Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

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Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby UtahJarhead » Mon 30 May 2011 7:48 am

What's the maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Apparently 150 yards!
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Re: Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby Snurd » Mon 30 May 2011 9:09 am

Wow. I didn't know sniper pistols came in so small of a package. :shock:
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Re: Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby divegeek » Mon 30 May 2011 2:13 pm

That's crazy! Or fake... I'm not sure.
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Re: Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby bltdonahue » Mon 30 May 2011 2:39 pm

divegeek wrote:That's crazy! Or fake... I'm not sure.


It's not like it was a -small- gong, and not like they were consistent :) Still awesome.
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Re: Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby hyrax » Mon 30 May 2011 4:54 pm

Effective range and terminal range aren't the same thing. At 150 yards, one could almost catch a bullet from the LCP and toss it in a pocket to be reloaded later.
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Re: Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby Lokidude » Mon 30 May 2011 7:08 pm

Dude, you're going to have to put a whole mess of rounds downrange to have any kind of consistency at that range. And as has been said, you could probably walk faster than that bullet will be moving at that point.
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Re: Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby UtahJarhead » Mon 30 May 2011 7:44 pm

You guys are killin me here! They're landing maybe 40% on a huge gong 150 yards away and everybody wants to pick it apart. No, it's not a real effective range. I know it's not going to do a lot, but it WILL hurt and with it still rocking that gong, it probably will punch through the skin.

It's not practical, nor is it likely to be repeated by others, especially since the sights on an LCP are crap.

For cryin' out loud, it's an internet video showing unlikely shots with one of the smallest semi-autos out there. I figured posting it here would get a bunch of "LOL"s, but instead got a probably fake and a nitpick about the bullet being too weak to do anything.
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Re: Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby oddthought » Mon 30 May 2011 7:54 pm

Haha I enjoy videos like this. The ones that Hickok45 does with his 230 yard gong make me chuckle. Seriously, 230 yards with a Glock 26? Ridiculous, but awesome!
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Re: Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby FrankenHollow » Mon 30 May 2011 11:34 pm

hyrax wrote:Effective range and terminal range aren't the same thing. At 150 yards, one could almost catch a bullet from the LCP and toss it in a pocket to be reloaded later.
Just because I can hit you with the projectile, doesn't mean its going to do anything when it gets there.



If you can catch a .355" 95 gr projectile still traveling at nearly 750 fps (if leaving the muzzle at 900 fps), and "toss it in a pocket" ....I will GIVE YOU my .380. :mrgreen: Just because a the bullet is dropping like a rock, at that distance, does not mean it is moving slowly. At 200 yards, it is still moving at 700 fps. That's better than most turn-of-the-century police and military loads, at the muzzle! (And it's still doing 500 fps, at 500 yards! - but has dropped SEVENTY feet.)

As for dropping like a rock... Once that bullet passes the 140 yard mark, it is losing almost 1" of elevation, for every yard of forward travel. :raisedbrow:

Your trajectory, for that load, assuming a 900 fps muzzle velocity:
Code: Select all
Range   Velocity   Drop
0   900      0   
10   885      0.29   
20   872      1.02   
30   860      2.2   
40   848      3.86   
50   836      6.01   
60   825      8.65
70   814      11.8   
80   803      15.48
90   793      19.7   
100   783      24.47
110   773      29.81
120   764      35.73
130   754      42.24
140   745      49.36
150   736      57.11
160   728      65.49
170   719      74.52
180   711      84.23
190   702      94.61
200   694      105.7   
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Re: Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby gsr » Tue 31 May 2011 8:51 am

The maximum effective range of full size handguns (M1911, M9, ect.) is concidered to be 50 meters. I guess it all depends on one's definition of effective.
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Re: Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby MarshallDodge » Tue 31 May 2011 11:51 am

Just a couple guys out having fun.

I am going to guess that the LCP is capable of 3-4" groups at 25 yards which is good enough for defense work if the shooter does their part.
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Re: Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby Paul » Tue 31 May 2011 12:32 pm

3-4" groups at 25 yards is extremely good grouping with a LCP.
I can get 3-4" group at 10 yards if I stick my tounge out and really concentrate, but I won't claim to be the best shooter out there either.
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Re: Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby Lokidude » Wed 01 Jun 2011 4:43 pm

gsr wrote:The maximum effective range of full size handguns (M1911, M9, ect.) is concidered to be 50 meters. I guess it all depends on one's definition of effective.


For some guns. IHMSA boys knock over monster steel plates at 200 yards, but quite frequently, they're tossing 44 mags.
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Re: Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby dewittdj » Wed 01 Jun 2011 8:51 pm

FrankenHollow wrote:As for dropping like a rock... Once that bullet passes the 140 yard mark, it is losing almost 1" of elevation, for every yard of forward travel. :raisedbrow:

Your trajectory, for that load, assuming a 900 fps muzzle velocity:
Code: Select all
Range   Velocity   Drop
0   900      0   
10   885      0.29   
20   872      1.02   
30   860      2.2   
40   848      3.86   
50   836      6.01   
60   825      8.65
70   814      11.8   
80   803      15.48
90   793      19.7   
100   783      24.47
110   773      29.81
120   764      35.73
130   754      42.24
140   745      49.36
150   736      57.11
160   728      65.49
170   719      74.52
180   711      84.23
190   702      94.61
200   694      105.7   

Everything drops like a rock unless its surface area allows it to glide.
Fired over a level surface from a horizontal position, the bullet will strike the ground in the same amount of time that a bullet (or any object) dropped from the barrel height will hit the ground. Both objects are under the influence of gravity and drop at a rate of 32 feet per second per second or 9.8 meters per second squared. :wink:
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Re: Maximum effective range of the Ruger LCP?

Postby Luv10mm » Thu 02 Jun 2011 10:20 am

Looks like some fellas just having fun.

Taking pot shots at long ranges isn't exactly a good test of effective range, but makes for fun discussion and reminiscing afterwards.

I'm curious to know what exactly has been modified on the LCP since the guy kept mentioning the customization.

Was I the only one going nuts every time the guy said he was using a "LeicRa" rangefinder? :disgusted:
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