At The Range: Ruger LCP MAX

posted on July 25, 2021

New for 2021 is Ruger’s LCP MAX, a semi-automatic pistol chambered for .380 ACP based off the company’s popular LCP pistol. The new LCP MAX brings a number of improvements, including increased capacity, to the lightweight LCP design. Watch the video above with American Rifleman staff to see the LCP MAX in action.

At all corners of Ruger’s LCP MAX are improvements that better service the trending market of concealed carry handguns by creating a compact and lightweight pistol with serviceable sights, improved ergonomics, functionality and increased ammunition capacity. At just under 11 ounces empty, the LCP MAX comes with a 10-round capacity magazine, with 12-round units available at

The LCP MAX features a textured grip frame that provides a secure and comfortable grip that, when combined with the company’s 12-round magazine, a full, three-finger grip is allowed, making for a subcompact pistol that is easier to handle and shoot accurately. Previous LCP designs offered integral, non-adjustable sighting, but the new LCP MAX comes with a sighting arrangement dovetailed to the steel slide using the S&W BodyGuard pattern. The rear sight features a tactical ledge for cocking. Tritium comes standard.

Ruger’s LCP improvement of its LCP MAX enhances the popular pocket-pistol design with an improved frame that contains panels of grip texturing that are wisely placed on all sides for added purchase. Ruger supplies raised cocking ears and functional serrations at the front and rear for easier manipulation.

Overall length of the LCP MAX comes to just over 5” long with a alloy steel slide that houses a 2.8” steel barrel. Ruger employs patented features, such as its improved barrel cam for reliable function and recoil reduction. In addition, the LCP MAX features an improved magazine feed lips and a barrel feed ramp that has been modified from previous designs. Though modified for larger magazines and only measuring 0.81” wide, the LCP MAX fits most existing LCP II holsters.

Watch the video above to see the LCP MAX at the range. For more information, go to


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