The Ruger LC380 pistol is coming back to California. Originally introduced nationwide back in 2013 as a low-recoil and easy-to-rack variant of the LC9, Ruger made changes to the LC380 production processes that would have required the pistol to meet California’s microstamping law. As the press release notes, the LC380CA California compliant model reflects the unmodified pistol as originally approved by California in 2013.
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Ideal for personal protection, the LC380CA holds 7+1 rounds of .380 Auto ammunition in a slim, lightweight pistol. It uses the same holsters and accessories as the LC9 and LC9s. In addition, the LC380CA also features a blued, through-hardened, alloy steel slide; a high-performance, glass-filled nylon grip frame with aggressive texturing; a finger grip extension magazine floorplate to improve handling; and a rapid acquisition, windage adjustable, 3-Dot sight system.
The 17.2 oz Ruger LC380CA boasts a 3.1″ barrel, an overall length of 6″, a height of 4.5″ and a slim 0.9″ width. A wide range of hand sizes are compatible with this pistol, thanks to the compact frame and short trigger reach. Meanwhile, the LC380CA comes modern with safety features including a tactile loaded chamber indicator, magazine disconnect, and a manual external safety. This pistol ships with one, 7-round magazine, a soft case and a cable locking device.
Ruger is also throwing in a LaserMax CenterFire frame mounted red laser for a limited time as part of the reintroduction of the LC380CA.
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According to the press release, Ruger plans on expanding its offerings of Genuine Ruger Factory Parts & Accessories to include a 9mm caliber conversion kit for the LC380. The kit will allow owners of a Ruger LC380 or LC380CA to convert their pistol to safely and reliably fire 9mm Luger ammunition, providing added flexibility to shoot either lighter recoiling .380 Auto or more powerful 9mm Luger in the same handgun.