Ruger LCP owners or wannabes

Discussion in 'Ruger Handgun Forum' started by etbob9, May 2, 2013.

  1. etbob9

    etbob9 Member

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    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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  2. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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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. ;)
     

  3. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    Best little firearm I love to hate :)
     
  4. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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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.
     
  5. etbob9

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    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!
     
  6. etbob9

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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.
     
  7. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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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.
     
  8. Pasquanel

    Pasquanel Proud to be an American Supporter

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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.
     
  9. etbob9

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    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.
     
  10. eatmydust

    eatmydust New Member

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    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.
     
  11. etbob9

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    That's a good point. I'll have to give that some deep consideration. I don't
    think it would give over penetration with a FMJ .380. Maybe we will get some
    more opinions on the subject. Thanks for the post!
     
  12. eatmydust

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    Let me add this, I don't know for certain, but I have a feeling that any over penetration of the .380 FMJ would be on par with that of a .357 JHP or a 10mm JHP. I've seen some gel tests where .357 JHP get near 24" penetration.
     
  13. treehugger49

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    As others have suggested, I alternate, according to the season (i.e., my wardrobe), between an XD-40 service and the LCP.

    Mine has the Crimson Trace LaserGuard on it, and the laser certainly can augment the almost non-existent sights and provide a method of getting hits on target when a traditional sight picture cannot be obtained.

    I use FMJ only with .380 ammo due to the penetration issue as well. Heavier clothing has been shown to clog up and seriously compromise penetration in the JHP .380 round.

    I also agree that it certainly isn't a joy to shoot!
     
  14. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i carry an lcp everyday. got mine in my pocket right now. even when im carrying a larger gun the lcp is in my pocket.

    mine has the laser but i find it next to useless and only good for breaking up the outline of the gun in my pocket. its pretty accurate for a micro pocket gun.

    i dont carry hp ammo since hollowpoints in a 380acp have a very very hard time getting into the vitals of a goblin. i use fmj ammo.
     
  15. etbob9

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    What you guys are saying makes a lot of sense! I guess it's true,
    you never get too old to learn! Never had any problems with FMJ.
    It's a lot cheaper, too. :eek:

    Thanks gang!
     
  16. partdeux

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    My wife was carrying mine and I didn't realize it... until she called one day wanting to know how to operate the safety {sigh} Scheduled a trip to the range and made her empty the magazine. That trip cost me a 38 spl :)
     
  17. paulbrower

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    I carry my LCP in my pocket, on my ankle when I can wear a jacket, because I've then got a Glock 27 in an IWB. No complaints about the LCP. I shoot a magazine or two whenever I'm at the range. I had an S&W Bodyguard .380, but for some reason I hate that gun. My wife likes the safety, so she carries the Bodyguard in her purse. I've never had an issue hitting center mass with the LCP at 15-20 feet, and I don't have a laser.
     
  18. etbob9

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    Any excuse to buy another gun....:D
    Oh, did you get her one too?
     
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  19. danolator

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    I've had two and sold them both. Now, I am thinking about buying another one. They do come in handy.
     
  20. movekwik2002

    movekwik2002 New Member

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    I have an lcp ... I live the fact that its light and can carry in any pocket. My daily carry is a ruger sr9.

    Ling libg trigger and with my big hands hard to shoot but what a great backbup