One of the lightest, most compact pistols on the market, the Ruger LCP weighs less than 10 ounces and fits into the palm of your hand. If you are looking for a carry-everywhere kind of gun, the LCP can certainly fit the role. It is only 0.82 inches wide, so it virtually disappears in a pant pocket. The LCP is chambered in .380 ACP and has been credited by some with launching the modern development of this cartridge. Each magazine holds six rounds. This hammer-fired, double-action-only (DAO) pistol has a steel slide and barrel with a glass-filled nylon frame, which offers a good balance between durability and weight. If the LCP has a fault, it is in the nearly non-existent fixed sights. While I understand this gun is intended for close-range work, it is at least possible that a precision shot may have to be made that requires the use of a sighting system. Fortunately, Ruger has two options available for people like me. The first is an LCP sold with a Crimson Trace Laserguard. The second option is a recently introduced variant that uses a tall photoluminescent front sight and a large rear notch. With a suggested retail price starting at only $389, it is no wonder that the company has had incredible sales success with this gun
Slightly larger than the LCP, and chambered in 9mm instead of .380 ACP, the Ruger LC9s hits a sweet spot with many people looking for a gun with the right balance of power and concealability. While not as petite as the LCP, the LC9s is still very thin—only 0.9 inches wide—and only weighs about 17 ounces. The LC9s is less than an inch taller than the LCP. The single-stack magazines hold seven rounds, giving the owner ample felon repellant for most situations. Extended magazines that hold nine rounds are also available. The guns are outfitted with low profile, but completely useable, three-dot sights. The sights are dovetailed and can be replaced with something more to your liking if desired. The LC9s is a striker-fired, not hammer-fired, handgun. The slide and barrel are blued steel while the frame is made of glass-filled nylon. Versions of the LC9s are available with and without a manual thumb safety. Both models carry a suggested retail price of $449.
If you like the size of the LC9s, but prefer the recoil of a .380 ACP, give the LC380 a consideration. Chambered for the lower-pressure cartridge, these pistols recoil less than the 9mm guns of the same size. However, the LC380 is not merely a LC9s chambered for another caliber. Unlike the LC9s, the LC380 is hammer fired, not striker fired. Also, the LC380 only comes with a manual safety. Keep these facts in mind if you have narrowed your buying decision to these two firearms. Two models of the LC380 are available: the base model and a model fitted with the Crimson Trace Laserguard. The three-dot sights are easy to use on this gun, but the Laserguard gives the shooter an additional aiming device that can be very helpful in non-standard shooting positions when traditional sight alignment cannot be used. The MSRP of the LC380 is $449 while the Crimson Trace version has a suggested retail price of $629.
The largest gun on this list is the SR9c. While thicker, taller and longer than some of the other options, the SR9c brings serious fighting ability to the table. Chambered in 9mm, the magazines hold 17 rounds, providing enough antidote for nearly any armed assault. For residents of oppressed states, 10-round magazine guns are also available. The SR9c platform uses a glass-filled nylon frame with either a black nitride-finished alloy steel slide or a brushed stainless steel slide. The three-dot sights are dovetailed into the slide. Aftermarket night sights are available from Trijicon, XS Sight Systems and others. A reversible backstrap is standard on the SR9c pistol. This gives the shooter an option of a flat or arched backstrap to best fit the gun to their hand. If you prefer a larger-caliber pistol, Ruger also sells a .40 S&W version of this gun called the SR40c. All versions of the gun carry a suggested retail price of $529.
It’s tough to beat the Ruger LCR for a concealed-carry revolver. When the original LCR was introduced in 2009, I was immediately impressed by the smooth trigger pull and light recoil when compared to similarly sized products from competing manufacturers. Ruger uses a patented cam system to reduce friction in the trigger pull, and houses it in a polymer fire control housing to keep weight low. If you like a revolver for self-defense, there is probably an LCR for you. Ruger offers the guns in .38 Special and .357 Mag. More recently, the company introduced a 9mm version of the gun that uses moon clips to quickly load and extract empties from the cylinder. For anyone with significant weakness in the hands, Ruger also offers the LCR in both .22 LR and .22 WMR. Most of the LCR models have a 1.875-inch barrel and hold five rounds. The .22 LR holds eight rounds while the .22 WMR holds six. The suggested retail price start at $545.
For traditional revolver fans, there are few compact revolvers that are more rugged than the SP101. Ruger built these wheelguns to be tough, using stainless steel frames, barrels and cylinders. The all-steel construction ensures durability for the lifetime of its owner, plus the extra weight helps absorb recoil and reduce muzzle flip. SP101 revolvers are available in a number of calibers and barrel lengths. For concealed carry, Ruger offers three guns with a 2.25-inch barrel: one in .38 Special and two in .357 Mag. These guns all have a satin stainless finish and black rubber grips. A fixed rear sight paired with a ramped front sight is standard on these guns. The cylinders will hold five rounds. The MSRP is $679 for these guns.
Few things are more American than Sturm, Ruger & Co. and the guns the company produces. Since 1949, the company has made guns for hunting, recreation and personal protection. With production facilities in three states, millions of Ruger firearms roll off of the production lines each year. Ruger has a solid reputation for building durable guns that are reasonably priced. Because of this, the company’s products are popular with hard-working Americans throughout the country. Ruger guns represent a quality investment that won’t break the bank of the rancher or the city-bound single mom. While Ruger’s traditional rifles and rimfire guns are very well respected, much of its modern production is focused on building arms for concealed carry and self-defense. From pocket pistols to magnum revolvers, Ruger offers the American buyer a range of high-quality options for personal protection.
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