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Old January 3, 2013, 05:11 PM   #1
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Rumored forever, Ruger has just announced the arrival of the LCR in 22 WMR. It is only a 6 shot. 8 would have been better, but this will be good news for many who have wanted this handgun.
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Old January 3, 2013, 06:35 PM   #2
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Will it perform out of a barrel that short? I personally can't see a use for a 22 mag snub. I'm a 38 minimum for SD kinda guy. I'm always happy to see more variety though.
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Old January 3, 2013, 06:37 PM   #3
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I was hoping they could squeeze 7 shots. Looks like this a 6 shooter.
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Old January 3, 2013, 10:17 PM   #4
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Weird. This gun is only marginally lighter than the .357 version and 3 ounces heavier than the same revolver in .38 Special. I don't think it's worth the extra shot. Also, it's more expensive for me to shoot .22 magnum, than .38, since it can't be reloaded and I'm forced to buy factory ammo.
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Old January 3, 2013, 11:08 PM   #5
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I am a Ruger fanboy and have a 22lr LCR, but I would rather have a Taurus 941 UL. Only 1.5 ozs heavier and has 8 shots
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Not enough homes to keep the weight down.
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Old January 4, 2013, 10:02 AM   #7
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I would rather have that KELTEC PMR30 .22WMR
There is suppose to be stabilization issues with that and with a much longer barrel??
An LCR should have enough bark that the bite shouldn't be necessary.
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Old January 4, 2013, 10:32 AM   #8
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A snubbie in .22 Mag would be great if you already own a .22 Mag rifle or even a longer barrel .22 Mag revolver like the Single Six. A companion piece in the same chambering is always nice to have.
The .22 Mag is basically a rifle cartridge and only reaches a decent power level in a barrel of six inches or longer.

I see no reason why a small frame .22 Mag revolver cylinder should not have 8 or 9 chambers. The round is potent for a small bore rimfire but it does not require the ultra thick cylinder walls we have become used to with the Single Action six-gun revolvers any more than the .22 LR in those same revolvers.

My nine shot Sentinel .22 LR cylinder if reamed to .22 Mag would have thinner chamber walls than I'd like, but a small increase in cylinder diameter should make a nine shot .22 Mag cylinder feasible, especially with modern metalurgy.
The Sentinel Mark IV doesn't seem to have had any problems despite thinner chamber walls.

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Old January 4, 2013, 11:04 AM   #9
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It needs to be a SP-101 with 8 shots and a 4 inch barrel. They wouldn't be able to make enough.

Love the 22 mag, but no use for the snubbie.
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Old January 4, 2013, 11:05 AM   #10
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In my opinion the LCR 22 is a must have Practice/Training J frame size revolver that is economical to shoot a lot. Trigger time is how you get good with an airweight snubby. A 22 is the only way most of us can afford that amount of trigger time. I have shot bricks through my LCR 22, and I can really see an improvement in my 442 S&W accuracy.

With a centerfire airweight handgun comes something called Recoil. Lots of lady shooters cannot tolerate the recoil generated by a centerfire J Frame size revolver. They also will not carry something heavy enough to soak up recoil to a tolerable level for them.

The LCR 22M with Personal Defense ammunition will certainly have more punch than the LCR 22 shooting Stingers, or Fragible 22 LR, and still will have tolerable recoil. I believe this is a part of the market Ruger is targeting with the 22 Magnum. One of my local dealers has been stocking 22 Magnum Taurus snub nose revolvers for the last 3 years that I know of. He has also been selling them regularly. I never see one come back in used.

Given the choice between an expensive Smith & Wesson 22 Magnum, the Taurus 22Magnum, and a Ruger LCR 22 Magnum, if the LCR works without any issues it will be the 22 Magnum Snub to own.

For a reload Tuff Products carries the Model 1017 Quick Strip. This is a 17 HMR/22 Magnum Ammunition Carrier that will hold 10 rounds for manual loading one round at a time.
I use the 22 LR version the Model 1022 when Speed Strip loading my LCR 22. With the 8 shot LCR 22 you need to load the Speed Strip in Pairs leaving a shell out of the speed strip between pairs for Cylinder Clearance. It will only hold 7 rounds, however the LCR 22 can be reloaded with 7 rounds more rapidly than I can load 5 in my J Frame 38. I index on the empty chamber when closing the cylinder, works fine. The speed strip loaded looks like this: OOxOOxOOxO

With the 6 Shot LCR 22M using the Model 1017 Quick Strip I would again load the speed strip in pairs, skipping a pair for cylinder clearance. With a 6 shot cylinder you will need more cylinder clearance. It should look like this loaded:OOxxOOxxOO.
When ordered direct from Tuff Products you can get other colors besides Hide in the Grass Black. I normally get most of mine in Orange so they are easy to locate on the ground after a practice reload. They also come in Pink for the Lady shooters.

If the LCR 22M will fire the Personal Defense ammunition without any issues, this should be a winner for recoil shy lady shooters in my opinion.

I agree with the poster above an SP101 version with adjustable sights with a 3 or 4 inch barrel would make a great Trail/Hiking revolver.


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Old January 4, 2013, 11:19 AM   #11
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I agree the LCR-22MAG seems best positioned as a concealed carry gun for the recoil-sensitive. I'm considering one as a trail gun, though my Black Widow gives me 5 shots of .22 Mag and is a lot smaller and lighter.
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Old January 4, 2013, 12:31 PM   #12
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I love the round, will be standing in line to get one ... I carry an NAA Pug at home and on dog walks, this will be a nice companion ...
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Old January 4, 2013, 01:06 PM   #13
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Old January 4, 2013, 03:42 PM   #14
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would have loved to seen more holes in the cylinder... 8 - 22 Mag chambers fit in my lil Taurus, & the cylinder might even be smaller ???
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Old January 4, 2013, 03:48 PM   #15
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The 22LR version is mainly a trainer for the 38 and 357 flavors.

The 22Mag on the other hand has merit as a "granny gun" for those who can't cope with significant recoil. Therefore the idea of it being 3oz heavier than the 38 version makes sense. It's still light enough for daily carry but the recoil should be close to zero even for somebody with arthritis or other issues.

There are now a couple of good 22Mag handgun defense loads - Speer has a Gold Dot flavor and Hornady has something as well.
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Old January 4, 2013, 03:51 PM   #16
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I also don't see much point in this. I am no fan of the 22 mag though. I guess for people who can't handle the recoil of 38 special it might be good. Are there really people out there who can't handle it with a few hours of training though? I imagine you would have a disability of some sort to be in that position.

Plenty of petite women and long time AARP members shooting 38 specials and even 357 mags without issues.
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Old January 4, 2013, 04:26 PM   #17
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John there are indeed people that may not be able to tolerate the recoil of a .38 Special even with full wad cutters. Mainly elderly women. Osteoperosis causes brittle bones. Also some people that are on medications for lupus tend to be at risk for brittle bones. Even the light recoil of .38 special could possibly break their wrist, or hand.

That would make it impossible for them to fire another shot if they needed it.
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I have the smith and wesson 351 pd. I was really surprised how heavy the trigger pull is.
I used to have a 38 sp LCR. The trigger was awesome.
Anyone know how the LCR 22 mag trigger compares to the 38 or 357 LCR?
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Old January 4, 2013, 10:15 PM   #19
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I was told it would be in Chambered 32 Long Colt. Who needs another .22 Magnum?
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Old January 6, 2013, 02:48 AM   #20
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ruger LCR 22mag has a review of 22mag velocities out of Ruger LCR -- I recall 40 gr @ 1050 =~ 100 ft lbs =~ 22LR out of a longer gun. But with very low recoil, CT laser grip and a world class DA trigger, you ought to be able to get all 6 off fast. Should be an ouchie for a bad guy.
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Old January 6, 2013, 03:17 AM   #21
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cousinpat, those are awesome numbers for the LCR in .22 wmr, and would also like to see a .327 mag LCR and .22 wmr SP-101
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Old January 6, 2013, 11:37 AM   #22
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22WMR in a 3" barrel... Not much

I would go with a 327 mag (32 long colt+++)

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Old January 6, 2013, 12:34 PM   #23
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This is less than $50 @ 250
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Old January 6, 2013, 01:21 PM   #24
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The LCR in .22 Magnum might be good for someone who wants to practice a lot with their carry gun but who doesn't reload. At 20 cents per round, shooting 100 or more a week wouldn't be too costly.

I was impressed with the lack of recoil for the rimfire LCRs in the Jeff Quinn video. He was able to fire the 6 shots of the .22 Mag very quickly.
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Old January 6, 2013, 09:35 PM   #25
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Love my original LCR (got mine in '09 when they were tough to fine) and I love the .22 mag..whats not to like?
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