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LCP II Review

by Ben Jimenez 3 min read

LCP II Review

The Ruger LCP II stands out as one of the best lightweight, compact pistols for concealed carrying. The LCP II’s price also makes it a terrific option for new gun owners who don’t want to spend a lot of money. If you want a concealable, affordable handgun, keep reading to learn whether the Ruger LCP II matches your needs.

Ruger LCP II Specifications

The Ruger LCP II has a barrel length of 2.75 inches and an overall length of 5.2 inches. At that size, you’re probably not surprised to learn that the gun only weighs 11.2 ounces, just shy of a pound.

The small size doesn’t mean that you don’t get maximum protection from the LCP II. The 22 caliber version has a 10+1 capacity that will give you plenty of opportunities to secure unsafe environments.

If you want more power, you can opt for the 380 caliber LCP 22. Depending on the model that you choose, you get 6+1 or 7+1 shots.

A Small Gun That Puts You in Control

The Ruger LCP II’s size makes it appealing to most daily carriers. It’s small enough to conceal, but it isn’t so small that you lose control. It helps that Ruger gives the gun a high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip. Even on a hot, sweaty day, the LCP II feels comfortable in your hand.

The LCP II has Ruger’s Secure Action fire control. You’ll notice how smooth the trigger feels when you engage it. Once the shot fires, the trigger resets quickly so you can prepare for your next round.

You also get exceptional control from fixed, integral sites that help you focus on your target. If you haven’t fired a Ruger before, you should spend some time practicing at the range. Ruger’s have accurate sites, but every gun functions a little differently than others. It takes less than an hour of target practice to get a feel for the LCP II.

Safety Features for the Ruger LCP II

Accurate sites help improve your weapon’s safety. The LCP II comes with several other features that improve safety and prevent jamming.

The hammer catch prevents contact between the hammer and firing pin. The two never come into contact until you pull the trigger. This helps prevent accidental discharges while carrying your weapon.

A magazine disconnect prevents accidental firing when you remove the magazine but still have a bullet in the chamber. It’s basically an improved safety that won’t let your gun fire the chambered round unless you have the magazine connected.

You Can’t Beat the Ruger LCP II’s Price

Ruger LCP II CCWs come at three price points. A basic 22 LR or 280 Auto costs about $350. You can upgrade to a 380 Auto with a 7+1 maximum capacity for about $400. If you want a Viridian E-Series Laser built into the barrel of a 380 Auto, you’ll pay about $440.

Regardless of which model you choose, you get a low-cost CCW with excellent features and a reputation for reliability.

For $350, you won’t find many well-built compact pistols that give you exceptional control.

Limitations of the Ruger LCP II

You may have some personal preferences that make the LCP II less than ideal for you. For example, some people want a higher capacity. Other carriers prefer larger guns that look more intimidating.

Let’s ignore preferences and focus on the real limitation of the Ruger LCP II: the gun doesn’t meet the requirements for California or Massachusetts. If you don’t live in those states, then you don’t need to worry about the issue.

Make the Most of Your Ruger LCP II

Make your Ruger LCP II even more comfortable and useful by pairing it with our tuckable IWB Kydex holster. The Kydex will protect your gun from moisture while giving you easy access to your weapon. We also give you a lifetime guarantee on our made-in-the-USA product.

Ben Jimenez
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