The Roger LCP II.

Author:Cumpston, Mike

The basic Ruger Light Compact Pistol (LCP) came on the scene at the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade show in early S008. In a few short years, it had achieved classic status by any reasonable standard of measure. Such recognition generally arrives over a period of time propelled by excellence of design, widespread acceptance by officialdom, popular mystique and sheer numbers. Need proof? The S&W M&P revolver was the classic sidearm of the 20th Century and it took 47 years to cross the million-unit mark. The Single Action Army made by Colt for over a century hasn't come close. Propelled by an unprecedented armed civilian movement, the original LCP, after eight years in play and relying on the civilian market alone, has sold over 1.5 million units and production is going full speed ahead meeting the demand for the LCP 11.

It was certainly not lack of sales that prompted Ruger to redesign one of their most successful products. However, the company is responsive to consumer input and dedicated to customer satisfaction. The basic LCP, lightweight and thin through the grip, delivers brisk recoil which, while not painful, does often draw complaints from new shooters. The sights, while sharply defined, are a bit small and the long, heavy double-action trigger pull is more challenging than most shooters prefer.


The LCP II's broader grip distributes recoil more comfortably, and the polymer frame features more comprehensive checkering. At 10.6 ounces, the LCP II gains an ounce in weight over the original and the sights, while still low profile and snag free are also highly visible. The new pistol is nominally 1/100-inch longer than the original and 1/10-inch taller--differences inconsequential to its assigned role. The trigger is substantially improved. Ours broke at 6 pounds, 12 ounces after about 3/16-inch take-up--nominally "crisp" but evidencing solid engagement of sear and hammer notch.

The pull weight on the original LCP we had on hand was essentially the same at 7 pounds, but with a long, tedious DA stroke. The trigger is connected to the sear by a drawbar keeping the action immobile as long as die trigger-mounted, frame-impinging safety is not depressed.

The firing pin spring coupled with the weight of the pistol obviates any danger of inertia discharge if the pistol is dropped on the muzzle. A chambered round is visible through an opening adjacent the extractor. The slide of the redesigned LCP II locks back on empty with the supplied...

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