Ruger LCP 380

Why the 9.6-Ounce Ruger LCP .380 is Still an Ideal Carry Gun

Do you want a concealed carry pistol that you hardly notice you're carrying? 

The Ruger LCP .380 is a lightweight compact pistol that's so small, you can forget it's in your pocket.

In the world of self-defense handguns, the smallest, most discreet pistol usually provides the best carry option, but isn't always poerful enough to do the job. Here's how the Ruger LCP 380 measures up as a personal protection weapon you can bet your life on.

Chambered for the .380 ACP cartridge, this conceal carry pistol fits right into your pocket thanks to the short, 2.75 inch barrel length. The gun has an alloy steel barrel, and the overall length of this pocket pistol comes in at just 5.16 inches.

The Ruger LCP has a six round magazine and fits flush with the grip. An extended grip magazine holds seven rounds, and you can add your plus-one in the chamber.

It also features a fixed rear and front sight affixed to the steel slide, a glass-filled nylon grip frame to provide a comfortable and confident feel in your hand. The trigger pull is great, just where an everyday carry gun should be.

Now, pair this great little gun with hard-hitting hollow-point ammo such as the Remington Golden Saber 102-grain self-defense loads, and you have one dandy best friend. One of the best things about the original LCP is the price point, which starts at just $259. That's much more affordable than a Glock or SIG SAUER. 

Many variations of the popular pistol have been created, and most are available in .380.

Oh, yeah, and there's even a version of this small gun with a laser sight.

While there are a variety of holsters out there for small guns, when pocket carrying this little semi-auto pistol, you should always use an inside-the-pocket holster. Uncle Mike's Size 1 Pocket Holster does an absolutely superb job ensuring secure carrying and concealment.

For those still unswayed, Ruger LCP-C is a custom version of the standard model Ruger LCP. It sports better sights, a better trigger and a steel guide rod in the same little gun package. This custom model makes quite an improvement in shooting over the standard model. It also happens to be my personal favorite.

Of course, we'd all prefer to carry a full-size, high-performance .45-caliber pistol for the greater knockdown power, but lightweight summer clothing and belts sagging under the weight of a loaded, holstered 1911 pistol don't make a great combination.

If you're looking for a semi-automatic pocket carry gun that'll certainly get the job done, be sure to check out the Ruger LCP 380. It's a pocket full of fury.