Buy Ruger LCP II 380 Online Australia
The Ruger LCP II .380 ACP Pistol features an alloy steel slide and barrel. Its glass-filled nylon grip frame boasts a textured finish, while its compact construction fits in a variety of holsters. Includes one 6-round magazine and a pocket holster.
Sturm, Ruger, and Co. have been manufacturing guns in the United States since 1949. Ruger produces a full line of rifles, pistols, and revolvers. What many people don’t realize is that Ruger is the largest firearms manufacturer in the United States.
There are many popular guns in the Ruger line. Ruger dominates the market in firearms chambered for the ever-popular .22 Rimfire. The best known of Ruger’s .22 rimfire rifles is the Model 10/22 and the venerable MKII semi-automatic pistol.
One pistol in the Ruger line has seen a recent surge in popularity. The Ruger LCP II, a small, lightweight semi-automatic pistol chambered for the .380 centerfire round, has become a favorite with many concealed carry license holders.
There has long been a debate among serious shooters and some not-so-serious shooters about the effectiveness of the .380 as a self-defense cartridge. Advances in bullet design have answered many of the questions about the capability of the .380, which has led to a resurgence of what was once known as a 9mm Short.
A lot of shooters underappreciated the .380 as a self-defense cartridge. The .380 is slightly less powerful than a .38 special. However, innovations in bullet design have changed the way many people now view the .380.
New self-defense rounds loaded with high expansion hollow point bullets have greatly increased the .380’s capabilities to stop a threat. This has helped fuel the return of attention to the .380 as a viable self-defense weapon for those of us who are looking for a lighter and easier-to-carry alternative to our usual everyday carry gun of choice.
Ruger introduced the LCP, or Lightweight Compact Pistol, in 2008. Ruger heard the call from its customers for a light and easily concealable firearm. These requests were coming from the general civilian population and from law enforcement looking for a dependable and easily concealable backup gun.
In the short time between its introduction and today, the LCP has enjoyed several versions and some notoriety. Ruger has listened to its customers, and the Ruger LCP has undergone several redesigns and re-introductions.
Some of the original LCPs were recalled due to problems with the hammer system. This resulted in some negative publicity for the LCP, but sales continued to improve over time.
In 2010, Texas Governor Rick Perry boosted the public image of the LCP when he shot a coyote that allegedly attacked his daughter’s dog while they were jogging one morning in Austin, TX. After the media attention the incident garnered, Ruger released an LCP “Coyote Edition” in honor of Governor Perry’s encounter with the coyote.
Ruger reintroduced the LCP in 2013. The new edition featured better sights, better trigger pull, and some internal modifications. The Ruger LCP Custom was on the market in 2015 and included a red anodized trigger with a new trigger geometry and custom high-profile sights.
All the previous incarnations of the LCP were discontinued in 2016 when Ruger introduced the LCP II. The re-engineered LCP is slightly larger than the older models. The addition of a locking slide and a trigger safety were welcome additions to the LCP design.
I happen to live in a part of the country where for 4 or 5 months out of the year, daytime temperature can regularly approach 100 degrees. Coping with these kinds of extremes in temperature, especially if you are carrying concealed, can be a challenge.
Such temperatures call for lightweight clothing and, in some cases, less clothing, which adds to the problem of carrying concealed. Putting on a Glock 19 or something comparable to a pair of lightweight shorts to go to the park is just not an ideal situation. Even my Glock 43 poses problems.
These are the very situations that have made the LCP II so popular. The LCP II weighs in at a mere 10.6 oz. unloaded and measures 5.17 inches in length and less than one inch in width. Compared to the Glock 42, which weighs 12.17 oz. with a length of 5.75 inches and a width of almost an inch, the LCP II is a featherweight.
The small size and weight of the LCP II have made it a popular choice for many who want to pocket-carry a reliable pistol. Ruger is aware of this trend toward pocket carry and has responded by adding a soft pocket holster to the box, again showing their dedication to the customer.
The LCP II is what it is, a small short-barreled self-defense pistol. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I began to shoot but I was soon pleasantly surprised. At 7 yards, I was able to keep all the shots in the nine ring on a standard silhouette target.
I moved back to 15 yards and things got a little worse, but I still managed to keep all but two of three rounds in the eight-ring. I could recognize the limitations of my skills and the LCP II’s capabilities.
All in all, the LCP at short distances will put rounds consistently on target. You aren’t going to be winning any matches with it, but when and if the time comes, you can be confident that you can hit a target and the gun will function.
This is my made-up word of the day. The bottom line in my mind for defense-ability is whether I am confident that the gun I’m carrying can perform the one job it has – potentially defending my life or the lives of my family. The firearm must end the threat quickly and effectively.
The .380 cartridge gets a lot of attention and debate about this very fact, and the arguments from both sides are intense. To be honest, the .380 round is, in my opinion, adequate but not ideal.
In a perfect situation, the gun I deploy in self-defense will end the threat with one shot. The world is far from perfect. That is why we carry pistols that can follow up that first shot with more if the need is there. If you are considering adding a pocket pistol to your gun safe for those times when your concealed carry situation requires a smaller and lighter alternative to your everyday carry pistol, then the LCP II is a great choice. If you are looking for more options, consider our highly popular Glock 19 Gen5 review, or read our comprehensive guide to the 10 best concealed carry guns. I am a fan of Ruger firearms and have been for years. I don’t think you will go wrong with the Ruger LCP II in your pocket or on your waist. It’s a pocket pistol with a punch, and my testing has me feeling quite confident in its abilities.
- Metal finish: Blued
- Product weight: 10.6 oz.
- Manual Safety: No
- Activity: Shooting
- Barrel length (in.): 2.75
- Product Type: Pistol
- Product weight (lb.): 0.6625
- Product Length (in.): 5.17
- Front sight: Integral
- Magazine capacity: 6
- Rate of twist: 1 in 16 in.
- Rear sight: Integral
- Caliber: .380 ACP