So, after much ridiculing my friend for buying a Ruger LCP, I held it, dry fired it, and what the heck, I bought one. It was only $270, and figured I could sell it for not much loss if I hated it. 100 rounds later, and adding a crimson trace laser... this thing is a hoot!
Range report: without laser, 90gr FMJ- first mag was all over the place. It shot about 12" low, and 3" right (ish) at 7 yds. Part of it may be the 8lb/1.5" trigger pull and 2.75" barrel, but a lot of it is just that the fixed sights are almost worthless. My friend's shot POA, and 6" groups at 7 yds offhand out of the box, so maybe he got a better regulated one. I'm usually a better pistol shot than he is, but I'm not so cocky to think that maybe he just handled it better. $170 later, I got a crimson trace grip activated laser. I hate the idea of lasers, since, for accuracy, it's cheating, and I have reservations on the tactical pros/cons. However, once the laser is zeroed, it's a tack driver out to 25 yards, and the laser is only activated when I tighten my grip with my middle finger... a tactical compromise.
I have no illusions about the desirability of the .380 for self defense. This will be my tertiary gun. 1st being my 1911, second being my 327 Fed Mag, and last being my LCP .380. It's just so darn convenient, fitting in my shirt pocket, not looking like any more than a pack of cigarettes.
Did I mention it's a hoot to shoot?