I didn't have the mind to take some pics of my targets this time, but I was satisfied as all of the shots I took would of ended up in an area that would be center of the thorax on most people when bringing the gun up from a low ready as if drawing from concealment. The issue I had previously "locking up" the action while trying to capture the trigger reset (like on my G19) has been resolved just by repetitive dry fire exercises to teach my finger to allow the trigger to fully extend after each shot. Accuracy at my normal practice range has not suffered due to this. My defensive arms and practice are designed around a philosophy that whomever I am most likely to have to draw down on will be close to me (3 - 7 yards) because they need to be that close to convey their threat of bodily harm to me and also to take from me whatever they may be after, if robbery is the case.
Shooting .38 Spl. rounds of normal pressure has become somewhat routine with this gun, and follow up shots are not too difficult to manage. The cushioned grips (either the standard or boot grip) certainly do help in this matter. Shooting +P rounds (such as the Remington 125gr Golden Saber rounds I use for carry) does produce a noticeable increase in recoil but with a proper grip its still not hard to manage, even with a snubby weighing in at just a tad over a pound fully loaded. The more I look into it, the more I am convinced that with the loss of velocity most .357 rounds experience out of short barrels, that using .38+P with a snubby seems to be a very good compromise between over all "stopping power" and recoil management.
That weight, just like the LCP, is what makes it so easy to carry on one's person. Thus far, my primary means of carrying it has been in an Uncle Mikes pocket holster (size 2). With the boot grip installed it slips easily in and out and rides rather nicely in most of my pants (although in some of my lighter weight khakis this summer it did seem to print a bit more) and only occasionally became burdensome to have on me. What I need though is a decent IWB holster that will allow me to utilize the more comfortable (and controllable) standard cushioned grip and also reduce the time it may require to present the gun from concealment. Note that while sitting with a pistol in a pocket (especially front) that draw times are drastically increased. Unfortunately the unique design of the trigger guard on the LCR prevents me from having too many options for a holster specifically molded to the gun. I have decided that the Triple K holster sold through the Ruger store online seems to be my best option and I now have one on order.
|Even Ruger stamped...nice touch|
|Paint is good...|
|...this is better|