NRA Women 2024 Golden Bullseye Handgun of the Year Goes To: Ruger Security-380 Lite Rack

by posted on January 8, 2024
Golden Bullseye 2024 Ruger Security 380

As announced at the end of 2023, the Ruger Security-380 Lite Rack pistol has been selected as NRA Women’s Golden Bullseye winner for Handgun of the Year. 

NRA Women contributor B. Gil Horman wrote in his full review "Ruger’s Soft-Shooting Security-380 Pistol":

“Last year, in keeping with the as-small-as-possible double-stack theme, the company wisely chose to update its .380 ACP version of the LCP II pocket pistol to create the LCP MAX. They did this by applying the same modified magazine and slim grip profile approach used with the MAX-9 to bring the LCP's ammunition capacity up to 10+1 or 12+1 rounds. That new member of the LCP series does a great job of addressing common pocket-pistol limitations.

But in between these two models lies an important and often unaddressed product gap. Compact and subcompact 9 mms are chambered for a relatively high-pressure cartridge while pocketable .380 ACP pistols are exceptionally light weight with small grips. As a result, both types of semi-automatics can produce levels of felt recoil that are uncomfortable, or too intense, for some folks to work with.

An ideal solution to this problem would be a compact-size pistol, with its added mass and larger grip, chambered in the reduced-pressure .380 ACP cartridge. The result would be a soft-shooting, low-recoil defensive pistol that is still comfortable to carry. That's just what Ruger has done with its recent release of the Security-380.”

NRA Women congratulates—and extends thank to—Ruger for creating this wonderful soft-shooting pistol with a slide so easy to manipulate it practically racks itself.

The award will be presented in person to Ruger during an invitation-only breakfast during the 2024 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Dallas, Texas.

Learn more about the NRA Golden Bullseye Awards and how they are selected, as well as other winners for 2024.

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