January 2014

Follow-Up: 380 ACP Pocket Pistol With Factory-Fitted Laser

How did the Ruger LCP with a Crimson Trace laser sight compare to the other laser-equipped subcompacts we’ve tested? Also, gadgets for a Glock, almost a Lahti, glare killer, and more…

Since February 2013 we have tested four subcompact 380 ACP pistols with factory-fitted laser sights — S&W Bodyguard, Ruger LCP-LM, SIG Sauer P238, and the Walther PK380. All received good ratings, but there were features that testers liked and didn’t. At a reader’s request, we tested another Ruger LCP, this one with a Crimson Trace laser sight. In this pistol, we think Ruger created a good combination of sidearm and laser sight.

The Ruger LCP in various configurations has been reviewed by our test teams, and without a laser sight, the LCP generally gets good to excellent grades (A- to B+). With laser sights, particularly the Laser Max, the LCP received a B+. We ruled out the laser sight being a gadget early on in the testing, and the LCP with the Crimson Trace is no exception. Generally, we ask if the addition of a laser sight changes our mind about the pistol? Does the laser bulk up a pocket pistol? Is the laser an asset to the pistol?

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