By: Friedrich Seiltgen

It looks like Sturm Ruger has another hit on its hands!

The EveryDay Carry (EDC) market has exploded in recent years, and Ruger has been in the mix from the start. Now they’ve taken their proven pocket pistol, the LCP, to another level for concealed carry!

The LCP has been tweaked again, and now the new Ruger LCP MAX has the same footprint as the original with twice the ammo! That’s right, Gunpowderreaders. The grip has been widened for use with a new style 10 or 12-round, double stack magazine, so the new LCP MAX has twice the capacity of the original LCP and measures smaller than every other micro-compact 9 mm out there!

The LCP MAX is perfect for EDC and gives it to you in the same package you’re familiar with. Your muscle memory will thank you. While the pistol looks pretty much the same, there are more than a few changes and upgrades inside and out. On the inside, Ruger made improvements on the magazine feed lips, feed ramp, extractor, and barrel cam geometries. The change in barrel cam geometries delays the unlocking, slows the slide, and reduces felt recoil compared to other semi-auto pistols.

On the outside, Ruger changed the grip texture, added a tritium front sight for easier target acquisition, and added a rear site with a square front face for one-handed cocking. By the way, the site dovetails accept all aftermarket bodyguard patterns.


Action Type: Semi-Automatic

Caliber: .380 Auto

Magazine capacity: 10 or 12

Sights: Rear U Notch, Front Tritium with White Outline

Barrel Length: 2.80”

Overall Length: 5.17”

Slide Width: .81”

Weight: 10.6 oz.

MSRP: $449


The Ruger LCP, LCPII were hits with the EDC and LEO crowd due to their reliability and concealability. I carried an LCP on duty as a backup gun because I needed a pistol that would fire when needed, and I never had a malfunction or problem with it.

It looks as though Ruger will Keep Calm and Carry On building dependable, quality firearms at great prices! Check out the LCP MAX today. I think you’ll be impressed!

That’s all for now folks! Please keep sending in your questions, tips, and article ideas. And as always – “Let’s be careful out there.”

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, Firearms, First Aid, Active Shooter Response, and Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations in Florida. His writing has appeared in RECOIL, The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at