The new Ruger LCR 9mm

Ruger Expands the Popular Line of Lightweight Compact Revolvers with the Addition of the 9mm LCR

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) announces the introduction of the 9mm LCR®, the newest variation of the revolutionary Lightweight Compact Revolver (LCR).

“Since its introduction in 2009, the LCR has become extremely popular with conceal carry customers seeking the simplicity of a revolver,” said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and Chief Operating Officer. “Customers have been asking for a 9mm version due to ammo availability and compatibility with pistols. We were listening and have added a 9mm version of the LCR,” he concluded.

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The newest LCR retains all the features of the critically acclaimed original LCR. Its double-action-only trigger pull is uniquely engineered with a patented Ruger® friction reducing cam fire control system. The trigger pull force on the LCR builds gradually and peaks later in the trigger stroke, resulting in a trigger pull that feels much lighter than it actually is. This results in more controllable double-action shooting, even among those who find traditional double-action-only triggers difficult to operate. The LCR is elegantly designed with three main components: a polymer fire control housing, monolithic frame, and an extensively fluted stainless steel cylinder. When originally introduced, the Ruger LCR revolver was one of the most significant new revolver designs in over a century and it has since been awarded three patents.

In addition to 9mm Luger, the LCR double-action-only model also is available in .38 Spl. +P, .357 Mag., .22 WMR. and .22 LR. The exposed hammer LCRx™, which can be fired in double- or single-action modes, is available in .38 Spl. +P. All LCR models feature replaceable ramp front sights with white bar, and a fixed U-notch rear sight. Some models are available with Crimson Trace® Lasergrips® instead of the Hogue® Tamer™ Monogrip®, which comes standard.

Garrett Industries Silent Thunder OWB Revolver holster

I am going to cut right to the chase here: now that I’ve had the time to practice with it, use it, and really work it, I can say that the Garrett Industries Silent Thunder OWB is the best revolver holster I’ve ever owned.

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The holster itself is an interesting idea: take a kydex holster and line it with leather. The name “Silent thunder” comes because your gun doesn’t make any of those tell-tale clicks and clunks that you get drawing from a kydex holster. So you get the draw and re-holstering feel of a leather rig with the durability of a kydex holster. Not a bad deal.

There’s nothing on the interior of the holster to snag your draw, and the gun comes out clean. There’s also nothing to impede your ability to holster, so it’s easy to put the away when you’re done. Retention is acceptable for action shooting activities, and can be tightened down if you’re going to use it for a carry holster. It is an OWB holster, and for a four inch revolver the only realistic carry method is going to be under a vest or jacket. But its footprint is still smaller than equivalent holsters from Safariland and Blade-Tech, which are enormous and basically impossible to conceal without massive printing.

The holster is priced right – 85.00-100ish dollars, depending on options selected. They also make IWB holsters, one of which we have in the office for a seldom carried Kahr PM9. It’s a great holster as well. My experience with the Silent Thunder OWB has made me curious about their AIWB offering, having just ordered a Wiley Clapp SP101 for T&E, I’d like to get a good rig to carry that in. The order process with Garrett is pretty simple: pick the holster you want, type in the gun type and info, pay them. You can even checkout with PayPal, which I love. And yes, if you’re wondering, I actually paid for this holster with money. It’s pretty great, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a range/competition holster.

Ruger introduces new striker fired LC9s

Ruger Introduces the All New, Striker-Fired LC9s Compact 9mm Pistol

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is proud to announce the introduction of the all new Ruger® LC9s™ pistol. The LC9s™ is a striker-fired version of the award-winning LC9® pistol. Like the LC9®, the LC9s™ is a slim, lightweight, personal protection pistol that is chambered in 9mm Luger. The LC9s™ features a newly designed trigger mechanism with a short, light, crisp trigger pull that improves accuracy and performance.

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“The Ruger® LC9® set a high standard for reliable, lightweight personal protection, said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and Chief Operating Officer. “The LC9s™ follows the success of the LC9®, yet provides a new option for shooters who prefer the short, crisp trigger pull of a striker-fired pistol,” he added.
The LC9s™ uses the same holsters, extended magazines, lasers and accessories as the rugged and reliable LC9® and features a blued, through-hardened alloy steel slide; a one-piece high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame with aggressive checkering; a grip extension magazine floorplate to improve handling; and a rapid acquisition, windage adjustable, 3-dot sight system.

The compact, 17.2 oz. Ruger LC9s™ pistol has a 3.12″ barrel, an overall length of 6″, a height of 4.5″ and a slim 0.9″ width. The compact frame and short trigger reach is designed to accommodate a wide range of hand sizes. The LC9s™ offers modern safety features such as an integrated trigger safety, manual safety, magazine disconnect, inert magazine for safe disassembly and a visual inspection port that allows for visual confirmation of a loaded or empty chamber. The LC9s™ ships with one 7-round magazine, a soft case and a cable locking device.

Budget Self Defense Choices

The other day I was at a local gunstore with a friend and he asked me an interesting question: If somebody came to you with a very small budget for home defense or self defense and they had to buy what’s sitting on the store shelf right now, what would you set them up with? It’s a trickier question than it may seem on the surface. We need selections that are cheap, reliable, and effective. As the old joke goes, you can typically pick any two items from that list.

Looking around the store briefly I came to a recommendation for a handgun suitable for home defense and/or concealed carry, and a long gun suitable for home defense.

The Handgun:

If you shop carefully you can sometimes find a real bargain on used handguns, but in the typical gunstore they’re often priced higher than my buy-it-now threshold. Guns are durable goods that tend to hold their value pretty well, assuming they aren’t rusted or obviously worn out. The used section of the shelf is where I look first when I go into a store just in case there’s a deal to be had. Every now and then you get lucky. Last year I found a pristine 6″ S&W model 28 for under $500 and I snatched it right up. That’s an atypical result, at least for me. Some stores put guns up on consignment based on what the individual selling the gun is trying to get from it. Sometimes the store takes in trades which, if done correctly, can net the store a nice margin on the total deal. Since everybody thinks their gun is worth top dollar and gun stores often operate on pretty thin margins anyway, the negotiating room for used guns can be narrow to non-existent. While I’d love to suggest buying used as a means of buying a serviceable firearm on a budget, it’s not something you can absolutely depend on. If you can find a bargain, by all means take advantage…just don’t go into things expecting a miracle.

The budget semi-auto in S&W's lineup seems like the best bet in its pricerange...
The budget semi-auto in S&W’s lineup seems like the best bet in its pricerange…

As a result, for the hypothetical choice I recommended a new gun: The S&W SD9 VE. No, it’s not the sexiest handgun on the shelf and yes, it is a descendent of the S&W Sigma, but it has benefitted from considerable improvement and refinement over the Sigma. The specimens I’ve encountered worked well enough and could be used to hit a reasonable target by just about anyone with a little bit of practice. Generally speaking S&W’s customer service is good, (just in case there’s a problem with a pistol) and at the time I was looking in the store the SD9 VE was one of the least expensive guns on the shelf, selling for a little over $300.00. At that price point they’re tough to beat. I’d buy one in a heartbeat over anything offered by, say, Taurus.

Close second would be the Ruger SP101 I saw on the shelf for just a bit over $400. Limited capacity, certainly, but a very good revolver that you could count on to work.

I would also add that if somebody could only afford one gun, I’d stick with a handgun because it can work for home defense and for daily carry. Being able to defend against home invasions is certainly useful, but bad guys have been known to accost innocent people outside the home too…so having something you can keep on your person is crucial if you’re stuck with only one firearm in total.

The Long Gun:

This is where I get a little controversial: Given the mission of home defense for a long gun and trying to effectively accomplish that mission for as little money as possible, I’d suggest a Ruger 10/22. A .22 rimfire is not an ideal weapon to use against bad guys. It exhibits rather poor terminal ballistics even from a rifle…but when fired from a rifle you can be incredibly precise with one at typical home defense distances. Ruger now makes a reliable 25 round magazine for their rifles and every Ruger 25 round magazine I’ve bought or encountered in the wild has worked. The 10/22 doesn’t seem to be picky about feeding ammunition, and the aftermarket for the rifle is so huge that one should be able to very cheaply add necessary add-ons like a light, sling, and a red dot scope without breaking the bank. Assuming you can find .22LR ammo, it’s something you can practice with on the cheap.

Adding accessories and doing some practice on the range won’t magically transform the .22LR round. It’s still a .22…but somebody who knows how to put those little rounds on target effectively and who has another couple of dozen of them on tap before they need to reload is going to be a bigger problem than most bad guys can handle. It wouldn’t be my first choice for home defense, but if I had to rely on my Ruger 10/22 exclusively for home defense tomorrow I wouldn’t lose any sleep. I’m not the world’s greatest rifle shot, but I’m good enough with my 10/22 to put those little bullets inside the head box of an IDPA target pretty quickly at home defense ranges.

I know, I know…the default recommendation is a 12 gauge shotgun, preferably a pump-action one. Because shotgun, because they’re so powerful they’ll actually vaporize a bad guy in his tracks…maybe even travelling through time and killing that guy’s ancestors so that he’s never born in the first place, and because merely working the action of the shotgun is so terrifying that anyone within a 3 mile radius of the event will immediately lose control of their bowels.

It’s certainly a more effective weapon from a terminal ballistics perspective, but they also kick like a mule, tend to be pretty heavy, and people don’t tend to practice with them. A person who trains with a 10/22 (because they’re so easy to use and fun to shoot) is going to be far better off than a person who doesn’t practice with the 870 they’ve got sitting in a closet. I’m not arguing that the 10/22 is a better weapon against bad guys, merely that the cash-strapped person interested in a long gun that’s good enough for their purposes is probably better off with a gun they’ll train with and can use well than one they don’t train with.

Those are my budget suggestions for self defense. Yours may be different…if so, let me know what you’d suggest in the comments below.

Ruger SR-762

Ruger Introduces the SR-762 Piston-Driven Rifle Chambered in .308 Win./7.62 NATO

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce the new Ruger® SR-762™, bringing the .308 Win./7.62 NATO cartridge to the popular SR-556® family of rifles. The SR-762™ offers the downrange authority of the .308 cartridge in a two-stage, piston-driven rifle that runs cooler and cleaner than traditional gas-driven AR-style rifles.

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The SR-762™ is an ideal rifle for those who appreciate the familiar and ergonomic AR-style platform. The .308 Win./7.62 NATO cartridge is perfect for hunting medium and most large-sized game and enhances the capability of the AR-style platform in defensive or tactical roles.

The SR-762™ retains the features of the original SR-556® that make it a solid performer among AR-style rifles. The patent-pending, two-stage piston delivers a smooth power stroke to the one-piece bolt carrier, which reduces felt recoil and improves the rifle’s durability. The four-position gas regulator allows the shooter to tune the rifle to function reliably with a broad variety of ammunition and in varying environmental conditions.

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A heavy contour, 16.12” chrome-lined, cold hammer forged barrel with a 1:10” twist features exterior fluting to minimize weight, yet provides outstanding accuracy. With the Ruger® Lightweight Adaptable handguard in place, the SR-762™ weighs 8.6 pounds and balances comfortably.

Three 20-round MAGPUL® PMAG® magazines are provided with the SR-762™. Folding backup iron sights, a Hogue® Monogrip®, Picatinny rail sections and rail covers add considerable value to the package, as does the six-position stock, sight adjustment tool, and a soft-sided carry case.

The Ruger® SR-762™ has a suggested retail price of $2,195.

For more information on the new Ruger® SR-762™, or to learn about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger® firearms, visit Ruger.com or Facebook.com/Ruger. To find accessories for the Ruger® SR-762™, visit ShopRuger.com.

About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. The only full-line manufacturer of American-made firearms, Ruger offers consumers over 400 variations of more than 30 product lines. For more than 60 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens,” echoes the importance of these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.