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Ruger Retaliates! New LCP-CT Takes on S&W Bodyguard

Ruger’s LCP is all the rage. Still. Credit the dramatic increase in concealed carry permits, triggered by the relaxation of CCW regulations in several gun-lovin’ red states. This small gun sales surge caught Smith & Wesson napping. Well, not really. The storied revolver maker manufactures some of the world’s best pocket pistols. Still. But they didn’t have a direct answer to Ruger’s .380-caliber semi-automatic mouse gun. Instead of selling customers on the virtues of revolvers, Smith & Wesson countered the LCP with a small semi of its own. The $400 Bodyguard‘s Unique Selling Point: a built-in INSIGHT laser sight. Ruger’s retaliated with their new LCP-CT with an on-board Crimson Trace laser. For $548. Will buyers pay the premium? Stay tuned.


  1. avatar RB211 says:

    My PF9 is just a little larger and it fires real bullets. No .380 for me. Im a snob..

    1. avatar jim beam says:

      How much does it weigh? Can you put in your shorts pocket without a belt? I bet not. For this reason there is no rival pocket gun.

      1. avatar dale w says:

        Try the kimber solo 9mm small fits in your pocket

  2. avatar JOE MATAFOME says:

    These lil guns are cute but I’ll stick to my 45’s for quick and certain stopping power.

  3. avatar Ralph says:

    I’m sticking with my snubby.

  4. avatar Rabbi says:

    Oh goody, a tiny, hard to hold, hard to shoot, hard to aim gun in a sub par caliber. I can’t wait.

  5. As a former homicide detective, I have been to way too many autopsies of people who were shot with sub-par, non .45 caliber ammo, and other non-“real bullets”.

    I have an LCP and am comfortable with carrying it for self defense when loaded with Hornady Critical Defense Ammo.

    I think the S&W Bodyguard has some catching up to do, but shouldn’t be discounted because of a “mine’s bigger” argument. As far as the CT Laser, I am not a big fan. Its just something that could break, or run out of juice at a critical moment.

    The almost non-existent sights on my LCP are fine for 10 yards and closer where index shooting is used anyway. Pocket guns have their place – especially in Florida where shorts and flip-flops are the uniform of the day.

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      How many autopsies have you attended where someone survived smaller caliber ammo?

      1. avatar Rabbi says:

        I never said, sub par calibers were not lethal, I say they have little to no stopping power–big difference.

      2. avatar RB211 says:

        Damn. That was funny..

    2. avatar Mike says:

      I was of the opinion they don’t do autopsies on survivors.
      But hey, it’s a new age.

  6. avatar Travis says:

    Ruger gets way too much credit for its LCP considering it is just a $pruced-up KEL Tec P3AT.
    The integral laser sight is very cool though. And you don’t have to do anything stupid to turn it on or off vs the Smith design. Touch once for steady, twice for pulse, and 3 times it will make a cool unicorn design on the wall.

    These guns are what you carry when you cannot carry a gun.

  7. avatar frank says:

    Ill rather stick with the micro desert eagle, sturdy and who needs a laser on short range anyway?? All steel is the way as far as I’m concerned. Besides, if you carry a gun like this, you want it to work, a missfire with the micro eagle; press again, no need to pull back the slide. So, either a snubby or the mirco is my advise.

  8. avatar zeo says:

    1. How many of these critics have actually fired this gun? …so no REAL feedback, right?
    2. My wife’s hands were not made for the larger frame cannons some of you guys noted.
    3. A slug need not “knock em down”, but merely stop someone in their tracks, either by fright, shot in the chest/thorax area, or by dying. Need not even be a great shot to do any of these.
    4. Buyers comments note little, to no misfires after hundreds of rounds. All reviews I’ve read from BUYERS/USERS have nothing but praise (other than it not being a stainless to avoid oxidation).

    I think I’ll go with the the detective’s advice – you know, the PROFESSIONAL opinion.
    ….not to say I don’t appreciate the other opinions noted above. Thank you all for your input.

  9. avatar Laurence Hart says:

    I have used every type of ammunition you can imagine in my Ruger LCP and all it does is…….. JAM JAM JAM JAM! I’m trading it in period!

  10. avatar Richard says:

    I have fired the LCP. The 1st time I did I was shooting at a bottle floating in a river at about 35 yards away and hit it on the 2nd shot. This is a great gun.

  11. avatar CUJO THE DOG OF WAR says:

    I’d say I prefer my S & W .38 special Bodyguard. It stays loaded with MagSafe rounds. It also has an Insight laser, plain or pulse. I like lasers because as a deputy, even having a laser on the taser and the Pepperball gun stopped people in their tracks. The only odd thing to get used to with this Smith is the cylinder rotates CLOCKWISE, backwards to all other Smith revolvers. That won’t matter to any who weren’t trained to reload counter to rotation-in case you have to handle a BG before you’re done fully reloading-or if you’re using a speedloader.

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