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Ruger LCR 9mm Luger compact revolver

Compact, accurate, and now even more versatile: Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. announced the launch of a 9mm Luger variant of the world-famous LCR Lightweight Compact Revolver!

10/06/2014 - Ruger's LCR lightweight compact revolver, one of the most popular guns for concealed carry and personal defense in the past years, is now available in the United States in a 9mm Luger caliber version!

Pierangelo Tendas
Ruger's defense-oriented Lightweight Compact Revolver is now also available in a 9mm Luger (9x19mm) caliber version
Ruger's defense-oriented Lightweight Compact Revolver is now also available in a 9mm Luger (9x19mm) caliber version

The Ruger LCR Lightweight Compact Revolver was first launched in 2009, and has since established itself as a mainstay of the products line offered by Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. − and of the international market for civilian defensive guns altogether.

Introducing novel features such as a polymer trigger housing and a part aluminum, part fibreglass-reinforced polymer frame to maintain the overall weight to a record low, the Ruger LCR revamped the success of pocket revolvers as a whole category in the field of concealed carry firearms for personal defense, off-duty carry or undercover operations.

The new 9mm Luger chambering adds significant versatility to the platform, allowing the use of a plethora of different loads
The new 9mm Luger chambering adds significant versatility to the platform, allowing the use of a plethora of different loads

As the years went by, the Ruger LCR was purchased by countless civilians, Law Enforcement officers and private security operators all around the world, and has since evolved in different caliber versions (nominally .22 Long Rifle, .22 WMR and .357 Magnum) and in an external hammer version dubbed the Ruger LCRx.

Now, the Ruger LCR family of lightweight compact revolvers grows of yet another member, with the introduction of the Ruger LCR 9mm Luger version, chambered for the popular 9x19mm semi-automatic pistol caliber.

The use of 9mm Luger ammunition adds versatility to the platform, allowing shooters to employ a plethora of different loads available on the market, according the their specific needs concerning recoil, muzzle climb, etc., and most notably stopping power.

The 9mm Ruger LCR revolver feeds through moon-clips, and three are factory-issued; others can be purchased aftermarket
The 9mm Ruger LCR revolver feeds through moon-clips, and three are factory-issued; others can be purchased aftermarket

Since 9x19mm is a rimless caliber, the Ruger LCR 9mm Luger revolver will feed through moon-clips: three, manufactured out of sheet metal, are provided with each gun, and all are built to last thousands of rounds. Each moon clip holds five rounds (that's the overall capacity of the Ruger LCR to begin with); the moon clip loading allows quicker and easy reloading, which can definitely make a difference in life or death situations.

Just like all LCR versions, the Ruger LCR 9mm Luger model is a double-action-only revolver, with a fully internal hammer and a friction reducing cam to keep the trigger pull weight under acceptable levels.

The monolythic frame of the Ruger LCR 9mm Luger revolver is manufactured out of Synergistic hard-coated black, 400-series stainless steel, and supports a 1.875"-long (4,76 centimetres) barrel with six right-handed grooves and a 1:16" pitch.

The official specs sheet for the Ruger LCR 9mm Luger lightweight compact revolver
The official specs sheet for the Ruger LCR 9mm Luger lightweight compact revolver

The five-shots cylinder is manufactured in high-strenght stainless steel, is extensively fluted for lighter weight and sports an extremely resistant Ionbond Diamondback surface finish.

Another peculiar feature of the Ruger LCR 9mm Luger revolver is the replaceable, pinned ramp front sight with a white inlay for quicker alignment and target reacquisition. The Ruger LCR 9mm Luger revolver also sports a recoil-reducing Hogue Tamer ergonomic rubberized synthetic monogrip.

The Ruger LCR 9mm Luger revolver is 6.5" (16,51cm) long, 4.5" (11,43cm) high and 1.28" (3,25cm) wide; its overall weight reaches 17.20oz. (487,61 grams) when unloaded.

The distribution of Ruger's new Lightweight Compact Revolver in 9x19mm caliber has just kicked off in the United States of America, at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $599.00 (approximately 472,25€ at current change). As of today, however, there is no information concerning international exports and availability outside of the USA.



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