By: Friedrich Seiltgen

Copyright © 2022

Sturm, Ruger & Company was founded by William B. Ruger and Alexander McCormick Sturm in 1949 in a small, rented machine shop in Southport, Connecticut.

When the duo designed their first semi-auto pistol, Ruger decided to incorporate the looks of the German Luger and the Colt Woodsman into their first commercially produced .22 caliber pistol, the Ruger Standard. The Standard became so successful that it launched the entire company.

Based on Ruger’s Security-9, the Security-380 is equipped with Ruger’s secure action trigger system, including an integrated trigger safety. There’s also an external, manual thumb safety. The magazine release and a slide stop are on the frame’s left side.


For the frame, Ruger uses an anodized aluminum chassis with full-length guide rails, which sit inside a grip frame molded from glass-filled nylon. The frame comes with texturing and ergonomics like those found on Ruger’s Security-9, which the pistol is based on.


Sitting atop the grip frame is a through-hardened alloy steel slide finished in black oxide with serrations at the rear Ruger used additional texturing on the forward sides for easier manipulation. One difference, though is that the slide has lightening cuts.

The barrel is manufactured from alloy steel, with a black oxide finish, and has 6 grooves with a 1:10 inch right-hand twist.

As with all Lite Rack models, it’s equipped with a lightened recoil spring to reduce the effort to manipulate the slide.


Type: Sub Compact, striker-fired

Caliber: .380

Magazine capacity: 10 or 15 rounds

Sights: Fiber optic front, drift adjustable rear

Barrel Length: 3.42 inches

Overall Length: 6.52 inches

Height: 4.35 inches

Width: 1.02 inches

Weight: 19.7 ounces

MSRP: $369



Ruger’s new Security-380 Lite Rack pistol is a sub-compact handgun in a smaller caliber suited for range use and concealed carry.

It’s shipped with 10-round, flush-fit magazines for those living in post-constitutional states or extended 15-round magazines for those in free states.

Check one out at your Ruger dealer today.

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Friedrich Seiltgen is a retired Master Police Officer with 20 years of service with the Orlando Police Department. He conducts training in Lone Wolf Terrorism Counter Strategies, Firearms, and Active Shooter Response. His writing has appeared in RECOIL,, Soldier of Fortune, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at