13.5 ounces (empty)
Hogue grip with special backstrap padding
Polymer frame with special alloy cylinder
$402 shipped from Bud's
GLOWING reviews from every reputable source
I never thought I'd carry a wheel gun! Primarily, I have objected to the 5-round capacity over the 10+1 of a small pocket auto 9mm like the Kel-Tec P11. Both are basically identical in size and weight, but the Ruger looks like it would print less in my pocket due to the nice curves. I'm also sure that the Ruger quality is twice that of the KT and the trigger is probably 10x as good.
Once I took my wife to the range and had her try out both the Taurus .357 (shooting .38) and the G19, and her groups were twice as tight with the Glock. This is another reason I have preferred the 9mm auto, but I've seen reviews from pros that say the Ruger LCR can shoot groups as tight as any pistol.
One nice added benefit of a wheel gun is that it doesn't spit brass (or leave brass behind, depending on how you look at it). One negative is that it isn't as easy to reload. But in a self-defense situation isn't the average about 3 shots?
I'm really tempted... it looks like I might have to add a caliber to reload...