We interrupt the Spud Tales to bring you this new gun story.
I got a Ruger LCP.
It was sort of an accidental purchase in that I found a dealer who'd ordered one for a customer only to have the customer back out. The dealer agreed to sell it to me for his cost plus shipping and I took delivery of it the other day. It's small. Real small.
In fact, the picture doesn't do it justice. So for scale, here it is below a Beretta 92 and next to a paperback book.
Like I said, it's small. It's 5.16 long, 3.6 inches high, and 0.82 inches wide--less than in inch. But it holds 7 rounds of .380ACP and it's earned a solid reputation for reliability since coming onto the market. With it's polymer frame, it weighs next to nothing, making it a handy, easy-to-carry pistol.
Now I'm generally not a fan of little guns. In fact I usually disparage them and try to talk novice gun owners out of getting them as first-line defensive pistols. But there are a few niche areas where a pistol like this comes in handy, usually in situations where a bigger gun is impractical. Even a small gun is better than no gun, and the concealability of this one makes it a perfect fit for a role that I have in mind for it.
I took it out shooting two days back, Spud in tow. It functioned 100%, putting 100 rounds of Remington 95gr. FMJ downrange without a hiccup. It's not the most comfortable little thing to shoot because of it's size, but it put almost every round right where I wanted them, the few exceptions being my fault as I was still getting used to it. A 1911 it's definitely not.
But I like the little sucker and it fits in almost any pocket nicely and without printing, so even though it lacks the stopping power of my primary carry guns, I can see it earning a permanent place in my armory.
Now if only Ruger didn't gouge so hard on spare magazines!