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Ruger LCP II Lite Rack
T
he popularity of small-caliber
pocket pistols chambered in
.25 ACP and .32 ACP has waned
considerably in recent years due to
an ever-growing selection of subcompact
models chambered for larger
cartridges, including 9 mm Luger and
.380 ACP-a transition that occurred,
in part, due to the 2008 release
of Ruger's Lightweight Compact
Pistol (LCP). This single-stack semiautomatic,
chambered in .380 ACP,
received a variety of upgrades back in
2016, resulting in the release of the
LCP II, which remains a top seller for
the company to this day.
Despite the 9 mm pocket pistol's
rise to prominence, there is one
" mouse-gun " cartridge that has yet to
slip out of vogue, the .22 Long Rifle.
While this beloved rimfire doesn't
yield an optimal level of stopping
power, it is nevertheless a ubiquitous
cartridge that is far less expensive
than center-fire pistol counterparts.
But its most attractive feature is the
low level of felt recoil it produces in
small guns, making it easy and pleasant
to shoot during practice.
Recognizing that devotees of the
LCP II platform were looking for a
less-expensive means of practicing at
the range and a familiar platform for
casual plinking, Ruger released a new
take on the pistol in 2020, the
.22 Long Rifle-chambered Lite Rack.
In addition to producing notably
reduced levels of felt recoil, this model
has a slide that's easier to cycle manually
and two safety features not found
on the .380 ACP versions.
Like the center-fire options, the
LCP II Lite Rack is hammer-fired; however,
it differs in that it is blowbackoperated.
The external features and
footprint are nearly identical to those
of the center-fire models, though,
which means it will fit into a variety
of existing holsters and carry systems.
The through-hardened, blued
steel slide features fixed sights milled
integrally into the slide and angled
cocking serrations at the front and
rear. The 2.75 " satin stainless-finished
barrel features six-groove, 1:16 " righthand
rifling and a beveled contour to
the top and side edges of the hood.
The one-piece, full-length, carbon
steel guide rod is fitted with a single
round-wire recoil spring.
The slide is supported by a pair
of 3.3 " rails milled into an aluminum
The LCP II Lite Rack disassembles by way of a removable pin. A single round-wire coil spring rides on a
one-piece steel guide rod. Note the contouring of the barrel's hood and its bell-shaped muzzle.
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chassis that also houses the trigger
group and upper controls. The internal
chassis is molded into the black,
glass-filled-nylon frame. The frame's
dustcover is rounded, while the trigger
guard is squared-off with the flat front
face textured to serve as a finger rest.
The grip frame has panels of moderate,
molded-in texturing on all four sides.
The pistol's takedown pin is located
on the left side of the frame, along
with the slide catch and magazine
release. The catch locks the slide
open when the last shot is fired, and
the metal magazine-release button is
located just behind the trigger guard
for easy access with the shootinghand
thumb. This model ships with
one single-stack, 10-round, steel
magazine made possible by a slightly
extended baseplate.

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