If you want an excellent shooter - small, light, all the edges smoothed for easy concealment and draw... You cannot beat the Ruger LCP. Mine has never had a failure.
I had a different brand 380 -- what a mess! it did everything wrong that a semi-auto can do - and it did it often! And it's kick was terrible! And it ejected casings into your face! Consistently!
Enter LCP... shoots very well. Has not protrubences on it to catch on clothing. Ruger did a very good job of cleaning up a small gun for pocket use. Yeah, the sights are tiny - and that is why they are - so they don't get caught on something.
The LCP is not perfect gun. It has a pretty stiff kick to it. But how much range time do you really need with a pocket gun whose purpose is to pull in a close and dangerous situation? You won't be pulling for a 20 yard shot - that is not conceal carry criteria. It's up close and personal. You point the gun and shoot it quickly. No "aiming" through sights during these encounters. It's point and shoot - whatever gun you've got.
And Ruger made this gun work very well - that way.
Mine goes with me (back pocket holster) everywhere - even though I have other carries to chose from - this is the one that I grab.
I really like its 380 competitor - Sig 238. It's sights are so much better. But they stick out and can get caught in clothing!
It is larger - and heavier - so it would be easier to handle and kick less. But that bigger size and weight will make it more difficult to carry. It will pull your pants down a little more - bulge more ...
And it has a safety - for it's short pull trigger. But what if you forget the safety one day - don't know what position it is in? Or the safety gets knocked off --- or on? Or what if you have a life threatening encounter - you are very nervous and fumble pulling the gun and forget about the safety - or fumble with the safety? Trouble...
The Ruger was planned to have no safety - but, instead, a long trigger pull - like a revolver. It is so difficult to make mistake with a revolver's trigger that no one ever bothered to put a safety on one. The ... safe .. long trigger pull. And Ruger designed their 380 with it. I couldn't agree more.
You don't need a light trigger on a 10 foot shot in a panic. You just point and shoot. They even teach you that - point and shoot - not aim - in the ccw classes!
Ruger LCP 380... My preference. Though I have others , and larger CC guns to chose from. It's my always with me.
Last edited by Colby; 12-29-2012 at 11:48 AM.