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From the Daily Courier in Prescott http://www.dcourier.com/Main.asp?SectionID=74&SubSectionID=100&ArticleID=57574

The Daily Courier said:
PRESCOTT - The smallest gun Sturm Ruger & Co. manufactures is responsible for the biggest product launch the company has ever seen.

The .380-caliber Lightweight Compact Pistol is a shot in the arm for the company.

Production manager James D. Elliott, said consumer demand has blown a hole through the company's projected sales figures.

"We get calls every day from customers wanting to know how to get one," he said. "It's in great demand right now and I don't expect that demand to be filled at least till the end of the year."

Company officials thought they would sell 30,000 of the guns this year.

But Elliott said six days after they unveiled it at a popular gun show in February, orders surpassed 90,000 units.

Employees at the Prescott manufacturing building are cranking out 500 guns a day, and Elliott said they plan to increase daily production by another 50 guns beginning tomorrow.

Elliott said they began looking into manufacturing this type of gun for years and they were following calls from consumers who were asking for a concealable gun.

The 9.4-ounce pistol has a double-action-only chamber and holds six rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.

Elliott said it retails for $330.

"It's for someone who wants a compact carry gun," he said. "It's a nice gun, easy to carry, and it has some nice stopping power."

The pistol appeals to gun enthusiasts, people in law enforcement as a backup weapon, and to consumers who carry concealed weapons, such as Gary Gromer.

Gromer says he has carried concealed guns for about 20 years and placed an order for his first LCP earlier this year.

"As soon as we heard about them, we put an order in," he said. "There was just none to be had."

Gromer got his first LCP in May and he now has three of them.

"With these little LCPs, you can put in your pocket and you're ready to go," he said. "As soon I'm off work it's in my pocket from then until the time I go to sleep."

Elliott said they hired 49 additional employees to help meet the demand as they anticipate production up to 100,000 this year.

A new LCP comes off the assembly line every 52 seconds, according to Elliott, who said they sell the pistol to approximately 35 distributors nationwide, who sell it to dealers.

Elliott said about 32,000 pistols were shipped as of Thursday and 68,000 are on back order.

For information, visit www.ruger.com.

Contact the reporter at [email protected]
 

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Must be nice to have a product such as our beloved ElsiePea that is in such demand! I keep thinking that someday soon the supply will catch up with the demand but then again, I have really not seen any evidence that it is happening! Maybe someday?????
 

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I know, and im sure im not alone, but I had to wait quite awhile to get one. I was on a bunch of waiting lists at numerous gun stores.
 

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Got mine on Saturday. Wasn't on the wait list but just happened to hit it right. My gun shop got 27 the other week, said they had to go to Ruger to get them.
 

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Got mine on Saturday. Wasn't on the wait list but just happened to hit it right. My gun shop got 27 the other week, said they had to go to Ruger to get them.
In as much as ruger deals only with distributors.I seriously doubt if your gun shop went to Ruger and bought 27 Lcp. I might be dead wrong here to but I just don't think Ruger deals and works that way...
 

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My local shop got 100 of them in on the 10th. All gone in 7 days!
 

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How come some gun shops get more than others? I had a chance at getting on a wait list with a VERY large gun store here in Memphis and they had a 40 person wait list. I opted to sign up on a wait list at a small gun shop (very small) that only had a 10 person wait list. Maybe I made a mistake, but I signed up with the small gun store.
 

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Sign up with both. When you get yours, call the other shop and remove your name. I was on the list. I ended up getting one via GunBroker. I came in the store for some ammo and a bore snake and asked the counter person to remove my name. While shopping, the store owner came up to me and thanked me personally for the courtesy of removing my name.
 

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I got mine from Gunbroker as well. It was pretty pricey,but I got a 2nd mag and reduced shipping,so wasnt too bad. It was one of the very latest with the improvements,I was told. It has the latest slide lock any way. :)
 
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