Ruger has introduced the LC380 based on the LC9 frame. The new pistol changes to a .380 barrel, extractor, extractor spring, magazine, and slide, but otherwise is very similar in size and features to the LC9. There are a few other differences that I will outline below.
Although, the LC380 is slightly larger than the LCP, I think that shooters who have larger hands, or are just looking for a pistol that they can get more grip on, will find the LC380 a good match. It did for me anyway, but feel free to comment on your experiences.
I got to shoot the LC380 during Media Day. With a slightly larger frame, the LC380 handled very well. I know we’re only talking about the .380, but the function was smooth, with less snappiness in the recoil than some other compact .380 offerings.
One thing the Ruger representative did emphasize was that there is a double click requirement in the trigger reset. In other words, the trigger must fully return for the trigger to completely reset for another shot. That was one of the few features I didn’t care for, as I’m used to my Glock that allows for a short reset – much better for fast follow-up shots and generally better shooting form.
On the floor of the SHOT Show I talked with Ruger representative Kurt Hindle about this gun. Here are the particulars on this new offering:
- Hammer-fired, double action only pistol
- Polymer frame with an alloy steel slide and barrel
- 3-dot white sights with a dovetail front sight
- Comes with an external safety lever
- Loaded chamber indicator on the top of the slide
- 7+1 capacity (LCP is 6+1)
- Overall Length – 6.0” (LCP is 5.16”)
- Barrel Length – 3.12” (LCP is 2.75”)
- Width – .90” (LCP is .82”)
- Trigger pull – 7-9 pounds
- MSRP – $449
The LC380 is shipping now, but only comes with one magazine. There are, however, two magazine floor plates that are shipped. The standard flat plate, and the extended version which provides more finger space on the front side. That extension does not add any extrta cartridge space however.