The Little Gun That Could HD VIDEO
You got to love the little Ruger LCP. If you are unable to carry something larger, or need a backup pistol, the "Elsie Pea" will do the trick. I had a good work out with my LCP at the gun club and this video features some discussion about the LCP with shooting and functional accuracy demonstrations. Terrific little guy.
How many of you guys carry an LCP? What's your favorite range ammo and carry ammo? Mine performed flawlessly with Critical Defense, but had a few fail to extracts with Blazer brass.
Ruger LCP Review - Shooting Demonstration and Discussion - YouTube
If you like the LCP because of the size and weight, then you should like the Kel-tec 3AT even more as it is smaller and lighter.
I only need a light weapon for pocket carry. I carry a S & W 340PD. At 12 ounces it is light enough for pocket carry, and in the year or so that I've owned it, no one has ever noticed it in my pocket. And it carries grown up caliber ammo (.38+P and .357). And it is more reliable.
I have an LCP for pocket carry that I only use when I'm unable to carry a more suitable self-defense weapon. I use only hardcast lead or FMJ ammo to aid in penetration, preferring that to expansion and less penetration. I have added a Crimson Trace laser grip to compensate for the poor sights and help me extend my range. I do most of my live-fire practice without the laser, though, because I go with the assumption that any electronic device may fail when you need it the most.
Like the shooter in the video, my hands are large, so the way I have to use my trigger finger looks similar to the guy in the video. However, I have learned to use my normal combat grip, using the same push-pull lock-up as with larger handguns, and a higher grip with my off hand thumb resting lightly against the upper frame, just below the slide. The shooter in the video is nearly all strong-hand grip, with not much gripping action from the off-hand, more of a cup and saucer grip.
I carry a "buddyguard".......have yet to have any failures......use WWB for range, and Remington UHD 102 gr. bjhp for carry.......like the trigger and sights better on the Bodyguard.
UPDATE: Pleased to report that my FTE issues yesterday were clearly ammo related. My Elsie does not like Blazer Brass, but ate up over 100 rounds of Winchester White Box today like nodoby's business.
I do have to admit through after putting over 350 through her between yesterday, and today, my hand is sore!!'
I can also report I tried shooting it from twenty yards out and was able to get all rounds into a 6" reactive target.
Good enough for me, any day.
I'm considering putting a Wolff spring in it, to reduce the recoil. Would love to get the Crimson Trace laser on it, but....just a bit too pricey.
Be careful replacing the recoil spring, remember it is blow back operated -- to strong of a spring may not let it cycle properly.
Paul only one comment. It's NOT a .38 auto. That was the forerunner to the .38 Super. OK I've done my nitpicking for the day, the video was great. I have an LCP and love it, I do have the Crimson Trace on it and I can get reliable hits out to 50 feet. It is carried whether or not I'm carrying something bigger. I've not tried Blazer ammo with it, but any handload I put in it works.
Sgt, I know, I know. Father, forgive me for I have sinned. I put an annotation on the video correcting myself. I have a scrolling text portion talking about the .380 Auto. Will you somehow find it within yourself to forgive my grave error?
I think the fact that I was shooting a .357 with .38 special with a friend a few days before I got my LCP got my head screwed up.
No idea why I was having the FTE issues with Blazer, but man, they where there?
With the WWB not a single issue. Is it possible it was just going through a break in period? The last ammo I shot was the Critical Defense, and not a single glitch.
I love the little LCP. A guy recommended I get some sight paint and dab the front post [read: nub] with red and the back with white. I might do all three in white.
I'm just very relieved that I've found a "take anywhere" carry pistol.
When I can, I carry my Glock 26 with 13+1 of Speer Gold dots, JHP with two extra mags of 10 rounds each. But at times I simply can not carry that gun. I will not go into specifics, let the reader understand. The LCP fits the bill.
And that is the only self defense role that any .380 has, in my opinion - a pocket pistol. I hate to see folks buy them in the same size platform that would easily accommodate a 9mm (9x19). I like my LCP for what it is, and for the fact that it is far better than having nothing. I know that it may be adequate for the type of self defense confrontations I might be likely to find myself in. But whenever possible, I try to be prepared for many more types of confrontation, and the .380, with its poor penetration abilities, is a huge gamble for most of those.
Originally Posted by Amsdorf
Right, ok, you've made your point, a point I made clearly in my video.
The LCP is a great self-defense weapon when it is all you are able to carry.
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