I wanted to start a topic that might provide some objective considerations for why or why not one would pick the Ruger LCP off the shelf of the gun store when faced with a host of viable pocket pistol options out there.
Well, first of all my name is Craig. I'm a college student, 21 years old, just got my Arizona CCW. Until that point I carried openly - I still do in most situations. It is my goal in life to never have to draw my firearm for any reason. That said it is also my goal in life never to be a victim of any kind of violent crime. If I do someday ever have to defend my life or the life of a loved one, I feel that I am doing everything in my power to really be prepared to handle a bad situation.
My primary carry firearm is a Rossi R461 2" wheelgun chambered in .357 magnum. I like it very much and practice with it often. There are some situations in life though where having a gun strapped on your hip is just not such a hot idea. Furthermore I do not feel that I want to use a speedloader should I ever need extra firepower, so I decided that a secondary carry gun was in order.
I looked at several firearms as a backup/hideout gun. The list of candidates includes a Smith and Wesson J frame lightweight .38 special, a KelTec P32, a Sig P232, a North American Arms Guardian and the P3AT.
The local gun store had sold out of KelTec P32s. I couldn't even find a P3AT. But last Friday I happened to walk into the gun store again and saw an LCP sitting there, and bought the little devil.
I decided that I liked the idea of the .380 ACP as being marginally superior to the .32 ACP.
The North American Guardian is a nice gun but has an even heavier trigger and sights that I just don't like. I didn't like the way it fit my hand. The Sig P232 is a very nice gun as well, a bit pricier than the others listed here. It has pretty much all the drawbacks of the other guns I was looking at (limited stopping power, and a small trigger guard that I can't fit with gloves on), but it is a lot more difficult to conceal. It does fit the hand a little easier being a bit bigger and has the nice double/single trigger pull.
Compared with KelTec, a relatively new name in the firearms world, I decided that I liked the idea of having a big name like Ruger behind my gun. It's also nice to see that Ruger is making their guns right at my back door in Prescott, AZ (I'm located in Flagstaff for now). The Smith and Wesson J frame is a toss up really. I liked it very much but in the long run I decided the LCP is a more concealable gun.
I will carry my LCP at work (McDonald's) because our uniforms don't lend themselves to concealing a larger firearm. I do have my AZ CCW and the particular franchise I work doesn't have a weapons policy. In AZ you don't have to ask to carry a weapon, but you must disarm yourself if the management should request. They're never going to request because my LCP is about impossible to spot in my pocket holster.
I do wish that the LCP came with night sights - the "night fighter" S&W, and the Sig offer night sights. I had considered a Kahr since they do make good stuff but they were hard to find and I wanted to get a decent little carry gun in a bit of a hurry - I worry that the future is uncertain for our right to keep and bear arms.
Price was not a factor in my decision. I think I paid a little more than a KelTec for the Ruger but again, I wanted the big name.
I am currently carrying it without having it broken in. I plan to shoot it at first opportunity as it is not a good idea to carry a gun that hasn't been broken in. I did already break it down to clean and oil it and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to do so. I plan on a magazine grip extension because my fingers don't fit totally comfortably with the magazine supplied.
The LCP carries nicely, holds well in my hand for a pocket pistol and I have high hopes that it will be decently accurate. My dad once upon a time carried an early generation Beretta Tomcat and I found it to be surprisingly easy to shoot out around 7 yards or so.
Price was not a serious factor. I wanted to keep it under $600 when I was looking. I paid $319 plus tax for my LCP. It is the upgraded serial number - 371 prefix. At present it is loaded with the Federal 90 grain HydraShok ammunition. I didn't do a lot of research on .380 ammo and HydraShok is usually a good bet in just about any caliber. I steered away from the CorBon because it has a reputation for sometimes causing trouble in little recoil operated pocket pistols.
Well, those are my thoughts on the matter. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.