Best Self Defense Ammo
For Ruger LCP
By Dan S. Defense
The Ruger LCP is still a best-selling pocket handgun.
The small size of the Ruger LCP makes it easy to carry
and conceal, attributes that make it so popular. But the
goal of any self defense handgun, even a pocket gun like
the Ruger LCP, is to stop a life threatening attack.
Let's take a look at the best self defense ammo for the
Ruger LCP 380 ACP.
First, let's look at relevant traits in the Ruger LCP
that will affect our self defense ammo selection. The
Ruger LCP has relatively short contact surface. The
magazine base offers a minimal extension for a decent
grip. The LCP is very slim and folks with large hands or
long fingers will find it challenging to grip well.
Final the Ruger LCP has a very short barrel which makes
ammo selection even more difficult.
The Ruger LCP is chambered for 380 ACP ammunition.
Typical bullet weight will be about 90gr, and while
lighter bullets typically mean less recoil, in this case
the bullet is already fairly light. This leaves us
velocity. A bullet with higher velocities will be more
effective since it will produce more energy when it
impacts the target. In addition, higher velocities in
handguns with such short barrels will also contribute to
proper bullet expansion and this is where we hit a
For the Ruger LCP to deliver higher levels of personal
protection, a self defense cartridge with high velocity
is called for. This will increase stopping power and
allow the 380 ACP, a cartridge that resides at the
bottom of self defense efficiency table, to be more
effective. But, as we know, higher velocity translates
to more recoil and in a handgun that isn't easy to grip
that could mean missing the target.
Therefore, the best self defense ammunition for the
Ruger LCP is the highest velocity 380 ACP cartridge that
you can control. In this context that means being able
to hit a human sized target at 7 yards or less. To be
comfortable with my choice of self defense ammo in the
Ruger LCP, I'd want to be able to hit the target with
each and every bullet and do so in fairly rapid fire.
Find the ammo that enables you to do this and you found
the best self defense ammo for the Ruger LCP.
We try to carry the Ruger LCP only as a backup weapon.
When we do so we use Winchester Ranger T-Series
cartridges. We also like 380 ACP ammunition that carries
the Speer Gold Dot label and ammo from Cor-Bon. There
are many other good brands and most known vendors, for
example Hornady, make 380 ACP ammo that you can trust.
We suggest buying a box of each brand, which will give
you about 20 cartridges to test and see if that ammo
works best for you and the LCP.
In summary, please consider that the best self defense
ammo for the Ruger LCP is not the one with the best
paper ballistics. The question is simple-can you hit
your target effectively and repeatedly? You must be
honest with yourself because your choice of ammunition
may very well determine the outcome of a life
threatening engagement. Choose wisely and choose well.
Until next time, stay safe by staying alert!
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