Doug E
by Doug E

The Ruger LCP has been on the market since 2008. The LCP’s small frame and controllable .380 ACP chambering have lent itself well to those that need to carry a firearm in a deeply concealed manner. Its six (plus one) capacity offers enough gun for a close-in self-defense situation where bigger guns are harder to conceal. I’ve mentioned my usage of the LCP for the Concealed Carry Corner article on running HERE. Texas Governor Rick Perry used his LCP to shoot a Coyote that was sizing up his dog.

Field stripping the Ruger LCP is quite similar to most semi-auto pistols, but each firearm is just a bit different in how to get there. In case you noticed the table saw in this edition of the TFB Field Strip, it wasn’t plugged in. I’d rather keep my thumbs attached, as they’re quite handy when shooting and disassembling firearms, as well as writing about them. As you may have noticed in our other installments of the Field Strip series, we take safety seriously.

BEFORE YOU FIELD STRIP ANY WEAPON, REMEMBER the four rules of gun safety:

  1. All guns are always loaded.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.


Step 1.

Remove the magazine and pull the slide to the rear. Visually and physically inspect the chamber to make sure no ammunition is in the gun.

Step 2.

Push the slide slightly rearward so that the takedown pin can be removed. Use a flathead screwdriver to gently pry up the takedown pin. The takedown pin is not captured and will come all the way out. Once the pin is removed the slide can be slid off the front of the frame.

Step 3.

Once the slide assembly is separated from the frame, the recoil spring and guide rod come out next. Hold the slide and press on the back of the recoil spring, then move it down as you release the tension. Next, move the barrel slightly downward, then pull it out of the slide towards the rear.

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This is as far as the LCP’s field strip process goes. The reassembly is done in reverse order. You can download the Ruger LCP owner’s manual HERE for more specific care and maintenance instruction. For LCP owners, how do you carry yours?

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Doug E
Doug E

Doug has been a firearms enthusiast since age 16 after getting to shoot with a friend. Since then he's taken many others out to the range for their first time. He is a husband, father, grandfather, police officer, outdoorsman, artist and a student of history. Doug has been a TFB reader from the start and is happy to be a contributor of content. Doug can be reached at battleshipgrey61 AT, or battleshipgrey61 on Instagram.

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  • TFB TFB on Jul 23, 2019

    Bad boy, you should always lower your table saw blade when done, plugged in or not. One can cut themselves, or hit it, possibly bending it.
    LCP, I have bad hands, and I find it a bit difficult to disassemble, hard a dumb to have to use a screw driver to get the pin moving, but it is a good reliable little shooter !

  • TFB TFB on Jul 23, 2019

    Doug my gun is still sitting in pieces, you didn't show us how to reassemble the gun 😁