SHOT 2013: Ruger LC380

By CTD Suzanne published on in Firearms, Handguns, News, SHOT Show

What do you get when you cross the LC9 and the LCP? The Ruger LC380.

Ruger experienced great success with their compact pocket pistols—LC9 9mm and the LCP .380. Both have been top sellers at Cheaper Than Dirt. In developing new guns for 2013, Ruger asked, “How can we top it?” Their solution? The best of both worlds—the .380 ACP chambered LC380 semi-automatic handgun.

The new Ruger LC380.

New Ruger LC380

For those who are recoil-sensitive, the LC380 has a promising future. The same size as the LC9 means the LC380 will have less recoil than its LC9 sister. Ruger’s LC380 has the exact same features and specifications as the LC9. Ruger says the LC380 is “our lightest recoiling personal protection pistol yet.” It has a 3.12-inch barrel, is 0.90-inches wide, and has an overall length of 6 inches. It weighs 17.20 ounces. Ruger claimes that precieved recoil is much less with its shorter recoil spring and easier to rack slide. It includes the same safety features as the LC9 9mm with a loaded chamber indicator and slide lock-back. The Ruger LC380 has a polymer frame and alloy steel barrel. It holds seven rounds and includes a floorplate extension for a slightly longer grip. The improved adjustable high-visiblity 3-dot sights are something not typical on similar .380 pocket pistols from different manufacturers. Because of its size, the LC380 will fit holsters made for the LC9. Ruger suggested the gun retail for $449. Street value, however, is to be determined.

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  • Anika

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    The LC380 was my first gun purchase and the fact that Ruger does not have replacement parts for it is very upsetting. The magazine spring seat cracked before I ever had a chance to use the gun, even once. Because I can’t get another (new) magazine, my gun is rendered useless. And have you tried to buy ammo for it? It’s also hard to find. Pfft.

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  • Doug

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    My magazine drops fine it is a little tight going in but no other problems. I have fired about 300 rounds with different ammos and no jams ever.

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  • Doug

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    Mike you may just have a lemon send it back.

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  • Doug

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    Also are you using range ammo?

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  • Frank Drew

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    I was told by two gun shops that the LC9 magazine can be loaded with .380 and used in LC380 with no problem. Anyone had experience with this?

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  • Anika

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    Frank D: I was told the same thing and then bought an LC9 magazine. It does not fit, so I returned it.

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  • Frank

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    Thanks, I’m returning LC9 mags and hope Ruger has LC380 mags soon.

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  • RIFF

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    I did have an issue with the last cartridge in the mag failing to feed. I’m contacting Ruger on Monday. Hopefully they will have a solution in the works. The recoil is minimal

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  • Brian

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    I bought one of these a couple of months back and love it so far. Sights well, conceals well, light weight. Tried several kinds of ammo including reloads. No issues yet. Every round fired. It feels nice for my grip without using the magazine extension. My pinky rides underneath the mag, but that’s cool for me.

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  • RIFF

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    I did have an issue with the last cartridge in the mag failing to feed.
    I send it back to Ruger, they said that the mag was repair but everything looks the same. I can’t tell if it was repaired.
    So far so good, 100 rounds of Remington with no problems for now, just got to try different brands of ammo to see if the problem till there. It will be a while, is hard to get ammo here.
    I post again if problem comes back.

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