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Ruger LCP

Produced by American company Sturm, Ruger & Co, the Ruger LCP is a subcompact pocket pistol that features a .380 ACP. The success of small .380 pocket pistol models like the Kel-Tec P3AT, coupled with the rising popularity of concealed carry, led Ruger to push the LCP into production as quickly as possible.

Just a few months after release some of the Ruger LCP models had to be recalled due to some of the guns involuntarily discharging when dropped on a hard surface. This recall allowed Ruger to make improvements to the overall design of the gun, which means it is now considered safe for the general public.

Interestingly, the LCP stands for lightweight compact pistol, and was designed mainly for law enforcement officers who wanted a secondary gun, and for members of the public who wanted a small pistol for self defense and CCW that was easy to conceal.

Made available in 2008 at the SHOT show, the Ruger LCP has now been in production for 6 years and has been a popular seller during that time. The only complaint on the LCP involves the long trigger pull, which Ruger has indicated was necessary for a pistol of this size and weight.

The LCP specifications are as follows:

It weighs in at 9.4 ounces and is just over 5 inches in length. The barrel length is approximately 2.75 inches and the width is just under an inch while the height is 3.6 inches. The popularity of this model is attributed to its small size and weight, overall reliability, and low price point.

Built as a double action only handgun, the LCP is only available in the .380 ACP cartridge. The gun comes standard with a 6 round magazine, but a larger 7 round version is also available. The LCP features a basic set of fixed sights with a slant and post design. Given the size and effective range of this type of pistol, Ruger felt that more complicated sights would be unnecessary.

An interesting fact, in 2010, the Ruger LCP gained media attention when Texas Governor Rick Perry used the handgun to shoot a coyote that was bothering his dog. This led Ruger to release a special “coyote” edition of the Ruger LCP in limited quantities with special engraving that includes a reference to Texans, a Lone star engraving, and an image of a coyote engraved into the top of the slide.

Currently Ruger offers the LCP in 4 different variations, including:

  • Standard blued
  • Brushed stainless steel
  • Blued with a Crimson Trace Laserguard
  • Blued with a Lasermax Centerfire

The basic blued, stainless steel, and blued with the CT laser will fit into most holsters specifically made for the LCP. The blued model with the Lasermax Centerfire laser requires a specially made holster that can be found here.

Gun holster models shown below are available in versions to fit the Ruger LCP .380 handgun

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