Picked up a Ruger LCP 2

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    Snaphook

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    I sold my Kahr CW380 and picked up a Ruger LCP 2 last week and after about 150 rounds of practice and self defense ammo I'm pretty happy with the Ruger. The trigger is really good, very clean, light take up, nice break, a reasonable reset, and you don't have to pull it to the point of uncomfortable to get it to release. It's SAO, the little mini hammer stays cocked, and breaks at about 6-7 lbs but it feels lighter because it's so clean.

    The trigger really is the story of the gun, it is vastly improved over the horrible stock LCP trigger and I like it better to the trigger on the LCP Custom (which compares directly to the Kahr stock trigger IMO). With the trigger it's easy to dump a mag in a couple of seconds and keep it in the center of the target.

    The frame is much more aggressively textured and that, plus the shape, allow you to get a better and firmer grip than the last LCP, which helps somewhat with the snappy recoil of the little gun. It's still no fun to shoot 150 or so rounds and your hand still hurts afterwards.

    Accuracy was fine, at 25' it was easy to keep the groups in a 3-4" grouping and more importantly easy to keep the gun in the center mass when running a mag fast. It did shoot several inches low with all ammo, and it cycled everything fine. I ran some PMC, Winchester WB, Winchester PDX1, and Federal HST (my 380 carry round).

    The sights continue to be horrible, molded into the slide. It would really be nice if Ruger would dovetail in sights on these guns allowing us to put better sights in aftermarket. When Crimson Trace comes out with a grip activated laser for the gun I'll add one.

    Ruger did a really good job with this gun, the trigger is light years better than the original and I like it better than the Kahr. Here's a couple of pics.
     

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    Acheron2010

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    Nice report. Not sure why, but I have always looked down on the .380's out there. Very interesting.
    Found this review.
    And of course, Hickok45.


    Hickok is a good shooter out of the box, but I admire how accurate he is with the LCP2. Hmmm.
     
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    Snaphook

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    Hickock does tend to be the final word.

    I rarely carry a 380 but there are times I need the smallest possible gun and I keep one around.
     
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    slugger6

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    Thanls for an informative post.
     
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    ^^^ Agree^^^ I consider myself still new to pistol shooting, but have learned the value of a good trigger and the difference it makes no matter what size the frame. Nice write up Snaphook
     
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    StreetFightingMan

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    Good looking little pistol; congrats. I never really considered a .380 either but after shooting the wife's P238, it has me reconsidering. It is the smallest caliber I would consider carrying though.
     
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    JMag

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    Congrats on the Ruger, but my Kahrs are keepers.


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    I too have a P238 For carry when I need a small pistol. It is truly an amazing little 1911 style gun with an awesome trigger. Today's ammo is also very effective - approaching the 9mm for terminal effectiveness.
     
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    AirForceAce357

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    nice pickup Snap! I don't have a .380 pocket gun yet, but I'd like to add one to carry when I go riding my bike on trails and such. I'm not a huge fan of .380 but it has a place for cases where size is the key consideration. May pick up one of these at some point.
     
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    Snaphook

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    My first 380 was the Sig 238, nice gun, accurate, actually fun to shoot at the range. But I decided to go with a no safety gun for pocket carry so got an LCP, hated the trigger, got a Kahr that I liked quite a bit, and now went to the LCP 2, which I find is a bit easier to shoot well than the Kahr.

    But I'll disagree with you on terminal effectiveness of the 380, IMO it's marginal at best. A good Federal HST 147 gr 9 is a vastly superior round, watch the Lucky Gunner tests some time, they're very thorough and there's only one 380 they will even partially suggest - the Federal HST.

    The 380 for me is when I just cannot carry a 9 or 45, it's better than being unarmed.
     
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