Reviewed By: David W on 08/08/2014
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
This is a great little pocket CCW. I purchased this for a tiny, unnoticeable pocket CCW for work as my work attire kind of limits my choices for carrying. I was hoping for a backup pistol with a laser sight in case I ever need it at work but this pistol surpassed my expectations.
I was about to go to my LGS to buy a Bodyguard 380 with CT laser and called beforehand and they had sold the one I looked at when picking up my last purchase from buds. After a little more searching and watching of youtube reviews I decided to go with the LCP as it had more features at a cheaper price.
To start the LCP has a smaller barrel with sights that are truly snag - free which is a must for a pocket CCW but the extremely low profile, non-changeable sights are made up for by the very visible green Viridian laser. The green laser is easier to see in the day light than the red light, it features a steady beam, pulsating beam and off function cycled in that order by pushing the on button once. The light also features the ECR Viridian feature which basically is a feature that automatically turns the laser on when drawn from the holster supplied with this firearm. Viridian makes a kit to turn any holster into an ERC holster but all it takes to activate this system is a magnet, you can pickup a sticky sided piece of magnet tape at any Walmart for cheaper and do it yourself. I didn't think I would use the supplied holster as I was just going to keep the pistol in my pocket...well, that didn't last long. The ECR feature with the holster is a GREAT advantage/feature and the holster does add little bit of bulk to the pistol but surprisingly it actually makes the pistol more concealable. The bottom of the holster has a fin that sticks out to about the end of the handle and this fin has a triple effect of catching your pocket on draw to keep the holster in your pocket when drawn, makes the pistol "print" a whole lot less noticeable in dress pants and gives your fingers something to press against when drawing the pistol. The laser is X and Y adjustable also with the supplied hex wrench. The magazine comes with a flat and extended baseplate, it comes with 3 sets of batteries for the laser, you can field strip the pistol with no tools and it also comes with a neoprene case. This is a good close quarters pistol and have had no FTE's or FTF's with any ammo. It's has a good solid weight but the weight is easily unnoticeable when carrying fully loaded in your pocket, I think my cell phone weighs more than it.
The main 2 reasons I rated this a 4 and not a 5 are the laser's on/off switch is on the left side only which makes absolutely no sense to me. There should be a switch on both sides as every other Viridian product has. If it was on the right side then it would be right where your finger sits when drawing the pistol if you're right handed. If you're right handed and use correct hand positioning when holding your pistol then you have to turn the gun to the left to turn the laser on with your left thumb. As I only carry it with the pistol holstered and ECR on so it doesn't bother me as much but I just don't get why they didn't think this one through. The 2nd reason is there is no manual safety. I would think the need for one in a pocket pistol is obvious but I guess not. Although the holster covers the trigger so it doesn't get snagged when using it as a pocket pistol. The battery life on the laser also absolutely sucks. The batteries pre-installed were almost dead already and the replace battery light was flashing when I first turned the laser on. So the 2nd set lasted about a day and a half with little use, only sighting the pistol...so it lasted probably an hour total on steady and pulsating beams. So this leads me to try to be very quick when chamber checking the pistol when drawing from the ECR holster before my day starts. Also, it only comes with 1 magazine with replacements running about $30 but as I carry it as a backup pistol I don't need to carry an extra mag.
All in all, I love the pistol and would purchase it over any other .380 pocket pistol in a heartbeat. I've had no functionality problems and it seems like a solidly built little pistol. I would definitely recommend purchasing the Hogue LCP grip to go along with this as it adds a lot of grip and bulk to this 2 fingered pocket pistol and only runs about $7.
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