When it comes to compact concealed carry firearms, the Ruger LCP has a lot to offer.
Since its original release in 2008, Ruger has released a revamped model — the LCP II.
Question is: Is it better than the Ruger LCP?
To find out, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks analyzing (and testing) both the Ruger LCP and LCP II. In fact, I tested accuracy, recoil management, reliability and so much more.
Let’s get started!
For comparison sake, I shot both the LCP and the LCP II from a distance of seven yards using a 90-95-grain round in each.
With the LCP, I was able to keep my shots within a three-inch grouping. When I decreased my distance to 5-10 feet, it didn’t seem to make a significant difference in groupings.
On the other hand, I fired the LCP II at the same seven yards and managed to get those groupings down to about 1.5″.
In other words: The Ruger LCP II is more accurate than the LCP.
This is one category where both models were neck and neck.
Ruger is known for reliability, and the LCP and LCP II are no exception.
I pumped about 500 rounds through each of them and didn’t have a single misfire or jam. Eventually, I started going out of my way to try and make them misfire, and still nothing.
Obviously, 500 rounds isn’t a large data pool to pull from, but it’s enough for me to be confident in the reliability of both of these models.
No matter which model you’re looking at — in terms of handling — your biggest concern is going to come from its overall size.
Any time you have a gun this small, you’re likely going to run into some issues with how difficult it is to handle.
In comparison to other guns this size, both the LCP & LCP II are surprisingly comfortable to shoot.
Both models offer an aggressive grip texture (very similar to the grip tape found on skateboards), and serrations on the slide to help get the best grip possible with such little surface area.
The biggest difference I found between the two in terms of ergonomics, is the addition of a finger rest on the bottom of the magazine of the LCP II, which used to be an aftermarket-only feature on the original.
This made the LCP II just that much easier to handle.
The trigger is one of the more noticeable updates between LCP and the LCP II.
I would say my biggest complaint with the original is the ridiculously slow trigger pull, followed by an even longer reset.
The LCP II addressed this issue by making the pull and reset noticeably shorter. It also has a safety integrated into the trigger.
That said, the Ruger LCP II has a better trigger than the LCP.
Reloading & Magazine Differences
There isn’t much that has changed in terms of the magazine between the LCP and LCP II.
The biggest concern with this gun is the lack of surface area for you to grip on to. Even in a smaller caliber like a .380 ACP, you’re going to have a hard time holding onto the puppy.
The LCP comes with a stock six-round mag that runs flush with the grip. You can purchase aftermarket extended mags that will give you seven rounds and a little extra real estate.
However, the LCP II comes standard with the extended mag, which is a nice update.
Length & Weight Differences
The overall size hasn’t changed much between the two models, considering size is one of the biggest selling points of this handgun in the first place.
The LCP comes in at 9.6 ounces (unloaded), with a barrel length of 2.75 inches.
On the other hand, the LCP II weighs a tad heavier at 10.6 ounces (unloaded) but sports the same barrel length of 2.75 inches.
The reality is, you’re hardly going to notice the extra ounce of weight when you keep in mind the upgrades you’re getting with that extra weight.
Recoil Management Differences
Both LCP models do a great job minimalizing recoil.
The only thing I’d say to be aware of in terms of recoil is the size of this pistol. Even with minimal recoil, the small size of the LCP & LCP II makes it fairly difficult to get a good grip.
The hefty grip tape helps a lot, but you will want to be to you keep this in mind while shooting. A firm grip will be essential with either of these models.
You can buy the Ruger LCP for around $239 or so.
Or…you can spend a little more and get the Ruger LCP II.
Which leads us to the final question…
Which One is Better: Ruger LCP or Ruger LCP II?
Let’s quickly recap the pros with each model.
- Lighter weight
LCP II Pros:
- Better sights
- Better trigger
- More accurate
- Extended mag included
With that said, if you’re looking for an emergency self-defense weapon and are on a budget, then go with the original LCP.
However, if you’re planning to use it more than that, then I’d recommend the LCP II. It’s more accurate, has better sights and a finer trigger.
Whatever option you choose, both LCP models are reliable and great for concealed carry. But that’s enough from me. Now I’d like to hear from you:
Which model do you like better: the Ruger LCP or LCP II? Let me know by leaving a quick comment down below.