Ruger’s Got 5 New Pocket Revolvers in .22 WMR through 9mm

Ruger’s adding five new pocketable revolvers to their catalog this fall. The new handguns all belong to the LCRx and SP101 series and are chambered for plinking and serious self-defense.

The new guns include four LCRx revolvers in .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire, .327 Federal Magnum and 9mm Luger and a singular new SP101 also chambered for 9mm.

The four newest additions to the LCRx family. (Photo: Ruger)

People have been asking Ruger to continue to add guns chambered for these cartridges to their catalog for a long time, and the company listened. Ruger’s been a champ when it comes to listening to their customers and making something for everyone.

All of the new guns are double-action revolvers with exposed hammers for single-action fire. Both the LCRx and SP101 are small-frame revolvers designed to be compact for concealed-carry.

The LCRx uses a lightweight hybrid alloy and polymer chassis while the SP101 features traditional all-stainless steel construction.

The 9mm SP101 has integral U-notch sights to prevent snagging on the draw. (Photo: Ruger)

While the other cartridges are fairly easy on the wrist, especially .22 Magnum, 9mm can be snappy out of snub-nosed revolvers. Giving people the option to choose between the lighter LCRx and the heavier SP101 is a great move on Ruger’s part.

Chambered for 9mm the LCRx weighs just under 18 ounces unloaded, while the SP101 weighs 25. Both have similar features including 5-shot cylinders and roughly 2-inch barrels. The LCRx is a little under at 1.87 inches and the SP101 over at 2.25. The extra weight and barrel length of the SP101 will help shooters with control while the lighter and slightly more compact LCRx will be more comfortable for all-day carry.

The new .327 Magnum LCRx is also built around a 1.87-inch barrel. With its smaller cartridges, it packs a full six rounds into the cylinder.

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Ruger nearly single-handedly brought .327 Magnum from the brink of extinction. This powerful, light-recoiling cartridge is more than adequate for self-defense and does well even with short barrels. This is a great option for those who want a true magnum revolver in a small and light package without the harsh recoil of .357 from a similar-sized gun.

Finally Ruger is adding two .22 Magnum rimfire models to their LCRx lineup. One is a snubbie, like the others, with a barrel measuring just under 2 inches. The other is a larger model with a full-size grip, longer 3-inch barrel and adjustable sights. Often called kit guns, these are all-purpose revolvers for plinking and small game hunting.

Both of the new .22 Magnum revolvers are lightweight and hold six rounds in the cylinder. The snub-nosed model weighs closer to 15 ounces while the mid-size gun is just under 18.

Ruger’s new rimfire revolvers have a suggested price of $579 while the centerfire guns run about $100 more. Real-world prices should be in the $400 to $500 range. The stainless steel LCRx is a little more with a $719 MSRP but it ships with three moon clips for fast reloads.

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  • David Comer November 3, 2017, 12:38 pm

    I bought the LCRx in .38 spec. The double action trigger pull is so good that I see no need to shoot it in the single action mode.

  • Brad B November 3, 2017, 10:34 am

    A 22WMR LCR with 6 rounds? Aweful whimpy! I see no reason/rationale for this. S&W 351PD holds 9 & its much lighter. Taurus 22WMR revolver also is 9 rounds.
    What is Ruger thinking/not thinking about? Weight isn’t the driver….I would have bought an LCR or two years ago, if they had 9/10 round capacity.

    • Joel November 3, 2017, 11:51 am

      Not sure what you mean about the S&W 351PD. The only one I’ve ever seen was a 7 shot, not 9.

    • Mark From Bristol November 4, 2017, 12:25 pm

      A .22 WMR might seem wimpy to some, but to others it might be perfect. I am thinking in terms of my 83 year-old mother. She has a Ruger .38 LCR, two Charter Arms .38’s, a Rossi .38, a nine shot Heritage .22 LR/.22 WMR, a Henry .22 LR, and a couple of .410’s that include a Mossberg pump. All nice firearms, but at 83 years-old I know that the hammers are getting to be a bit much for her. I have to wonder if there wouldn’t be a market for the elderly for a hammerless (so to speak) .22 WMR J-Frame style revolver. I had purchased a Taurus .380 for Mom, put pulling the slide back to chamber the first round was way too much for her. Admittedly the slide was a bit tough and I’m 6′ 3″ at 270 lbs and from time to time will fire both barrels of 12 gauge side by sides with a single hand just to see if I still can, and I can. I gave the .380 to my niece. I also had purchased a nine shot Taurus Model 994 I think that it was, a .22 LR/.22 WMR for her, but the spring was so tough that after firing it 400 times myself, it never did loosen up. I had considered cutting half of a coil off but didn’t. I gave it to my brother-in-law as was instead. My personal experience with Taurus firearms is that they are junk, although I do like Mom’s 4″ Rossi .38 Special, a Taurus if only by parent company. I’m not so sure that a .22 WMR would be so wimpy for an aged person. It just might be what the doctor ordered, especially when fitted with a Crimson Trace…paint the dot and don’t stop pulling the trigger until its empty, if necessary.

      • Mike H. November 5, 2017, 8:53 am

        One New Year’s Eve several years ago,I pulled both triggers on my side by side shotgun. It was loaded with 3 inch 00buck in both barrels. I was shooting with one hand. That’s what Wild Turkey,way too much,will cause You to do! I could barely use that arm for about two days!

    • Mike H. November 5, 2017, 8:44 am

      How many rounds do You need to hit Your target? Maybe You’d better carry a Shotgun!

  • King Paris November 3, 2017, 9:41 am

    I recently bought the LCR in 327 Federal Magnum for $485. Starting with .32 long, recoil was like shooting .22. The .32 H&R Mag was only slightly more recoil, with no pain or snap (this is my favorite). I then tried the Buffalo Bore .32 H&R Mag +P. This is a very powerful load that hits very hard. This will wake you up for sure, and in my mind, is a formidable carry round.
    I haven’t tried the .327 Federal Magnums yet, but I expect that they will also pack a wallop. We shall see. It’s a great, enjoyable gun, and I much prefer this to the lightweight LCR in .38 Special, which I promptly sold after running about 20 rounds. No fun.

  • arthur phillips November 3, 2017, 6:41 am

    I would like to see a 3 inch sp101 in 22wmr?

  • arthur phillips November 3, 2017, 6:38 am

    how about a 3 inch sp101 in 22wrm?

  • Mark McCann November 3, 2017, 5:28 am

    I like to see a 3 inch .327 Magnum

  • Dude November 3, 2017, 5:26 am

    Just PLEASE make the LCRx in 357 WITH an ADJUSTABLE SIGHT AND A 3″ BARREL!!!!!

  • Robert Smith November 2, 2017, 11:23 pm

    I like what Ruger has done to develop the LCRx product line. My suggestion: a “Super LCRx”, scaled up in size for 6 rounds of 45ACP. Other possible chamberings, 45 Colt, 44 Special, 40 S&W. Would have the weight of the Smith & Wesson scandium revolvers without the cost. A sure best-seller for Ruger.

    • Irish-7 November 3, 2017, 9:32 am

      That is a good idea! I’d buy one in .45 Colt. I only own one scandium weapon, a Smith & Wesson Governor. It is a little large for concealed carry, but it is lightweight when compared to a stainless steel revolver.

  • Whine E Reader October 31, 2017, 5:33 pm

    I’ll save the readers who feel the need to chime in a lot of time…
    I was in until I saw the price!
    $579? American Dollars? For a revolver? In 2017? My S&W 940 9mm revolver I bought in 19-diggity-3 was only $299 brand new. Highway robbery!
    25oz for a 5 shot revolver? My Glock 19 is only 21oz and holds 3x as many rounds!
    My S&W Model 329 weighs 0.2 more oz and holds 6 of my .44 mag bear loads!
    I’m fine with my (Korth, Kimber K6, Colt Python Snubbie, Medusa, Astra Terminator, Taurus Raging Judge, Rohm) that I already have.
    Did I forget any?

    • Dr. Strangelove November 3, 2017, 5:37 am

      You bought a K6 and you’re complaining about the price of a Ruger?

    • John R Hill November 3, 2017, 6:50 am

      That’s LIST price. Street price will be $100 less. This is Merica, everyone needs to make a buck. #MAGA

    • John L November 3, 2017, 9:30 am

      A little too subtle for some. Thanks for the laugh to start my day.

    • Andrew November 3, 2017, 10:24 am

      MSRP of 579 for a decent revolver is a good price, since my local FunShop typically has the 38 model under 400, and the 9mm runs 450 or thereabouts along with the 357 model.

      But if you bought a 940 for 299, yes, that was back in the 90’s, and there surely has been no Inflation since then, that’s why a case of imported 7.62x39mm is still $79 just like it was back in 2000.

      Price a 940 now and get back to me.

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