Kitbash: Rugaurus LTCP

Nathaniel F
by Nathaniel F

The firearms industry is at its best when creativity and hard work combine to create something that’s truly innovative and great… But that’s not always what happens. Sometimes, the quickest way to get a product on the market is to simply copy what’s already out there. It’s no secret that guns like the S&W M&P or FN FNS-9 are clones of the ubiquitous Glock, or that the subcompact market is dominated by guns that are all basically clones of each other, but the degree to which some of these models match up with one another can be surprising. For example, take the Ruger LCP and the Taurus TCP, which match each other so closely that, as one poster on Imgur found out, the Ruger’s slide will fit on the Taurus’s frame:

He calls this combination a "Rugaurus". Personally, I prefer "Rugersaurus". Image source:

Not only that, but this Frankensteinian gun will apparently function… Some of the time, anyway:

Many gun companies talk about their designs as being "hybrids" of other designs... But I don't think this is what they mean, exactly. Image source:

Neither gun is a copy of the other, in fact, but their parts interchange in this way because both are a copy of the same pattern by a third manufacturer: The Kel-Tec P3AT.

Nathaniel F
Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. He can be reached via email at

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  • Will Will on Dec 17, 2015

    The Glock and Smith & Wesson interchangeability.
    Glock 17 and S&W Sigma slides and frames were interchangeable when the Sigma first appeared on the market.
    HUGE law suit ensued. Glock lost because the only thing they patented was their "Glock Safe" trigger. Flocks arrogance and S&Ws willingness to pirate a better design cost Glock a fortune. Such a shame.
    S&W should have stuck to what they were good at.nrevolvers.

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    • Rick Randall Rick Randall on Dec 19, 2015

      @Curious_G And if it did, that would mean the Glock is a clone of an HK pistol... ;-)

  • Kefefs Kefefs on Dec 17, 2015

    Wow, never expected to wake up and see my little experiment on TFB. Thanks. :)