Another of Ruger’s new guns for 2013 is the LCR now chambered in .22 WMR. The .22 WMR, aka 22 Magnum, is a higher velocity rimfire than the .22 LR that the LCR has been chambered for in the past.
The new Ruger LCR-22MAG is a compact revolver that uses the same polymer-aluminum hybrid frame that was introduced several years ago. The original LCR was chambered for the .38 Special, but models for the .357 Magnum and .22 LR have been introduced since.
The LCR line, including the new .22 WMR version, are “hammerless” revolvers, meaning there is no exposed hammer and all trigger pulls are double-action only.
The LCR-22MAG has a 1.875″ barrel and an unloaded weight of slightly more than 16 ounces. This means that if you like the caliber, this could make for a good concealed carry firearm.
Six rounds is the cylinder’s capacity. I don’t know of anyone who is making a speedloader for these revolvers, but Tuff Products does make QuickStrips that handle the .22 WMR. I always suggest carrying a second gun or spare ammo when venturing out of doors, and the QuickStrips are a good way of keeping loose ammo from wandering about.
The front sight is pinned and replaceable. I know that XS Sights makes their standard front sight with a tritium insert for the LCR. That sight should work on the 22 WMR model.
The LCR-22MAG’s cylinder has an Ionbond Diamondblack finish. This finish is supposed to be very durable. It will be interesting to see if Ruger expands the use of this finish to their other firearms.
Ruger LCR-22MAG Specifications
- caliber: .22 WMR (22 Magnum)
- capacity: six rounds
- barrel length: 1.875″
- weight (unloaded): 16.6 ounces
- grips: Hogue Tamer Monogrip
- MSRP: $529
The $529 MSRP is the same price as the other basic LCR revolvers in other calibers. Models with more features go up in price, but as of now, this is the only LCR chambered in .22 WMR.
The Ruger LCR-22MAG is one of only several new guns announced by the company ahead of the 2013 SHOT Show. Other models include a new commander sized 1911, the SR45 and the LC380 pistols. We will be at the big show, so make sure you check back frequently as we will continue to post updates with all of the photos and video we can muster.