Much like its older brother the wildly popular LC9, the LC380 is a looker. Nary a squared corner can be found on this gun and its sleek swooping lines exude a sexiness that make Kel Tecs hide in shame. Rollmarks on the slide aren’t garish or distracting and everything just blends together into a package that may be the best looking pistol out there. Until you load it, that is, because that’s when that lovely billboard of a stainless steel loading indicator pops up and ruins it like taking brass knuckles to Gisele’s face. Ok, maybe it’s not that bad, but I really don’t understand a need for this feature.
Today’s firearm marketplace is in a chaotic state. As the clerk at my local gun store tried to explain to a customer angry that the store didn’t have any guns on the shelves: “No, there is not a gun shortage. What we are experiencing is a customer surplus.”
The Ruger LC380 is Ruger’s answer to an age-old new shooter problem. I’ve seen several examples of I myself, most frequently in this form: boyfriend takes girlfriend to shoot. She has little – if any – experience or training with firearms, and may be more than a bit nervous. Boyfriend shows off, shooting a large caliber handgun, and then pops it into her small, timorous hands without instruction. She struggles to rack the slide. When she finally pops off a round, the blast and the recoil of the round firing are startling and uncomfortable, so she stops shooting. That’s the last time she ever visits the range, boyfriend or no. Had she had a positive experience, for example, familiarity with firearm operation, and a gun better suited to newer shooters, she may have become an enthusiast in her own right. The Ruger LC380 is that better “newer shooter gun.”