Ruger LCP II .22LR: Tested
(Photo of the handguns)
April 02, 2021
Wearing a .22 for self-defense isn’t for everyone, but enough people are walking this route that Ruger made the decision to store his LCP II in the .22 Long Rifle. This version, which has a suggested retail price of $ 349, also adds a new feature: the Ruger Lite Rack system.
Lite Rack has a new serrated pattern on the front and back of the slide and cocking ears on the back of the slide for a better grip. And since the gun is hammer-fired, rather than fired from a firing pin, it also uses a lighter-weight return spring.
Ruger has added a manual backup to the LCP II .22. Unlike typical thumb locks, for Fire, these push forward. After working with it for a while, I found it to be pretty instinctive and easy to use. The LCP II .22 also has a magazine safety device.
The Lite-Rack version retains the LCP II’s Secure Action fire control system, with a shorter trigger travel and reset. There is a lot of recording, but the train itself is short. The draw weight of my sample averaged six pounds, nine ounces.
At 5.2 “long, 0.8” wide, and weighing just 11.2 ounces, it’s the perfect size for a pocket pistol, and Ruger supplies a pocket holster with the pistol. The frame is made of fiberglass reinforced nylon. The dots on the sides and handle are just aggressive enough to keep the weapon from slipping in your hand.
The Lite-Rack system includes improved serrations and clamping ears on the back of the chute. Promote Security For Fire.
The front sight and rear sight are incorporated into the breech and have serrated faces. The sight notch is generous enough to catch quickly, but not so wide that you will have a hard time centering the front sight in it.
The pistol comes with a 10-round magazine. My only criticism is that the lining lips have sharp edges, especially at the front. Ruger contains a loader with the gun that should help. The magazine’s base pad is extended just enough for you to put two fingers on the gun, and this extension allowed Ruger to put an extra cartridge into the magazine. The magazine offers a final keep-open.
Between the small grip and the small magazine trigger, I found it difficult to drop the magazine cleanly without moving the pistol significantly from a shot grip, but that’s common with guns this small.
The LCP II .22 was accurate for such a small gun and I found it easy to hit with it in drills. Thanks to Lite Rack, I think anyone can operate this pistol with ease and, with its decent sight and light recoil, can also shoot well.