Coming to the Range: Ruger LCR in .327 Fed. Mag.

Ruger has added this six-round .327 Fed. Mag. revolver to its LCR line.

Ruger has added a new entry to its double-action Lightweight Compact Revolver line, chambered for the extremely capable .327 Federal Magnum cartridge.

The new LCR is a six shooter, unlike its centerfire brethren, which all have a capacity of five rounds, and is designed to be a carry gun, with a concealed hammer so it won't snag on the draw, and a weight of only 17 ounces.

"The LCR in .327 Federal Magnum combines the proven design of the LCR with ther performance of the .327 Federal Magnum cartridge to create a great revolver for both concealed carry and home defense," said Chris Killoy, Ruger President and COO, in a release.

The new gun is built on the heavier Magnum LCR frame, which should help control the high-energy round.

The .327 Fed. Mag. is a true magnum cartridge when it comes to muzzle energy—according to Ballistics By the Inch, it can keep up with the .357 Magnum—yet is quite a bit smaller in diameter, resulting in room for the extra round in the cylinder. It's fair to compare the two, since the LCR is the same price in either chambering.

The .327 Fed. Mag.cartridge is typically loaded with relatively light bullets, 85 to 115 grains. This means noticeably less felt recoil, as pointed out in this story by guns.com, which is always important for a compact handgun with a small grip.

The .327 Federal Magnum is an improvement on the .32 H&R Magnum and was designed by Sturm, Ruger and Federal specifically to provide the power of a .357 Magnum in a narrower cartridge, so compact revolvers could hold six shots instead of five without sacrificing bullet energy.

Other than the extra round, the new gun is much like the other LCRs chambered in .38 Special +P, .357 Magnum, 9mm Luger, .22 Magnum, and .22LR. It has a high-quality double-action trigger that lets the pull force build gradually and peak later in the trigger stroke, for a smooth overall pull that feels lighter than it actually is, allowing the shooter to maintain a better point of aim through the shot. Combined with the line's polymer and aluminum hybrid frame that actually flexes a bit to mitigate recoil, this should be a , lightweight, light kicking, hard-hitting self-defense handgun.

Caliber: .327 Fed. Mag.

Action: Double-action only

Frame: Hybrid polymer aluminum alloy

Weight: 17 oz., unloaded

Capacity: 6

Barrel: Stainless Steel

Twist: 1:16" RH

Barrel Length: 1.875 inches

Overall Length: 6.5 inches

Overall Height: 4.5 inches

Width: 1.3 inches

Sights: U-notch rear sight, pinned ramp front sight (replaceable)

Grip: Rubber Hogue Tamer Monogrip

Finish: frame - Matte Black, Synergistic Hard Coat / cylinder - Ionbond Diamondback finish

MSRP: $619