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Ruger LCP-LM No. 3718 380 ACP, $443

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The LCP-LM was the most easily concealed pistol but the laser activation switch was impossible to operate with one hand. The frame's textured front strap and checkered grip helped control the pistol in rapid fire.

Ruger LCP-LM No. 3718 380 ACP, $443

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
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Weight Unloaded
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Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
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Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Double

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Laser Spex. Laser, CenterFire; Activation, Sliding Switch; Master On/Off Switch, No; One-Hand/Ambi Activation, Yes/Yes; Automatic Shut Off, No; Beam Color, Red; Beam Modes, Steady Beam; Beam Intensity, 5mw, 633nm; Dot Size, 0.5 in. @ 50 ft.; Sight Adjustments, Windage, Elevation; Battery, (1) 1/3 N-cell Lithium; Battery Life, 5.0 hrs.; Warranty, Lifetime.
Even petite female hands found the Ruger was a small pistol to operate.
The LCP-LM laser-activation button naturally fell under a left- or right-handed shooter's index finger. It was easy to turn on the laser with one hand, but because the switch slid from side to side, the other hand was needed to turn the laser off.
Both the Ruger (shown) and the SIG sights required the use of a small screwdriver to remove the sight, which could become a chore when cleaning the pistols. For a bolt- on laser sight, the Ruger looked the most integrated.

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