Ruger LC380 LS
Country of Origin: US
Manufacturer: Ruger Firearms
Action: Semi auto
Safety: Slide lock
Barrel Length: 3.2 inches
Overall Length: 6.3 inches
Weight: 1lbs 2oz
Magazine: 6+1 round magazine standard
Sights: Rear fixed, low profile, front fixed
Laser: Red, built into trigger guard
So some of you know that our site creator and admin Jessica, carries a Ruger LCP every day as her primary carry gun. So we thought it only fitting that we do a review on the Ruger LC380 for this month's review. Now, before we start getting all warm and fuzzy about this little ball of fury, I want to be upfront and honest and tell you I am a 1911, .45 cal kind of gal and so I was a bit skeptical when I approached the Ruger .380 semi-auto.
It took me all of about 3 minutes to figure out though, that this is one functional, efficient and quite impressive handgun! Big diamondback rattler... NO, small but deadly coral snake, yup, you betcha! Let's talk about the size, for man or woman it's perfect for concealed carry, no lugging the big old standard around, the LC380 is just about the size of my hand and fit like a glove. The mag comes with an extended pinky grip and holds six rounds. Our model was equipped with a built in laser sight. While I don't like to rely on them, the intimidation factor is there, an intruder seeing the flash of a laser bouncing off the walls would've to be either stupid or suicidal to walk into 6+1 hollow points in this little bit of black heaven!
The Ruger has a double action trigger whith a fairly long pull, the trigger does have a definite break to it. I found the take up to be very consistent and comforting.. This model does have an external safety on the slide, a feature I like for home storage. I know there are two schools of thought on this, but personally, I carry with one in the chamber and the safety off. Fine motor skills tend to go the way of the Dodo bird in stress situations, so the less mechanics to mess with the better.
For a small, light weight, semi-auto, keeping recoil to a manageable level is important, and Ruger has done a fine job of it. Many small concealable handguns bite the hand to the point that range time becomes like a trip to the dentist! The sights were easy to master, with a bit of white paint on the front sight and a white box on the rear, turn the laser on and, well you'll be ready to star in the next Zombieland movie, no questions asked. I love the fact that it fits perfectly in almost every woman's concealed carry holster format out there. Several of the girls at Guns and Lace wear Flashbang bra holsters and the Ruger LC380 was made to nestle in right there, no muss, no fuss. Guys you're not excluded either, be it a pocket gun, ankle holster, or in the waistband piece it's potent and concealable. I know many in LE that carry this same model as their back up piece.
The Ruger is designed and very, efficient at self defense ranges and out of the box first magazine put all 7 shots in the kill zone on a man sized sillhouette at 15 feet. It isn't picky about ammo brands and I experienced no malfunctions, even when deliberately limp-wristing it to see if I could get it to act finicky. So if you're RAMBO and are packing a .45 1911 with you everywhere you go, I will never convince you to make the switch to a smaller, more concealable piece, but even the toughest badass appreciates the concept that 2 is better than 1 when it comes to carrying. No matter primary or backup, the Ruger LC380 is a solid choice for carrying concealed. - Anna
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