Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol ~ Review VIDEO

By Graham Baates
YouTube personality, Graham Baates, gives us a video and photo break down of the Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol .

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USA – -(Ammoland.com)-The Ruger LCP handgun has been out for several years and wildly popular for several reasons.

Fans of the little-bitty gun boast of its conceal-ability, slick snag-free design, and light weight while critics complain about a long and heavy trigger, snappy behavior, and nearly invisible sights.

This month Ruger released the LCP II handgun.

Is it an improvement, a replacement, or an alternative?  Having shot a sample of each side by side it appears the answer is, “yes”.

Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol

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Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol

After nearly 10 years in production the variety and availability of accessories for the original LCP make it nearly impossible to deny continued success of the Ruger weapon.  The LCP handgun's unique size and shape mean a plethora of discreet carry devices have been made and likely will continue to be made.  Some of them might fit the slightly-larger Ruger LCP II, but certainly not all.

If the original gun was so successful because of its size why is the Ruger LCP II bigger?

The new Ruger LCP II was widened to give a more comfortable grip for larger-handed shooters, and the slide grew to accommodate forward serrations and taller sights. All in response to feedback from customers and almost-customers who let this factors deter their purchase.

The biggest difference in LCP vs the LCP II though is the trigger.  Gone is the long and heavy revolver-like pull of the LCP original. That has been replaced with some slack followed by an actual break instead of mush-to-click.  There is actual reset now too without having to extend the trigger all the way out.  Although Ruger had the best intentions with the LCP’s panic-resistant trigger many shooters found it difficult to be accurate with.  Accuracy of course require practice and a gun that isn’t fun to shoot often gets left behind when it’s time to go to the range.  The LCP II remedies this by being more comfortable to shoot and having a trigger more like your range gun yet still appropriate for self-defense.

Taking all of these into consideration the LCP II seems almost more of a cousin with a lot of similar features than a true sister of the original.

The next time you hear someone asking if the LCP II is an improvement, replacement, or alternative to the original LCP you can smartly answer, “yes”.

For a complete visual walk-around of the guns see the video above or here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl9Vm0uuarI

Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol Comments:

Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol Side Profiles
Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol Side Profiles

Moving the Rear Sight further back makes for a slightly longer sight radius.

Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol Rear Sights
Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol Rear Sights

Ruger gave the LCP II a more modern appearance.

Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol Appearance
Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol Appearance

Note the changes in pistol grip textures.

Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol Grip Texture
Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol Grip Texture

The Ruger LCP II is slightly thicker in the palm than the first gen LCP handgun.

Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol Palm Sizes
Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol Palm Sizes

The sights of the new LCP II are much easier to pick up.

Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol Sights
Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol Sights

Note from trigger guard serration on Ruger LCP II on right.

Ruger LCP II Pistol vs Ruger LCP Pistol Barrel
Ruger LCP II Pistol (right) vs Ruger LCP Pistol Barrel

About Graham Baates

“Graham Baates” is a pen name used by a 15-year active Army veteran who spent most of his time in the tactical side of the Intelligence community including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Post-Army Graham spent some time in the 3-Gun circuit before becoming a full-time NRA Certified defensive handgun instructor and now works as an industry writer while curating a YouTube channel and blog on the side. Visit Graham on Youtube .

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    Dee Dee
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    Dee Dee

    I am a woman also. I am strongly opposed to carrying in a handbag. I have found belly band and garter/ankle holsters to be best carry methods for women. Handbag carry is not carrying. It is toting.

    This is my opinion only. Simply a topic I feel very strongly about.

    Rod
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    Rod

    Great narration answered the exact questions I had r Harding differences Between the two

    Jb
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    Jb

    Ok, I have owned 4 lcps since they first came out. Literally shot thousands of rounds through them. I love to shoot pockets guns. There are better guns out there than a LCP. They are not mild shooting guns and have a very High Five Slap of recoil that takes a long time to get use to. For many newbies, it hurts. And it takes a good bit of shooting to get use to any acceptable level of competent fast shooting with accuracy, especially from the draw. There are a number of 380’s out there that are actually MILD shooters,… Read more »

    Luke
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    Luke

    I’ve carried a LCP in the right front pocket of my jeans for years, light weight, easy to carry, and I can shoot it well. I’d buy it again.

    Linda Ebanks
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    Linda Ebanks

    The ruger is such a sweet gun. I love how compact it is. Unlike other bulky handguns, I am actually able to carry my ruger in my handbag, which as a woman, is very important because self-defense is something that we take seriously.

    Just in case anyone here is interested in buying one, I have linked below the site I bought my ruger, as well as my husband’s ruger:

    https://www.gunsforsalereviews.com/ruger-lcp-380/

    mike
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    mike

    I have the lcp and the lcp2. both are great pistols.

    George Ponder
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    George Ponder

    Let’s face the facts on the Ruger LCP and the LCP II . First off the original is a true double action trigger with each shot. The II is a cocked an locked type pistol. The original is a more safer pistol for carry than the II since the II has a cocked hammer ready yo fall if the trigger is snagged while putting the pistol in a hip or front pocket with other stuff in the pocket. Neither are range pistols for target shooting and the sights are what we call belly-aimers. Both have their place in the “weapons… Read more »

    Roger
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    Roger

    Did I miss it or did you mention the slide hold open on the 2

    pocketcarry
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    pocketcarry

    New trigger is too light for pocket carry. Like the old lcp more for safety

    joe terranova
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    joe terranova

    A very good video !!!! thanks !!! it helped me a lot !!!

    Ralph
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    Ralph

    Tionica, I have had my LCP for over five years now and there has never been a trace of corrosion. Of course I only pocket carry it every day and clean it once a month, more if I happen to use it at the range. I’ve gotten use to its trigger pull so that doesn’t bother me in the least. With the job I do and the clothes I wear it makes pocket carry about my only option and I wouldn’t trade my LCP for anything else in the pocket carry category. I point and shoot with the LCP and… Read more »

    Pete
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    Pete

    The only Ruger semiauto I don’t hate is the Mark III as it does not have a mouse trap for a slide: Which is to say that all Rugers I’ve tried are hard to rack and hard on the hands. The .380 is no different.

    I own a PT709 Slim which is only slightly larger than the LCP but fires 9mm instead of .380’s, is easier to rack, and has a much better trigger.

    The only .380 I would consider owning is a Bersa CC.

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    I carry my original Talo hard chrome LCP everywhere I go and have no problem hitting the target quickly and accurately at the range. The only modification I have done is to put a Wolff 13 lb recoil spring in it. I carry my reloads with 95 gr Montana Gold FMJ RN bullets at 870 fps. If I think I am going to need something more that is when I carry my G-19; and my LCP. But hey, different strokes for different folks.

    robert soaft
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    robert soaft

    What does a company do when sales slow down? Just introduce a new and improved version.

    charlie
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    charlie

    i luv my LCP!!!

    Michael Baley
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    Michael Baley

    If looking for this type/size of pistol, I would certainly consider the new LCPII, however currently owning an LCP Custom I would in no way spend the extra money for this gun. I agree, this gun, for it’s purpose (close quarter, short distance shooting) needs not have great sights or a triggersuitable for range shooting.

    I wish Ruger well in any case. Hopefully, the slide on the new model won’t rust like my Custom’s slide does.

    Barry Hirsh
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    Barry Hirsh

    Different tools for different applications. If I want the advantages of a larger gun, I will carry a larger gun. My LCP is just fine for its intended purpose – to drop in the front pants pocket (on cargo pants of sem sech) IN A HOLSTER, where it is flat, skinny and invisible, and ready to go. Anyone who has had fundamental training in shooting for self defense knows the “elbow in to the hip” close-up technique, and it is in that mode the pistol performs exactly as advertised. It is exactly what the doctor ordered for in-your-face business, like… Read more »

    Manuel Reyna Jr
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    Manuel Reyna Jr

    Let me be clear. I don’t carry my LCP 380 as my primary weapon. I usually carry my Springfield 45 of which I can make headshots at 25 yards. What I was saying is the shorter trigger pull on the previous LCP with slightly raised sights is a fantastic shooter and with the new ARX ammo it increases the stopping power of the 380 round. plus like I said if I can’t carry a bigger pistol the LCP 380 will suffice and I feel confident that I could stop a deadly threat with it, and yes I also carry it… Read more »

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    I bought the original soon after it came out… expressely because my Smith J Frame was a tad to big/heavy to carry in my jersey pocket when out on my road bike (push bike) The LCP was small enough to fit “upside down” in the pistol rug that comes with, and the whole disappeared into that back jersey pocket, ready to hand, yet “prints” like the typical tool rool most road cyclists keep in that same pocket. That is the ONLY situation where I carried that gun… I’ve a more serious one for EDC. Yes, its a mouse gun, but… Read more »

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    I bought the original soon after it came out… expressely because my Smith J Frame was a tad to big/heavy to carry in my jersey pocket when out on my road bike (push bike) The LCP was small enough to fit “upside down” in the pistol rug that comes with, and the whole disappeared into that back jersey pocket, ready to hand, yet “prints” like the typical tool rool most road cyclists keep in that same pocket. That is the ONLY situation where I carried that gun… I’ve a more serious one for EDC. Yes, its a mouse gun, but… Read more »

    Old Curmudgeon
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    Old Curmudgeon

    I have owned the original since it first came out and don’t have a problem at 10 yards putting 2 center torso and one in the cranium consistently in less than 3 seconds… That being said I am 61 years old and a retired LE officer and weapons instructor. I shoot this little pistol nearly every time I go to the range because it is almost always in my front pocket in a holster that covers the trigger. It is NOT my primary conceal carry pistol, but a backup should my primary firearm malfunction or run dry. I personally won’t… Read more »

    Old Curmudgeon
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    Old Curmudgeon

    One addition to my comment: I wanted to mention that my little Elsie P wears a Crimson Trace Laser Guard or my aging eyes wouldn’t allow me to shoot her with the accuracy described above. Unlike the Clinton campaign I believe in putting out all the facts

    Robert A. Gismondi
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    Robert A. Gismondi

    Well, I have long thought that no company could possibly make a gun uglier than a Glock. Ruger has accomplished the impossible! Recently, Ruger has produced many fine handguns, which not only performed well, but looked fine, compared to their offerings from the last millennium. The problem with polymer is that, the flexibility in creating complicated, ugly lines is unlimited. The LCP II is an example. In contrast, the LCP is one of the most attractive handguns available. Anyone with a minimal aesthetic sense can see that the LCP II violates every rule of design. Apparently, the main advantages are… Read more »

    Skip
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    Skip

    I like “Ugly” guns as you put it. I’m not out to win a fashion contest and I sure don’t want to have to pull my weapon and have a bad guy smile and tell me how pretty my piece is…..I want ugly. I can defend my family just as well with my “ugly” Glock as you can with your “Pretty” gun….. Just sayin’

    Vom Brunhaus
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    Vom Brunhaus

    Take my S*W 5906 over all these

    Daniel Hamilton
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    Daniel Hamilton

    Your S&W 5906? This article is about small autos, not full sized pistols. As far as carrying a full size pistol goes, you can keep your 5906. It’s too heavy, weighing in at 38.3 oz. It has both a manual safety and a magazine disconnect, neither of which I’d want. If you have to have a stainless steel pistol with a hammer, a Sig P226 Stainless Elite weighs less at 42.2 oz, plus it has the same magazine loading at 15 rounds. I’d take a Sig P226 or a CZ P01 or a CZ P07 over the S&W 5906 any… Read more »

    eyedaddy
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    eyedaddy

    Love my 5906!!! Glad to see someone who uses one.

    Daniel Hamilton
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    Daniel Hamilton

    I heard a story about a cop, back in the day when that department used the 5906. The cop came very close to losing his life because of its magazine disconnect. He had drawn his 5906 on an armed criminal, but unbeknownst to the cop, he had somehow inadvertently pressed the magazine release. His 5906 was, at that point, nothing more than a heavy paperweight. If the criminal had chose to engage the cop in a gunfight, the officer would not have been able to return fire. There are states that require the lunacy of both manual safeties and magazine… Read more »

    enslaved_citizen
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    enslaved_citizen

    I just got mine and like it! I’ve hated how the LCP looks with the curve design but love the new LCP II angles. However I’m concerned with the amazing ease of pull on the trigger and have been carrying it with the chamber empty so I don’t know if I will keep it. I also can’t tell when the trigger is going to break because the trigger is so smooth.

    Robert A. Gismondi
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    Robert A. Gismondi

    Well, I have long thought that no company could possibly make a gun uglier than a Glock. Ruger has accomplished the impossible! Recently, Ruger has produced many fine handguns, which not only performed well, but looked fine, compared to their offerings from the last millennium. The problem with polymer is that, the flexibility in creating complicated, ugly lines is unlimited. The LCP II is an example. In contrast, the LCP is one of the most attractive handguns available. Anyone with a minimal aesthetic sense can see that the LCP II violates every rule of design. Apparently, the main advantages are… Read more »

    Manuel Reyna Jr
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    Manuel Reyna Jr

    The LCP 380 prior to the LCP ll is a fantastic carry when a bigger pistol would be out of place. I personally can hit the 10 ring at 10 yards consistently
    With the LCP 380. I am glad it doesn’t have the long trigger pull the original did makes it more accurate to shoot. For those that can’t, hopefully the new LCP ll
    Can help solve that issue, and yes it takes a lot of
    Practice just like anything else. So get the one that works for you and go the the range.

    Burns
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    Burns

    I had one when they first came out like 7 years ago. It sucked. I dumped it and recently picked up the Custom for my wife, first 3 rounds at 25 feet were 1″ group all touching the 19 on a standard NRA pistol target, Pie plate sized . The improved trigger on the lcp first gen “the red trigger”, is great. There is nothing that this new model could possibly do to get a gun this small to shoot any better, Other than a stout recoil, it does what it was intended to do, “a backup gun” or a… Read more »

    junkman
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    junkman

    Any LCP without a ‘hyphen’ in the serial # has a much improved trigger & is referred to as a 2nd generation–however, the LCP Custom is in a league of it;s own as to trigger function, sights, etc–the Custom is simply superb & I like the trigger on it more than the LCP II–the 2nd gen LCP production is being moved to Ruger’s Mayodan, NC plant where the AR 556, SR 762, AMERICAN Rimfire & SR 22 pistols are made–the ‘II’ is being made in Prescot, AZ & the ‘Custom’ is supposed to resume production there, but is suspended for… Read more »

    Ray
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    Ray

    In what way does the new model look more “modern”? That is subjective and I really don’t think it does. As for sights? The original is often described as a “get off me gun” or a point and shoot gun. The original works just fine at the intended distance. Why fix it if it ain’t broke? If think it was broke then probably neither of these models is the right gun for you. I wouldn’t trade mine in for another model in the 380 pocket gun space. It is perfect the way it is.