By: Friedrich Seiltgen

The hits keep coming out of Sturm, Ruger & Co., and the new Ruger “Lite Rack” LCP II .22LR is the latest.

I remember buying the original LCP when it first came out in 2008. I needed a backup gun to carry on patrol, and the LCP was the answer. The only problem was the popularity of the new pistol created a buying frenzy! I called several gun stores and was told I had to get on “the list.” Some stores advised they were receiving 50 LCPs at a time, and they were already sold! I waited what seemed like an eternity, and finally received my LCP.

The main feature on the new LCP is, of course, Ruger’s new “Lite Rack” system, which allows for easy slide manipulation. The Lite Rack system includes refined slide serrations, pronounced cocking “ears,” and a lighter recoil spring. These changes make cycling the slide much easier, which is ideal for new shooters who struggle with racking traditional slides because of hand size or strength issues. The Lite Rack is optimized to function with high-velocity ammunition but offers low recoil performance for comfortable training sessions.

The Lite Rack uses a glass-filled nylon grip frame. The textured grip frame provides a secure and comfortable grip, and the larger surface provides better recoil distribution.

The safety features on the Lite Rack are the similar to the LCP & LCP II. It utilizes Ruger’s proven Secure Action™ fire-control system that combines a protected internal hammer with a bladed-safety trigger. The trigger has a short, smooth pull, clean break, and positive reset.

The .22 LR Lite Rack has a new feature… a manual safety! This is a great option for new shooters or those who prefer a manual safety option. Located on the left side of the frame, the safety is a 1911-style push forward to fire configuration. There’s a magazine disconnect to ensure that the gun cannot fire with the magazine removed, but still allows the magazine to drop free.


Action Type: Tilt-Barrel, Blowback Semi-Automatic

Caliber: .22LR

Magazine capacity: 10

Sights: Integral

Barrel Length: 2.75” Satin Finish Stainless Steel

Length: 5.2

Height: 4”

Width: .81”

Weight: 11.2 oz

MSRP: $349

The Lite Rack LCP II is a big hit in my book. With its low recoil, easier cocking, and additional safety features, it fits into many categories. It’s a great gun for beginners as well as a trainer for anyone carrying the .380 version. You can take it to the range for a day of plinking, and last but not least, it’s something compact and controllable for anyone looking for a concealed carry gun.

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 The Counter Terrorist Magazine, American Thinker, Homeland Security Today, and The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International. Contact him at

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