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GUNS Magazine November 2012 Digital Edition - Page 20

STORY: Holt Bodinson ruGer’s LittLe PoCket reVoLVer f there’s any handgun more fun, more versatile, more handy and cheaper to shoot than a .22 kit gun or pocket gun, I have yet to see it. Short, light and always with you, it’s a gun with a definite and endearing personality. Building on the recent introduction of their popular Lightweight Carry Revolver (LCR) in .38 Special and .357 Magnum, Ruger has released a .22 Long Rifle version of the LCR. The new .22 LCR is destined to carve out a distinct niche for itself in the Ruger revolver line. A small, light .22 revolver makes a lot of sense. No handgun is more versatile. That rimfire cylinder will digest BB caps, CB caps, CB Longs, Shorts, Longs, Long Rifles and shotshells. It doesn’t matter whether they’re blank loads, squib loads, subsonic loads, target loads, high-speed loads, solids, hollowpoints or shot. As long as that universal cylinder keeps turning, that little revolver will keep shooting. No handgun is handier and more accommodating to different applications and environments. For the last three decades, Smith & Wesson’s stainless Kit Guns in .22 LR and .22 WRM have ridden my hip in the woods and across the fields more often than not. Built on the petite J-frame, the grip is a little small for my hands but with the addition of a Tyler’s Grip Adaptor, it fits me like a glove. Loaded with CCI CB Longs, the Long Rifle Kit Gun has slain thousands of wood chips, cow paddies and other inanimate targets of opportunity from the hip and as well as in aimed fire. The .22 WRM version has accounted for scores of edible cottontails, a few coyotes and one very rabid acting skunk. These little guns are simply handy and provide opportunities for endless hours of relatively quiet and inexpensive practice. Enter Ruger’s new rimfire LCR. Right out of the box, the rimfire LCR is an exact clone of Ruger’s popular centerfire version. The dimensions are the same. Barrel length: 1.875"; overall length: 6.5"; height: 4.5"; width: 1.31" in centerfire and 1.28" in rimfire. Weight: 13.5 ounces in centerfire and 14.9 ounces in rimfire. Same U-notch integral sights. Same choice of grips: Hogue Tamers or Crimson Trace Lasergrips. Same-same-same. It’s a perfect matched set! Either revolver becomes the ideal understudy for the other, a factor which adds real value to the overall design. I The LCR is now offered in an 8-shot .22 Long Rifle. The little LCR packs a lot of firepower, and its cylinder can digest a variety of loads. The cylinder and crane lock-up of the LCR is conventional and familiar to most shooters. The rakish sculpturing of the LCR cylinder reduces weight and is a distinctive feature of the model. Galco’s Pocket Protector holster is designed for front pocket carry in pants or jacket of the LCR. It’ll keep the gun in the same general position so you can quickly locate the grip for the draw, and conceals the shape of the gun so its outline doesn’t “print.” Speaking of design, it’s pretty radical for a revolver. Designed by one of Ruger’s in-house engineers, Joseph Zajk, the lower frame is polymer; the upper frame is aluminum; the barrel is simply an inserted steel liner while the highly sculptured, 8-shot cylinder, crane assembly, front latch, cylinder latch and fire control system are steel as well. What you come realize and appreciate is the composite LCR is a successful design for meeting the objectives of economical mass production and light weight. It’s a safe revolver and features an integral lock-and-key system beneath the grip as well as a Ruger supplied padlock. Packed with the LCR are two small combination keyscrewdrivers which permit you to remove the grip secured by one screw and then lock the fire control system. As an alternative, you can lock the shackle of the padlock through the cylinder frame and triggerguard. How does it handle? The LCR is a natural pointer. The angle of the memory-grooved Hogue Tamer grips 20 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 2

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