Monday, September 17, 2012

Snub Revolvers and No-Lock Ruger LCR's on the way.

new .357 Magnum version of
                       I've been looking for a durable small revolver that will be capable of actually shooting a fair amount of .357 magnums without blowing itself apart as well not having such severe recoil that shooting beyond a few rounds is not an activity of self-abuse. I have been waiting for a No-Lock Smith & Wesson 640 for some time as it seems to meet my requirements, but it seem like it's not going to happen anytime soon despite S&W releasing an engraved no-lock 640 as well as a "Pro" model.Both are more expensive and I don't care for the features of either one, so I'll pass and I'm tired of waiting.The other option is look for a pre-lock model which will be made before 2001 and these can be very hard to find especially one in good condition and that hasn't had the internals and trigger pull tinkered with by previous owners.
                       So, I started looking at alternatives. Ruger has the SP101, but I much prefer a fully enclosed hammer and the closet the SP101 comes is DAO with a bobbed hammer. Ruger has a .357 Magnum of the LCR which supposedly isn't too bad with .357 magnum loads as it has more weight than the Scandium Smith's and the polymer frame may flex and absorb some recoil much like Glock's do in hot calibers like 10mm .Since the gun is fairly new, durability long term hasn't really been proven though. I have read reports about the LCR having a lighter and shorter trigger pull than S&W J-Frames which concerned me a bit.I have seen it listed as light as 6 & 7 lbs which I think is way too light for a pocket gun.Remember that these small snub revolvers are extremely close quarter guns that are meant to be carried and can even be fired from a pocket. With their enclosed hammer, there is nothing to snag or get caught up in clothing and during a close quarter struggle or grappling scenario which is extremely likely in real-world Civilian self-defense. Being a revolver, it can also function with the muzzle in contact or pressed against the assailant which would foul the slide of an autoloader.
            Keep in mind that these are not target guns nor Military operation tools or Police sidearms, but Civilian self-defense weapons in which defense situations will be sudden, fast and close.They are meant to be carried concealed(usually in a pocket) or kept handy at home 24/7 and in this context, you do not want nor need a light trigger pull. That is not not to say these guns can't be accurate at farther distances as they can once you learn how to properly pull the DAO trigger and sighting in the using the short sight radius, but they will take more practice to be proficient with at distance than a full sized lighter triggered autoloader or revolver shot in single action. Remember though that the chances of needing or it being legal to have to make a shot of more than a few feet, yards or beyond room distances in Civilian self-defense are extremely rare and remote.Also, in the extremely close proximity distances of self-defense, index/point shooting are king and you likely not have time to use or even see you sights. At most you may get a flash sight picture or simply superimpose/press your the front sight on the target.This all happens extremely quickly and at very compressed time frames.
           I emailed Ruger CEO Mike Fifer regarding my concerns that the trigger pull of the LCR was actually too light which he got a kick out of since he sees hundreds if not thousands of requests and complaints that the pull is too heavy.I say this is because people are only concerned about shooting paper and range accuracy instead of primarily being concerned about the dynamics of real-world self-defense and the use for which these guns were intended. If you want a competition or target gun, then get one of those and if you want more long range accuracy from a DAO snub, then you need to learn how to properly pull the trigger as well as use the sights.It can be done as there are many fine shooters that can make head shots from 25,50,75 and even 100 yards with these guns.
            Mr.Fifer assured me that the trigger pull on the LCR was actually at least 10 lbs although it felt lighter due to their new leverage improving trigger cam system. The LCR also comes with a internal lock that is located under the hand-grips which I also had concerns about, but Mr.Fifer said there hasn't been one single documented cases of the Ruger internal lock failing(like has been the case with the Smith & Wesson lock) and I was not  able to find anyone stating they had fail anywhere after many google searches.Massad Ayoob echoed these findings when I asked him. Still, I would prefer it not being and when asked, Mr.Fifer said that indeed No-Lock  Ruger LCR's were coming! He would not give me any definite dates or even general time frame, but just that they were on the way.