Ruger’s New Revolver: Hammerless, Polymer?

Ruger Revolver 2009 SHOT Show Rumor


UPDATE:  The Ruger LCR is real and was available for shooting at the 2009 Media Day at the Range.  I’ve got a first review of the Ruger LCR with my impressions of the gun here.

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I just had someone send me a photo of a revolver that appears to be a hammerless Ruger that is unlike anything I have ever seen them make.  Frankly, it is unlike anything I have seen anyone make.  Sure, it is identifiable as a revolver, but definitely different.

I do not have confirmation that this is the “Show Stopper” that I talked about before, but I am guess that it is.  This new revolver is unique in construction and, it even looks as if it may have polymer parts!  I’m not sure anyone has used significant amounts of polymer in a revolver design before.  If this new gun is using a polymer frame, it might be a first.

Polymer framed guns are not anything new, of course, but they have to overcome certain challenges not found in semi-automatic pistols.  For example, the flame escaping in the cylinder gap – does it cut through or melt a polymer frame?  Looking closely at the photos, it appears this new gun might use a partial metal frame that is attached to a polymer grip assembly.  Presuming the polymer can hold onto the metal, the gun should hold up very well.

The ergonomics clearly look like a gun designed for CCW.  In fact, it looks like it is very thin!  It is impossible to tell from a two-dimensional photo, but it appears the cylinder has only four chambers, suggesting that emphasis was placed on making this a very slim gun.  Also, the design is hammerless and the edges appear to be rounded.

Ruger Revolver 2009 SHOT Show Rumor

Ruger four chambered revolver at 2009 SHOT Show

Keep in mind that this is not from an official Ruger press release.  It may turn out to be a hoax.  But we will be at the SHOT Show, so we will bring you the latest information when we get there.

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  1. Please note the position of the cylinder lockup cuts… It’s a five shooter. Six oclock is opne, then you see two more on one side….

  2. Please note the position of the cylinder lockup cuts… It’s a five shooter. Six oclock is indexed, then you see two more on one side….

  3. Holy Hideous Handgun Batmat! :(

  4. My order for one was placed yesterday. Still no pricing, but, it doesn’t matter.

  5. Please note the position of the cylinder lockup cuts… It’s a five shooter. Six oclock is indexed, then you see two more on one side….

    Locking notches off center at 1 oclock, 4 oclock 7 oclock and 10 oclock.. Four notches

    What do you think?

  6. I think it’s beautiful, I love the fluted cylinder. Which reminds me of something from the 1700’s.

    Frankly, they finally have everything I wanted in the configuration for a .327 Magnum pocket pistol (except, it’s not available in .327). *sighs*

  7. Looking at my taurus 605, it has the same layout of locking notches.
    Remember that there is one at 6 o’clock that is hidden and in use indexing the cylender at the time.

    So I call a five shot

  8. Calmountain says:

    I usually love Rugers but this one left me cold. I have the very heavy SP-101 and a very light S&W 642 and I think I will pass on the LCR. It looks clumsy to me and doesn’t offer anything better than the competition. Maybe a case of different for the sake of being different? Where is my single action 327 Federal?

  9. I love Rugers. This one is butt ugly!

  10. I just bought my second LCR. I traded in my 11 year old S&W 638 for the first one. I like the LCR for three basic reasons–trigger (WOW!)–Grips—and Front Sight, better than the SP-101. +P’s are snappy, but manageable. It’s also pretty tough, the American Rifleman reported that the LCR they evaluated went through a 10,000 round +P torture test (11/09, I think). I have owned S&W J-frames both in steel and air-weight, but find that they don’t come close to this snub, especially their heavy trigger pulls and shorter grips, boot grips are great for concealment, but are lousy for +P qualification. I also owned a SP-101 and always found it too heavy to carry, especially in polite society. S&W just came out with their own polymer version called the “Bodyguard”—looks more like a reaction than innovation. They actually placed the cylinder release on the top near the rear sight—WHY? For over 100 years anyone who has owned and shot a snub has developed muscle memory for a cylinder release on the right side.

  11. Maurice Huffman says:

    Just checked one of these out today, though did not fire it. It is polymer behind the cylinders and it is a five shot. Very light and wonderful trigger pull. The price was about $550, which if I can find it cheaper I will get one for my wife.

  12. i picked up one of these for my daughter and liked it so much i got another one for myself. she loves it.

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