The Ruger LCP (an acronym of lightweight compact pistol) first made its appearance at the 2008 SHOT Show. Ruger (officially Sturm, Ruger, & Co., Inc.) has been around since the middle of the 20th century, manufacturing firearms of all kinds and calibers: revolvers, pistols, rifles, and shotguns galore. The company’s first foray into the sub-compact milieu was made with this neat little pocket gun: the Ruger LCP, chambered in .380 ACP. Enjoy our Ruger LCP 380 Centerfire Pistol Review!
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Ruger LCP Specifications
- Caliber – .380 ACP
- Action – double-action only
- Weight – 9.4 oz.
- Length – 5.16 inches
- Barrel length – 2.75 inches
- Width – 0.82 inch
- Height – 3.6 inches
- Sights – fixed
- Magazine – 6 rounds (standard), 7 rounds (extended)
- Introduced – 2008
- MSRP – $259
Ruger LCP PriceWhat can be said about the price of this neat little pistol? It is adequate and appropriate. A small price for a small gun. Some shops and websites set their price closer to the neighborhood of $300, but either way it is an affordable price, by almost any standard. This gun may be small, and at a glance, it may appear to resemble a child’s plaything. However, we must not forget that there is actually a whole lot of meticulous design, delicate fine-tuning, and careful engineering that goes into developing and subsequently producing a firearm such as this. It took a long time to make this piece of hardware into a viable weapon, and the suggested retail price of $259 is more than fair for the peace of mind which a gun like can provide. Furthermore, the price is fair in light of the relative abundance of powerful, pocket-sized 9mm/.380 handguns. It is all about supply and demand, and right now there are plenty of options and alternatives to go around. Ruger would be making the wrong move if they had released this handgun with an expensive price tag. By making this gun very affordable, they paved the way for the sale of what is probably hundreds of thousands of LCP units by now.
Ruger LCP HolstersHolsters are important, period. But they become even more important when dealing with a concealed weapon. No matter where you choose to carry (hip, ankle, front pocket, back pocket, shoulder, cross body, small of the back), the holster better be a good match. This may be a no-brainer, but the last thing you want is a holster which will have you re-adjusting and shifting yourself uncomfortably. Forget any ‘tacticool’ kind of usage. The holster needs to be as perfect as possible, because it facilitates a proper draw. When you train, you train with your holster, which is why it is important that you take your time and choose the best one for you. Here are a few popular options for the LCP. We’ll start with two pocket holsters.
- Nemesis LCP, by DeSantis: This is a pocket holster by the very well-known DeSantis company. It has great retention, stays in your pocket, provides an easy draw, and is made of materials which cover up the outline of the gun while it is in your pocket. Also fits the Kel-Tec P3AT and the Taurus TCP.
- LCP Pocket Holster, by Ace Case: Another popular option in the form of a pocket holster. Made of nylon, and fully lined to protect the interior, this holster guarantees the safety and security of those who use it. It has a no-slip exterior, and is highly convenient. These two pocket holsters are about the same price ($15), and they perform in the same way. Pocket holsters are always a good option for concealment, since they require no belt or buckle, nor strap of any kind. Just slip it in your pocket, and you are good to go.
- OB-31SC, by Outbags: This one is an over the waistband belt holster, and it comes with a magazine pouch. It is made of tough nylon, and there is a choice of a right- or left-handed model. It has an adjustable thumb break, a removeable clip made of steel, and a belt loop. You can attach it in several ways, and it fits a wide range of models.
- Belt Clip, by Techna Clip: This is a relatively simple and minimalistic holster, optimal for concealed carry. You could argue that any of the above holsters are ideal for concealability, but I feel the clip is altogether easier and less bulky then belt or pocket holsters. The clip is made of strong carbon steel and coated with teflon. It installs in a few minutes’ time, with no gunsmithing or warranty-voiding modifications. Again, these are just a few options. Take your time, do your research, try some holsters on at your local gun shop, and see which carrying method best fits your needs. That way, you will have a better idea of what to look for.