A few months ago I was looking around and could not find anyone who had really beat up on a Ruger LCP. Now, before you get upset, I know this is not what the gun is designed to do. I get it. But I think it is valuable to see what a weapons system can take even if you never intend (nor should you) abuse it.
The pistol did fail, but was able to continue to work with some assistance to the slide. I don’t carry the LCP often. I am of the opinion it is not “enough gun” that I would want to use to defend myself. But for those trips to the gym or other times you need a small pocket gun, you would be hard pressed to find a better option (for the money).
The late Jeff Cooper was one of the true pioneers of weaponcraft in the US. His numerous accomplishments include founder of Gunsite Ranch, editor at large of Guns & Ammo magazine, winner of the Outstanding American Handgunner award in 1995, Rangemaster Emeritus of the US Practical Shooting Assn. and long-time member of the board of directors of the National Rifle Association. He was a United States Marine, the creator of the “modern technique” of handgun shooting, and an expert on the use and history of small arms.
Even though we have moved beyond some of the techniques he taught he is still the foundation and put together some of the best “software” for cultivating a good mindset. One of his books I think should be required reading, Principles of Personal Defense. It’s a short book and be found online for less than $20.
“It is a classic, timeless work, encapsulated in a clear, concise, and succinct form………….it should be read, studied, and then periodically re-read and re-studied. No matter how many times you read it, you will always find one more pearl of wisdom that you missed during the last read.”
I like to use the “$50 rule.” If you are not spending at least $50 on a holster or belt, there is a very good chance your not getting a quality piece of gear. Here is a video review from Hegshot87 on the Trakline belt (https://youtu.be/sY2D7PnBNQI):