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Ruger LCRx

by Woodsbum

Well, I did it again. I couldn’t leave well enough alone and had to purchase a new carry pistol. Before you judge (I can hear you through the vibrations of your mouse finger wanting to start clicking away), I had a reason for buying a new carry pistol:

The M&P Shield that I was carrying is annoyingly heavy, doesn’t really fit my pocket too well and my NAA Wasp is too small to really scare much more than a small rodent or two…..

Ruger LCRx in .38 Special

For a quick weight comparison: My LCRx loaded weights about 1 lbs (16 oz) and my S&W M&P Shield 9mm (version 1) weighs in at 1.52 lbs (24.32 oz). I was surprised by the fact that my scale was WAY different than the numbers that other people were tossing around. I have seen LCRx declared weights from 13.4 oz up to 15.7 oz unloaded. I have also seen Shield weights from 19 oz to 21 oz unloaded. Either there needs to be some better standardization among scales, people can’t read digital displays, or QA for gun manufacturers is for crap……

LCRx Loaded Weight

LCRx Loaded Weight

S&W M&P Shield 1.0 Loaded Weight

No matter why my readings were so much different than other’s, the result is really the same: My Shield was weighing my britches down to the point where I had to pull them up WAY too often. Couple that with the fact that the size/shape seemed to poke me in my nethers when I carried my Shield in my front pocket and you have a recipe for an annoyed concealed carry person. My nethers were annoyed, too. Just saying.

The pistol did need a few modifications when I pulled it out of the box. I put on a new front sight by HIVIZ and a Pachmayr Guardian grip. The stock front sight is okay in low light conditions, but it really is really nothing more than a white stripe on a simple blade. The HIVIZ sight is really more visible in more conditions and with the addition of some white nail polish on the rear sights I am able to quickly acquire my target and get a good sight picture. The original grips are not bad, but I don’t like how the gummy type texture sticks to my clothing. Pulling it in a hurry could be quite bothersome due to the way that my shirt and/or pants pockets really like to hold onto the rubber grip’s surface. The Pachmayr ones are a hard plastic with checkering in the middle of the grip. When you grip the handle, a button will be depressed by your middle finger. This releases a spring loaded pinkie finger extension that gives you a full grip. If you like to mess around with your pistol while carrying it (reaching into your pocket to readjust for instance) you can spend a lot of time putting that pinkie finger extension back into a locked position. Other than that, it actually feels quite comfortable and fits my bear paws quite nicely.

HIVIZ Front Sight

Pachmayr Guardian Grip

Thus far I have only had a chance to shoot about 30 rounds through it. It does seem a bit harder to hit targets at distance than my Shield, but it is “minute of paper plate” at 25 – 28 yards with me shooting it. In my defense it was cold, raining, and a bit foggy when I went up shooting so I was hurrying up the whole process a bit…..

My final thoughts are this:  If you are looking for a lightweight, easy to carry revolver the LCRx should definitely be on your list to try out. The single/double action option due to the stubby hammer is a bit of a game changer in the snubby .38 market. Other than the AirWeight line by S&W (which my LCRx is about 3 oz lighter than my brother’s AirWeight), there are not too many other options around the sub $500 price tag. From a personal standpoint, I have started leaving the Shield at home and now carry this as my EDC. Hopefully, that says it all.

Happy shooting and don’t tell the wife I got a new gun!!!!!

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Ruger Single Six 3 Screw

by Woodsbum

As of late, I have purchased several new additions to my firearms collection. The newest one is a 1960’s Ruger Single Six .22 cal revolver. Being a hunter, I have always felt that everyone needs a .22 pistol to take rabbits and grouse while hunting other game in the field. These tend to be targets of opportunity and by carrying a small pistol it makes harvesting this game much easier. This was the way I was taught and have lived my entire life of hunting, so having a .22 pistol was just a natural thing. My current .22 pistol is a Beretta Neos and I have carried it for quite a while. Both my father and my brother have Single Sixes so when I ran across this one at a fair price, I went ahead and snatched it up.

My Single Six

My Single Six

The Ruger Single Six is a single action revolver that came with 2 cylinders. One was .22 lr and one was .22 mag. Used Single Sixes tend to have only the .22 lr cylinder due to the other one having been lost years before from lack of use. These pistols tend to be very accurate, are extremely tough and don’t really tend to have any mechanical issues so they are great carry pistols for small game.

The older models are called 3 screws due to the 3 screws used on the frame. They tend to have great triggers and are fairly collectible. The early ones have a flat feed cover while the ones like I picked up have a rounded one. The flat ones are more collectible, but either way they are great users.

Mine actually has the .22 mag cylinder with the .22 lr having been lost years before. Ironically, my brother’s is only 8000-ish numbers newer in serial number and has only the .22 lr. This brought me to looking around for a solution to my single cylinder problem. This is where I found an 8 shot cylinder solution from a very nice man names Al Story.

Borchardt Rifle Company

Borchardt Rifle Company

While speaking with him on the phone he said that these are made for the newer Single Sixes, but with a little sanding/fitting they would work for the older ones as well. He also said that he checks each one for timing to ensure that they will work without issue. This is a very important piece because dealing with Ruger is a nightmare.

Here is that story:
I called Ruger’s customer service to ask about getting a new cylinder for my pistol. After being transferred a couple times a gentleman answered my call. I told him about my desire to get a new cylinder and asked him about pricing, process, and time frame. Here is what I found out.

  • Ruger will not touch anyone’s older Single Six without installing a transfer bar and putting a HORRIBLE trigger into the pistol. For those that have fired a converted Single Six, you know exactly what I am talking about. The new ones are fine, but the older ones with the transfer bar installed no longer have the nice, smooth trigger. It catches and almost “clicks” when you pull it.
  • If I do have the upgrade done, then it will cost $180 for the cylinder. There might be a discount if I send it in because of them wanting to “get all the old style pistols converted” because “in this day and age all guns have to be as safe as possible.” In another words, they will hold your pistol hostage until you agree to what I call a downgraded action.
  • I will have to pay UPS or FedEx $100 to ship them the pistol. After some inquiry as to what he was talking about, he said that was some Federal law and I could get around it by paying Ruger $30 for a shipping label….. If they felt like offering that to me. I mentioned that S&W, Glock, and Colt pistols that I or my family have had to send back to the factory were covered by the manufacturer and I was very confused as to why Ruger would not cover those costs like other companies. He told me that they “might” cover the cost if they could get the pistol back to install the transfer bar, but I would probably have to go get the pistol shipped via UPS or FedEx at $100 cost to me.
  • I then asked how timing worked and if they also did any reconditioning, checked out the pistol, or anything else for the $180 cylinder cost. I asked because I found the drop in ones from Al Story for only $120. He said that I could “buy one from another gun but I had less than a 10% chance of it working.” In reading reviews and speaking with Al, I beg to differ. I am not a gunsmith and have not tried an after market solution, however. If I go that route, I will update everyone.
  • Ultimately, he was very dismissive and all conversations started off at a high priced solution that might get cheaper if I do “x” or “y.” This almost seemed like he was trying to gouge me for additional money throughout the entire process. This has been BY FAR the worst conversation I have ever had with a firearms manufacturer. Every other one has bent over backwards to make sure I was happy, so this almost seems out of place. Then I called my father and my brother. They both confirmed that dealing with Ruger has been a nightmare for them as well. Their suggestion was to get the Al Story cylinder and then have a gunsmith check it out.

Although I have not taken this pistol out and fired it yet, I am very excited and have high hopes for it. The reputation of this pistol has always been impeccable, so buying it was really a no brainer. Once I get it all cleaned up, tested, and a new cylinder for .22 lr I will post some more on it.

My final recommendation is as such. If and when you run into older pistols, make sure you research them. Don’t think that just because it is an older or discontinued style that it is no longer worth looking at. Some of the best users are those that have been used before.

Happy woods bumming!!!!!

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