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Old August 21, 2012, 12:27 AM   #1
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LCR 357

Just brought a LCR 357 so my wife could just point and shoot , she will only be shooting 38 through it do you guys think this might be to much gun for her
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Old August 21, 2012, 12:41 AM   #2
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It oughta work out... Just to be on the safer side, how about starting her out with the lightest (non +p) .38 loads you can find?... See how she handles them, then MAYBE work up to some more powerful ones IF and when she's ready... (?)
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Old August 21, 2012, 01:45 AM   #3
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How much experience does she have? How recoil sensitive is she? The LCR 357, even with .38 sp, can be pretty nasty. I've fired one, and I have lots of experience with a Smith & Wesson 442, which is an alloy J frame of similar weight. But then I'm a pretty high mileage handgun guy.

And as an NRA certified instructor I've introduced hundreds of beginners to shooting handguns. I would not recommend am LCR or alloy frame, small snub nose for a beginner. It's the sort of thing that will likely put a beginner off shooting.

If your wife is well schooled and experienced with a handgun, something like an LCR 357 could be a fine choice. But for a beginner, one of Ruger's medium frame revolvers with a steel frame and a 3 inch to 4 inch barrel would be a much better choice.
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Old August 21, 2012, 08:54 AM   #4
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Have an 13 ounces J Frame .357 that my wife shoots no problem with standard pressure .38 Specials. Try it and see what happens. The LCR weighs 4 more ounces than J Frame I have. I believe it should work. We have some Federal 110 grain HPs low recoil. For me I like the .357 "Cowboy" 158 grain RNFP with a decent meplat in the light guns or 148 grain DE wadcutters with max meplat and very low recoil.
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Old August 21, 2012, 08:56 AM   #5
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AFAIK, no lightweight snubnose in .38 or .357 is going to make anyone say, "Wow! That's really soft-shooting!" However, as jmortimer pointed out, there are also some low-recoil .38 loads available. I saw some from Federal for sale at Academy sports recently.
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Old August 21, 2012, 09:41 AM   #6
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As long as she's okay shooting 38s in it, she's fine. I shoot my KLCR pretty well with 357s. But it's painful due to tendenitus and arthritis. I mainly shoot and always carry 38+Ps.
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Old August 21, 2012, 06:54 PM   #7
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well she has shot my sub compact 9mm
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Old August 21, 2012, 07:04 PM   #8
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well she has shot my sub compact 9mm
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Old August 21, 2012, 07:06 PM   #9
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well she has shot my sub compact 9mm
If she managed that well, she should be able to manage the LCR.


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Old August 21, 2012, 08:56 PM   #10
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I think she will love it. The Tamer Grip is excellent in soaking up recoil. The gun is very easy to handle with standard 38 rounds. If she can handle a small 9mm the LCR357 with standard 38s may be boring and she may want to step up to 38+P very soon.
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Old August 22, 2012, 11:30 AM   #11
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S&B wad cutters are low recoil and have helped my wife. Good luck
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Old September 2, 2012, 09:42 PM   #12
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Everyone is different, we had a girl come out to the range with us today who had never shot a pistol before, she started with my .22 mkiii 22/45 but quickly moved up to a 9mm then a 40 S&W but was most excited to shoot my LCR... she started with .38 but asked to try the .357. I was surprised how well she was shooting with it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU9b_xhVpn4

Shooting .38 in this gun is manageable even for a small frame new shooter, very noticeable difference from the .38 version of the same pistol.
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Old September 3, 2012, 01:50 PM   #13
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As was said the LCR has a Hogue Tamer Grip to soak up some recoil. The 357 version is a little heavier than the LCR 38 or the Airweight J Frames, which also helps with recoil.

I added an XS 24/7 Tritium Dot front sight to mine. This is an option on the LCR-38. I believe you will have to add it to the LCR-357. For Point and Shoot a Highly Visible front sight is not a bad plan. If you can see the White Sight Dot, you might put it on the target.

You might want to put an LCR-22 on your want list for Practice & Training to go with it. It will be a very good addition. After a couple Bricks of Federal 22's through the LCR-22, she will be Dangerous Lady with the LCR-357. I am much more accurate shooting 38's after shooting a few bricks through my LCR-22.

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Old September 3, 2012, 03:54 PM   #14
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Did your wife have any input in this purchase? How experienced is she with handguns? Point shooting takes a lot of practice. Just because a gun is designed and intended for a certain propose doesn't mean it will magically work as its supposed to.
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Old September 3, 2012, 07:56 PM   #15
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she shot the gun and did well however she did complain a little about recoil, she was shooting a semi wc 158 grain . I'm buying a 22 lcr for her to practices with. I really enjoyed shooting the gun .
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Old September 3, 2012, 10:09 PM   #16
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The LCR 22 saves you a tun of money on ammo and is the perfect way to practice. Here is a video of it in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9pKR15uzIc
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Old September 4, 2012, 05:48 PM   #17
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As you said, you already bought it . . . I hope she had a say in it?

There's only one way to find out . let her shoot it and see.

My wife went shooting with me for the first time last year 9we've been married 40 years). I started her out on my Ruger Super Bearcat which she loved. I then had her shoot my 357 New Vaquero with 38 spls in it. She did fine but wasn't thrilled with the recoil.

I have a LCR 357 that is my CCW. I've shot 357s out of it and it was fine but I'm more of a 38 spl. guy and that's what I carry in it.

If she does some practice at SD ranges and gets used to it, she'll be fine. I've always shot SA but I did do some practice shooting in DA with my S & W M & P . . . it didn't take me long to get accustomed to the trigger pull on the LCR and after a number of range visits, it's second nature. If she carries, she'll like the light weight of of it and it would go in a smaller purse even and not be evident. As stated already, if she's going to carry the LCR . . . at some point you might want to pick up the 22 version for her to practise with . . cheaper to shoot and a good way to improve on accuracy.

I really like mine and after trying several different handguns for carry, I settled on the LCR as for me, it works out great.
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Old September 5, 2012, 12:40 PM   #18
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thank you everyone for the input
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Old September 6, 2012, 11:56 AM   #19
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Teach her the grip technique used by the master for small frame revolvers...about 2-1/2 minutes into the 7th video; it makes handling the small frame snubbies tolerable:

http://www.myoutdoortv.com/search/node/Jerry%20Miculek

Of course, some wives will claim they are already used to handling small things
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