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Ruger LCP Pistol in .380 ACP

Sturm, Ruger and Company just released a new concealed carry handgun: the Ruger LCP . The new handgun is chambered for the moderately powered .380 ACP cartridge.

Ruger LCP

According to Ruger, the “LCP” initials stand for Lightweight Compact Pistol. It would appear it gets that name for good reason. Weighing only 9.4 oz unloaded, the polymer-framed gun has an overall length of only 5.16″ and a width of a mere 0.82″. The barrel is 2.75″ long and the trigger pull is an even 8 pounds.

Although the new pistol looks like a Kel-Tec P3AT, Stephen L. Sanetti, president of Sturm, Ruger & Co., was quick to point out that the LCP is not cheaply made during an appearance on the Gun Talk radio program. Sanetti told Tom Gresham, the radio show host, that the LCP has a machined extractor, loaded chamber indicator, and a slide stop (hold open) which are features not found on other brands of pistols in this category.

Sanetti also said the pistol is a lock breech design, not a simple blowback, and the frame is tough glass-filled nylon, not cheap plastic. Glass-filled nylon is essentially expensive plastic. It is extremely durable and should hold up as well as any metal-framed pistol.

The Ruger LCP holds 6+1 rounds of the popular .380 ACP load.  Aftermarket magazines allowing for many more rounds are also available, but they are not flush fitting.

Ruger LCP Sights
The Ruger LCP shown is a recently updated version which has significantly larger, more visible sights. The older version sights were tiny.

The LCP has rounded corners and a lack of protruding external controls. It suffers, however, from the same problem many small pistols do: the sights are small and difficult to use. The front sight is not much more than a small bump, about the size of an insect bite really. The rear sight is barely a shallow notch. Seriously – these sights are small and could have been left off the gun for all the good they will do you.

Designed for concealed carry, the LCP could also make an excellent backup gun for police officers and armed citizens. But, it better be reliable.

The Ruger LCP retails for only $330, and comes with one magazine, safety lock, and a soft-sided case. Sentti said the LCP is currently in production and thousands will be shipping to dealers by the end of February.

Holsters for the Ruger LCP are available from Galco, RKBA, DeSantis, and others.

LCP Recall

Some Ruger LCP .380 pistols are being recalled due to a possibility they will discharge if dropped according to a Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. announcement on October 29, 2008.

Ruger LCP Review

Ruger stated that they have received a few reports of the LCP pistols discharging when a round was in the chamber and when the pistol was dropped on a hard surface. As part of the recall program, Ruger will install an upgraded hammer system.

Ruger stated that there have not been any injuries reported related to this problem.

Ruger stated they will make good on all of the LCP guns that need to be upgraded, but their service department will only be able to handle a finite number of pistols at any one time. Therefore, Ruger states the recall program will be on a “first come, first served” basis. All work will be done for free and shipping there and back is paid for by Ruger.

In an effort to compensate LCP owners for their inconvience, Ruger will upgrade other unspecified components of the firearm and return the updated LCP with an additional magazine.

Earlier this year, Ruger recalled some of its SR9 pistols. From the people I have spoken to about that recall program, things went smoothly and the owners were happy with Ruger’s service.

The full information about the LCP pistol recall is available from the Ruger website.

Lasers…

In September 2008, Crimson Trace released the LG-431 Laserguard for the Ruger LCP. The new laser sighting system allows the shooter to make very accurate shots and is compact enough not to interfere with many of the hosters used for the LCP.  A full post on the Crimson Trace LG 431 for the Ruger LCP is here.

LCP Compact

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

58 replies on “Ruger LCP Pistol in .380 ACP”

The majority of my LE career was spent with a revolver..DA only shooting so the Glock..I have 3, lends well to my training and I shoot well with them. I am retired and wanted to carry regularly but the Glock is just too bulky for my normal needs. I bought an LCP and shot it for the first time yesterday. It exceeded my expectations and is class A in every category. There were no FTF and the recoil was far less than the 2″ S&W I also fired. The little pistol is just what I wanted

The LCP has proven to be a reliable little gun. Can’t stress enough about firing at least a hundred rounds of “whatever” ammo you plan on using as personal defense ammo. The first hundred rounds of Independent 90gr FMJ ammo shot flawlessly with only two stovepiped rounds.

It may look like the P3AT but the only difference is the Ruger works. The P3AT will not chamber the next round correctly after firing the first round in the chamber. Not a good thing if you really need to use this in an emergency. When KelTec was asked of this issue they said “just fire 100 rounds through it and it will work fine” Uh huh, right.

LIKE ANY THING NEW,IT SHOULD BE BROKE IN.BEEN CARRYING A P3AT FOR YEARS,NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH IT,I NEVER HAVE A ROUND IN THE CHAMBER UNLESS I AM READY TO FIRE IT,ANY TIME YOU PULL YOUR GUN OUT YOU ARE IN TROUBLE SO YOU BETTER BE RIGHT WHEN YOU FIRE.
WHEN I GO TO THE RANGE I WORK AT DRAWING AN CHAMBERING AS MUCH AS HITTING THE TARGET.

Just bought a Ruger 380 and was a bit disappointed. Compared to my 38 and Glock 22 40 Cal this little Ruger requires a lot of effort to discharge. The only way I can get the range of motion required to shoot is by using my finger tip. I also find the slide more difficult to operate.
I am a novice gun owner and reckon maybe I have to get used to it, but just am not sure at theis point.

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