Sturm, Ruger & Co. announced a recall of their LCP .380 pistols due to a problem with the guns possibly discharging if dropped on a hard surface. Ruger’s recall program will upgrade the hammer assembly of your LCP firearm free of charge and return the gun to you with a new magazine.
For all of you that own and carry a Ruger LCP .380 for back-up or off duty carry, you need to check out this article about the LCP recall for more information.
For readers that are finding this after 2008, I want to make sure that you understand that this is a recall for the pistols made in or before 2008. So, if you are reading this in 2020, you can rest easy knowing that the drop safety issue has been resolved.
The Ruger LCP has become a popular handgun for back up duties. It makes sense – the gun is small, light and easy to conceal. This makes it potentially very good as a BUG for a uniformed officer, or as a primary for someone working deep cover like narcotics.
In 2011, the Los Angeles Police Department approved the LCP for use as a back-up gun along with the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380. While the LCP is not my ideal BUG, I do like it better than the S&W Bodyguard. But, that is merely a matter of personal preference.
One of the good pieces of news on these tiny guns is that they are very popular with all kinds of shooters. This means there are plenty of holsters and accessories for the gun that are available. If you buy one of these .380 guns, you should be able to easily find just the right carry rig for it – regardless of the carry style or need. Also, there are plenty of spare magazines on the market. I suggest buying a few extra to have on hand.