Ruger LCR 9mm Problems and The Practical Solutions

The LCR series challenged the proven 9mm design by introducing a polymer frame. The experimentation has led to several Ruger LCR 9mm problems.

When it comes to the most serious ones, you should be aware of the bullet stuck or fall-out problem and fired shell not ejecting problem.

Don’t lose hope yet because I have also provided solutions so that you can enjoy the good features of this gun. Let’s get started.

Features & Specifications of Ruger LCR 9mm:

Barrel Length1.87″
Magazine Capacity5 rounds
Overall Length6.50″
Caliber9MM LUGER
Twist Rate1:16″ RH
Rear SightU-Notch Integral
Front SightReplaceable, Pinned Ramp
SafetyExternal safety lever
Dimensions 4.50″ H;
Weight17.2 oz.
Trigger Pull9 lbs.
Common Ruger LCR 9mm Problems and Solutions
Ruger LCR 9mm Problems

Common Ruger LCR 9mm Problems and Solutions

Before you jump right into the main discussion part, have a quick look at the table below for an overview.

Quick Overview of the Problems and Solutions

Bullet Stuck or Fall Out ProblemChange ammo brand, and replace either crane, cylinder, button pin, or bushing as necessary.
Fired Shell Not EjectingChange the ammo brand, clean the gun, or send it to Ruger.

1. Bullet Stuck or Fall Out Problem

In this problem, an unfired bullet may jam the path, and the bullet may fall out of the cylinder sometimes.

Possible Reasons

The first possible cause of this problem is using the wrong kind of ammo. I have seen users trying 115 gr and 124 gr ammo usually face this issue.

Furthermore, the fault in the crane, cylinder, bushing, or button pin can cause this problem too.

The Fix

First of all, you should try changing the ammo brand and use 147 gr bullets instead of the lighter ones.

For the other suspected parts, you have to disassemble, replace, and reassemble the gun.

It is hard to show separate videos showing the crane, cylinder, button pin, and bushing replacement procedures.

So, I am suggesting this overall disassembly and assembly video of the Ruger LCR 9m revolver.

Those who have already tried all the suggested fixes without getting any results should contact Ruger and send the gun to them.

The customer care service of Ruger is really helpful and they try to solve any issue as soon as they can.

2. Fired Shell Not Ejecting

The nature of jamming in an LCR 9mm revolver is a stuck ejector rod.

Possible Reasons

In most jamming cases, the problem is in the ammo brand. Due to a larger shell dimension, it can’t leave the cylinder.

Packaging grease inside the cylinder may prevent the shell from ejecting too.

The Fix

For an instant solution, you can push the ejector rod forcefully against the wall corner. In most cases, it would eject right away.

Furthermore, you have to try bullets from different brands. Here, a millimeter difference can cause the fired shell to stuck in the cylinder.

Lastly, clean the gun properly in order to eliminate the grease issue. As a rule of thumb, you must clean a gun after taking it out of the box for the first time.

I have seen several users still complaining about this ejection issue even after trying several possible solutions.

In such cases, one should contact Ruger for a permanent solution.

User Feedback on Ruger LCR 9mm

Two major complaints about the LCR 9mm are about its shootability and accuracy.

The trigger pull experience is not that pleasant. And, the target group from the 100-yard shooting is horrible.

However, it is a reliable and easy-to-hold gun with lots of positive sides. I have seen both good and bad feedback in equal quantities among the user opinions.

Overall, users rate this gun 3.6 out of 5. 

Top 3 Alternative Guns of Ruger LCR 9mm

Among lots of LCR 9mm pistol alternatives, three models are worth recommending. Let’s talk about them.

Charter Arms Pitbull 9mm

Besides the standard features, I like its unique design of the coil assembly that ensures smooth removal of fired shells. 

Smith & Wesson Model 929

This is a well-balanced gun with very useful sights. Also, the Model 929 comes with a lifetime warranty.

Taurus Holdings Model 905

Taurus is comparatively new but its Model 905 has caught the eyes of gun enthusiasts by offering a concealed carry gun with a large caliber option.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is the Ruger LCR 9 mm?

$829; check the latest price from this link.

How reliable is a Ruger LCR?

It is a durable and reliable pistol.

What does LCR stand for Ruger?

‘L’ for lightweight, ‘C’ for compact, and ‘R’ for revolver

What is the Ruger LCR made of?

Aluminum alloy

Does Ruger LCR use moon clips?



Despite all those Ruger LCR 9mm problems, most users like this gun’s good features.

One of the biggest benefits is that you don’t have to use moon clips to load ammo.

What do you think about the gun? Also, share your experience of shooting with an LCR 9mm.

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