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Ruger LCP 380ACP #4538068
10/09/17 01:39 PM
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gman2304 Offline OP
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I ordered my wife one from PSA for her CCW. She had some difficulty racking the slide on one at the gun shop, but hopefully it will loosen up after a few range sessions. Iím also considering buying An LCP for myself as a pocket carry. PSA and Buds have them for $169. They were double that price only a year or so ago. Do any of you have any experience with these small CCW in 380 acp? If youíre in the market for a hand gun, it seems to be a good time to buy.

Re: Ruger LCP 380ACP [Re: gman2304] #4538080
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I have a S&W PPKS in 380 ACP reasonably accurate and the slide is not hard for me at all. But my wife has some Arthritis issues and for her I got a S&W Model 60 in 38 Special which is much simpler for her and has more stopping power. She shoots it amazing well.

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Re: Ruger LCP 380ACP [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #4538087
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J frames are nice !


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Re: Ruger LCP 380ACP [Re: gman2304] #4538164
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I dont care for the trigger on the LCP. My brother has one. I have a Taurus TCP and I feel the trigger is nicer. Either way, you cant go wrong for a self defense pistol.


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Re: Ruger LCP 380ACP [Re: gman2304] #4538174
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The J frame 638 Airweight is plan B for her. She likes the simplicity of it. I'm planning on taking the LCP to the range a few times and if it doesn't loosen up enough for her, I'll use it as a pocket carry.

Re: Ruger LCP 380ACP [Re: gman2304] #4538206
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I used to own a IO Hellcat .380 which was a clone of the KelTec 380.. which the Ruger LCP is just a refined version of..

Great size if you need to carry while jogging, but very snappy recoil and you better not miss because 6+1 isn't much against the wrong kind of dirtbag.

I now have a Glock 43 which is marginally larger but also more tolerable to shoot and in a caliber with more ammo options.

Re: Ruger LCP 380ACP [Re: gman2304] #4538232
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Recent made LCPs reputedly have what some folks consider a dangerously short trigger pull for a firearm without a manual safety. The older versions from 3-4 years ago had a long relatively stiff trigger pull. The LCP is easy to conceal and carry but it is a very snappy gun even with .380 and no fun at all to shoot and practice with. They are also pretty lightly built so if you plan to but enough rounds through it to actually be good with it I'd plan on getting a second one.

I switched to a SW M&P .380 a couple of years ago because it's just a little stronger built and runs more smoothly for me. Just slightly heavier but shoots way easier on the hand and more accurate for me personally although the trigger pull is a country mile. Have put 2k rounds through it to date with zero signs of wear or tear and maybe 2-3 FTF/FTE total. The gun allows me to reliably shoot 6 inch groups in double tap mode at 7-10 yards.

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Re: Ruger LCP 380ACP [Re: gman2304] #4538262
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It won't loosen up. Having said that..if she can't rack an LCP then not sure she could rack anything. Obviously, you could rack it ahead of time.
Still a bad plan though..she needs a wheel gun.

Not trying to be sexist but too many guys are too anxious to put a defensive firearm in the hands of their significant other without the level of training comensurate with this responsibility. Not aimed at the OP.


Re: Ruger LCP 380ACP [Re: gman2304] #4538277
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Iíve got a LCP that Iíve carried daily for several years. Itís definitely not a target pistol , but accurate enough for what itís designed for. My wife has trouble racking the slide too, but she can shoot it fairly well. Our house gun is a Ruger GP100 357 magnum, and sheís very good with it.


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Re: Ruger LCP 380ACP [Re: gman2304] #4538283
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I looked at the LCP a few years ago and could barely rack the slide myself. It was just too small for me as well.
I ended up with a Glock 42. This was before they came out with the 9 mm 43.
I'm happy with my 42 and it's my EDC. It's easy to shoot and not too snappy. Being a Glock, it is pricey. I would consider the Taurus TCP. They can be had for less $200.00.


Never mind, I see that you already have a plan B.

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Re: Ruger LCP 380ACP [Re: gman2304] #4538288
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I also have a concealed carry IO Hellcat. Works good. Bought a Diamond Back 380 that is easier to rack and hold onto but has a country mile trigger pull. Pretty accurate though.


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Re: Ruger LCP 380ACP [Re: gman2304] #4538294
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Having shot a gun or 30 at the gun range, I think those pocket .380's are a poor choice for anyone on the weak side, female or male. They have nasty recoil and are harder to shoot well than heavier pistols in larger calibers.
But having a small gun that you'll carry is better than not having one on you at all. The Glock model 42 is not a pocket pistol.
There are people who own those guns and are not holstering them properly which is a bad idea since it lacks a safety.
My local gun shop, Vances, has the Ruger LCP II on sale for $229.99 and it includes a pocket holster. I'd get a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster if I was to carry the old LCP.

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Re: Ruger LCP 380ACP [Re: gman2304] #4538405
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the ruger LCR is a good choice + comes in several flavors, + revolvers are great for anyone, very simple + most reliable. the LCR has a great trigger pull as advertised very smooth!!

Re: Ruger LCP 380ACP [Re: skyactiv] #4538784
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You state that the Glock 42 is not a pocket pistol and that a .380 is a poor choice as an EDC due to the recoil. My 42 shoots very well. I can shoot 50-100 rounds at the range no problem.
I wouldn't want to try that with a LCP.

I carry my 42 in my pocket every day in an Uncle Mike's pocket holster. I can't say that I forget it's there but it does fit in jeans pockets very well.

Also, check out this video.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNtPHYwcDts

These .380 rounds pass the F.B.I. 12 -18" penetration protocol.
Guess what's in my .380 right now....

A .380 in my pocket is better if I ever need it than my 9mm sitting at home.


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Re: Ruger LCP 380ACP [Re: TOMJ] #4538846
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Originally Posted By: TOMJ
You state that the Glock 42 is not a pocket pistol and that a .380 is a poor choice as an EDC due to the recoil. My 42 shoots very well. I can shoot 50-100 rounds at the range no problem. I wouldn't want to try that with a LCP.


While I don't own a .380. If I were to buy one, it would be either a Glock 42 or a Beretta Cheetah 13 round double stack. The LCP is too tiny for my hands. Micro pocket pistols don't interest me. But I will admit to owning a couple of North American Arms .22 Mini Revolvers. They are a cute, well made novelty.

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