Ruger announced an update to the popular LCP II today, the Lite Rack. The LCP Lite Rack, as the name implies, features a slide that is easy to rack. Taking cues from guns like the Smith & Wesson Shield EZ, and the HK VP9, shooters will find the Lite Rack oddly familiar. Unlike the standard LCP series, the Lite rack is chambered for .22LR.
One of the problems plaguing compact pistols is stiff controls, stemming from the need to tame recoil. This makes pressing them into action a challenge, especially for those with low grip strength. Luckily the market is finally responding and creating products to aid this demographic.
The Ruger Lite Rack incorporates small ears into the rear of the slide to help shooters get a solid grasp when operating the action. The locked breech action reduces the already diminutive recoil of .22LR. The pistol features both a Glock style trigger safety, and a manual safety lever. In an unusual move, the safety moves forward and backward instead of up and down, supposedly to aid in instinctual use.
Ruger's Lite Rack ships with a single 10 round magazine. This magazine is slightly extended to provide a fuller firing grip for shooters. The slide locks open on empty, making reloads that much faster. Sights are low profile and integral to the gun, trading usability for a snag free design. MSRP on the Ruger LCP II Lite Rack is $349.00.
Check out Ruger's Press Release on the Lite Rack
Ruger Introduces Lite Rack LCP II Chambered in .22 LR
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) proudly introduces the LCP® II chambered in .22 LR. This new, low-recoiling Lite Rack™ pistol features an easy-to-manipulate slide that shoots comfortably regardless of hand size or strength.
Since its introduction in 2008, the LCP has set the industry standard for a lightweight, compact and reliable carry pistol. In 2016, the product line evolved with the release of the LCP II, boasting enhanced features like taller sights, a larger grip surface, crisp new trigger and last-round hold open. The all new LCP II chambered in .22 LR represents the latest innovation in compact carry pistols from Ruger.
The .22 LR LCP II incorporates Ruger's new Lite Rack system, which allows for easy slide manipulation. The Lite Rack system includes refined slide serrations, pronounced cocking ears and a lighter recoil spring. Combined, these features ease the burden of cycling a pistol slide by hand. Pistols equipped with the Lite Rack system are ideally suited for new shooters, those who struggle with racking traditional slides and anyone looking to enjoy a day at the range. Whether used as a training tool for an existing LCP or LCP II, or as a concealed carry option, the low-recoiling Lite Rack LCP II in .22 LR allows shooters to train with and operate their pistol with confidence.
Optimized to function with high-velocity ammunition, this new pistol features a tilt-barrel, blowback semi-automatic action, which aids in feeding for reliable function. With a patent-pending floorplate assembly, the magazine offers a very compact 10+1 capacity, extends the grip for improved control and retains the LCP II's popular last-round hold open function.
The LCP II in .22 LR features a first-ever manual safety, making this a great training option for new shooters or those who prefer a manual safety option. Positioned on the left side of the frame, the safety is oriented in a push-forward-to-fire configuration that is instinctive and unobtrusive. A magazine disconnect ensures that the gun cannot fire with the magazine removed, yet still allows the magazine to drop free.
Like the rest of the LCP II family, this American-made pistol features a short, crisp, Secure Action™ trigger with inner trigger safety; improved sights for superior accuracy; and highly-textured grip surfaces. In addition to one, 10-round magazine, this pistol also ships with a magazine loader.