Yeah, I've been looking in vain for many of the much ballyhooed *new* guns to make it down here where I'm at too. I was surprised to see this LCP turn up. I suspected that my "better half" would be interested, because she had been looking at slim concealable semi-autos for on-the-body-carry guns, and expressed interest in Kel-Tecs too. I put money down on it because I knew it would sell quick, and there are apparently many pre-ordered by distributors.
ELB: fwiw, the Ruger factory manual insists that no other magazine is compatible with the LCP, which I initially read and exclaimed, "well, duh!" and did not at first understand until I read your inquiry up post. Then I said, "Oh, perhaps this is meant to dissuade using Kel-Tec magazines...Or something." They are six shot steel mags, with a plastic follower and a polymer magazine floorplate, stamped with ".380" on one side and a Ruger phoenix on the other.
She handled it after hearing my reservations and whatnot about short barrels and .380 caliber's shortcomings and so forth, but decided to give it a try in spite of the drawbacks. Every firearm choice presents a series of trade-offs. Now that we've shot it, with both ball and jhp ammo from three different manufacturers, there is more confidence in it, if not the .380 round. On the one hand, Ruger marketing is accurate in more ways than one: "lightweight compact pistol" indeed. It is a glock-like polymer point-and-shoot bullet launcher that is conducive to point shooting because of the tiny sights. On the other hand, it is light, small, and compact so it can be carried unobtrusively just about anyplace, and kept well out of sight, but is available if needed. Judging from the exploded parts diagram, it would seem that the LCP is made up of only 35 parts. Other than that, I don't have much to add about it that hasn't been addressed elsewhere. I'll see how it performs later at more extended range sessions and post further results.