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Anyone have a Ruger LCP & how hard is .380 ammo to find?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by aznbala, May 31, 2013.

  1. aznbala

    aznbala Tualatin, OR Member

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    Curious who has one. Wondering how much snap the gun has. Seen videos already and done plenty of research. Also how hard is .380 ammo to find? Never looked for .380 before.
     
  2. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    .380 is about all walmart has had on the shelves these past five months.
     
  3. jluck

    jluck Really,Really, Close to Newport Oregon 97365 Voted #1 Member

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    The wife has a LCP. In my (and firearms instructors) opinion it is a difficult gun to master. Ammo is pretty easy to find.
     
  4. Panther

    Panther Keizer Active Member

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    I owned an lcp in 9mm I didn't like trigger
     
  5. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    With the LCP people complain about the long double action only trigger pull, strong muzzle flip and the trigger guard stinging your finger. I got my wife a Bersa Thunder 380 instead.

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  6. unklekippy

    unklekippy In The Mountains Near Sprague River Well-Known Member

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    The long trigger pull is very easy to get down if you spend much time with handguns at all. It is an amazingly easy gun to conceal and shoot. Of course there is some snap, but it is worth it for something so concealable and easy to shoot. I don't know why you would want to, but after a few magazines you can easily make 25-40 yard shots. An absolutely great gun at a great price.
     
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  7. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    I have never fired a LCP but I have shot the Walther P380 as well as the Sig p238 and by far the best is the Sig. The trigger is not quite as nice as you get with a 1911 but its close with barely any travel before the break. Plus, if you shoot 1911's your already uses to how its safety works.
    As far a finding 380, Locally here in Salem, its pretty scarce and even online its tough to find unless you want to pay a buck or more a shot for defense rounds.
     
  8. Stepside2000

    Stepside2000 Vancouver Member

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    I recently bought an lcp and haven't had a chance to shoot it yet, but I did buy a hogue grip for it and it almost feels like a different gun with the new grip. I also plan on getting the RTK adjustable trigger for it down the road. And like stated above, I've found .380 at walmart a few times and luckygunner.com has it pretty regularly and I've found it on cabelas website now and again.
     
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    jaminj Federal Way, WA Member

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    I have owned a lcp I would recommend a s&w bodyguard for almost the same price. Better handle on recoil for follow up shots. I have shot them both side by side
     
  10. metrotps

    metrotps Mountlake Terrace Member

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    I have found .380 online and the aforementioned local outlets. Try to hook-up with somebody that has one and shoot it before deciding for yourself.
     
  11. bzltyr

    bzltyr Portland Metro area Active Member

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    The LCP has been nice. It does have a long trigger pull on older models. I don't like the new model. Trigger pull is quicker and the front sight is more refined. I like the older model better. Ammo is sporadic. Its out there. I have plenty. You don't do a lot of plinking with this gun. Its a great pocket gun.
     
  12. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Just picked up two boxes of FMJ PPU 380 at walmart for $31.94.
     
  13. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I have one NIB and have not fired it yet. I have other 380s and I handload. I would never use this caliber as a primary, the Beretta Nano is not much larger and can fire +P 9MM, a huge step up

    For me .380 is for a 3rd BUG in my boot
     
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  14. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    The first rule in a gun-fight is have a gun. Having said that this is a hard gun to shoot, but very easy to carry. The wife doesn't mind carrying it, but hates shooting it.

    As for ammo, since I reload I haven't looked for awhile.
     
  15. hillbilli

    hillbilli whidbey island New Member

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    recoil is manageable.. at least for me. one hand, minute of face groups at 7yds, palm sized two handed 7yd groups, keeping them all on a sheet of paper at 20yds 2 handed.. yes .380 sucks, but it is better than .32, .22, .25, or anything else like that thet they put in a 9 oz pocket gun.. (for when you cant get away with carrying a real gun..) I wouldnt have bought one, but got a chance to shoot a Friend's LCP, and i was sold.
     
  16. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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  17. unklekippy

    unklekippy In The Mountains Near Sprague River Well-Known Member

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    A 9mm+P is without a doubt a better round than any .380, but the size of the gun is the clincher. I had a 9mm S&W Shield for about a week. The LCP is so small that it melts into a front pocket like a matchbook. For me, to go above the size of an LCP I would go to a full size 1911, G17 or S&W N-Frame. That is not at all to knock the Shield(or the Nano, with which I have no experience at all).

    I can't say enough about the LCP. What really lends it legitimacy(besides the size) is bullet technology. Primers and propellants are for the most part unchanged. New(er), expanding projectiles are amazing.
     
  18. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    I have a 9MM Nano and I would never carry the LCP in it's place (2nd BUG or swim trunks gun).. the size isn't that much greater for me VS the effectiveness
     
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  19. Scout67

    Scout67 Milwaukie Member

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    I have shot the LCP and would agree it is not the most comfortable gun to shoot with such a small frame. That being said, I can accurately shoot the gun, it can fit in my pocket and it is reliable. If I were buying a handgun to put rounds through I would look elsewhere, but if you are wanting a small easily concealed gun then I think it is a good choice.
     
  20. Blackcobra

    Blackcobra Camas Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I have a Nano and carry it comfortably. It's a good shooter, as well.

    I just picked up a LCP last weekend, but haven't shot it yet. It sure is cute, though :)