I’ve been into guns for as long as I can remember, and why not? The history. The beauty. The mechanical innovation, customization. The fun and most importantly, the protection. I needed a gun to accompany me on my travels as a truck driver, that meant it had three basic requirements to go alongside me: 1) it has to be compact, 2) it has to be lightweight, and 3) it has to be reliable . . .
Conceilability is important because my Michigan permit is good in about forty states, but several frown upon open carry and printing (places like Texas and Florida) so a tiny gun that completely disappears in a pocket is a must. Lightweight was easy. When you are driving for 11 hours a day, heavy guns tend to drag your pants around, slowly helped by the bumps of the road. That can make you very uncomfortable. As for reliability, if you can’t get a gun to shoot reliably then it’s a gun not worth carrying.
The Ruger LCP is a sexy little pocket pistol is a semi automatic .380 designed for the deep concealed carry crowd. It suits my needs well, I can slip it into a pocket (with holster of course) and it blends right in with my jeans. No worries of printing or bulging. The LCP is probably the lightest pistol I’ve shot, and I’ve put 1000 rounds through it with with exactly zero malfunctions. It definitely fits all my criteria.
Many things about the LCP are perfect but the trigger isn’t one of them. For some strange reason Ruger gave the gun a very long and heavy trigger pull. I replaced the stock trigger with Galloway Precision’s Sweet Pea. It has a shorter, smoother and lighter pull. It’s no Timney, but is definitely several times better than the factory trigger. It’s adjustable for over travel and adds a nice visual touch, too.
Lastly I added in a Hogue grip. It gives a lot more traction and the minor palm swell it adds helps keep the little more gun under control.
To sum it up, the Ruger LCP is my go-to gun and my daily companion. I hope I never need my trusty little friend, but if I do, I know she will see me through just fine.