The rental counter at West Coast Armory is not a place for guns weak of heart or character. They will get beaten, abused and shot to death, literally. Some guns can handle it, some can’t.
I have seen two Ruger LCPs through the case. Although they broke for different reasons, they both had the same flaw and were showing the same wear because of it: cracks in the slide from where it locks up with the barrel hood. One was actually cracked so severely it was no longer serviceable and went to the gunsmith, the other had small cracks but was sent to the gunsmith for a different reason before those cracks really became a problem.
The fact that both firearms had the same exaggerated wear concerns me. The fact that I have seen them to the gunsmith for a multitude of other reasons concerns me further. I know that most consumers interested in an LCP won’t even put a couple hundred rounds through it and won’t give it time to display this kind of use, but that doesn’t mean anyone should be content to take the risk of their gun breaking when they might need it most. The biggest problem with these pocket .380s is that they don’t get shot often enough. People buy them and treat them like little talismans that will ward off evil, instead of buying them and then shooting them. If you’re going to bet your life on a gun, you should shoot it. Personally, I wouldn’t bet my life on one of these.