I looked long and hard before I bought a new pocket pistol. I talked to a lot of cops, about 60% of those carried the LCP. When I asked why, I got a lot of answers, but the two that stuck out were the rock-solid reliability, and the fact that the local gunshop was giving them a price of a few pennies over cost. Literally, they were making 3 - 5 dollars per gun they sold the cops. made it up, I'm sure in ammo sales, and repeat business. So I shot and handled the LCP. I shot and handled the S&W Bodyguard. I lusted over the Kimber .380, I even went so far as to try the Taurus Curve, but could NOT bring myself to carry something that darn silly looking.
My only complaint about the LCP came after shooting the Kahr. The grip seemed to taper, front to back toward the magazine well. I KNOW it doesn't, but it sort of felt that way. The Kahr actually seems to do the opposite. And the sights are rather on the minimalist side. What made my decision was the fact that the Base Exchange (PX) had an LCP in stock for $305.00, and a CW 380 for only $311.00. I took a deep breath, presented my wallet, and am so glad I did. Would I have been happy with the Ruger? Damn skippy!. How about the S&W? Again, same answer. Wanted the Kimber so bad it hurt, but almost $800.00 for a single action pocket rocket, just seemed to be a bit self-indulgent, over-the-top, and anyway, my wife would have castrated me!
This is just my 2 cents worth, and it probably ain't worth that much. If anyone I know buys an LCP, a Bodyguard, even a Curve, and is willing to practice drawing and shooting with it, I applaud their choice.
I do have to make a confession here, What I really wanted, and still want, and will probably still buy, is a stainless steel Beretta Tomcat in .32ACP. Yeah, I know all about the lack of stopping power, etc, but I think it's a really cool pistol, and just want one. As soon as they move their production from the Socialist State of Maryland, and start cranking them out again, I WILL buy one!