How to Field Strip & Disassemble a Ruger Lcp

How to Field Strip & Disassemble a Ruger Lcp

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In my opinion, Ruger firearms are the best bang for your buck. This article will cover the field strip & disassembly of the Ruger LCP, a .380 caliber concealed carry pistol. Like all Ruger pistols, The LCP is made of high quality materials by the one of the best gun manufacturers in the world. The Ruger LCP also out performs most of the other compact handguns out on the market. The Ruger LCP is strong enough for a man, and perfect for a woman.

Items you will need

  • Ruger LCP

  • Small Flathead Screwdriver

  • Clean Work Table/Space

Make Sure the Ruger LCP is Unloaded

First, make sure the Ruger LCP is unloaded. To do this, point the barrel in a safe direction and push the magazine latch in to release the magazine, then pull the slide and push the manual slide lock lever up to hold the slide in an open position. Visually check and see if there are any rounds in the chamber.

Pry off the Take Down Pin

Pull the slide slightly to the rear about 1/16" and then with a small flat head screwdriver, pry the take down pin, upwards until it is loose.

Remove Take Down Pin

Remove the take down pin out of the frame of the Ruger LCP.

Remove the Slide From the Frame of the Ruger LCP

Move the slide forward and take the slide up and off the frame of the pistol.

Remove the Recoil Spring Assembly

Press the recoil spring assembly together and pull it out to remove it from its position against the barrel lug. Do this carefully because the recoil spring is compressed.

Remove the Barrel

Next, you need to remove the barrel. To do this, you need to slightly push the barrel forward, then pull it down and out of the slide.

To Re-Assemble, Reverse the Steps

This concludes the field strip/disassembly of the Ruger LCP .380 compact pistol. You can now clean & oil the pistol. To reassemble, simply reverse these steps carefully.


  • Teach your children the importance of safely handling the Ruger LCP and any other firearm.


  • Make sure your clean your Ruger LCP after every trip to the shooting range and periodically if you have it stored away.
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