Ruger LCP

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Ruger LCP
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Ruger LCP 380 Pistol
Type Pistol
Place of origin United States
Production history
Manufacturer Ruger
Produced 2008–present
Weight 9.4 oz (270 g)
Length 5.16 in (131 mm)
Barrel length 2.75 in (70 mm)
Width .82 in (21 mm)
Height 3.6 in (91 mm)

Cartridge .380 ACP
Action Single Strike Double Action Mechanism
Feed system 6 round box magazine
7 round box magazine
Sights Fixed

The Ruger LCP (Lightweight Compact Pistol) is a subcompact, .380 ACP pocket pistol announced by Sturm, Ruger at the 2008 SHOT Show. The pistol lacks certain features required for sale in California or Massachusetts.[1][2]


Weighing just 9.4 oz (266.5 g) this is Ruger's first entry into the field of tiny, ultra-light defensive pistols.[3] LCP stands for "Lightweight Compact Pistol" and was designed in direct response to customer requests for a compact firearm for use by police as a back-up, and as a defensive handgun for civilian concealed carry needs.[4]

The pistol has a glass-filled nylon frame, a two-finger grip, and a through-hardened blued steel slide, it is similar in appearance to the Kel-Tec P-3AT which weighs 8.3 oz. and uses a similar tension spring for the lightweight hammer, identical locked breech mechanism, and similar takedown method. The main differences are the Glock style extractor and the incorporation of an external slide stop, it is possible to tell if there is a round chambered by looking at the "view hole" next to the extractor.[5]

In 2013, a seven-round extended magazine was released for the LCP.[6]


On October 29, 2008, Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. announced a recall of some of the LCP pistols with serial number prefixes less than "371-xxxxx" due to the possibility of some of the guns discharging if dropped onto a hard surface.[7] The recall announcement stated that Ruger would upgrade the hammer system, make other unspecified improvements, and compensate the owner by providing a grip extension, which may be attached to the provided magazine.

Coyote Special edition[edit]

In April 2010, Texas Governor Rick Perry brought further spotlight to the weapon when he used it to shoot a coyote that was menacing him and his daughter's Labrador retriever during a morning jog near Austin.[8] Perry stated that the coyote put him and his dog "in imminent danger" during a stare-down, and that he drew his weapon and fired a single hollow point round when it was clear that the coyote was not backing down. Perry is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, and Texas law allows the use of deadly force against any predator that places the gun owner or his or her property in imminent danger. Neither Perry nor his dog was injured, and the governor claims to have left the dead coyote where it fell, stating that "he became mulch". Sturm Ruger has since released a "Coyote Special" edition of the gun to commemorate Perry's encounter.[9]

Second Generation[edit]

In 2013, Ruger modified the original LCP to include more prominent sights and a shortened trigger pull,[10] the second generation LCP pistols can be identified by serial number, which lacks the hyphen that was present in the serials of first generation LCPs.

LCP II[edit]

Ruger LCP II
Type Pistol
Place of origin United States
Production history
Manufacturer Ruger
Produced 2016–present
Weight 10.6 oz (300 g)
Length 5.17 in (131 mm)
Barrel length 2.75 in (70 mm)
Width 0.75 in (19 mm)
Height 3.71 in (94 mm)

Cartridge .380 ACP
Feed system 6 round box magazine
7 round box magazine
Sights Fixed

Announced October 6, 2016[11] with an MSRP of $349 the slightly larger LCP II features updates all around, now locking the slide back when empty and includes a trigger safety, the LCP II is compatible with the original 6 round LCP magazine but not the extended 7 round magazine, however they will not lock the slide back as the original LCP lacked the feature.


Model Name Description Distributor Exclusive Announced MSRP
3701 LCP Standard Blued/Black. - 2008/2/2 $259.00
3702 LCP Kit Blued/Black with two magazines and hard case. L.M. Burney
3703 LCP Chrome Chrome/Black. Talo (ended 2010/12)
3705 LCP Raspberry Blued/Raspberry. -
3706 LCP OD Green Blued/OD Green. -
3713 LCP Crimson Trace? Blued/Black with Crimson Trace Laser. - $429
3716 LCP Coyote Special Blued/Black. 1000 made. More Info. - 2010 $340
3717 LCP Pink Blued/Pink. Bill Hicks
3718 LCP LaserMax Blued/Black with LaserMax laser. - $449
3722 LCP Carbon Fiber Blued/Carbon Fiber. - $316
3725 LCP Purple Blued/Purple. Talo $314
3727 LCP Veridian Laser Blued/Black with Veridian R5. -
3728 LCP Veridian Light Blued/Black with Veridian RTL. -
3730 LCP Stainless Stainless/Black. - $289
3732 LCP FDE Blued/Flat Dark Earth. Bangers
3734 LCP Muddy Girl Camo Blued/Muddy Girl Camo. Gallery of Guns
3740 LCP Custom Blued/Black with red custom trigger. - $269
3741 LCP Savage Silver Savage Silver Cerakote/Savage Silver Cerakote. Sports South
3742 LCP Sage/FDE Sage Cerakote/Flat Dark Earth. Talo 2015/6
3743 LCP Kryptek Neptune Camo Blued/Kryptek Neptune Camo. Gallery of Guns
3744 LCP Kryptek Pontus Blued/Kryptek Pontus Camo. Gallery of Guns
3745 Turquoise Nickle Nickle Coating/Turqouise Cerakote. Talo 2016/11 $324
3746 Turquoise Blued Blued/Turqouise Cerakote. Talo 2016/11 $314
3747 LCP Shimmer Gold Shimmer Gold Cerakote/Black. Gallery of Guns
3749 LCP Red Digital Camo Blued/Red Digital Camo. Davidsons?
3752 LCP Veridian Laser #2 Blued/Black with Viridian E-Series Red Laser. - $349.00
3753 LCP Contractor Yellow Blued/Contractor Yellow Cerakote. Gallery of Guns, Talo
3755 LCP Custom (Davidsons) Blued/Black with red custom trigger and altered slide serrations. Davidsons
3762 LCP Undertow Camo Blued/Reduced Moon Shine Camo Undertow. Talo $299.00
3763 LCP Harvest Moon Camo Blued/Reduced Moon Shine Camo Harvest Moon. - $299.00
3764 LCP Serenity Camo Blued/Reduced Moon Shine Camo Serenity. Gallery of Guns
3769 LCP Toxic Camo Blued/Reduced Moon Shine Camo Toxic. - $299.00
3770 LCP Desert Tan Desert Tan/Desert Tan. United Sporting Companies
3750 LCP II Blued/Black. - 2016/10/6 $349
3758 LCP II Veridian Laser Blued/Black with Viridian E-Series Red laser. - $439
3765 LCP II Toxic Camo Blued/Reduced Moon Shine Toxic camo. - $399
3767 LCP II Harvest Moon Camo Blued/Black with Reduced Moon Shine Harvest Moon camo. - $399
3766 LCP II Undertow Camo Blued/Black with Reduced Moon Shine Undertow camo. Talo
3759 LCP II Savage Silver Savage Silver Cerakote/Savage Silver Cerakote. Sports South
3779 LCP II Elite Earth/Jungle Green Jungle Green Cerakote/Elite Earth Cerakote. Talo
3781 LCP II Rose Gold Rose Gold PVD Stainless/Black. Talo
3773 LCP II Hogue FDE Blued/Black with Hogue Flat Dark Earth Slip-On grip. Talo
3774 LCP II Hogue Turquoise Blued/Black with Hogue Turquoise Slip-On grip. Talo
3775 LCP II Hogue Olive Drab Blued/Black with Hogue Olive Drab Slip-On grip. Talo
3776 LCP II Hogue Violet Blued/Black with Hogue Violet Slip-On grip. Talo
3777 LCP II Hogue Pink Blued/Black with Hogue Pink Slip-On grip. Talo

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Specifications". Ruger. 
  2. ^ "LCP". Ruger. 
  3. ^ Capacity: 6+1 rounds, Length: 5.16", Width: 0.82" Height: 3.60" 9.40 oz.
  4. ^ Sturm, Ruger. "Ruger Introduces the LCP .380 Lightweight Compact Pistol" (Press release). Business Wire. 
  5. ^ Ahern, Jerry (5 October 2010). Gun Digest Buyer's Guide to Concealed-Carry Handguns. Iola, Wisconsin: Gun Digest Books. pp. 199–203. ISBN 1-4402-1743-2. 
  6. ^ Ruger Announces New Products for 2013
  7. ^ "Product safety warning and recall notice". 
  8. ^ Collins, Gail (May 27, 2011). "The Coyote Candidate". New York Times. 
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  11. ^ Introducing the Ruger LCP II: Best-in-Class Lightweight Compact Pistol

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