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Ruger .380 LCP

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by KS-OKIE, Jan 20, 2010.

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  1. KS-OKIE

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    I just bought a Ruger .380 LCP for carry in my truck console.Does anyone else have one ? Ran 50 Speer 95gr FMJ Lawman Ammo rounds through it at the indoor range.Man,that was a real blast.Speer Gold Dot 90gr GDHP for the carry ammo.Any thoughts on this little gun.I just thought a compact .357 would be to much of a hand cannon.Hope I never have to use it..KS-OKIE..John Wiegand.
     
  2. shooterIII

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    I've had mine fore about 6 months and really like it, I got myself a Galco pocket holster and can carry it in a front pocket and no one can tell I'm carrying. Some will say it is too small but a lot of police in other countries carry .380's. If you need it it's not like long distance shooting here.
     
  3. wolfram

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    Pretty good evaluation of several .380s in this month's issue of the American Rifleman. Seems like almost all of these small autoloaders had functioning issues with the hollow point/PD type ammo. The LCP was no exception. The author noted that all the guns tested were new and not broken in and the user should fire several hundred rounds through their guns to confirm or establish reliability.

    I would feel better with a J frame wheel gun if I were betting the farm on it.
     
  4. Robb

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    Mine went back for the recall and while there I asked for a buff and polish. Took longer to get back but has worked well since. Hornady Critical Defense for carry cheap ball for practice.
     
  5. Shooting Jack

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    Have LCP and Keltec 380's and like them both. I carry the Keltec most of the time on a ankle holster. The book tells you that you will have some feed problems in new condition. However with a buff and polish they will work mighty good. Jackie B.
     
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    Mine went back for function problems. After 100 rds it wouldn't even chamber a round. The slide would close 99% but not completely engage.

    They did some work, chamber, feed ramp, replace extractor with a "Second Generation" one.

    Came back FLAWLESS. I've since put 300 rds through it with zero problems
    So I do carry it on occasion now.

    The tech at Ruger who worked on my gun advised me to AVOID Federal ammo as it sometimes mics up a few thousandths too LONG for the LCP's chamber (this was two years ago, so I can't speak for any engineering tweaks Federal may have done since then)

    He recommended BLACK HILLS, WINCHESTER WHITE BOX and HORNADY XTP or CRITICAL DEFENSE- in that order.

    Ruger test fires the LCP with 24 rds of black hills and 12 roudns of Hornady XTP. Direct Quote from Ruger Tech Joel Cramer in Arizona
     
  7. Barry C. Roach

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    Love all of mine. Made in the USA.
     
  8. EE

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    I know first-hand of 2 LCPs that both went back to Ruger *twice* for feed issues. Both still jammed and have since been sold and replaced with KelTecs. My Keltec feeds anything I put in it, including Federal Hydra-Shok. I carry Buffalo Bore ammo in it; practice with reloads mainly.

    YMMV.

    EE
     
  9. Savage99Stan

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    Great little lightweight thing. Put the mag extension on that comes with it..improves control. I also have the pocket holster. Wear it at work and forget it is there. Lighter than my Kahr but still a .380. When I travel, it fits nicely in a side pocket in cargo pants.

    Have had no failures to feed or misfires. Good primer strike.

    Broke it in with Winchester 100 pack bought at Wally Mart for eighteen bucks. Wish I could find more.

    Prices vary all over the place. We list at 289, seen at Gander for a hundred more than that.
     
  10. KS-OKIE

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    Thanks everyone for the info.No jambs in the first fifty rounds.Paid $299.00+tax.Also bought a Tony Hume clip-on leather pocket holster.The practice ammo seemed easy to manage.Should I expect quite a bit more recoil with the "Hot" ammo ?...KS-OKIE.
     
  11. hammer-time

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    I wouldn't trust ammo in a carry gun that I haven't shot a bunch of! If you are buying it for self defense, how much is your defense worth? Shoot in practice what you will be shooting when the chips are on the line!
     
  12. EE

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    Good points, hammer-time. Lots of practice with the ammo you carry is important. But it doesn't hurt to shoot other stuff for fun.

    EE
     
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    I have the same setup as Shooterlll. Just like my American Express card, I dont leave home without it.
    Barney
     
  14. eightbore

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    All of these .380 mini guns should come with 200 rounds of ammo.
     
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    A good way to check the feeding of your self defense ammo is to chamber a round of ball ammo, fill the clip full with the SD ammo, insert the clip and fire one round. Repeat this several times. Most auto jams involve the first round out of a full magazine.

    Jim Skeel
     
  16. shannon391

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    Why such a tiny gun and round for a truck Gun?

    I would like something that could shoot through the windshield or door if needed.( and a gun I'm not emotionaly attached to, if stolen}.

    I keep a full size pistol or revolver for the truck gun. {.45 acp or .357}

    For personel carry a .45 Kimber compact for cool months,or a single stack K9 for hot weather.
     
  17. EE

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    Don't count on that 9mm shooting through a windshield every time, unless you can get up high and shoot it at a 90 degree angle. Try it.

    EE
     
  18. KS-OKIE

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    Wanted a small enough gun to fit in pocket holster while filling up the truck.I get off work in the middle of the night.In my area you seldom see the cops around the convience stores until the fresh donuts arrive. Also small enough to fit into vest pocket while on the Harley.I do not have a concealed carry permit,but in Missouri I can carry anywhere in a vehicle loaded.Or on my person on my scooter...KS-OKIE
     
  19. hammer-time

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    Yep, but fun and practice would be completely different things. If you shoot a bunch, I can see saving some money on the rounds that don't count, but I wouldn't want to plink with one round and expect an auto to work flawlessly with something untested in my own gun. I don't care about functionality in others! Now getting input on knockdown power of a load is something different.
     
  20. shannon391

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    2 guns ain't a bad thing. One full size large cal. for the truck or car, and one for the pocket or holster.
     
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