The LCP pistol was introduced by Ruger in January of 2008 at the Shot Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shot Show is an annual tradeshow for the firearms, hunting, and shooting industry.
Ruger has produced and sold over 1 million LCP 380 Pistols from 2008-2015. LCP stands for lightweight compact pistol, and that is exactly what it is, one of the smallest 380 caliber pistols on the market weighing less than 10oz and having an overall length of 5.16 inches. It will fit in the palm of your hand! As you can tell by the production numbers, Ruger hit a home run with its introduction of the LCP. the pistols were hard to get for all of 2008 and almost all of 2009, with demand outpacing supply, many dealers sold the pistol for prices well over Manufacture suggested retail. Almost all firearms dealers had long lists of customers requesting the new pocket size 380 from Ruger.
Shortly there-after other brand names such as Beretta, Smith and Wesson, Taurus and even Kimber got on board with the pocket 380. Therefore the 380-craze saturated the market creating more competition. It seemed that the original LCP had fallen behind in innovation and customer satisfaction. These factors led Ruger to revise the product thus leading to the new generation of the famous 380 pocket pistol that started it all.
Ruger has introduced the new LCP II in the fourth quarter of 2016. The new and improved LCP II is virtually the same size as the original LCP, but at first glance it looks considerably different. The pistol breaks down the same way as the original and the size and weight is virtually the same.
The biggest improvement in my mind is the trigger pull. The original LCP was a double action, breach lock, firing mechanism. Contrary to the LCP II being a single action, breach lock and based on the LC9’s blade safety trigger design. The LCP II has a trigger pull of 5lbs 11 ounces being less than the original LCPS trigger pull of 6.5 lbs. Another major improvement is that the LCP II locks the slide open on the last round, also known as, “last round hold open”. The LCP one can be manually locked open but lacks this feature, which means you either have to count how many rounds you fire or snap the trigger on an empty chamber before reloading. With last round hold open you simply notice the slide has locked back, insert a new fully loaded mag and slightly tug the slide rearward and it will fall forward chambering a round. Which greatly reduces reloading time.
Another big plus for the LCP II is the fact that Ruger installed a taller set of black sights that remind you more of a Novak style sight system. Like the original LCP, the sights could be hard to pick up in some situations and can be easily fixed by adding a splash of red fingernail polish to them. The frame of the pistol on the LCP II has a more aggressive grip stippling, to help keep the pistol in your hand while firing or under stress with sweaty palms.
All in all, I feel like the LCP II has been greatly improved over the original and Ruger has addressed most of the customer complaints with the original LCP. I don’t think Ruger is going to see such strong demand for the LCP II like they did with the introduction of the original LCP. However, that would be hard to duplicate with such staggering sales generated from a totally new product. Ruger has however brought their product up to par to better compete against other major manufacturers in the pocket size 380 pistol category and carries a retail price of $350 dollars.