I picked up a Ruger LCP for a steal a few months ago.  I wasn’t on the market for compact pistol (I’m a big enough guy that my EDC Glock 19 rarely gives me any trouble concealing) but I am, for better or worse, a gun guy.  When I’m presented with an opportunity to buy and shoot something I’ve never played with before, without getting yelled at by my wife for breaking the bank, I tend to jump at it.  The gun was still sealed in the package, but technically second-hand (part of an estate liquidation), and I happily took the little pistol home despite knowing nothing about it but its reputation – a reputation that honestly isn’t all that good.

The LCP, or Lightweight Compact Pistol, comes chambered in a respectable .380 with a magazine capacity of six rounds (plus one in the chamber).  It’s solidly affordable at around $220, and even comes with a handy pocket holster for you to nuzzle your adorable little gun into like a nest for what seems like a dainty piece of gear.  I mean, I can hide the entire pistol in my hand and it weighs in at about 9 ounces unloaded, so I couldn’t help but feel a little bit like my new concealed carry pistol was a fragile little thing intended for smaller, cuter hands like my wife’s (who actually carries a Walther that has a larger footprint).  Sure, I felt that way… until I went and shot it.

Ruger LCP as shown with grip extension.

Now, full disclosure, I first started firing my new LCP only a few days after being taken out of a cast for a broken wrist, so my surprise at just how hard this little thing kicks may have been exaggerated, but (in my opinion) the poor grip design is a bigger culprit.  A pistol I love to shoot fits into my hand as though it was meant to be there, and the LCP’s grip angle just isn’t intuitive for the shape of my hand.  It doesn’t seem to be a size issue, and to be honest, it may really just be a matter of my personal preference.

Small, lightweight pistols that are chambered in anything larger than .22 tend to have a real kick to them – that’s honestly part of the fun – but this little pistol just feels a bit out of control in my gorilla mitt under rapid fire conditions.  So, I attempted to remedy the issue by purchasing some aftermarket accents: a magazine mounted grip extension, and a grip pad to thicken it up a bit.