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RUGER LCP II LITE RACK
MANUFACTURER: STURM, RUGER & CO. (DEPT. AR), 271 CARDWELL ROAD,
MAYODAN, NC 27027; (336) 949-5200; RUGER.COM
5.2 "
2.75 "
The LCP II Lite Rack rimfi re is an internalhammer
design in which the hammer itself is
fully shrouded. Note the integral rear sight.
Two safety features have been
added to this pistol that are absent
on the .380 ACP. Directly behind the
slide catch on the left side of the
frame is a metal thumb-safety lever.
Instead of swinging up and down like
many pistol safeties, this one slides
straight back into the Safe position.
Pressing it forward into the Fire position
reveals a clearly visible, brightred
dot on the frame. The safety lever
is small, unobtrusive and easy to
maneuver. This pistol also has a magazine
disconnect; when the magazine is
removed from the grip, the trigger locks
up to prevent the gun from fi ring.
When using a rimfi re pistol as an
understudy to a defensive handgun,
it's important that the gun provides a
comparable sight picture and trigger
pull. Some rimfi re pistols fail to
replicate these features adequately
for useful training, however, the
Lite Rack successfully duplicates the
fi xed sights and trigger pull of the
.380 model. All LCP II pistols, including
this one, employ Ruger's Secure
Action integral-safety trigger.
The polymer trigger has a smooth,
clean feel with a short reset. The trigger
of the gun tested measured 5 lbs.,
4 ozs. using a Lyman digital trigger
gauge. The overall fi t and fi nish of the
Lite Rack is the same as other LCP II
options, which is to say, up to Ruger
standards throughout. The only noticeable
differences when shooting this pistol
are the increased number of rounds
in the magazine and the reduced recoil.
Small rimfi re pistols like this one
have a reputation for being unreliable.
This is due to the wide variety of
.22 Long Rifl e bullet weights, velocities
and brands of ammunition available.
Remember that this is a rifl e
cartridge intended for barrels of 16 "
or longer; pistol-length barrels simply
don't provide the burn time for the
rifl e powders these cartridges use.
SHOOTING RESULTS (7 YARDS)
.22 LONG RIFLE
CARTRIDGE
AGUILA SUPER EXTRA
40-GR. CPRN
CCI CLEAN-22
40-GR. LRN
FEDERAL BYOB
36-GR. CPHP
VEL. @ MUZZLE
(F.P.S.)
909 AVG.
10 SD
918 AVG.
28 SD
918 AVG.
17 SD
AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD
ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)
73
75
67
GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
SMALLEST LARGEST
1.64
1.96
1.59
1.61
1.87
1.77
AVERAGE
1.82
1.71
1.69
1.74
NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 SHOTS FIRED NEXT TO A LABRADAR CHRONOGRAPH
AT THE MUZZLE. ACCURACY RESULTS FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS FROM A BENCH REST.
TEMPERATURE: 89° F. HUMIDITY: 17%. ABBREVIATIONS: CPHP (COPPER PLATED HOLLOW POINT),
CPRN (COPPER PLATED ROUND NOSE), LRN (LEAD ROUND NOSE), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).
According to Ruger, the optimum
ammunition options for the LCP II Lite
Rack include high-velocity loads topped
with 40-gr. bullets. More costly hypervelocity
loads will work, but there is
little in the way of velocity gain for the
added expense. Cartridges with lighter
bullets or slower muzzle velocities-
such as the Federal 36-gr. load used for
formal accuracy testing-can cycle the
slide, but fi guring out which off-spec
loads will work consistently in your pistol
will require time at the range testing
each of them. The LCP II tested for this
review proved to be quite reliable using
three factory 10-round magazines. It
experienced one failure to feed in the
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fi rst 100 rounds fi red but otherwise
operated without any other issues for
hundreds of rounds fi red.
The Ruger LCP II Lite Rack is
clearly intended to serve as an
understudy for the .380 ACP version.
It fi lls that niche well with its easyto-operate
controls, reduced levels of
felt recoil and lower ammunition cost.
But this little pistol is certainly not
limited to just punching paper at a
square range. Its sub-compact size and
light weight-along with a suggested
retail price of $349, or real-world
prices around $300-make it an ideal
outdoor kit gun and a handy option
for close-range pest control.
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ACTION TYPE:
BLOWBACK-OPERATED,
SEMI-AUTOMATIC,
RIMFIRE PISTOL
CHAMBERING:
.22 LONG RIFLE
SLIDE: ALLOY STEEL;
BLUED
CHASSIS: ALUMINUM
FRAME: GLASS-FILLED
POLYMER
BARREL: STEEL;
SIX-GROOVE,
1:16 " RH TWIST
3.75 "
MAGAZINE: 10-ROUND
DETACHABLE BOX
SIGHTS: FIXED
TRIGGER:
DOUBLE-ACTION;
5-LB., 4-OZ. PULL
WIDTH: 0.75 "
WEIGHT: 11 OZS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S
MANUAL, POCKET
HOLSTER, MAGAZINE
LOADER, LOCK
MSRP: $349
http://www.RUGER.COM http://www.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

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