Ruger continues to improve their self-defense pocket pistols with the…

Ruger continues to improve their self-defense pocket pistols with the addition of factory-installed lasers from LaserMax to their popular LCP .380 ACP and LC9 9mm pistols, providing a real world fight-stopping combination when and where you need it. Ruger LCP .380 ACP (bottom); Ruger LC9 9mm (top)

The use of laser aiming devices on personal protection and combat handguns is by now well established. Unfortunately, too many come across as large, ill-fitting add-ons that, while effective, aren’t very subtle. But Ruger has a cure for what ails you, teaming up with LaserMax to produce the new CenterFire laser units specifically designed for the LCP and LC9 pistols.

Ruger is also offering both of these pistols with the CenterFire units factory-installed and sighted-in right out the box—ideal for concealed or off duty carry or a convenient back-up gun. These CenterFire laser units are specifically designed to integrate almost seamlessly with each pistol and feature matching finishes and polymer construction and attach without the need for a frame mounted accessory rail or any alteration to the gun.

CenterFire Laser
Both units are identical in shape and design, except for the slightly larger dimensions on the laser for the LC9 pistol. They each feature a bright constant-on red laser beam, which is emitted from a point just under the muzzle for the least amount of distortion to target—not that this is much of a factor at self-defense distances. It is also far enough forward that there is little danger of the beam being blocked by your finger. The units, having a five-year battery life, barely add to the already small dimensions of the LCP and LC9 and tack on only 0.5 ounces in weight.

Capacities are 7+1 of 9mm with the LC9 or 6+1 of .380 ACP with the LCP, offering excellent firepower in extremely compact packages.

The benefits of a gun-mounted laser are many, particularly in the field of training. With the laser on target you can see every bit of movement and exactly how your trigger squeeze affects the point of impact. This in turn allows shooters to adjust and perfect their trigger mechanics to avoid many common errors that throw shots off one way or another. They also allow for an essentially real world heads-up target-focused display where the user can engage threats from various angles and positions much more easily and quickly, especially in low-light conditions.

One way to look at it is like this — a laser can also save lives, since a bright red dot in the middle of one’s chest is the international symbol for “you’re up the creek” and can break through even the toughest of communication barriers. LaserMax has several real world testimonials on their website proving this point. According to one from a police Sergeant in the Southeastern U.S., “the perp stopped and turned on me with the shotgun. I dove to the ground and activated my LaserMax sight directly on his middle torso area. He saw the red dot pulsating on his chest and immediately, without hesitation, dropped his weapon.”

The CenterFire lasers are also very well designed and thought out with good ergonomics and rounded edges with scalloped recesses for proper trigger finger placement. In fact the spot for finger-offthe-trigger positioning is exactly where the ambidextrous push-button activation switch is located. In this manner, right- or left-handed shooters can easily and quickly use their trigger finger to push in this button before moving their finger to the trigger. To deactivate the laser, simply push the button in from the opposite side back to the middle position.

I found that the button was a bit stiff, which is good since it prevents it from self-activating in a pocket or holster and draining the battery, but easily engaged with practice. Allen wrenches are included with each pistol to make elevation and windage adjustments to the laser units, which are factory aligned at 10 yards. I, however, found that each needed some elevation and windage adjustment to get them right on target, which was easily and quickly done.

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  • jim

    i bought the $19 belt clip for my LCP on eBay and the button keep turning on the lazermax when i wore it and killing the battery, so after that happened a couple of times (over $5 for the battery) i got this idea and it works great
    put an o-ring over the button on both sides, it stays on the button unless you want it off buy flicking it off with your fingertip(does add 1 second) than push the button. o-ring size is -006 less than a penny apiece. this overcomes the note with the lazer that says should be carried in a holster, the $19 clip is much better and faster than a holster.

  • Jogger

    I was excited to try my LC9 with the laser as soon as I got it. The gun is effective, no complaints whatsover. My complaint lies with the laser. First time out and it continually turns itself off and comes on again a couple of rounds later. Not good if you are reliant upon its use. I ran may be 80 rounds in an hour and the power of the laser visibly dimmed. What happened to 5 years?
    I’ll try the tin foil approach but for the price I paid, that is ridiculous! If it keeps doing what it is doing, back it goes.

  • JCC LCP76

    I have had my LCP 380 for about 9 month’s now and I have to say I love it. It is right on target,light,little,very easy to conceal.I mean who really want’s to carry a big old 45 cal around everyday. If 7 shots of 380 don’t stop what ever is coming your way. You need to know how to shoot your gun or you need and army.Thanks for a great Gun Ruger.

  • Ken Killam

    I’ve found with a S&W Bodyguard 380 the the batteries seem to jar loose on recoil, so that the laser turns itself off.

    A small paper/gum wrapper foil doubled and used as a shim, helped to keep them in place and the problem was less apparent (one more ‘shim’ I think will do the trick).

    But the issue almost got the gun sent back.

    Thanks for the article. The manufacturers need to do more testing in the field to feed the growing market and not place the fault on the operators of these weapons.

  • Joe Hardy

    No problems with the laser on the LCP. I’ve had mine for 2 months and 1 trip to the range where I ran 50 rounds of FMJ ammo thru it. My only problem was trying to feed hollow points. But that was quickly fixed by going to the Pow’RBall ammo. I also went with a DeSantis G5 pocket holter. Drawing the gun with the pocket holster is realy easy. Plus it protects the laser and trigger from snags. I am very comfortable carrying this gun loaded and its size isn’t an excuse not to carry.

  • Gregory Blahnik

    Has anyone else had a problem with the laser going dead quickly? even with a brand new battery it died fast. Ruger said it was the Crimson Trace issue not theirs.

  • MP Crosson

    Where can I buy in California?