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Handguns

New Ruger Pistols

Ruger 22-45 Lite Blue

Ruger is now selling two new pistols: a blue anodized version of the 22/45 Lite and a semi-custom LCP with much improved sights.

Both of these guns were added to the Ruger catalog without any fanfare. In truth, they are relatively small changes to the guns. However, they are in line with the company’s response to the current market conditions as we run up to the SHOT Show.

Let’s take a look at these two new guns…

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Handguns

Ruger LCP, LC9 with LaserMax Lasers

Ruger LCP LasermaxThe tiny Ruger LCP and Ruger LC9 pistols are now available with factory-fitted LaserMax CenterFire lasers.  The CenterFire lasers attach to the trigger guard of the LCP and LC9 to minimize the amount of bulk added to these concealed carry guns.

The LaserMax CenterFire units use a red laser that can be adjusted by the owner for both windage and elevation.  The units are easy to remove and re-install by using an included Allen wrench.  The laser units use an ambidextrous on-off switch.

At the time of this writing, LaserMax does not list the CenterFire line of lasers on their website.  The trigger guard mounting appears to be a new product line for the company that offers a variety of guide rod, rail mount and frame mount lasers.

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Handguns Rifles

New Ruger Gun at 2009 NRA Convention: Another Platform Redefined

(Editor’s note: On May 15, Ruger introduced the SR-556: a piston driven AR-15 style rifle.)ruger_lcr_01

Ruger is really stiring up excitement in the firearms world.  Ruger brought out the SR9, the wildly popular LCP, and the now shipping LCR.  And Ruger isn’t done yet.

At the 2009 NRA Convention, Ruger wil be announcing another new product that will allegedly redefine a platform.  May 15 is the announcement date, but speculation is already running wild.  Here are some of the possibilities…

Polymer Framed 1911

Ruger broke more than a few people’s expectations when it comes to small revolvers, by introducing the part-polymer LCR.  Ruger could do the same with a polymer-framed 1911.

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Handguns

Kahr P380 Pistol: Kahr’s New .380 ACP Pistol

Kahr P380

Kahr Arms has announced they are shipping a new pistol chambered in .380 ACP: the Kahr P380.

Maintaining the distinctive styling of the larger Kahr pistols, the P380 is a DAO (double action only) pistol that features a black polymer frame with a matte stainless steel slide.  The firearm holds six .380 ACP cartridges in the magazine and ships with two magazines.  The Kahr P380 has a 2.5″ barrel and a choice of standard or night sights.

Kahr has clearly targeted the tiny .380 ACP pistol market by making direct comparisons to the diminutive Kel Tec P3AT.  The Kel Tec pistol developed a large following after it was introduced, and many say is directly responsible for Ruger’s introduction of the LCP at the 2008 SHOT Show.  With that in mind, let us compare the three guns.

The P380 is slightly shorter than both the P3AT and the LCP with a 4.9″ OAL compared to 5.2″ and 5.16″ of the other two pistols respectively.  Kahr lists the slide width as a mere .75″ compared to the .77″ width of the Kel Tec and .82″ width of the Ruger.  However, the Kahr is slightly heavier (9.97 oz unloaded) than the P3AT (8.3 oz unloaded) and the LCP (9.4 oz unloaded) and taller (3.9″ vs 3.5″ and 3.6″).

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Ammunition

Ruger LCP Ammo

Need some Ruger LCP ammo?  According to Michael Bane’s blog, a major ammunition manufacturer will bring a new .380 loading to the market that is specifically designed for the Ruger LCP. This is exciting, as two current problems exist with the current crop of ammunition and the LCP.

The first problem is the .380 ACP cartridge is an underpowered chambering. Generally, the .380 loads are weaker than what is available for the .38 Special. For self-defense, you need all the bang you can get.

The second problem is I have been getting some reports that the LCP is ammunition sensitive. Some popular cartridges are not feeding properly. This, of course, is a HUGE problem if it extends to the entire line of LCP’s and not just a few examples. One of the reports was posted as feedback here (scroll all the way down).

Time will tell who brings what to the market. However, Bane has a lot of good contacts and I expect this information is very reliable.  I expect we will see a variety of Ruger LCP ammo loads in the near future.

There are a number of smaller ammunition manufacturers who are producing .380 ACP ammo and I imagine they are testing the loads in the LCP.  They might not market the loads as “Ruger LCP ammo,” but I suspect that they are definitely testing it since it is such a popular handgun.  After all, if your ammo doesn’t work in one of the most popular concealed carry pistols, why would anyone buy it?

Update – November 2008:  Hornady has introduced a new line of ammunition: Critical Defense.  The Hornady Critical Defense ammunition is designed for self-defense from small handguns like the Ruger LCP.  I’m not sure this is the ammunition that Bane was hinting at, but it certainly fits.  More information about the Critical Defense ammo can be found here.