SHOT 2013: Ruger LC380

The new Ruger LC380.

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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Comments (21)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. I bought one of these for my wife and took it to an NRA training class it only shot twice after that it was jamming so much it couldn’t be used even by expert instructors. Also the magazine will not fall out on it’s own there are heavy scratches in two different places on the mag from dragging on the frame and these from only being inserted a dozen times or so it actually hangs up when releasing. Of course this will have to be returned to Ruger. I’ve either got a lemon or these guns are really that bad, regardless I will not trust this gun to fire without jamming.

  8. Nice piece, but don’t expect to find spare Mags. Ruger told me there are none and won’t be for some time to come. Nonetheless, it is a perfect gun to carry, light and easy. If you get into a situation and need more than 7 rounds, well best you go back to the range and practice more.

  9. I love mine easy to shoot and easy to carry still fits in summer shorts pocket. Wife loves it as well. I have a 1911 love it but not always easy to carry the LC380 is.

  10. Bought one for my Wife. We pick it up tonight. She also wanted something more than a .22 and felt the LCP380 had a bit to much of a kick. This gun should be perfect for women !

  11. I’m really looking forward to this being available. This is ideal for my wife who has arthritis in her wrists and would like more than a .22. How long before we start seeing them in stores?

  12. You missed the whole point. The LC9 frame dimensions are ideal for carry.
    The LCP is too small for lots of folks, and many find it too hard to rack
    because of its demure size. Ruger’s offering of the LC9 frame in a 380 caliber
    is not as powerful as my LC9, but it is adequate. The lighter 380 spring and
    tame recoil should make it easier to handle and a real winner especially for women!

  13. When will the lc380 be available? Very few of the dealers around here even know about it. Is it available for order now?

  14. Ruger may need to start coming up with different names–the article is confusing the LC9, LC380, LCP, and LCR (revolver):
    For the solution, I believe you mean best of both worlds: LC380
    “the LC9 has a promising future. The same size as the LC9” First should be LC380
    “Ruger’s LC380 has the exact same features and specifications as the LCR” Same features as a revolver?

  15. If I wanted to pocket carry something the size of an LC, I would have bought the LC9. Why would I go up in size and stay with .380?

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