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1022rimfire
07-18-2009, 3:51 PM
Hi all,

Now that the Ruger LCR is available in CA, for a .38 2" snub-nose revolver, how would you compare it with the S&W J-Frame series (e.g. 642, etc.) for that niche (CCW or BUG to a service pistol)? +P defensive loads would be used.

I know the Ruger has more polymer in it's construction, but reportedly has a smoother trigger.

The newer J-Frames have integral locks vs. older ones...

Which would YOU choose if you had to?

smittty
07-18-2009, 4:06 PM
S&W currently offers the no-lock 642, that is what I would choose.

The trigger on the LCR feels lighter but the rest of it doesn't feel well built. Part of that is because of the polymer parts but it's just not as nicely built. I wanted one until I handed it at the shop last week...I was disapointed!

A few months ago I sold my 642 and now I'm regretting it. Once you get a 642, my opinion/experience is that you should never sell it.

Smitty

HowardW56
07-18-2009, 4:36 PM
S&W currently offers the no-lock 642, that is what I would choose.

The trigger on the LCR feels lighter but the rest of it doesn't feel well built. Part of that is because of the polymer parts but it's just not as nicely built. I wanted one until I handed it at the shop last week...I was disapointed!

A few months ago I sold my 642 and now I'm regretting it. Once you get a 642, my opinion/experience is that you should never sell it.

Smitty

S&W J frame any day!!....

M47_Dragon
07-18-2009, 4:43 PM
S&W J frame any day!!....

+1

Nothing against Ruger, I just think the S&W J-frame is a proven winner.

ojisan
07-18-2009, 4:44 PM
Gun Tests just tested them both.
The LCR measured 1.3" taller than the Smith.
For concealment, (ankle holster / pocket) the Smith is much easier as delivered being smaller.
Other grips on either one could change this.
No optional grips yet for the Ruger...soon, I am sure.
I like Rugers.
I like Smiths.
I have a bunch of both brands.
The Ruger LCR is more like a tool.
There is nothing to love about it except how well it does its job.

HowardW56
07-18-2009, 4:53 PM
+1

Nothing against Ruger, I just think the S&W J-frame is a proven winner.


Absolutely... I have a hard chromed Centennial that is a sweet gun to shoot...

They are all good, model 36, 37, 38, 49, 60.... They all work for me!

smittty
07-18-2009, 8:10 PM
The Ruger LCR is more like a tool.
There is nothing to love about it except how well it does its job.

My thoughts as well but the 642 is a beauty!

sobiloff
07-18-2009, 9:15 PM
Gun Tests just tested them both.
The LCR measured 1.3" taller than the Smith.

Wait... Gun Tests compared the LCR with a S&W 442, but the OP wanted to compare the LCR with a S&W 642.

FWIW, they thought the LCR was better than a 442.

quickcf
07-18-2009, 10:19 PM
S&W currently offers the no-lock 642, that is what I would choose.

The trigger on the LCR feels lighter but the rest of it doesn't feel well built. Part of that is because of the polymer parts but it's just not as nicely built. I wanted one until I handed it at the shop last week...I was disapointed!

A few months ago I sold my 642 and now I'm regretting it. Once you get a 642, my opinion/experience is that you should never sell it.

Smitty

I was about to sell mine too but decided to keep it. The 642 is proven but I'm sure the LCR will prove itself soon.

tiko
07-19-2009, 10:22 AM
Ruger built like tanks, will last forever and good accuracy too. SW are all beautiful, top mechanism. I got both:)

saki302
07-19-2009, 1:45 PM
It's so dang ugly I want one!

If you don;t have an S&W snub though, I'd get one of those first.

-Dave

qbi2001
07-19-2009, 7:36 PM
I own the LCR and one of my buddies has the 642, I prefer the LCR but I obviously have a bias. Only about 500 rounds through it so far but, no issues to speak of.

BunnySlayer
07-20-2009, 8:19 AM
Personally while I like both brands I would consider this. The Smith is a time tested design. The Ruger is as yet unproven. If we were discussing a target gun I'd say go with what you prefer. As this gun is likely to be defending your life one day I say take the Smith.

glockman19
07-20-2009, 8:37 AM
+1

Nothing against Ruger, I just think the S&W J-frame is a proven winner.

I concur completely.

J-frame

sobiloff
07-20-2009, 8:42 AM
As this gun is likely to be defending your life one day I say take the Smith.

Actually good advice for both (any) gun: Don't trust your specific gun until you've personally tested it enough to confirm to your satisfaction that it's a reliable tool. For me, that's 500 rounds without failure of any sort, but others may have other confidence levels.

Lemons can happen even with proven designs.

gadjeep
07-20-2009, 8:48 AM
I have an old 36-1 that I love. Can't CCW :mad: so I can't say about carrying it but it is a great shooter with a trigger like glass.

HowardW56
07-20-2009, 9:09 AM
I have an old 36-1 that I love. Can't CCW :mad: so I can't say about carrying it but it is a great shooter with a trigger like glass.


I have an old model 60 like that... It is old enough not to have a letter in the serial number

Vacaville
07-20-2009, 9:16 AM
J-frame all the way. Even though there's a current manufacturer blitz to sell .380s, it's still a wimpy round compared to a .357 or even .38 spl.

gn3hz3ku1*
07-20-2009, 9:18 AM
SW never went anti gun on us either... and also time proven!

Jonathan Doe
07-20-2009, 2:07 PM
As far as revolvers are concerned, I always preferred a Smith & Wesson.