The New Ruger LCP Custom—A Better Shooting LC

By Suzanne Wiley published on in Firearms

The Ruger LCP Custom was introduced the day before SHOT Show 2015 at Media Day at the Range. All who had the opportunity to shoot it agreed it is the answer to many of the complaints heard from original LCP owners—most notably the minimalist sights and long double-action trigger pull. Besides those two upgrades, Ruger replaced the plastic guide rod with one that is polished stainless steel. Best of all, these custom features come along without an inflated price tag. The new Ruger LCP Custom sits between the original model and the stainless version at $324.30.

Upgrades

  • Skeletonized aluminum trigger
  • Dovetailed rear sight with photo luminescent front dot
  • Polished stainless steel guide rod
  • Polished sides

rugerlcpcustomSkeletonized Aluminum Trigger

The skeletonized aluminum trigger with red anodized finish is wider than the original LCP’s trigger. This makes shooting the LCP Custom easier while wearing gloves, as well as reducing felt trigger pull by about one pound. Those who had difficulty with the smaller trigger on the original model LCP will find this skeletonized aluminum trigger much more comfortable.

Sights

Both of the sights on the Ruger LCP custom have been enlarged, with the front having a glow-in-the-dark photo luminescent dot. The rear sight is drift-adjustable and dovetailed. The sights allow for easier and quicker target acquisition while offering improved accuracy at longer distances.

Polished Stainless Steel Guide Rod

The stainless steel guide rod adds weight to the front of the gun for better control of muzzle rise.

Frame

The Ruger LCP Custom has the same lightweight, glass-filled nylon grip frame as the original model, with an alloy steel slide and blued finish. Though the original LCP is easy to conceal, the new Custom has polished sides for a smoother draw from a holster.

Dimensions

The dimensions on Ruger’s new Custom LCP are virtually the same as the original .380 ACP model. It is 0.82-inch wide and weighs 9.75 ounces unloaded. The upgraded sights do add 0.2-inch more to the gun’s height. However, this increased height does not affect holster compatibility. The Ruger LCP Custom will fit existing holsters.

These new, upgraded features on the Custom LCP made this .380 pocket pistol the gun you would have created and has caused many who passed over the handgun to give it another consideration. The trigger and sights give it an entirely new feeling when shooting it, and put it in a different class rather than just a gun to carry as back up. The Ruger LCP Custom .380 ships with one six-round magazine and two floorplates—one flat and one with a finger rest. Extended capacity magazines are available. Click Here to Start Shopping Online at Cheaper Than Dirt

 
Ruger LCP Custom
Action Semiautomatic
Barrel Length 2.75 inches
Caliber .380 ACP
Overall Height 3.80 inches
Overall Length 5.16 inches
Overall Width 0.82 inches
Weight Unloaded 9.75 ounces
Sights Photo luminescent front, adjustable dovetail rear
Grip Black polymer
Capacity 15 rounds
Magazine 6 rounds
Frame Glass-filled nylon

What do you think of the new Ruger LCP Custom? Will you give it a shot? Tell us why or why not in the comment section.

Are you indecisive about the Ruger “Elsie” series of handguns? Read more about the LCR, LCP, LC380 and LC9 in these posts

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Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (38)

  • Jim Freeman

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    While not a fan of the LCP, I am a fan of Ruger’s service. Call them and they will email you a prepaid UPS shipping label.

    I went through this 3x with one of the original LCPs concerning a take-down/recoil pin and pin bores. Ruger replaced the gun twice which required that I pick up the new guns from an FFL and submit new paperwork. None of this cost me more than time.

    Hopefully, you will have better luck with your 2x.

    JIm

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  • Jim Freeman

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    While no fan of the LCP, I am a big fan of Ruger’s service. Call them and they will email you a pre-paid UPS sticker. Send you gun in for repair.

    I went through this 3x w/ the LCP on issues surrounding recoil pin and pin bores. They replaced the gun 2x which required me to pick up the new gun at an FFL and redo paperwork. None of this cost me anything other than time.

    Perhaps you will have better luck w/ you 2x.

    Jim

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  • Bob

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    I just bought the Ruger .380 Custom last Friday and Saturday headed to the range with 300 rounds of ammo to test fire it. I had 2 problems immediately, first the 2nd & 3rd rounds wouldn’t chamber pretty much for the first 100 rounds I ran through it. I had to manually pull back the slide each time to chamber the round. Rounds 100-150 it was the 6th or 7th round that wouldn’t chamber. Shortly after round 150 the front sight blew off. A check of the Internet found the front sight coming off is apparently a known problem with the Custom. Sounds like something Ruger should have addressed and corrected a long time ago. So I will contact Ruger tomorrow and see what their solution will be. Needless to say I not impressed with the Custom at this point.

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    • ThunderGuy

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      Bob, sorry you got a lemon. I have several Rugers and with the exception of a cylinder release issue on an LCR they have all been straight-shooting and reliable. In that instance, they had UPS pick it up and it was back in my hands, repaired, ten days later. Ruger support is really great. I know it takes a little of the air out of the excitement of acquiring a new firearm when it fails to impress, but let Ruger get it fixed, and I don’t think you’ll have any regrets.

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    • Bob

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      Sent it off to Ruger on Tuesday so we’ll see what happens. Thanks.

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  • Alan

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    I like the sights and trigger pull….if only it would lock back on the last round. Also be aware the front sight screw tends to shoot loose, lost mine after a couple hundred rounds. And Ruger won’t send replacement screw and sight, they want you to send it back for service which I found to be a little ridiculous. I do notice a little trigger bite if you do some extended range shooting, for me the edges on the trigger should have been rounded a little more.

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  • Jennifer

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    Nate & Thunder,
    Thank u guys so much for ur information, it helped a lot…..I think i’m going to hold off on the Custom.

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  • Jennifer

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    other than color & thickness, with the holes in it, is the trigger on the LCP Custom the same or any better than the 2nd generation LCP

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    • Nate Smith

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      Jennifer,

      I found the LCP Custom’s trigger to be a bit crisper, and reset felt a bit shorter to me, but that could be subjective. It’s not worse, but overall, I don’t think it is really any better than stock LCP trigger. The wider blade does give a bit more leverage, and that might help the feel for a lot of folks. I don’t care for the in-your-face color of it, but some people might like it. The other features of the Custom make it worth the modest upcharge over a base LCP, but the trigger isn’t really one of them, though it is certainly not worse in any way.

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    • ThunderGuy

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      I agree with Nate; it’s a good trigger, and while the reviewer mentioned a perceived trigger pull reduction by about a pound, I think that perception will vary with the shooter. The extra width distributed across the pad of the trigger finger is what creates this. It’s a hammer-fired gun, so that’s part of the pounds-of-pull and isn’t likely to gain any significant reduction in any future models.

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