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Old March 16, 2013, 03:45 PM   #17
lee n. field
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The current .380 craze didn't start with the LCP. Perhaps you are thinking of the Keltec P3AT that the LCP was copied from!
Popularity of the .380 really took off with the LCP. Kel Tec size (and design), Ruger reliability.

I had my FFL looking for one for months and months after its introduction, to no avail. I didn't actually get one until last year.

As far as following Ruger's recommendation not to use +p, yes. I would not not use it.
Attached is a comparison pic of an LCP barrel next to a KT PF9 barrel. The pic doesn't show it real well, but the chamber walls on the LCP are mighty thin.
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