This article was originally posted on Thefirearmblog.com
Sturm, Ruger & Co. recently announced an expansion of its LCRx line of revolvers. There are now four more options to pick from if you are in the market for one of these lightweight wheelguns.
The larger gun, Model 5437, has a larger grip: the Hogue Tamer Monogrip. This grip is a soft rubber grip without finger grooves. It also has an adjustable rear sight. (Note: Ruger already offers a .22 LR version of this gun.)
The smaller gun, Model 5439, uses the shorter version of the Hogue Tamer Monogrip with the finger grooves. On this revolver, the rear sight is a notch that is integral with the top strap.
Both of these guns have a 6-shot capacity and MSRP of $579.
The Model 5462 is in the form of the smaller LCRx and is chambered for the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge. It holds six cartridges in the cylinder. Like the other small LCRx models, it has a pinned front sight, integral rear and the Hogue grips with finger grooves. This model has a suggested retail price of $669.
Adding yet another rimless cartridge to the company’s wheelgun catalog, the Model 5464 joins the recently announced SP101 in offering another 9mm option to revolver shooters. It is in the small form (1.87″ barrel) of the LCRx. Three full moon clips are included with this revolver, and the MSRP is $669.
Although there are arguably better choices for self-defense, I’ve always liked the 9mm revolver. They tend to kick a bit more than a .38 Special, but I suppose I like the oddity of it. Sure, I’ve got a number of wheelguns in more traditional calibers. For example, my Smith & Wesson 642 in .38 is almost always with me. But, there’s something special about a 9mm wheelgun. Anyone else feel that way?