I am sorry but I must disagree on this point.The review by Michael 61 is excellent and I agree totally .... except for the following....
My school of thought is " if a little is good a lot is better" so set a 38+P cartridge next to a 357 mag!
Recoil in a "self defense situation" just isn't a factor!! ALL calibers lose some effectiveness in a short barrel. ( See little and lot above) This applies, I believe, except for the additional (lot) of additional money required for other, like S&W , brands.
I carry my LCR in 357mag in the front pocket of my daily wear cargo pants. UNDETECTABLE and very easily accessible! Shooting it from inside the pocket is NO problem. Dryfired only to date. Granted it is 5 rounds but the additional noise fromthe magnum rounds have to be worth a round or two!
That’s about what I heard from most other owners of the LCR 22 regarding the trigger pull. One reported the pull at 17 lbs. and stated that Ruger reported it was within specs. The cylinder release button is about what my experience was with the 38/357 model. I had to really work the crap out of it for some time. It still is not ideal but it is better.Had my first exposure to the .22 LCR yesterday. I AM a dyed in the Wool S&W and Colt guy. So not a big Ruger fan anyway. I like their SAA design and the SP101's, but the rest of their line leaves me cold.
I was assisting with a Women's CCW Class at the local Range. The Gal who had the LCR could not open the cylinder. I had issues as well. Tried some lube and working it up and down a hundred times or so....still too tough for her.
Trigger pull was almost too tough for her as well. I would LOVE to know the actual poundage reqd to trip the trigger.
If the LCR cost $150 I still wouldn't own one. Sorry Ruger fans....