Ruger LCR Revolver in 327 Federal Magnum, for Close Quarters Self Defense?

Opinion; John wants to know do you think the Ruger LCR Revolver in 327 magnum is suitable for close quarters self-defense carry gun?

Ruger LCR Revolver in 327 Federal Magnum
Ruger LCR Revolver in 327 Federal Magnum

Ft Collins, CO –-( A 32 Caliber self defense gun?

Retailers tell me that a hot-seller among small, serious pistols these days, actively competing with the S&W Shield, G43/42, Kahr PM9, Walther PPS/M2, SIG 365, and the Ruger LC9S/Pro, as well as 38Spl snubby revolvers, from both Ruger and S&W, is the Ruger LCR (snubby revolver) in 327 Magnum.

Ruger LCR Revolver

Among 32 caliber revolver cartridges, there are the:

  • 32S&W (usually a 100gr all-lead bullet at less than 1k f/s, suitable for practice only)
  • 32 H&R Magnum (usually an 85gr high-performance bullet at 1200 f/s, from a snubby revolver)
  • 327 Magnum (85gr high-performance bullet at 1400 f/s, from a snubby revolver)

All three will chamber and shoot through the Ruger LCR revolver.

Many are attracted to the LCR in 32 caliber, because the cost of ammunition (particularly 32S&W) is relatively low, and even with high-performance ammunition, recoil is a good deal less than with a 38Spl revolver, not to mention 357 magnum!

Although in all fairness, Super-Vel’s excellent 90gr 38Spl +p round leaves my snubby revolver (S&W 342) at 1200 f/s. Muzzle blast is surely noticeable, but recoil is relatively mild.

As bullet weights go up, so does recoil!

The question is, is the Ruger LCR Revolver in 32 Caliber a really “serious” pistol?

I’m not sure I know, but many people who carry them think they are!

The small-statured, particularly women, envision themselves in danger of being physically grabbed and held fast by a bigger and stronger person. Under that circumstance, a revolver that can be quickly accessed and then fired multiple times, from under clothing or from within a pocket, represents an attractive option!

Will those multiple 32H&R Mg, or 327Mg, bullet impacts, at contact range, persuade the attacker to let go and then go find something else to do?

I do not know of any actual instances, so the jury is probably still out. But, I shot an LCR with 327Mg ammunition (six-shooter), for the first time in my life, last Friday.

I like it! The Ruger LCR Revolver is easy to shoot. Manageable recoil. Smooth trigger.

The Ruger LCR Revolver may represent a viable option (for some) that I’ve thus-far overlooked!


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I carried late model S&W Hand Ejector in .32-20 for some years w/100 gr. hard-cast DEWC’s 1,400 fps.
They accurately reached 80 yd. steel target noticeably quicker than factory .357 loads at the time, and while they did not have the inertia of .357 158 gr., they hit HARD and blew-up in a gray puff of smoke.
I did NOT feel un-armed packing the old S&W along with either of my Marlin rifles in same cal. hossback, afoot, or in vehicle.
.327 has got to be ballistically the same as Hi-Vel .32-20 out of a strong pistol.


90 grain bullet 1400 is 9mm territory – and not even +p.