Ruger LCP Gun Review

The Ruger LCP (Light Compact Pistol) is one of the newest handguns from the well respected manufacturer. Introduced in 2008, the handgun immediately became a hot item as waiting list for the Ruger LCP is common in many gun stores.

Performance

Although a recall was made on some Ruger LCPs (unexpected discharge when dropped), the demand for the hand gun is still high. Because of the size of gun, it's referred to as "mouse gun" which is smaller than a compact. It can be easily stored in a pocket and very light to carry anywhere.
The gun weighs less than 10oz. It has a barrel length of nearly 2.8 inches, uses .380mm bullets and has the capacity of six rounds plus one on the chamber. The gun comes with a relatively rougher finish compared to other Ruger handguns which is a good thing since the gun is too small that it could be slippery. Many see the similarity of this gun to the Kel-Tec P3AT which has almost the same looks a lot lighter and shorter.

Features

But Ruger is more popular to its early competitor because of the reputation established by the gun manufacturer. However, the size is barely noticeable. The only real differences are the manual slide for the Ruger and a different spring.
There are two features that any gun owner will immediately notice in Ruger LCP. First is the lack of noticeable sightings. Users of Ruger LCP will have to rely on the ridges placed on the front and rear. Another "feature" of the gun is the lack of safety. Because of this lacking component, gun enthusiasts from Massachusetts and California can't own this type of hand gun. But the lack of safety is not actually dangerous as the trigger is not very light and requires enough pull to discharge. The small size of Ruger LCP makes it difficult to add a safety option.

Appeal

Ruger LCP is a perfect self-defense pistol. It's small, powerful and can be accurate with ample practice.

Summary

Headline: 

The Ruger LCP (Light Compact Pistol) is one of the newest handguns from the well respected manufacturer. Introduced in 2008, the handgun immediately became a hot item as waiting list for the Ruger LCP is common in many gun stores.

Performance Rating: 
8.8
Performance: 

Although a recall was made on some Ruger LCPs (unexpected discharge when dropped), the demand for the hand gun is still high. Because of the size of gun, it's referred to as "mouse gun" which is smaller than a compact. It can be easily stored in a pocket and very light to carry anywhere.
The gun weighs less than 10oz. It has a barrel length of nearly 2.8 inches, uses .380mm bullets and has the capacity of six rounds plus one on the chamber. The gun comes with a relatively rougher finish compared to other Ruger handguns which is a good thing since the gun is too small that it could be slippery. Many see the similarity of this gun to the Kel-Tec P3AT which has almost the same looks a lot lighter and shorter.

Features Rating: 
8
Features: 

But Ruger is more popular to its early competitor because of the reputation established by the gun manufacturer. However, the size is barely noticeable. The only real differences are the manual slide for the Ruger and a different spring.
There are two features that any gun owner will immediately notice in Ruger LCP. First is the lack of noticeable sightings. Users of Ruger LCP will have to rely on the ridges placed on the front and rear. Another "feature" of the gun is the lack of safety. Because of this lacking component, gun enthusiasts from Massachusetts and California can't own this type of hand gun. But the lack of safety is not actually dangerous as the trigger is not very light and requires enough pull to discharge. The small size of Ruger LCP makes it difficult to add a safety option.

Appeal Rating: 
9
Appeal: 

Ruger LCP is a perfect self-defense pistol. It's small, powerful and can be accurate with ample practice.

First time use of the Ruger LCP immediately presented some problems in sighting. The gun is clearly not built for long range as it would be a little bit difficult to use the ridges for sighting. But here's a trick: do not use the rear sight of the pistol. Concentrate on the front sight and place the profile or target directly to the gun. This technique will show the accuracy of Ruger LCP. But this technique requires practice since the gun is very light. Troubles in handling are a tendency especially when a heavy gun was used before the Ruger LCP.

Cleaning Ruger LCP is pretty basic except for the pin that needs a small screw driver to remove. Anyone familiar with the basic parts of a gun should have no problem cleaning Ruger LCP. But because of the small component, careful handling must be observe as parts might be lost. The rough feel of Ruger LCP should be maintained. As already indicated, handling a small gun without a grip could be dangerous.

7 Comments

4 years 32 weeks ago, 1:40 AM

judge_harper

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long range??

dont use rear sight??
You're kidding right?
its a belly gun. for up close and personal use.
pull it when you're in danger and pull the trigger-again and again til the gun is empty.
shoot the bad guy in the belly.
its NOT a target gun. point and shoot.

4 years 23 weeks ago, 10:18 PM

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agreed... but -

make sure he's close... because the LCP I shot was wildly inaccurate. Not my first choice of personal protection - but to each his own. I think the .380 is a little small and the LCP is a little too inaccurate for my liking.

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3 years 41 weeks ago, 9:26 PM

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Why not Crimson?

wario wrote:
make sure he's close... because the LCP I shot was wildly inaccurate. Not my first choice of personal protection - but to each his own. I think the .380 is a little small and the LCP is a little too inaccurate for my liking.

Crimson Trace is an answer!!

3 years 38 weeks ago, 5:00 PM

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I Like It

I've been pocket carrying the LCP almost a year now and I have found it to be a positive experience. I added the magazine extension which adds another round (now 7+1) and extra grip length. I find I'm fairly accurate with this gun up to 15', which is probably the far end of it's intended range.

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3 years 38 weeks ago, 5:04 PM

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I like it too

I bought my wife one last Christmas and she likes it too.
It does what it is supposed too.

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1 year 11 weeks ago, 8:52 AM

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LCP as a daily carry

Here in Texas it gets hot - in the spring, I get back to wearing shorts and t-shirt. There aren't too many guns that can easily be concealed in that getup (yes, I do have CCW). But, I've been carrying the Ruger LCP now for over a year and it slips nicely into a pocket of cargo shorts and it is always with me. I prefer a DeSantis pocket holster and the thing about this combination is that it is so easy and concealable that I'm never without it. It's great to tout other more powerful pistols, but if they're troublesome to carry, you find yourself not carrying as often - and isn't being armed the whole reason for a CCW? I've put a couple hundred rounds of various ammo through it without any problems and can easily hit center mass at 21 ft - out further, not so much. It is somewhat difficult to shoot due to the DA trigger, (my Glocks are much easier to shoot), but it is designed for "deep cover" and it's good at that. My .02 cents worth.

Forgot to mention that I also added a Crimson Trace laser to it - after sighting in, it hits exactly where the dot is - great when situation prevents a proper sight picture. Worth every dime.

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49 weeks 2 days ago, 9:37 PM

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It's a great ccw

I have had one for 3 years. It's always in my pocket. It is accurate to 25'. I haven't tried it over that. Trigger control & quality ammo only. I don't leave home without it. 99% of the time it's in my pocket while sitting in my living room

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