If you have chosen a revolver for your concealed carry purposes you are probably going to want the best. After all you are betting your life on that handgun.
There are so many different choices out there. Can there really be one revolver labeled as the best? To answer that question you have to look at a lot of different aspects. Weight, how easy it is to conceal, aftermarket accessories available, price and reliability are just a few.
Smith and Wesson have the popular J frame models. There are several different models built on the J frame and these are designed and built for carry purposes. They also have the Bodyguard, Night guard and M&P line to choose from.
North American arms or NAA are also a popular choice. Their revolvers are very small and easy to conceal but do not offer much in the caliber range.
Taurus offers about 15 revolvers in their concealed carry line up. Taurus puts out a good price point on their firearms but there has been a lot of controversy in the past about quality control and reliability issues.
Ruger has the SP101 model available with 2.25” barrel. You can buy these with crimson trace laser grips factory installed and have great carry piece right out of the box.
All of these are great revolvers for concealed carry. There are also several others that I have not mentioned that are great for carry. But we are looking for the best.
Ruger LCR in .38 tops my list. The LCR introduced in 2009 has been a very popular seller since. This extremely light weight revolver tips the scales at 13.5 ounces unloaded. The LCR is rated for +P ammunition so you have a great choice of self-defense ammo available. For the really brave the LCR can also be chambered in .357 Magnum. These can be purchased with Crimson Trace Laser Grips and the standard model is fitted with Hogue tamer grip. If you don’t like either of these features you can change out the grips to what best fits your hand. Another great feature is the ability to change your front sight. Most of the other manufacturer’s revolvers do no not allow this.
As we all know it is very important to train with your firearm. With today’s ammo costs this can be very expensive. No problem, Ruger has you covered. They also offer the LCR in .22 so now you can fire hundreds of rounds for a fraction of the cost of .38 ammo.
The LCR comes in at just over $400. That’s a lot of bang for your buck considering what you are getting. In addition to the above mentioned features you are also getting a weapon built on a Monolithic frame built from 7000 series space grade aluminum. It features a fluted stainless steel cylinder. A polymer fire control housing that reduces weight and helps to reduce recoil.
At only 6.5 inches long and 4.5 inches tall the LCR is in that perfect size to firepower ratio. If it was a little larger or heavier there might be less felt recoil but it’s a tradeoff. You have to ask yourself do you carry or shoot your firearm more often. This is not a range gun, although it has one of smoothest double action triggers out there, it is meant for carrying concealed and that’s what it does best. When or if you do need to use it you know it is going to perform.
If you are going to carry the LCR you have to come up with a way to do it and there are no shortcomings in the holster department for this firearm. There are inside the waistband holsters, outside the waistband, ankle holsters, shoulder holsters and even pocket holsters available specifically made for this weapon.
There are a lot of great options out there for a concealed carry revolver but the LCR wins #1 pick.
Here’s another great post that talks about Concealed Carry Revolvers.