Today we unveil our new series UNLOADED. This series will take a dive into cleaning and maintaining new and old firearms as well as taking a look at what makes these firearms unique. Our new series is being hosted by the wonderful Grace Boatright.
Pocket guns are awesome. True, they’re usually not the most powerful and have low-capacity magazines but what they lack in power and ammo quantity, they make up for in portability and practicality. They make for great ankle guns, purse guns, under-the-seat motorcycle guns – pretty much anywhere you don’t want to add a lot of weight and bulk.
I’ve grown particularly fond of Ruger’s LCP models – both the .380 and the .22. I have both and must admit that the .380 LCP is probably the gun I carry most right now.
Summers in Virginia are hot and humid and if I’m not at the range, there’s a good chance I’m wearing shorts, a tank top, and flipflops. That outfit obviously doesn’t allow for a lot of concealment or places to secure a holster. Thus, a small, lightweight gun that literally fits into my pocket is ideal.
Also, the .380 LCP fits comfortably into my ankle holster which is really something special – especially for a woman’s smaller ankles and tighter pants. It weighs 9.6 ounces, has an overall length of 5.16 inches, is less than an inch wide, and the magazine holds 6 rounds. I can wear it on my ankle all day and hardly even notice it. NOTE: Ankle holsters really only work with bootcut pants.
I received the LCP II, chambered in a .22 caliber, for my birthday last month and it’s quickly become one of my favorite carry guns as well – especially when I’m on my bicycle or Vespa. It weighs 11.2 ounces, has an overall length of 5.2 inches, is less than an inch wide, and the magazine holds 10 rounds.
I love riding my bike and whenever I do, I usually have a firearm on me. LCP’s .22 caliber version is so light and compact that it fits easily into any cycling bag and doesn’t add a lot of unnecessary weight. A .22 caliber usually wouldn’t be my preference for a carry gun, but the LCP II is just too practical and convenient to leave at home.
Either one of these LCP models could also be a great starter gun for someone who hasn’t been carrying very long – particularly for a woman. The added weight and bulk of a firearm can discourage many women from carrying on a daily basis. After all, we girls have enough stuff to keep with us all day. Adding a gun to the mix could just become too much. These little LCPs are so small and lightweight, most women wouldn’t even notice that they’re wearing one or carrying one in their purse. The LCP .380 comes in a lot of cool colors and designs too if you enjoy a more “personalized” approach.
So if you’re looking for a great pocket gun, I recommend checking out Ruger’s LCP models. The .380 retails for around $350 and the .22 retails for around $450. For that price, you really can’t beat the quality and convenience of these awesome little guns.