Gun Report

Ruger LC380 No. 3219 380 Auto, $450

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In our view, the LC380 offers better ergonomics than many smaller 380s and a more pleasant shooting experience than 9mm pistols in this frame size. It is well worth its price tag.

Ruger LC380 No. 3219 380 Auto, $450

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
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Grip Material
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Double

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We found the recessed muzzle to be an interesting, if not unique, detail. This aids concealment and may offer additional support to the barrel as well.
Takedown begins with lowering the takedown plate, aligning the relief in the frame and then pushing the takedown pin (ar- row) through from the right-hand side of the frame. Lower right: It breaks down to the simple components shown.
The LC380's grip was handsome and surprisingly roomy, too. The supplied alternate basepad not only looked racy but should make the grip long enough to accommodate all but the very largest hands. Note the sharp checker- ing applied to the glass- reinforced-nylon frame.
Ruger uses a recoil assembly consisting of two springs and a polymer guide rod to cycle ammunition through the LC380's 3.1-inch-long barrel. This is a simple, low-cost solution that provided good reliability for us.
The sights were steel dovetailed into the frame front and rear. The rear sight was windage adjustable via drift, with a locking screw. Note how the rear unit blends into the slide to maximize snag-free attachment and the longest possible sight radius. Operation of the thumb safety was pleasingly crisp.

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