A revolver tour #5: Ruger LCR .22

Ruger LCR 22 with laser activated

One of the neat ideas in the revolver world is the concept of a “kit gun” – a lightweight revolver designed to go in your outdoors kit for general use. Obviously, the Smith & Wesson 317 Kit Gun is the best example of this species, but there are other guns that fit the bill as well.

Enter the Ruger LCR-22. The LCR series tend to have good triggers, and the rim fire version is no exception. It also holds 8 rounds of .22, which is nice because more ammo is always better. It’s light, it’s very compact, and it is just the perfect sort of gun to toss in an outdoors bag to take with you. Obviously, in .22LR it’s not a bear fighting gun, but it really isn’t inteded to be.

Ruger LCR 22

Perhaps the only shortcoming of this revolver are the fixed, defensive style gutter sights. Of course, the easy remedy for that is affixing a Crimson Trace LaserGrip, which is exactly what I’ve done on this gun. It might seem silly at first to put a laser that costs nearly as much as the gun itself on this revolver, but adding the laser is what allows this gun to perfectly fill the mission of a kit gun. The laser makes hitting what you’re aiming at much easier, and eliminates the need to rely on the rudimentary sights.

I love lightweight, easy packing .22s. Sure, they’re not great for self-defense and they won’t stop a grizzly bear in its tracks, but on the flip side they’re a lot of fun to shoot, and ridiculously easy to carry. Not a bad idea, when you think about it.


    1. For people who are recoil-sensitive. Caleb addressed this question in “Rimfire Revolvers For Self Defense?” (November 5, 2013) at http://www.gunnuts.net/2013/11/05/rimfire-revolvers-for-self-defense/

      I’ve shot small revolvers in .22 LR before, and I have an inkling as to the appeal, and it’s the lack of recoil. Even my all steel 640 Pro Series j-frame isn’t fun to shoot for extended practice sessions, but a .22 LR revolver, even one so light as the LCR I can shoot all day long until my forearms get tired. We’re going to spend some time diving into these guns here and on GunUp the Magazine, but my initial feeling about their niche is just that – they’re for people who’ve been sold on the concept of a revolver, but don’t like recoil.

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