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Born from the now-legendary Ruger LCP and Ruger LC9, the Ruger LC380 is marked by its rugged construction, which includes a high-performance, glass-filled nylon frame alongside a blued alloy steel slide. The greatest selling point for the Ruger LC380, however, is its size. It offers dimensions that are identical to the LC9, and is only slightly larger than the LCP. In fact, it carries less than a one-inch difference in terms of height and length, making it an ideal choice for concealed carry.
Next to the Ruger LCP, the Ruger LC380 joins the Ruger LC9 as the company's most compact offering to date. The LC380 features a 3.12-inch barrel and an overall length of just six inches. Ordinarily, I would not bother mentioning the width of a pistol, but in the case of the LC380, it is definitely worth noting. The LC380 boasts a width of just .90 inches, making it truly concealable in just about any outfit. As noted, the frame is constructed from an extremely lightweight, glass-filled polymer. Alongside the alloy steel slide and barrel, the LC380 weighs in at a feathery 17.20 ounces – just over a pound – and is manageable by both shooters of all sizes and skill levels.
Other features include a three-dot iron sight system that includes a fixed front sight alongside a windage-adjustable rear sight, an aggressively checkered grip for security and comfort, a finger grip extension floor plate, a manual thumb safety and a loaded chamber indicator to provide for visual and tactile confirmation of the chamber status. As noted, the Ruger LC380 is chambered for the .380 ACP cartridge and ships with a single seven-round magazine.