads.

Sights are simple with a ramped blade in the front and a channel in the rear. Some owners have enhanced the front sight simply by painting it. Replacing it with a tritium or hi-viz light pipe is a non-gunsmith affair.

There have been a couple of isolated cases of problems with LCRs but Ruger is a great company and supports their customers and products. You can read more over at rugerforum.net

My only other experience with a j-frame was looking at a 38 Bodyguard at a local store. In direct comparison, the Ruger felt more solid than the Smith. The wacky top-mounted ambi cylinder release on the BG was just kinds weird.

But either the 642 or the LCR are great choices.
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Re: 38 S&W642 or Ruger LCR

Both good choices. I've shot both.....I would prefer the 642 in the desk drawer, but the LCR for a CCW. Perhaps you have a local range with rentals to try out and see which works best for you. FWIW, I own plenty of products from both companies, and each has great service

Related, I have a NIB Don Hume IWB Leather Holster for the Ruger LCR .38 for sale on the beretta forum, if anyone is interested.

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