Here's the link to the LCP manual.
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From pg. 31:
This pretty much sums up what all manuals say regarding loaded firearms.Firearms should be loaded only when
you are in the field or on the target
range or shooting area, ready to shoot.
Firearms and ammunition should be
securely locked in safes, racks or
cabinets, or by using the locking
device supplied with the firearm when
not in use. Ammunition should be
safely stored separate from firearms.
Store your firearms out of sight of
visitors and children. It is the gun
owner’s responsibility to be certain
that children and persons unfamiliar
with firearms cannot gain access to
firearms, ammunition, or components.
"Don't store loaded"
"Don't transport loaded"
"if your not ready to shoot the gun at a designated firing range, keep it unloaded"
etc. etc. It's almost as if they ignore the fact that people carry these things for self defense. In almost every manual I have ever read, it's worded for "range use", and not for carry.
The LCP is safe to carry with a round in the chamber, provided that the trigger is covered while being carried, if nothing can manipulate the trigger, it shouldn't go bang. In other words, keep it holstered.
Regarding the drop, I will attach the portion from the manual, I haven't heard of any issues, but then I don't own a LCP, nor do I listen intently for issues regarding them.
Here's an attachment from the owners manual.
(click on the picture to make it bigger)
You will notice the following.
And..Do not load the pistol until you are ready to use it, and
unload it immediately when you have completed shooting.
Can ANYONE show me where the decock lever on the LCP is? ANYBODY??Use decock lever to decock
pistol before moving with pistol or when not actually
When the gun is being carried for self defense purposes, you are ready to use it at a moments notice.
Mainly it's just firearms manufacturers liability that keeps the wording as such.