The Ruger LCR in .357 builds on the notable strengths…

The Ruger LCR in .357 builds on the notable strengths of the LCR platform—namely innovative design and cutting-edge materials—to take performance to the next level.

It is difficult to compare the Ruger LCR .357 Mag with any other snubnose magnum revolver, because there isn’t any other revolver like the LCR. The new .357 model is compact (6.5 inches), lightweight (17.5 ounces), and, like the .38 Special +P version introduced in 2010, has literally rewritten the book on revolver construction.

While the LCR is still fundamentally the same “concept” as Samuel Colt’s 1836 patent for the revolving cylinder pistol, the Ruger is as novel in 2011 as Colt’s 5-shot Paterson revolver was to a flintlock 175 years ago. The LCR (Lightweight Compact Revolver) began with a clean sheet of paper, one on which Ruger’s design and engineering team drafted a totally new way to assemble a revolver. The first LCR model (.38 +P) has, within its first year of production, become one of the most popular concealed carry revolvers on the market. The .357 Mag version makes this great little gun a pocket powerhouse that gives up little to its .38 Special counterpart in terms of weight or recoil management.

Gun Details
The LCR .357 at 17.1 ounces is only slightly heavier than the .38 special version, which tips the scales at 13.5 ounces. The additional weight goes into the .357 barrel, cylinder, front latch inner spring, stainless steel (rather than aluminum) frame assembly, cylinder/crane assembly, center locking pin and cylinder sub-assembly, all of which have been strengthened or modified to counter the greater pressures and recoil of .357 Mag cartridges.

The polymer Fire Control Housing mates up with the stainless steel cylinder frame/barrel assembly. Note the internal (keyed) locking system.

The revolver is actually comprised of three major components; a blackened 400 Series stainless steel cylinder frame/barrel assembly (with the barrel shroud an integral part of the frame); the polymer Fire Control Housing, containing the trigger, hammer, sear and mainspring; and the stainless steel cylinder/crane sub-assembly.

The large Hogue Tamer rubber grips, which are secured to the Fire Control Housing grip peg by a single screw through the base, fill the hand without becoming a burden for concealed carry, even in a pocket holster. The contoured Hogue Tamer and LCR frame design give the strong hand plenty of gripping area, a thumb rest, and enough triggerguard to allow a solid two-handed hold. The fully shrouded hammer also streamlines the Ruger for trouser or jacket pocket carry with no edges to catch on fabric.

Load Comments
  • Gentlemen,

    Just bought my LCR 357 after Xmas. Kinda a gift to myself! LOL! Ran a 100 off the shelf 38Spc through it with no problems. Did not notice at the time but after I cleaned it and oiled it the trigger pull seemed to be a bit easier. And it was good deal smoother for sure. Will get back to you when possible. Hope to go and shoot tomorrow.

    Only problem I am having is hitting anything. But that is not the gun’s fault. I am having to learn the DAO trigger pull, to stage the travel before I let the hammer fall, get the breathing right, and time everything. Also had a new set of specs which could also account for a lot. Gun results great, shooter not so much.

  • I like my 38 lcr but the button retaing screw keeps loosing out. I have fired around 200 rds with some surprising accuracy I will contact ruger this week to see what needs to be done to correct the problem. Since I purchased the gun new less than a month ago.UNDECICED OWNER CHRIS.

  • Tsquare

    I carry the LCR .357 daily. I just love this gun, but as Dennis says above, a .327 Federal in the LCR would be a dream gun for me! 6 rounds of .327 Federal in a lightweight LCR for every day carry would be ideal!!!

  • Jason P.

    The LCR is the Glock of Revolvers … Nothing Even Comes Close !

  • Neal

    I carry the .38 Special +P version everwhere I go, Love this gun.

  • Don

    My brother bought the Ruger LCR 357, after 20 rounds it broke. The catch on the bottom that holds the clyinder in place would not catch and the clyinder would roll backwards causing it to jam. We’re waiting to hear from Ruger what the problem is. I bought mine a couple of days before him so far so good with mine. Not sure i can trust it for a carry gun.

  • Dennis

    Howdy! I don’t know how many years more I can handle a 357mag…how about one of these in 327 Fed. Mag?

  • John Takacs

    I own and carry a LCP but have been looking at the LCR for a long time. I think I may have to get one..

  • Randy

    Absolutely love it!!!!!! Can ‘t think of owning anyting else for CCW.

  • General Jim M

    You’ll love the trigger pull of this gun,go to a gun store and give it a squeeze.