By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is the Ruger LC .380 semi-automatic pistol.
This is a very nice, very compact .380 pistol. It was introduced by Ruger in 2008 as the LCP and has been a respectable seller since then. This particular variation was introduced in 2012 and is slightly larger than the original.
This particular variation has a 3.12 inch barrel and weighs only 17.2 ounces with an empty magazine. The total width of the gun is only 0.9 inches and its height is 4.5 inches. The overall length is 6 inches. The sights are very decent for a pocket pistol and are removable and drift adjustable. The grip frame is synthetic and most people will only be able to get two fingers around it. It has a manual safety and the slide locks open after the last shot is fired.
The weapon uses a DAO hammer fired system with no second-strike capability. As one might expect it has a magazine safety.
The magazine carries 7 rounds in a single-column box magazine. I bought this one mostly because it came with a laser sight. In addition I got a very good buy on it. It is the only pistol I own that is so equipped and I thought it would be amusing to see how difficult, or easy, it is to use the laser. The trigger pull is actually quite decent, though is also rather long. The LaserMax laser can be activated or deactivated from either side of the weapon.
If you are in the market for a pocket-size self-defense weapon this might appeal to you. In all honesty I like my SIG 238 better. It is a mini-1911 and I am more used to that platform, though the weapon is much more expensive than this Ruger.
Editors Note: I always liked a .380 pocket pistol as a backup. In the mid 80"s I carried an AMT Backup .380. It was all stainless and fairly accurate. I now own a .380 Ruger and enjoy firing it. Thanks Bob.