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The Ruger LCR is a compact revolver built by Ruger and announced in January 2009. LCR stands for 'Lightweight Compact Revolver'. It incorporates several novel features such as a polymer grip and trigger housing, monolithic receiver, and constant force trigger. At 13.5 oz (380 g), the LCR is nearly 50% lighter than the stainless steel SP101 and only the barrel and fluted cylinder are made of stainless steel. The frame is aluminum alloy and synthetic glass-filled polymer finished in matte black with Synergistic Hard Coat. The LCR operates in double-action only (DAO) as the hammer is concealed within the frame handle's fire control housing and cannot be cocked prior to firing. In order to create a lighter trigger pull, it features a friction reducing cam. (Per the Ruger website: "Monolithic frame is made from aerospace-grade, 7000 series aluminum in .22 LR, .22 Magnum and .38 Spl +P models and from 400 series stainless steel in the powerful .357 Magnum, 9mm Luger and .327 Federal Magnum models.")
The LCR was originally released chambered in .38 Special. In June 2010, Ruger released the LCR-357 chambered for .357 Magnum. With the rising popularity of the LCR, in December 2011 Ruger announced the new Ruger LCR 22, chambered in .22 LR with an eight round capacity. In Summer 2013, Ruger introduced a .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire (WMR) version of the LCR, with a six-round capacity. In the autumn of 2014, Ruger introduced a five-shot 9mm version and in fall 2015 a six-shot .327 Federal Magnum version of the LCR.
Ruger announced the LCRx variant in December 2013, which features an external hammer, allowing it to be fired in single or double action. All the other features of the LCR are also present in the LCRx including the polymer grip, trigger housing, and fluted stainless steel cylinder. A 1.87-inch barrel version of the LCRx in .357 Magnum and a 3-inch barrel version in .22 LR became available in April 2017. The 1.87″ barrel version became available as a five-shot 9mm and a six-shot .327 Magnum in fall 2017.

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