Nice gun. Would be a great choice for a first time buyer and you can never go wrong with a Ruger. American made, decent price, good quality and GREAT customer service. BUT (and there is a but
on the end of everything) the LCP is
a 380 caliber. Some do not feel that is...let's say... adequate enough for personal defense. For a few more $$ you could probably find a LC9... relatively the same size, same capacity... but shoots the more powerful 9mm Luger round with little increase in recoil (after you get used to it... it's nothing).
See if you can either call someone who has either or both... OR find a local range and rent both. See which one you prefer then. Any other opinions here...??? Anyone... anyone... Bueller??