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Ruger LCRx vs. LCP II, what's better for concealed carry?

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Submitted : 2018-06-14 16:44:42    Popularity:     

Tags: LCP  LCRx  Ruger  carry  concealed  

(I would probably get the LCRx in it's standard .38 +P chambering) Can anyone help me decide on one of these two?

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I have to agree with Glacierwolf. I preferred Revolvers and that is what I carried on duty but in spite of its lesser power, I carried a .380 Auto off duty where concealment and light weight were the major issues.

Glacierwolf certainly gives superb answers. I wish I was half as intelligent as he is. I consider him a "Genius".

No...i refuse to make up someone else's mind....if you can't do that yourself and instead, rely on complete strangers to make decisions for you....then you're an idiot and shouldn't own any gun....not a single one. Grow up....do some research and try to exercise independent thought & action. I'll sit here and wait for that to happen....( cue the "reported by a trusted member" email...in ....3....2.....1 )

Both are as reliable as any handgun in their category, so basically you are comparing a revolver vs semi-auto and .38 spl vs .380 auto, so whichever you choose it is going to be based on your personal preference vs a clear overwhelming technical winner. I have both, so here is my take---

Reliability: Slight edge to the LCRx for being a revolver, but I have never had an issue with either. The BS that someone might write about shunning semi-auto pistols when away from civilization is a bit absurd. First neither is really an "away from civilization" pistol, and second, militaries have been use semi-auto pistols in pretty harsh conditions for more than a 100 years.

Carry comfort: LCP. The LCP is narrower, more comfortable to carry IWB, and easier to conceal in a pocket (with a pocket holster). The exposed hammer ("x" on the LCR) will slightly increase the chance of a snag, but I still prefer having it.

Capacity: LCP. Doing the math, the LCP 6+1 or 7+1 beats the LCRs 5 round capacity every time.

Reload: LCP. Semi-auto box mags are easier to carry than reloaders and a majority of people are faster with semi-auto magazines

Trigger: LCP Comparing the LCR DA trigger (which is what you would probably be using in a self defense situation), I give a slight edge to the LCP II, but the LCR is not bad. The LCRx has the win if you consider the SA trigger, but for me that is at the range and not realistic for comparison in a self defense situation.

Power: LCR. .38 special +P - more mass and energy, usually yields deeper penetration and better expansion

Personal accuracy: LCP For whatever reason, I am slightly more accurate with the LCP when drawing from OWB holster in a timed situation, but have no problem hitting center mass with either at 10 yards or less (a typical max engagement distance for pocket handguns).

Personal preference: Slight Edge to LCP. I usually carry a xd-s 9mm and sometimes a shield .45 acp, but during summer I often carry the LCP due to ease of concealment and capacity over the LCR.

I highly recommend you rent each at the range and try them for yourself, if that is available to you.

You have put the cart before the horse.

For concealed carry - begin by looking at holsters that fit your clothing style - once you have found a suitable holster that hides your sidearm - then start looking at the available models. It does you little good to have an awesome pistol - only to discover nobody makes a decent holster for it...….. or you have to dress like a lumberjack to hide it.

I have 5 concealed carry pistols. One is an LCP. I have both of the Galco zipper day runner cases - very nice to bring a pistol into a meeting when nobody is wearing a coat. I have an ankle holster and a wallet holster - I use that wallet holster the most. Generally I will grab the LCP in the wallet holster when making a quick trip to the store. The mags are affordable. I got the version with the Ruger factory installed laser. The laser doesn't add any extra weight I can tell, and, it is a very thin pistol that is quite easy to conceal. I have always relied on a thinner semi-auto for concealed carry.

That said - I also shun semi-auto pistols when away from civilization - if I am off biking, atv riding, horseback, berry picking, or just waling for the fun of it.... here I prefer a revolver. Because a small piece of twig or leaf or 'what not' can jam a semi-auto- it wont hinder a revolver much at all.

Sort of makes a case for owning both, doesn't it? No law against owning two pistols (yet)



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