Ruger LCP2 2000 Round Challenge: Rounds 1751-1850.

I took the gun up to Shoot Center to do some indoor range work with the Crimson Trace green laser I have on the gun. I can see the dot during the day, but it’s indoors where it really shines.

Yes, I meant to write that.

The MagTech and Fiocchi ammo I had been using in this test caused this gun no end of troubles, so I loaded up my mags with Federal Premium .380 from Lucky Gunner, and I headed off to the range, where something interesting happened: I couldn’t hit crap with the laser, but did ok with the minimal iron sights on that little gun. Here’s the same target, shot at 10 yards with irons vs. laser.

While neither target is a shining example of marksmanship, something happened when I saw that green dot show up on the target, and BLAMMO, I jerked the trigger. However, when I lined up the sights, I took my time and pressed the trigger and managed to deliver acceptable results for a .380 pistol that’s slightly bigger than an index card. I’m *used* to the lousy sights on this gun, what I’m not used to is the green dot. More work on this is needed, but at a later date because I’m calling an end to the test.

Yep, that’s right, the 2000 round test of the LCP2 is ending 250 rounds short of the goal. On the 87th shot of my session, the pistol threw a Failure To Eject malfunction at me, and I’ve had enough. The gun was reasonably reliable through the first 500 rounds, but boy howdy did things go downhill from there.

Ammunition-wise, this was the tale of the tape. From what I’ve seen, if you get a change to shoot MagTech in an LCP2, don’t.

RoundQuan. ShotFTEFTF
Hornady Critical Defense 90 Grain JHP24
Tula Ammo 91 Grain FMJ12
Speer Gold Dot 90 Grain JHP6
Winchester White Box 95 Grain FMJ5062
Hornady Custom XTP 90 Grain JHP2
PMC Bronze 90 Grain FMJ85021
Magtech 95 Grain FMJ1004
Fiocchi 95 Grain FMJ1002
Federal American Eagle 95 Grain FMJ1001
Blazer Brass FMJ95 Grain 50

The LCP2 is a pocket pistol, not a service pistol. It’s not built to the same standards as, say, an S&W M+P or a Glock, and it turns out there’s a reason why they’re called “service” pistols… they’re meant to stay in service and not barf up ammo after 500 rounds.

Now, does this mean that the LCP2 is a bad choice for a defensive gun? No, not at all. Pocket guns just are not designed to take the same abuse as a service pistol and are rarely have even 500 rounds put through them over the course of their lifetime (although I was kinda hoping this one would go further into the test than it did).

Bottom line is if you have an LCP2 is that unless you’re as dumb as I was and took things to the extreme, you little gun will serve you well. Put 100 or so rounds through it a year to maintain competency, and save the torture tests for the guns that can take the abuse.

Ruger LCP2 2000 Round Challenge Results

Rounds Fired
100 Rounds Federal Premium FMJ 

Total Rounds Fired: 1750
One possible failure to eject on round 116
Failures to eject: Rounds 400, 489, 974, 993, 1277, 1323, 1359, 1737
Failure to feed: Round 873, 1526, 1534, 1556, 1583

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. One thing with these little pistols is that the mainspring serves as a major component of the recoil system right along with the recoil spring.

    And when you ask companies about recommended maintenance/replacement intervals on guns like the LCP or BG380, they look like you like you’ve sprouted a second head growing out of your shoulder.

    I wanna say that LAPD armorers swap recoil & mainsprings on issue BG380s every 250 or 300 rounds.

  2. Were the rounds fired at 1526, 1534, 1556, 1583 of the same brand?
    Rounds fired Failures (specific round fired at failure)
    ——————– ————————————————————
    1-500 3 (116, 400, 489)
    501-1000 3 (873, 974, 993)
    1001-1500 3 (1277, 1323, 1359)
    1501-1750 5 (1526, 1534, 1556, 1583, 1737)

    1. Those are MagTech/Fiocchi. Now, whether or not the LCP2 would have had those same issues with that ammo during the first part of the test remains to be seen.

  3. There are two paths you could take with this (#1 then #2 or #2 only):

    1. While still uncleaned/unlubed, run another 100 rounds or so of Federal Premium to see if problems persist.

    2. Clean/lube then run another 100 rounds or so of MagTech/Fiocchi to see if problems persist.

    Look on the bright side. Those FTF/FTE failures are excellent training opportunities.

  4. There are two paths you could take with this
    Actually there are 3.
    The ones you stated or just not abuse a pistol while serving no purpose whatsoever. These idiotic 2k tests don’t show a damn thing other than 1 gun out of X million produced will do this vs that, and it gives bloggers something to write about.
    Might as well write some clickbait on 9mm vs 45.

    Big Guess –> I bet it’s not the ammo.
    While in the spirit of the “test”, no lube or cleaning is the way to go, it remains just freaking dumb…no matter what gun is used.
    It’s hard to think of a bigger waste of time and ammo in order to produce some blog fodder.

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