Ruger LCP MAX Review - A Modern Day Derringer

Have you been searching tirelessly for an incredibly concealable, high-capacity micro-compact to tuck in your skivvy shorts? Or perhaps something handy to carry in your robe for those quick mail-grabbing moments? Look no further, as this Ruger LCP Max review will provide insights into why Ruger’s LCP and LCP MAX might just be your go-to options.

This firearm is, without a doubt, the smallest carry pistol I recommend, yet it delivers a beautiful shooting experience for its size. Today at M*CARBO, we’re showing some love to our little friend, the LCP, addressing all your potential Ruger LCP Max problems and discussing Ruger LCP Max accessories to enhance your experience.

Ruger LCP MAX Pistol


Ruger LCP MAX vs LCP II Specs Chart

Why LCP is a Good EDC Pistol

Whether you are a concealed carry novice or a seasoned carrier, you understand that concealability is pivotal when deciding on a CCW. The Ruger LCP’s compact size earns its reputation as the ideal “pocket” carry pistol. Ruger has astonishingly fitted a 10 round .380 ACP capacity into a pistol the size of a one-shot Derringer, alleviating any Ruger LCP Max problems regarding size. It even includes a low-profile pocket holster right out of the box, making it the perfect micro-compact for small tote or coin purse carry.

Ruger has meticulously designed the LCP Max for all-around comfort. With a grip slightly longer than the LCP II, it offers a more comfortable grip, addressing any holding issues associated with tiny micro-compacts. The ergonomics of the LCP MAX make it solid to hold when firing, making it a viable backup concealed carry in an ankle or pocket holster, especially when desiring to wear more casual clothing.

Ruger LCP MAX Concealed Carry

.380 Skepticism

Despite its benefits, the .380 ACP has faced criticism, with some questioning its effectiveness as a self-defense round. Surprisingly, a few .380 manufacturers meet the FBI ballistics protocol for bullet penetration. The Federal .380 ACP 90 grain Hydra-Shok round not only meets but exceeds FBI standards, making it a highly recommended round for those using the LCP MAX as a daily carry.

380 ACP - 90 gr JHP - Federal Hydra-Shok
Federal 380 Auto Ammo Box

LCP MAX Upgrades

Ruger has paid heed to customer feedback, addressing the original LCP’s shortcomings and introducing commendable improvements with the LCP MAX. A significant upgrade includes an increased mag capacity from 6 to 10+1 (12+1 with the extended grip mag), achieved through the reengineering of the magazines for double-stack capacity. The LCP MAX boasts the highest round capacity for its size, accompanied by a slight increase in width, enhancing the CCW.

The newer grips offer more surface area for better hold and recoil control, alongside upgraded iron sights featuring a Tritium front sight for faster target acquisition. The introduction of the "Secure Action" trigger and the ambidextrous magazine release are other notable improvements, enhancing the user experience and addressing potential Ruger LCP Max problems.

Final Thoughts

Ruger has invested significantly in this compact handgun, offering a great CCW option for those struggling with 9mm handgun recoil. It is incredibly suitable for quick outdoor tasks, eliminating the need for extra accessories, unlike carrying a larger Glock 17. With a reasonable Ruger LCP Max price tag of around $470, it stands as one of the best in its class.

For those seeking to optimize their Ruger experience, check out our MCARBO Ruger LCP, Ruger LCP 2, or Ruger LCP MAX upgrades. Whether it’s enhancing your firearm with Ruger LCP Max accessories or exploring the Ruger LCP Max 380 review for more insights, MCARBO has you covered.

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