Before You Buy - Ruger LCP

Ruger, a well-known firearms manufacturer, has a rich history of producing quality firearms for civilian and law enforcement use. One of their standout offerings is the Ruger LCP, a compact and concealable pistol designed for personal defense. In this article, we will delve into the history of Ruger, discuss the evolution of the Ruger LCP, explore its specifications and features, and provide a review highlighting its pros and cons.

Ruger LCP
Ruger LCP

Ruger's Legacy

Ruger, officially known as Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc., was founded in 1949 by William B. Ruger and Alexander McCormick Sturm. The company has since built a reputation for producing reliable and innovative firearms, including rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Ruger has consistently met the demands of the market, catering to both seasoned shooters and those seeking personal protection.

The Birth of the Ruger LCP

The Ruger LCP, which stands for Lightweight Compact Pistol, emerged in 2008 to fulfill a growing demand for a small, easily concealable firearm for personal defense. It represented Ruger's answer to consumers' calls for a light, compact, and reliable pocket pistol. Since its introduction, Ruger has not rested on its laurels. The company introduced the Ruger LCP II & LCP Max a new versions that retain the core attributes of the original while offering several improvements. The LCP II features a more refined trigger, better ergonomics, and improved sights, maintaining its status as a prime choice for a defensive pocket pistol. LCP Max features double stack magazine & multiple other improvements.

Ruger LCP Size
Ruger LCP Size


  • Caliber: .380 Auto
  • Capacity: 6+1 rounds
  • Barrel Length: 2.75 inches
  • Overall Length: 5.16 inches
  • Weight: 9.6 ounces (unloaded)
  • Sights: Fixed front and rear
  • Trigger: Single-action only
  • Frame: Glass-filled nylon
  • Finish: Multiple colors of frames & slides
Ruger LCP Magazine
Ruger LCP Magazine

Features of Ruger LCP

Weighing less than 10 ounces, the Ruger LCP is highly portable and easily concealed. The LCP features a single-action trigger, making it straightforward to use, even for novice shooters. Its fixed front and rear sights contribute to its minimalistic design, enhancing its snag-free profile, however, having the option of RDS would be nice. The LCP is known for its reliable feeding and extraction, making it a dependable choice for personal defense. The Ruger LCP has a broad range of accessories and customization options available, allowing users to tailor it to their preferences.

Ruger LCP trigger
Ruger LCP trigger

Ruger LCP Holster

Selecting the right holster for the Ruger LCP is essential to maximize the potential of this concealed carry weapon. Here are some of the best options for this small handgun

  • IWB Holsters: Ruger LCP IWB holsters make deep concealment easier and thanks to its size it is still a very comfortable carry style. Look for custom designs where you can specify retention screw or cant like an A114 Merlin.
  • Pocket Holsters: Designed to fit snugly in a pocket, pocket holsters typically have a non-slip exterior to keep the holster in place while drawing the pistol.
  • Ankle Holsters: For those who prefer backup carry or formal attire,  ankle holsters can be a viable option, especially with the LCP's lightweight design.
  • OWB Holsters: Outside-the-waistband holsters can be concealed under a loose shirt or jacket and provide easier access than IWB holsters.
Ruger LCP holster
Ruger LCP holster

My Experiences

As an owner of this handgun, I've had the opportunity to test the Ruger LCP extensively. Its lightweight and compact design makes it an ideal choice for everyday concealed carry. The LCP feels comfortable in smaller hands, and its single-action trigger is crisp, providing a predictable and manageable shooting experience. The gun is accurate at short distances, which aligns perfectly with its intended purpose of close-quarters self-defense. However, if you happen to have bigger hands, you should definitely try operation with this gun out before you buy it. Its caliber of .380 Auto does not provide too much stopping power, however, it should be enough for casual self-defense scenarios.

Ruger LCP at a shooting range
Ruger LCP at a shooting range


  • Compact and lightweight, perfect for concealed carry
  • Simple operation, making it user-friendly for beginners
  • Reliable feeding and extraction
  • Affordable pricing


  • Limited capacity with a 6+1 round magazine
  • Short sight radius can affect accuracy at longer distances
  • Not ideal for bigger hands
  • Recoil can be snappy due to the lightweight frame


The Ruger LCP is a solid choice for those seeking a reliable and easily concealable firearm for personal defense. Its compact size and simple operation make it an excellent option for concealed carry, and its affordability ensures accessibility for a broad range of users. While it may have some limitations, such as limited magazine capacity and shorter sight radius, the Ruger LCP excels at what it was designed for—providing a compact, dependable, and easily concealable tool for self-defense.

Ruger LCP Tan
Ruger LCP Tan

Andrew Miller


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