I dropped my loaded Ruger LCP.......
because I haven't found a definitive answer whether a loaded LCP, if dropped, would fire. So I decided to try it for myself.
With regard to safety in my test, we pulled the bullets from some .380 ammo and dumped the powder so we only had a primed cartridge case. I loaded it in the barrel and put in a full magazine to replicate the typical loaded weight. I taped a short piece of plastic pipe across the top of the slide, it was set-back a bit to allow only the muzzle to hit without interference from the pipe. I took a smaller diameter piece of plastic pipe about 5 feet long and I put a mark on it preparing for a 4 foot drop. My test would allow the larger pipe, attached to the LCP, to slide barrel first down the smaller pipe to a complete stop. The impact sight was a big piece of pine block sitting on concrete. Part of the top of the pine block was covered with a very thin piece of unpadded boat carpet.
I sat the end of the long pipe directly straight down on top of the wood block in the area of the carpet. I placed the larger pipe attached to the LCP over the smaller pipe and moved it to the 4 foot mark, with some apprehension I let it go. It slid down the pipe as expected, essentially no resistance, and landed muzzle first and absolutely nothing happened. I could sense the thud of the gun hitting the wood through the carpet.
I ejected the primed case and closely inspected the primer and there was absolutely no type of light primer strike. I loaded it back in the pistol and pulled the trigger.....the primer fired. I put the full magazine back in the gun and fired all the cartridges without incidence.
I did the drop test only one time, and I used the solid wooden block with a piece of thin carpet because I like my LCP and really don't want to risk damaging it. I think my one-time test was a pretty realistic accidental drop scenario that anyone might experience. Yes, multiple drop tests on different surfaces, with different ammo brands would be more challenging and definitive, and as much as I'd like to give you a more thorough drop test, I don't want to break my gun
My test isn't meant to be an endorsement of safety issues with a dropped and loaded LCP. I'm only reporting what happened on this one-time test.
I've included a photo that shows my test apparatus.