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Old 05-02-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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Default Ruger LCP owners or wannabes

I own an LCP with a factory installed LaserMax and I
totally love it. First of all, I admit that it has the most
horrible trigger I have ever felt, but in my opinion
that is an attribute, for a pocket pistol without a
manual safety.

If you own and have shot your LCP, you know what I
mean. This is an "only" or "last resort" weapon. IMHO

The laser is a benefit, especially in a low light situation,
but if you are depending on a .380 pocket gun for self
defense you need all the help you can get! Without the
laser it is only a point and shoot weapon.

I would love to hear from other LCP owners or other
prospective owners' thoughts.

Please don't get stuck on whether it has an exposed
hammer or not! If you have ever looked at one, you
know the answer to that!

PS - This is definitely one pistol that I don't worry about
keeping one in the chamber! 6 + 1! JHP only when
EDC.

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I began by carrying my Ruger LCP 380 as a back-up to my S&W 45. But living in hot climate, wearing t-shirts and cargo shorts (or beltless shorts), I found myself carrying more often the lil' canon. A great firearm I will admit.

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Best little firearm I love to hate

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I often carry an IO Hellcat II, another P3AT knock off like the LCP. I put a LaserLyte CK-AMF laser on it and after the break-in period, I feel very confident in it's abilities.

I know every more powerful caliber is a better choice, but for me, I'll take my chances with this little heater.

Although I do have my ammo staggered, JHP in the pipe, FMJ, JHP,FMJ, JHP, FMJ, JHP.

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I began by carrying my Ruger LCP 380 as a back-up to my S&W 45. But living in hot climate, wearing t-shirts and cargo shorts (or beltless shorts), I found myself carrying more often the lil' canon. A great firearm I will admit.
I know what you mean. I'm usually in cargo shorts with no belt!
I have to check often to make sure my LCP is still there. If I have
my pants on it's still there. If I don't have my pants on, it's
within reach!
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I often carry an IO Hellcat II, another P3AT knock off like the LCP. I put a LaserLyte CK-AMF laser on it and after the break-in period, I feel very confident in it's abilities.

I know every more powerful caliber is a better choice, but for me, I'll take my chances with this little heater.

Although I do have my ammo staggered, JHP in the pipe, FMJ, JHP,FMJ, JHP, FMJ, JHP.
I'm in no way disagreeing with staggering rounds. I do so in my pump
shotgun by throwing in a couple of slugs with my 00 buckshot in case
I might have to stop a car coming at me in my driveway! I would like
to know your reasoning for the JHP and FMJ staggering in your .380.

I might want to do the same.
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Been carrying one for about 3 years now---all day every day. Mine has a Crimson Trace laser,
in a Alabama Holster Company kydex pocket holster. Is it the ideal personal defense pistol?
Nope. Ergonomics are so-so and it's a little light on horsepower.
But it is the one I have with me EVERY DAY---and any gun beats pointing your
finger and yelling BANG! when things get a little sideways.

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I bought the LCP a year or two ago its just too small for me, my wife has taken it over and she likes it and can handle it just fine.
My children kid me about my "sausage fingers" so the LC9 is as small as I find practical.

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I bought the LCP a year or two ago its just too small for me, my wife has taken it over and she likes it and can handle it just fine.
My children kid me about my "sausage fingers" so the LC9 is as small as I find practical.
I understand what you're saying. I usually have my Taurus PT709
in my car seat beside me! It's hard to get to a pocket gun when you're
sitting down, but the LCP is always with me.

My large hands and long fingers are probably the reason the LCP
trigger is a little difficult to manipulate, but because of it's size and
weight, it's always there.
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I'm in no way disagreeing with staggering rounds. I do so in my pump
shotgun by throwing in a couple of slugs with my 00 buckshot in case
I might have to stop a car coming at me in my driveway! I would like
to know your reasoning for the JHP and FMJ staggering in your .380.

I might want to do the same.
I've seen a lot of ballistic gel tests on the .380. Those in which clothing and gel are the only media contacted by JHP rounds showed very good penetration. Some tests in which heavy bone was contacted by JHP rounds showed fairly poor penetration, so my staggered stacking is for better penetration.

I know that pass thru is a concern, but by the time that the bullet will have passed thru it's intended target, I'm willing to bet that it has lost enough energy to be fairly tame.
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