Ruger LCP II Review

Ruger LCP II review is a popular topic among gun owners. The Ruger LCP II is a new pistol from the well-known company, Ruger. The Ruger LCP II is a small .380 Auto caliber semi-auto pistol that weighs less than 16 ounces unloaded. It features all-steel construction with a black nitride finish for maximum durability and corrosion protection. 

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The Ruger LCP II pistol was introduced in 2016 at the NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. The Ruger LCP II also features an integral laser sight, which is part of the grip. It has a short, smooth trigger pull for faster follow-up shots and improved accuracy. The contoured grip gives the shooter a comfortable yet secure grip with plenty of room for larger hands.

Features and Specifications - Ruger LCP II Review

Magwell

The mag well on this gun is very narrow and can be difficult to load quickly or reload if needed in a defensive situation. If you train with your gun a lot, it will be easier to reload the firearm. For a beginner, practicing loading and unloading with dummy rounds can help you learn how to most easily load the Ruger LCP II Magwell.

To make this process easier, you can use aftermarket products to “widen” the mag well. This will help you more easily insert and remove magazines from the Ruger LCP II.

Magwell Of Ruger LCP II

Grips

The short, black, checkered grip provides an adequate feel for the shooter. The Ruger LCP II grip is very narrow and can be difficult to hold if you have large hands. If you use this pistol regularly, you will quickly become used to its feel and how it functions in your hand.

For beginners, practicing your grip with dummy rounds can help strengthen your hold and build muscle memory. Using aftermarket grips will help with hand comfort and can help you master your grip. Using a wider grip can also be helpful for those who need a larger hold on the gun to feel comfortable.

Grip Of Ruger LCP II

Sights

The sights on the Ruger LCP II are very small, which can be difficult to acquire in a defensive situation. If you have trouble quickly finding the front sight of the firearm, it could slow down your time to target if you need to defend yourself against an attacker. Additionally, this may also increase your chances of missing the target.

The good news is that they aren’t going to snag if you’re drawing the gun out of your pocket. For those looking for a fix, you can install adjustable sights on your Ruger LCP II and this should help with accuracy and improve the speed at which you acquire your target.

Sight Of Ruger LCP II

Trigger

The trigger of the Ruger LCP II has a shorter take-up and smooth roll through the brake for reduced motion and better accuracy. The trigger does have some light creep before it breaks, but overall this revolver is quite suitable for self-defense purposes.

The Ruger LCP II trigger is short and smooth, which offers a little resistance as you pull it back. The reset isn’t terrible considering the size of the gun and its type. This gun has no safety selector switch on the firearm, so there is no need for an external safety to be added or removed. This is the standard frame trigger for Ruger.

Trigger Of Ruger LCP II

Aesthetics

The Ruger LCP II is small and lightweight, which makes it ideal for concealed carry. This gun is about the size of a smartphone, so you can easily conceal it in your pocket or bag. However, if you are considering using this firearm to defend yourself, it may be difficult to acquire your target with its short sight radius.

This gun is ideal for those with smaller hands or who are looking to carry a pistol in their purse. It’s small enough to fit easily in your pocket, so it makes an ideal daily carry weapon. The Ruger LCP II does have some sharp edges, which can be painful to the touch and even rub against during concealed carry.

Aesthetic Of Ruger LCP II

Aftermarket

The Ruger LCP II is very simple to disassemble and does not require much in the way of aftermarket accessories. This model has no safety selector switch, so adding external safety will be extremely difficult. If this pistol is to be carried in a concealed manner, you can add grip enhancements or make use of Crimson Trace laser grips to extend the life of your firing grip when you need it most.

The Ruger LCP II is a very lightweight firearm and can be easily concealed if needed. For those with large hands, this gun may feel small and uncomfortable to hold. As a result, adding a wide or extended grip can help improve the accuracy of the Ruger LCP II, since your hands aren’t being strained to hold it.

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Shooting

The accuracy of the Ruger LCP II is in line with most in this category. The short sight radius can make it difficult to acquire your target in a combat situation, but with some time and practice at the range, you should be able to get used to its feel.

The short barrel distance can make it difficult to acquire your target, but this revolver does have a solid trigger and should be reliable in a self-defense scenario. For those with larger hands or those looking for a full-size pistol that is easier to grip, the Ruger LCP II may not be ideal. The lack of external safety means you should familiarize yourself with the firearm before using it and makes this firearm simple to use and draw force when needed most.

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Slide Stop

The slide stop is fairly easy to reach on the Ruger LCP II. It’s positioned far back on the gun, but it’s still within comfortable reach of your thumb. Additionally, since this firearm does not have external safety, it may be difficult for some shooters or those new to firearms to acquire their target quickly. However, with some time and practice at the range, this firearm should be a reliable option in a self-defense scenario.

The slide stop on the Ruger LCP II is positioned far back on the gun but it’s still easy to reach with your thumb. This means you only need two rounds before you have to reload or you can choose to increase the number of rounds you carry with you. The slide stop is fairly easy to use and has a shorter take-up before it resets, which gives you better accuracy when shooting.

Slide Stop Of Ruger LCP II

Maintenance

The Ruger LCP II features a very small design, which means you probably won’t be able to clean it without specialty tools or some advanced knowledge on how to take apart the gun. If you do choose to go this route, remember that this does not drop safe.

Replacing springs in your firearm can lead to an accidental discharge, so be sure to double-check that your firearm is clear before taking it apart or reassembling it. The Ruger LCP II does not require much lubrication, but you may want to keep the contact points lubed for smooth operation.

Advantages - Ruger LCP II Review

Lightweight

This pistol weighs 12.8 ounces when loaded and does not require much force to use. Since this is a pocket pistol designed for deep concealment, weight reduction was likely the top priority when designing the Ruger LCP II. With just over half a pound in your hand, you can carry this firearm all day without it weighing you down or feeling uncomfortable.

Small

The barrel length of this pistol is 2.75 inches long and the overall length is 5.16 inches wide. The Ruger LCP II has an unloaded width of just 0.82 inches, making it small enough to fit almost anywhere you want to carry it. With dimensions like these, there are many ways you can conceal the Ruger LCP II, including in your pocket or on your ankle.

Long Trigger Pull

The trigger pull of the Ruger LCP II is long but has a consistent weight throughout. This means you have to put more force into each shot, which can help prevent accidental discharges since it takes effort to pull the trigger. The long trigger pull can give you more accuracy when shooting.

Short Reset

The reset of the Ruger LCP II is short, which means you have less time to recover during follow-up shots. With this being a pocket pistol designed for deep concealment, the designers likely wanted to ensure this firearm was reliable and easy to use. The short reset is a feature that can help you achieve better accuracy when shooting.

Easy To Use

The tough design of the Ruger LCP II ensures that it can be used in a variety of conditions without breaking. As is with most pocket pistols, this firearm is extremely easy to use and doesn’t have any safety switches or levers, which means you don’t need to worry about losing grip or fumbling with your firearm.

Range

With its short sight radius, the Ruger LCP II has an effective range of about 30 feet. This firearm can be used in close quarters or mid-range combat, but you should always pay attention to minimize your distance. With some practice and time at the range, you can learn to use this firearm effectively for self-defense or concealed carry.

Disadvantages - Ruger LCP II Review

Poor Accuracy

The Ruger LCP II lacks an external safety mechanism and its short sight radius makes it difficult to aim quickly. With only a six-round magazine, be sure to carefully choose your shots and take your time lining up your target before firing. Although this firearm is fairly easy to use, it might not be the best option for anyone with large or small hands or those who are unfamiliar with firearms.

Reliability Issues

The Ruger LCP II is a pocket pistol design, so it’s not made to handle constant use or high recoil. Because of this feature, you should only fire the Ruger LCP II at the range and keep maintenance to a minimum. Unfortunately, spring replacements can lead to an accidental discharge if mishandled and should be done at home by a qualified gunsmith.

Trigger

With a short trigger pull, the Ruger LCP II has an easy trigger to operate and can be fired quickly in a self-defense scenario. However, it does not have any external safety switches or levers and is therefore not intended for those with large or small hands or those who are unfamiliar with firearms.

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FAQs

If your trigger pull is too tight, you’ll need more practice at the range with your firearm. If your trigger pull is too light, then you might need to adjust the grip on your firearm or install some over-the-counter recoil spring replacements. If neither of these options works, then it might be time for a professional gunsmith to inspect your firearm.

Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at Ballachy.com .

If your firearm is firing only once and not cycling correctly, you might need to adjust the grip on your firearm or install some over-the-counter recoil spring replacements. If neither of these options works, then it might be time for a professional gunsmith to inspect your firearm.

If your firearm jams, the first thing you should do is remove your magazine and ensure that it isn’t around in the chamber. If no rounds are in the firearm, then rack the slide and pull the trigger. If your firearm fails to eject or load around, then it might be time for a professional gunsmith.

If your firearm begins malfunctioning, you’ll need to contact customer service or find a professional gunsmith. Malfunctions are usually caused by dirty ammunition or defective parts in the firearm, so it might be an easy fix with some minor adjustments to clean the chamber or replace some parts.

If your firearm’s slide stops after each shot, you might need to adjust the grip on your firearm or install some over-the-counter recoil spring replacements. If neither of these options works, then it might be time for a professional gunsmith to inspect your firearm.

Conclusion

The Ruger LCP II is a tough, lightweight firearm designed for deep concealment and easy operation under pressure. However, it does not have an external safety switch or lever which makes it difficult to operate for larger or smaller hands or those who are unfamiliar with firearms. If you want a firearm that you can take anywhere without worrying about damage, the Ruger LCP II might be perfect for you.

Hope this Ruger LCP II review helps you to know more about this gun. If there’s any question or suggestion, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below this article and we will try our best to answer your question and solve your problem.

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Gabriel Tackett
Double major in Engineering and Geology at the University of Minnesota. Experienced shooter & hunter for over 15 years. Certified NRA officer for over 10 years working as a writer at Ballachy.com .
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