Ruger LCP .380 ACP: One of My Favorite “Pocket Pistols”
This is one of the most popular concealed carry firearms on the planet. The Ruger LCP .380 has the perfect size, shape, and features to make it an excellent pocket concealed carry pistol.
The Ruger LCP was designed by Ruger to be a firearm that you place in your pocket and not have the weight or take up the space of a larger pistol.
The single stack 6-round magazine makes the LCP very slim and easy to remove from a pocket, holster, or purse, but gives you the opportunity to put 7(6+1) of the great personal protection round, .380ACP, downrange.
The Ruger LCP is a very small handgun, but it should not be taken as a joke – this pistol can be put in many places on or around the body and never be known by anyone else that you are concealing a firearm.
These are just some of the features that make the Ruger LCP one of the best pocket pistols on the market!
Unboxing The Ruger LCP .380
LCP stands for a lightweight carry pistol, precisely what the Ruger is. It’s an excellent pocket gun.
Inside the packaging, you will find an awesome sticker, a user manual, and the actual firearm.
The gun has a chamber flag, which, of course, is unloaded. But just in case, we’ll go ahead and lock the slide back, remove that chamber flag, and take a good look inside to ensure there is no ammunition. The magazine is removed for now.
LCP has an external lock and a superb pocket holster, so you can pop it in your front or rear pocket. It’s got a concealment wing so that people will not see an outline of a pistol when it is in your pocket. It comes with one magazine with an interchangeable floor plate.
When you pop the magazine in, you have that floor plate for your fingers to rest easily, or you can have the flush option, which allows it to be a little bit more concealed.
But this gun is not for long-distance and range shoots. It is just a concealed carry pocket gun or a gun gun that allows you to be protected in those situations where you need to be absolutely concealed without a bulge.
At the front of this gun are integral front and rear sights, which are not adjustable. Since it’s not a gun you’re going to shoot long distances, it is a good firearm for pocket carry.
The slide is tough to pull back and very difficult to lock back with your finger. The best way to do it is to hold it in your hand, rotate your wrist over, push up on the thumb, pull back, and push up simultaneously. Something to note is that this gun will not lock back when empty or at the last round.
The manual slide lock allows you to lock the slide to the rear and inspect the chamber or settle it down on the table at the shooting range without having the chamber flag in there, showing that it’s clear. This, however, is not as easy to do as it sounds. In terms of strength needed, it could be a 5 or 6 out of 10 to get the slide to the rear.
To take the fire apart, you’ll pop the takedown pin using a knife or a spent cartridge from the opposite side. When you pop the pin out, the slide will come right off, and you can tear it down and clean it.
If you look at the top, you’ll notice it is open with the same cut when lying both on the left and right sides. This design minimizes the possibility of jamming, enabling the shooter to clear any malfunction easily by hand. It also allows loading cartridges from the top during training or whenever necessary.
The flush profile hammer is visible in the ready-to-fire and semi-cocked position. As the slide is forward, you can see that hammer move back, giving you a visual indication of where you are in the trigger pull. That’s better than the old TCP version, but it is a long trigger pull, and it isn’t easy to pull the trigger back.
The benefit of the shooter is that there’s no external thumb safety on this gun that prevents you from accidentally firing it. You, therefore, need to keep it always pointed in a safe direction for your safety. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot, and keep it unloaded until you’re ready to use it.
The extractor is designed for reliable extraction of cartridges and fired cartridge cases from the chamber. And it also has a little hole, kind of a peep sight known as the viewport. The hole allows you to peek inside the chamber to see if the gun is loaded without pulling the slide back.
The frame is a rigid one-piece nylon grip reinforced with long glass fiber. The material makes it heavy duty, thus maintaining its structural integrity while being a super lightweight carry firearm. The grip is checkered and serrated to give you that extra grip. The single strike double Action mechanism ensures that you can accomplish cocking and firing with a single pull on the trigger.
The double action trigger with a single strike will not operate after you pull the trigger until the slide is manually manipulated.
The gun can hold six rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber, which is basically all you’ll need.
With only one magazine, this is an excellent budget concealed carry gun, which I think almost everybody should own. With this gun, nobody will notice a bulge on your hip or the external holster when going to places like church or going out for a walk, jog or run; you don’t want to have a big heavy gun that will be bumping around.
Ruger LCP .380 FAQs
WHAT CALIBER IS THE LCP AVAILABLE IN?
The Ruger LCP II is available in .380 ACP and 22LR.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE RUGER LCP AND THE RUGER LCP MAX, LCP II, and STANDARD LCP?
The Ruger LCP Max has a better trigger and that is a “single-action trigger.” That means the trigger is a shorter and crisper trigger pull. The LCP Max also has an increased capacity of up to 12+1 rounds, whereas the LCP only has 6+1. The LCP II is a 22LR with a 10-round capacity.
CAN THE RUGER LCP .380 REALLY FIT IN MY POCKET?
The Ruger LCP is small enough to put in your pocket, purse, hidden jacket pocket – or anywhere else that you feel like carrying it.
WHAT SORT OF WARRANTY COMES WITH THE RUGER LCP?
The Ruger LCP comes with a lifetime warranty from Ruger. If you break it, or the gun malfunctions, just send it back. Ruger will absolutely take care of you with their world-class customer service.
HOW MANY MAGAZINES WILL I GET WITH MY RUGER LCP?
You will receive one magazine.
WHAT IS THE CAPACITY OF THE RUGER LCP?
The LCP Max also has an increased capacity of up to 12+1 rounds, whereas the LCP only has 6+1. The LCP II is a 22LR with a 10-round capacity.
DOES THE RUGER LCP COME WITH ANYTHING ELSE BESIDES THE MAGAZINE?
Yes, it comes with a soft carrying case, a gun lock, a user manual, a chamber flag, and a finger extension to make the magazine feel great in your hand. It also comes with pure awesomeness, and it will make you pretty awesome yourself.
I’VE HEARD THAT A LOT OF SMALLER .380 AUTOS JAM. WILL THE RUGER LCP LET ME DOWN?
No. The Ruger LCP is one of the most reliable .380 auto pistols on the market today, which is one of the reasons that it is so popular.
WHAT IS THE TRIGGER PULL LIKE ON THE LCP?
The Ruger LCP does have a double-action-only trigger which can keep you safe while you’re carrying concealed.
WHAT OTHER MODELS DOES THE RUGER LCP COME IN?
The Ruger LCP comes in the following models:
- Ruger LCP Stainless Steel
- Ruger LCP with LaserMax Laser
- Ruger LCP with Viridian Laser
- Ruger LCP with Viridian Tactical Light
- Ruger LCP with Crimson Trace Laser
- Lady Lilac Ruger LCP
WILL THE RUGER LCP MAKE ME AN AWESOME PERSON?
You are already awesome! The Ruger LCP might just save your life one day… which would also be awesome.