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Ruger LCP Magazines

Ruger LCP Magazines are available in a variety of styles. The standard magazine hold six rounds, has a tempered steel body, hardened feed lips, steel magazine spring and a nylon follower. When this model is installed, the pistol grip is very small and hard to hold on to. There's no place for your pinky finger to rest so you have to tuck it beneath the guns grip. It takes a little getting used to but it provides a smaller profile for the gun.

  
  

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The second magazine model is similar to the standard model except that it has a finger extension built into it. It provides a more comfortable and secure grip on the gun for better shooting and greater accuracy.

For greater ammo capacity, 10 Round and 15 Round magazines are available. Not great for concealed carry but might be fun at the range or useful for home defense.

See also Ruger LCP Magazine Disassembly & Cleaning.

Does A Ruger LCP Magazine Need Grip Extensions?

If you want a better grip on the gun the answer is yes. See the Grip Extension Review and the following pictures of magazines with and without grip extensions. You can either install a grip extension yourself or buy a magazine with a finger extension already installed.

WITHOUT GRIP EXTENSION WITH GRIP EXTENSION






Ruger LCP Magazine Description & Specs

Original Ruger factory magazines for exact fit and excellent performance in the LCP compact pistol. Tempered steel body with hardened feed lips, steel spring, and nylon follower all built to original specifications. Available in Standard model and Extended model with a convenient finger ledge on the base pad for an improved grip and better recoil control for fast follow-up shots. 6-round capacity.

SPECS: Steel, blued finish.

Caliber: 38/357 Caliber (.357-.359)
Capacity: 6-Round
Finish: Blued

 

 

 

Feedback Comments & Questions

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Ruger LCP Magazine Problem

March 29, 2013
Message: Just bought my LCP 380. When I put 6 in the magazine and try loading in the gun the magazine will not completely lock in. I have to remove 1 bullet and reinstall magazine. Gun works fine then. Going to contact Ruger about issue. Philip

Response - Philip,

Some thoughts:

Have you tried other magazines with your gun and do they have this same problem?

Will the magazine go all the way in with 6 rounds in it when the slide is locked back and the magazine lever is depressed? BE CAREFUL if you test this as you don't want to inadvertently chamber a round by letting the slide go
forward.

Check and see if there are any physical differences in the position of the uppermost round when it holds 5 and 6 rounds. There should be none. Make sure that when it holds 6, the top round is set fully back and not protruding forward.

The spring force may be too great with the 6th round added and not allowing the magazine to lock in. With 6 rounds loaded in the magazine can you press down on the top round and does it "give a little" and push the rest of the rounds down like it does with 5?

You might want to disassemble, clean and closely examine all parts of the magazine.

It might be that you are not using enough force to push the magazine in and compress the spring. Of course you don't want to push it too hard and break something.

I would be curious to know what Ruger tells you.

My guess is that it is the magazine spring and with repeated reloading and use it will weaken with time and eventually work with 6 rounds.

Best regards,

Tanner


Reply - As stated just bought my 380. Shop around at the local gun shops. No magazines for the 380. Only one magazine came with the gun. Bought PMC 90 grains FMJ with purchase of gun. This morning bought Winchester 92 grains FMJ. Was able to put 6 in the magazine with no problem. Now that being said I fired 200 rounds and used up the PMC ammo before I bought some Winchester ammo. Have not called Ruger as of yet. Maybe after 200 rounds the spring in the magazine got softer or maybe changing ammo. Not willing to purchase anymore PMC. Philip

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MIKE COVIELLO is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.