Ruger is our largest firearms maker. They offer revolvers, self-loading pistols and rifles of all types.
Among their most successful firearms are small-caliber handguns designed for personal defense. The LCP and LCPII are very popular.
It seems everyone owns one of these neat and friendly handguns.
While hunting and target shooting are reputable choices for owning a firearm, personal defense is the primary reason most of us own a handgun.
The LCP .380 ACP pistol was introduced in 2008. This is a double-action-only, hammer-fired handgun.
While it is reliable, the DAO trigger and small sights make it difficult to use past conversational distance. It is the standard pocket pistol for use at a range of a few feet format.
The LCP II is a much-redesigned handgun with excellent features. The 2016 introduction was successful and the pistol has been accepted well.
The new pistol features greatly improved sights, an improved grip, and the primary difference is the trigger. The new trigger is a single-action design.
This makes for much greater accuracy potential. The only safety is a trigger lever set in the face of the trigger that disengages the action until this lever is pressed flush with the trigger face.
The original pistol did not lock open on the last shot, common with inexpensive pocket guns. Ruger added a hold open on the last shot with the introduction of the LCP II.
LCP II .22 vs. LCP II .380 ACP
Ruger recently introduced the Lite Rack .22 Long Rifle version of the LCP II. This pistol may be a useful plinker or kit gun or an understudy for the .380 ACP LCP II.
The LCP II .380 ACP isn’t a hard kicker by most standards, but it isn’t the most pleasant handgun to fire in extended range sessions.
The LCP II Lite Rack .22 is a joy to fire and use. The pistol is practically identical in size and operation to the .380 ACP version.
The grip and cocking serrations are the same. The primary difference is the barrel and magazine. The slide is not interchangeable with .380 ACP Ruger pistols.
LCP II .22 Features
The pistol operates differently than most .22s. While it is a blowback pistol, the barrel tilts to an extent. The slide is very easy to rack living up to the Lite Rack’s name.
The rear of the slide offers flared wings or slight protrusions that aid in racking the slide. This is an aid to those of lessened hand strength.
These bumps on the rear of the slide are handy, but small enough that they do not interfere with handling. A pocket holster is supplied with the pistol.
Only one magazine is supplied. An addition to the pistol is a manual safety. The safety is a bit different than most. The safety is pressed to the rear to the on position and thumbed forward to fire.
It isn’t the most natural handling safety, but it isn’t difficult to move to the off position as the pistol comes on target. An addition not found on the .380 ACP pistol is a magazine safety.
The pistol will not fire if the magazine isn’t in place. I have no real preference on the magazine safety, but this is the only firearm I own with such a safety save for a vintage Browning High Power.
The pistol magazines are easy enough to load, but not as easy as some larger .22 caliber handguns. The magazine holds 10 rounds, an impressive reserve for a small handgun.
LCP II .22 Performance
I have fired the pistol a good bit during the past few weeks. It is reliable enough for plinking or carrying in a fishing kit. Finding the load it likes isn’t expensive, as .22 caliber ammunition isn’t expensive.
The user must decide where the gun fits in. If you own a .380 ACP LCP II, the Lite Rack .22 is a great understudy.
For those with limited hand strength, the .22 is easy to rack, no question there. Many citizens realize that crime occurs within their ZIP code and are eager to obtain a gun, any gun.
The LCP II requires a minimum of effort to use. The overwhelming surprise concerning this handgun is accuracy. The pistol shoots out of proportion with its size.
I was able to keep steel plates ringing at 15 yards, connecting on the eight-inch gong with every shot. Small targets at seven yards were easily addressed.
Unlike hard-kicking ultra-light .380 ACP pistols or snub nose .38 revolvers, this handgun invites practice. It is a fun gun.
That is enough reason to purchase the pistol. It doesn’t take up much space but it is a gun, and the .22 Long Rifle is as good a deterrent as any.
The pistol is accurate enough to take on a reptile at a few paces or serve for personal defense if used in the same general manner as a nasal inhaler.
Seldom does a small handgun have so much going for it.
Do you prefer .22 or .380 handguns? Let us know your thoughts on the new LCP II from Ruger in the comments below.