I posted this email and response in the thread that caused me to write to Ruger's customer service but thought I'd start a new thread as this subject has come up multiple times. I'm not a big fan of +P ammo, even in guns for which a SAAMI +P rating exists. But, if there's a SAAMI rating and the gun is rated for +P ammo, then I do consider it safe to use. The .380 is a different story. There is no SAAMI +P rating for the .380 even though some manufacturers are using a +P rating on some of their products. If you choose to use it, I'm not going to argue about it as it's your gun and your fingers. Just don't stand next to me while your shooting it. However, if you're interested in Ruger's position on the use of +P ammo in the LCP, then read below.
Thank you for using the Ruger On-Line Customer Support Request Form.
This e-mail is in response to your question or comment of 08/07/2009
Request No: 37758
Comment / question:
I am an LCP owner. I would like to know Ruger's official position on the use of +P 380 ammunition in the LCP. I fully understand that there is no SAAMI +P rating for the 380 but at least two manufacturers are selling 380 ammo with a +P rating, some with listed velocities as high as 1175 fps with a 90 grain bullet. Does Ruger consider these safe in the LCP?
No. The Ruger LCP was not designed for use with +P ammunition. Given the LCP’s lightweight and compact design, the use of +P ammunition in this particular model may result damage to the firearm or personal injury.
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