I've got the LCR in .357. I think the LCR .38 is aluminum and polymer framed to bring the weight down; the LCR .357 is steel and polymer, thus heavier. I agree on the recoil - with .38spl, it's easily manageable, and even with .357, it's easy to control. The Hogue grip puts a thick gel pad between you and the frame. Accuracy, on the other hand... it's a snub-nosed revolver, and "hammerless" DAO at that. It's accurate enough, but if you actually need to use the sights, it's the wrong gun for the job. That said, I recently replaced the front ramp with a fiber optic dot. Haven't had a chance to shoot with the new sight, but it definitely points faster.
Yep! Can't beat the pants-wetting factor. The only thing scarier than hearing that "shuck-shuck" is the muzzle blast itself. :-)
Personally, I love the versatility of a 12ga, in that you can use the same gun to bag anything from dove to elk. A full load of buckshot in an 870 is roughly equivalent to a brick of pistol ammunition, making it an exceptionally great teaching aid for instructing bad guys on the fine art of collapsing in a bloody heap on the floor.
I replaced the front sight of my LCR with a Hi-Vis Sight and it works well. I have also practiced with my LCR quite a bit. My husband and I both have an LCR. At 7 yards, my husband can put all 5 in a 4-6 inch cluster and I can put all 5 in an 8-9 inch cluster.He can put all 5 in a silhouette at 25 yards. Pretty accurate for a snub nose I would say.
I own 2 pistols
-S&W SW40VE that I like alot. It's not high end but I've run at least a couple thousand rounds (half of them re-loads) through it without a hickup.
-An antique H&R model 999 .22 cal. 9 shot, top break revolver w/6" barrel. Very early example, 1929 vintage by it's serial number, it has a ducks bill frame with a 1 piece walnut handle that slips over. Most had 2 piece grips. Very nice to look at as well. Both are my favorites.