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Ruger LCP

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 9mmforMe, Jul 27, 2012.

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  1. 9mmforMe

    9mmforMe Member

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    I'm looking to purchase a Ruger LCP .380 for concealment purposes and a little fun at the range. What has your experience been re: reliability with different types of ammo. How well is this little pistol contructed? How much do these little guns sell for typically? How do they compare to the KelTec with regard to trigger pull, fit and finish and durability?

    I know there have been other threads on this issue, but I figured it will give all you guys who own one a chance to brag...and who doesn't love to exalt a favorite handgun? :)
     
  2. Shmackey

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    Reliability: 100%
    Construction: Good enough to do its job
    Price: Think I paid $270
    Compared to Kel-Tec: Slightly "nicer" but this is no custom 1911 :)

    I got my LCP when I realized that pocket guns should be really small, and my Walther PPS was no pocket gun. Frankly not even my PM9 was a jeans pocket gun in my mind. So I keep it ready for the rare occasions when I need a true pocket gun. I have no doubt that it will make a bullet come out the front if I tell it to.
     
  3. holdencm9

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    You will find lots of love for the LCP. But some people really love their Kel-Tec P3AT's too.

    Reasons I picked the LCP:

    Brand name
    Fit and finish (just felt better constructed)
    Ability to lock slide back (won't lock back on last round, but I like to be able to manually lock it back to show clear)
    Trigger seemed way better on the ones I tried (some people swear they like the P3AT trigger better...it seemed heavier and grittier to me)

    I have only ever had jams with the aluminum-cased stuff...about 2 to be precise. Probably about 500 rounds of brass cased ammo through and no issues. Several mags worth of Speer Gold Dots, no problems (that is what I carry)

    With some practice and focus I can group 2" at 7 yards. The pistol is plenty accurate for its intended purposes.

    I have seen them go for $279 at a few stores.
     
  4. basicblur

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    Unless you absolutely have to have the smaller size of the LCP, I'd also consider the LC9.

    I like the function of the LC9 better (mainly slide lock when empty), it has much better sights, and 9mm ammo is MUCH cheaper!

    'Course, I realize sometimes there's just no substitute for smaller size?
     
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    Reliability has been 100% with mine. I have shot Federal, Winchester, and Fiocchi FMJ. I use Speer Gold Dot hollowpoints for defense and they too have been 100%.

    Fit and finish seem to be better as compared to Kel Tec (price reflects it). I haven't noticed a great difference in trigger pull as compared to the Kel Tec (I previously owned a P3AT).

    Overall I am very impressed with my little LCP. It goes with me everywhere.
     
  6. 9mmforMe

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    I was thinking along those lines too, basicblur. Do the triggers vary greatly between the LCP and the LC9? I know both are double action and the LC9 I have dry fired, but not the LCP. I really liked the smooth trigger on the LC9.
     
  7. basicblur

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    I don't think so (just dry fired both of 'em), but I'm not particularly trigger sensitive - I grew up on DA revolvers.
    My primary purpose for guns is SD, and as such, I use a 'controlled slap' instead of squeeezing sloooooowly - when it comes to SD, I figure I ain't gonna have time for slow and squeeze (Google 'Controlled Trigger Slap' sometime)!

    Oh no you dit unt! Don't you know 'Net wisdom says the LC9 trigger is "junk"?

    I also have a S&W SHIELD, and despite what most folks say, I think I'd give the nod to the LC9 (slightly) over the SHIELD AFA triggers.
    Yeah, the LC9 is long, but as yourself, I think it's smooth and solid feeling.
    Folks talk 'bout how good the SHIELD trigger is, and the internals may be so, but that darn articulated / plastic? trigger make it feel spongy to me.
     
  8. 9mmforMe

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    Ahhh..."net wisdom." I cut my teeth on DA revolvers as well and can appreciate the really good quality ruger has imparted on that little LC9.
     
  9. MrValentine

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    I love the LCP. I sometimes forget that I am carrying it.

    Reliability: 100%

    Size factor: 100% (small enough)
     
  10. rskent

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    The LCP is a pretty good gun. Mine had a few issues early on, that Ruger fixed very quickly for me. The little Ruger was a bit
    too small for my hands. It was just too small for me to shoot well. I also find that I really like sights that I can see.
    So I replaced it with a Sig 238 SAS. It’s a little bigger but still carries well, and has night sights :)
     
  11. PabloJ

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    The one I had was 100% reliable with American Eagle FMJs. Two complaints were the slide did not stay open on last shot and slide oxidized easily. I sold it because it was so small and light I forgot I had a gun. Great little defensive gun for 10 yards or less hard to go past that due to virtually non-existent sights.
     
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    I've had my LCP for two years now and it has fired all types of ammo including the Speer and Federal HP's, I've just gotten a box of the new Hornady Critical Defense ammo but have not yet tried it. My LCP has never once given me a FTF of any kind. I usually carry my little Ruger in my front pants pocket, and I too forget it's there. Great little gun for summer carry in shorts. :)
     
  13. Dave P.

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    Had mine 2 1/2 years fired about 1400-1500 rounds of various ammo.
    Only 2 minor issues, the mag release rusts where it passes through the frame
    and when the gun is hot and dirty at the range the slide will sometimes
    not return all the way forward.
    Solution to both is cleaning and taking slightly better care of it.
    Dave
     
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    I've had mine for 3 years and put in excess of 700 rounds through it. FMJ, various hollow points all with 100% reliability. It is what it is, not a target pistol for sure but light, handy, and easy to conceal. I use the DeSantis Nemisis pocket holster in my right front pocket. Full magazine and one in the chamber. I did try the LCP on bowling pins at 25' and knocked over 4 out of 5 going one shot/pin so it's not inaccurate by any means (all things considered). It does what it was designed to do.

    I ran 5 brands of ammo over the chronograph, 3 different brands of premium hollow points and 2 brands of go-bangers. Here's the results of the 3 premium cartridges:
    Winchester PDX1 95gr, 903 FPS
    Hornady FTX 90gr, 851FPS
    Remington Golen Saber 102gr, 832FPS
    Also ran Federal .38 special 110Gr in a S&W M36, 802FPS

    1st screen was 21' from muzzle.

    This really opened my eyes to the .380 vs .38 special in a snub nose. Consider 6+1 in the LCP with a quick reload or 5 in a snub nose with a slower reload. Not trying to start a debate here, especially with the limited data, just was amazed with the .380. (I happen to like revolvers very much) and own several .38/.357 and looked down on the .380 until now.
     
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    Had some failures early with Wolf Gold HP (Prvi) and some steel cased Silver Bear. American brass cased ammo has run fine as well as European RWS-FMJ....My favorite round for the little LCP.....The triggers SUCK. It's the first one you'll want to carry for comfort and most likely the last one you'd want if you actually need to use it! :rolleyes:
     
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    Little guns tend to be ammo sensitive, so if you find a brand that works 100% reliably for you, stock up, and use it exclusively. I practice with .380 handloads, which work most of the time, but when I carry in a pocket holster, I carry CCI factory FMJ.
     
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    I own two LCP's.
    I bought my first one on a GunBroker auction NIB for $239 last August.
    I have put slightly over 200 rounds thru it using all sorts of fmj and hollow points absolutely problem free.
    No issues at all feeding firing or ejecting.

    I bought a second one a few weeks ago,again on a GunBroker auction for $270.
    Luckily the ffl dealer was local so no shipping or transfer fees.
    I told him my brother was wanting one and a week later he sold my brother one for the same price.
    I cleaned both and gave them a good oiling,wracked the slide on each of them 250 times and took them both out using for each 12 rounds of WWB fmj,S&B fmj,PMC fmj,UMC fmj,Hornady Critical Defense hollow points,and lastly Speer Gold Dot hollow points in that sequence of firing order.
    On my very last shot(number 72) using my new pistol the Gold Dot stove piped.
    That might have been me limp wristing it because I had just put my brothers LCP down from shooting the exact same rounds and in the exact order.
    The only issue his had is that the first three WWB did not chamber after racking the slide to put the first round into battery.
    After that his was like mine in the fact that it just fed fired and ejected away.
    These little LCP's are probably the very best buy value of the micro 380's.
    It has a slide lock,weighs 12 ounces fully loaded,is accurate, and very reliable.
    Hope this helps.
     
  18. JagerRanger

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    An LCP is an excellent firearm. It's accurate, reliable and easy to shoot once you practice enough. With laser I can hit four inch circle from 25 yards all day long.

    I've got a few of them.

    More info at http://rugerpistolforums.com/forums/forum.php
     
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    The LCP has been 100%. The only thing I like better with the Kel-tech is the LCP has a smoother grip which with a sweaty hand makes it harder to hold than the KT. Fit and finish on the Ruger is nicer.
     
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    Several hundred rounds of various ammo thru my LCP including JHPs, no issues. I do carry it with FMJ exclusively though.

    What always amazes me about this little pocket rocket with almost no sights is how accurate it is at HD distances. That alone gives me a lot of confidence in this mouse gun,
     
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    My wife carries the LCP and i carried it before i gave it up to her. Reliability has been 100% with all types of ammo. She keeps it loaded with Speer Gold Dot hollowpoints for defense and they too have been 100%.
     
  22. 9mmforMe

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    Thanks for all the good information guys. I'm really leaning heavily toward the LCP, though in the last week, the LC9 has been looking good as well. I don't like to hear about the oxidizing problems that were mentioned by two posters re: the slide and the mag release button on the LCP. I wonder if anyone else has seen these problems too?
     
  23. CZguy

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    No corrosion problems if you buy the hard chrome version.

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    I would like to get my hands on an LC9 for comparison, I am shopping for a tiny 9 (but can't see paying for a Rohrbaugh) and if the LC9 is as reliable and accurate as my LCP is my search would likely be over.
     
  25. Patrice

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    Hhmmm....Well, I know of someone who has one; he likes it okay. I've shot it, and can't stand the trigger pull. Doesn't seem to give me any indication where/when the thing will fire.

    I've heard of a shot "heard round the world"...in my experience, the LCP has a trigger that travels around the world (i.e., before firing).

    It's a terribly cute little thing though. Maybe I could get used to the trigger pull if I shot it eennoouugghh.--Patrice ;)
     
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