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This post was two years ago:
I’ve heard people clamoring for a .40 cal 365, so I wouldn’t be opposed to a P365XS (smaller framed P365) being chambered in.380 as long as they sprinkle that capacity magic pixie dust on the magazines. A 9/10 round MS option would be a win in my book.
Two years later…Ruger LCP MAX. I will be picking one up. Next pistol I’m hoping to see is a .40 P365. Sig and Ruger are pumping out new versions swiftly so it’s likely in the works.
 
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This thread has stalled and I'm interested in learning peoples' impressions of it. The press has been glowing, and no one seems to have any in stock (Cabela's and Bass Pro aren't near me). The improvements in .380 ammunition and the size and weight of this gun make it a very attractive EDC candidate. Anyone got one? Any feedback?
 

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This thread has stalled and I'm interested in learning peoples' impressions of it. The press has been glowing, and no one seems to have any in stock (Cabela's and Bass Pro aren't near me). The improvements in .380 ammunition and the size and weight of this gun make it a very attractive EDC candidate. Anyone got one? Any feedback?
The most common malfunction I’ve seen reported is the slide not locking back on an empty magazine, with a couple feeding issues reported. I don’t have one myself, was kind of on the fence but my LCP II experience was not good. Hoping a better quality manufacturer will come out with something competitive. Ruger makes some decent products, but their plastic guns are the bottom of the barrel IMO. If it does suck Ruger will at least give you a refund or replace it with something different.
 

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The most common malfunction I’ve seen reported is the slide not locking back on an empty magazine
I had that same issue with my LCP II, but only with one magazine. I sent the gun back to Ruger, they tweaked it a little, and sent it back with a new magazine, and it's been great since. Ruger has terrific customer service!
 

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I had that same issue with my LCP II, but only with one magazine. I sent the gun back to Ruger, they tweaked it a little, and sent it back with a new magazine, and it's been great since. Ruger has terrific customer service!
Go for it with the Max then. Can’t really loose with Ruger other than some possible aggravation if the gun doesn’t work out. Worse case scenario, you’ll be out an FFL fee if you choose to replace it with something different.
 

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Go for it with the Max then. Can’t really loose with Ruger other than some possible aggravation if the gun doesn’t work out. Worse case scenario, you’ll be out an FFL fee if you choose to replace it with something different.
Well, yes. My biggest problem right now is finding one. All of the "usual places" are out of them. GB has a few, but they are crazily priced. I'm not in that big of a hurry to get one. I suspect the price will come down as availability increases. Still, I'd like to hear from those who managed to snag one already.
 

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You’ll find more info on the Ruger forum.
Yep, I'm a member there, also. It gets pretty quiet there sometimes, though.

I found one on GB that I ordered. I'll be able to provide my own report in (I hope) a few days.
 

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Yep, I'm a member there, also. It gets pretty quiet there sometimes, though.

I found one on GB that I ordered. I'll be able to provide my own report in (I hope) a few days.
Hope it works great for you.
 

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I "Thought" I saw them in stock, but it was the MAX 9.
Picked one up 7/5, shoots great, feels great but the magazine is the problem. Mostly the 10 round like mine, I hear the 12 is mostly ok. Ruger is sending me a replacement 10, I’m about the height for concealing so 12 just won’t do.
 

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I've been waiting for the LCP Max to show up at a local gun store, and yesterday morning when I called a place about 35 minutes away, I was told that they had just gotten some in, and they weren't even in the display case yet. I stopped by in the afternoon and picked one up for $375. Cleaned and lubed it today (it was drowning in oil from the factory), but I won't be able to get to the range until Monday.
 

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I sold my LCP 2 with the intention of picking up an LCP Max. I normally wait a year on a new pistol design but I figured 'what the heck'. Picked one up this afternoon at a shop I normally deal with. $399 for the pistol. $467 OTD with an additional 12-rnd mag + tax + BG. Mag was $29 and change.

Put it on my scale. 10.2 ounces empty, 14.0 ounces with 13 rounds. So that's about 9 ounces lighter than the P365 I have been pocket carrying.

Impressed with the sights. Really is an improvement over the milled sights of the older versions. I was very pleased with how bright the front night sight was when I took it into a dark room. Eyes hadn't even adjusted yet and it was easily picked up.

Plan is to take it to the range tomorrow if my son can go. I could 'probably' load rounds into a mag with effort and pain but if he's available it would make it easier. I'm only a week past surgery on my wrist. Good chance for some one-hand shooting. I'll try to run FMJ & HP through it. I enjoyed the LCP 2 quite a bit so I'm hoping the Max runs great. If so I can foresee carrying it quite a bit.
 

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Took the LCP Max to the range today. Fired a total of 168 rounds. 50 rounds 0f WWB FMJ, 50 rounds of PMC FMJ and 68 rounds of assorted HP's including FXT, XTP, Gold Dot and Golden Sabre.

Malfunctions: Zero. Very pleased with it's performance. Slide locked back every time. I was even able to drop the slide with my thumb, which worked well since I can't fully use my left hand till I heal up further.

Accuracy: Pistol didn't care much for the WWB as opposed to the PMC and hollow points. Accuracy with the WWB was okay and I would still have hit a man-sized target in the torso at 7 yards but the WWB seemed to have more flyers. The PMC and all the HP's all held a much tighter group. I was pulling slightly to the left but that was me shooting strictly one-handed and getting use to the pistol. With the PMC and HP's I could still do head shots at 7 yards shooting at a fair pace. So overall I'd say the accuracy at typical SD distances was very acceptable to very good with the right ammo. Normally I could easily make head shots at 12-15 yards with the LCP 2 I had using a two-hand hold and taking my time. I suspect I'll be able to do that with this pistol as well once I'm back to using a firm two-hand hold.

Trigger: This is not a $2k match grade race gun trigger. But for what it is I'd say it's quite acceptable. Definite wall and then fairly 'heavy/crisp' break that was consistent from shot to shot. I liked this trigger better than the trigger on my LCP 2.

Recoil: You still know your shooting a 10 ounce pistol. But I was able to shoot all 168 rounds one-handed. Started to get a slight blister on my trigger finger towards the end but I could say the recoil overall did feel like it was better distributed than with my LCP or LCP 2. With my LCP I was done after a couple of mags. The LCP 2 was fine for 50-100 rounds. This one was doable for 168 one-handed. Still need to have a firm grip on it though to control it. I was able to rapid fire 'fairly' quickly one-handed but a firm two-hand grip would definitely make it quicker.

Mags: I have one 10-rnd and one 12-rnd. No issues loading either (son did the majority of the loading). I was able to slowly load some rounds into the 12-rounder so I was pleased with that.

Sights: Well what can I say? Going from milled in nubs to actual real sights is night and day. Very pleased with how easy the front sight is to pick up and how bright the night sight is. The U-notch makes it easy to pick up the front sight.

Texture: Aggressive enough to allow you to keep a grip but bot so much it's going to cause a problem tearing up your pocket. Nothing particularly special.

Overall I'm pleased with my decision to move from the LCP 2 to the Max. Now that I've done some vetting I'll start pocket carrying it to form an opinion on how it carries compared to the LCP 2. I don't suspect any substantial difference.
 

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Took the LCP Max to the range today. Fired a total of 168 rounds. 50 rounds 0f WWB FMJ, 50 rounds of PMC FMJ and 68 rounds of assorted HP's including FXT, XTP, Gold Dot and Golden Sabre.

Malfunctions: Zero. Very pleased with it's performance. Slide locked back every time. I was even able to drop the slide with my thumb, which worked well since I can't fully use my left hand till I heal up further.

Accuracy: Pistol didn't care much for the WWB as opposed to the PMC and hollow points. Accuracy with the WWB was okay and I would still have hit a man-sized target in the torso at 7 yards but the WWB seemed to have more flyers. The PMC and all the HP's all held a much tighter group. I was pulling slightly to the left but that was me shooting strictly one-handed and getting use to the pistol. With the PMC and HP's I could still do head shots at 7 yards shooting at a fair pace. So overall I'd say the accuracy at typical SD distances was very acceptable to very good with the right ammo. Normally I could easily make head shots at 12-15 yards with the LCP 2 I had using a two-hand hold and taking my time. I suspect I'll be able to do that with this pistol as well once I'm back to using a firm two-hand hold.

Trigger: This is not a $2k match grade race gun trigger. But for what it is I'd say it's quite acceptable. Definite wall and then fairly 'heavy/crisp' break that was consistent from shot to shot. I liked this trigger better than the trigger on my LCP 2.

Recoil: You still know your shooting a 10 ounce pistol. But I was able to shoot all 168 rounds one-handed. Started to get a slight blister on my trigger finger towards the end but I could say the recoil overall did feel like it was better distributed than with my LCP or LCP 2. With my LCP I was done after a couple of mags. The LCP 2 was fine for 50-100 rounds. This one was doable for 168 one-handed. Still need to have a firm grip on it though to control it. I was able to rapid fire 'fairly' quickly one-handed but a firm two-hand grip would definitely make it quicker.

Mags: I have one 10-rnd and one 12-rnd. No issues loading either (son did the majority of the loading). I was able to slowly load some rounds into the 12-rounder so I was pleased with that.

Sights: Well what can I say? Going from milled in nubs to actual real sights is night and day. Very pleased with how easy the front sight is to pick up and how bright the night sight is. The U-notch makes it easy to pick up the front sight.

Texture: Aggressive enough to allow you to keep a grip but bot so much it's going to cause a problem tearing up your pocket. Nothing particularly special.

Overall I'm pleased with my decision to move from the LCP 2 to the Max. Now that I've done some vetting I'll start pocket carrying it to form an opinion on how it carries compared to the LCP 2. I don't suspect any substantial difference.
That was an excellent write up! Thank you. I had been curious about it since I as well have LCP and LCP2 that I pocket carry on a rare occasion. Nice to have the info you provided so eloquently.
Thanks!
 

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Well, it looks like Ruger is going to beat SIG to market with a high capacity .380. Smaller and lighter, as well. I hope SIG didn't lose their window.
It's a worthy observation for sure. I would argue how late SIG was to the game with the 365 (the G43 and Shield to name a few) and soaked up a huge share of the market. . . 5 years "too late." Additionally, with ammo being a large factor, supply (and who manufactures it) can also help persuade buyer behaviors. Still, always being first to market is ideal, better to play ahead then from behind.
 

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Picked mine up today, and overpaid for some ammo (I hate having a gun with nothing to put in it). Both the box and the manual say the gun is ready to go out of the box, but I prefer to pull it apart, swab it down (I give it the EEZOX treatment) and work the mechanism before I start putting holes in paper. I might do that tomorrow. 😄

Ruger is even considerate enough to include a mag loader! I guess they figure the 10+1 might be too tough for some.

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