Ruger introduced the original Ruger LCP almost 10 years ago, in 2008, and it was an immediate success. Now Ruger is introducing the next generation, the Ruger LCP II.
The LCP II is certainly intended to improve upon the original LCP, but it’s not intended to replace it, so no need to worry if you love the LCP the way it is. That said, you may just find you love the LCP II even more.
The Ruger LCP II is different from its predecessor in four major ways: sights, trigger, non-slip texture, and the presence of a hold-open mechanism in the magazine and pistol. These changes were made in response to customer feedback surrounding the LCP, and everything else has been left the same.
Let’s take a look at each of these changes.
If you’re familiar with the Ruger LCP, you may have the same complaint as a lot of users did. The LCP’s sights are tiny, and many shooters thought they were less than effective, though this was improved on with the 2013 update.
On the LCP II, however, the engineers at Ruger have been sure to create sights that are far more prominent, though they are still integral with the slide.
The Ruger LCP has a double action only (DOA) feel trigger. For those that like and are used to the feel of shooting a revolver, that’s fine, even preferable, but most striker-fired pistol shooters won’t agree.
With the Ruger LCP II, the trigger has been redesigned to have a light and smooth takeup, and an external safety.
The Ruger LCP has a nonslip texture on the grip, but many users wanted something a little bit more effective to handle the recoil. Because the LCP II is marginally larger than the original LCP, a good grip is a bit more important for the LCP II as well.
The LCP II has a more aggressive grip pattern, but that’s not all Ruger did to make the gun easier to hold on to without slipping. Ruger also modified the shape of the grip so that the front is narrower and the back is wider, creating an increased surface area with your hand and a shape that’s easier to hold on to.
The original Ruger LCP did not have a hold mechanism, so the shooter can’t tell the gun is empty without counting shots.
With a six round capacity, that’s pretty easy to keep track of on the range, but in high stakes defense situations, it’s very easy to lose track. Fortunately, Ruger listens to their customers and the slide on the LCP II locks back when the last shot has been fired.
Well, usually. Six round LCP magazines can be used with the LCP II, but won’t activate the hold open mechanism when emptied. Seven round LCP magazines will not work with the LCP II at all.
So if you want to use the LCP II, save the LCP magazines for the range and carry LCPII magazines for defense.
Like I said before, everything else about the LCP has been unchanged for the LCP II.
Both the Ruger LCP and the Ruger LCP II are constructed from durable steel alloy and are finished with an oxide treatment to prevent corrosion. The chassis is aluminum and the frame is molded nylon.
The Ruger LCP II is currently available in black, ideal for discreet concealed carry. It is expected that it will soon also be available in silver, green camo, and gray camo.
MSRP for the Ruger LCP II is $349, but the pistol can be purchased at Brownells for $299. With the pistol comes a pocket holster and one six-round magazine. I suggest purchasing additional magazines ($32), especially if you plan on carrying for defensive purposes.
Now, let us know what you think about this new addition to Ruger’s line of firearms. Are you excited to try it? Do you think it will be an improvement on the LCP or was the LCP perfect the way it was? Are there any problems that you had with the LCP that Ruger didn’t address? Please share your experiences with us below.