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.
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.
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.
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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