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Old January 17th, 2016, 08:59 AM   #1
 
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Haven't seen any posts on the LC380 lately. Does this mean there are no problems or have ya"all just given up???
I really like the little gun but can not trust it for CCW.
If they would just make a magazine specifically for the 380, I believe it would solve the problems.
If anyone knows of such a magazine, please let me know!



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Old January 17th, 2016, 09:25 AM   #2
 
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I would buy the LC9s over the LC380..........better round, cheaper round, and same exact size gun.
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I agree why mess with the LC380 when there is the LC9s. The 9mm is much cheaper and a more powerful round. Unless you are recoil shy if so then get a Glock 42 in .380 enough size to hold on to but still can be concealed in a pocket etc. Good Luck
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I have both the LCP and the LC9; I think that the LC380 would be - for me - a solution in search of a problem.

I like the LCP for times when the social situation is such that I can't carry a pistol with more authority. In those situations, I appreciate the size of the LCP. The LC9 is for times when I still need a small pistol, but can conceal the slightly larger LC9.

I don't find the recoil of the LC9 objectionable - it's not a lot of fun, but I'm not planning on shooting it a lot.

As I see it, the target market for the LC380 are those people who are recoil sensitive and find the LCP too small and the LC9 too powerful. It's a niche market, to be sure, which may be why you don't hear much about it.


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As I see it, the target market for the LC380 are those people who are recoil sensitive and find the LCP too small and the LC9 too powerful. It's a niche market, to be sure, which may be why you don't hear much about it.
Well Jim that niche would be me...After surgeries on my hands I'm a bit recoil sensitive so the 380 fits the bill. So far so good.
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Mine goes bang every time I pull the trigger... I trust it with my life and the lives of those that I love.
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...I really like the little gun but can not trust it for CCW....
why not ?

I've had my lc380 about 5 months now & put about 500rds thru it so far, after getting the Galloway trigger kit

I like it muchly and planning to use both lc380 & bersa for CCW when I get better trained for that

w/out the Galloway trigger kit the trigger pull is about 1-inch which for me made the pistol close to worthless, with the kit the trigger pull is about 1/2-inch which is fine

recoil from locked breech is very easy and noticably less than my Bersa 380 which has blowback. I added some cheapie rubber wraparound thing to make the lc380 grip a bit larger, and I think maybe 1 jam with some cheap ammo. I tried shooting several of the smaller 380s that weigh around 10-12oz and the recoil was just too much for my wimpy hands

Now I'm trying to figure out when to take it back to gunsmith for him/her to check if the blue loctite for trigget kit needs replacing
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One of the local shops has a used lc380 for sale for $299. They have LC9S pro models on sale for $319.99. With 9mm ammo being almost half price compared to 380, and the striker fire trigger on the LC9S I have a feeling that lc380 is going to be in the case for awhile.

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I feel the same way as the OP.

I would only trust it with the one brand of ammo that seems to work reliably... that's the Hornady Critical Defense 90gr FTX.

Otherwise it has always had issues with different types of standard ball ammo. The magazine seems to be the issue, with live rounds flying out of the mag while firing it and constant jamming.
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LC380 vs LC9 . . . less recoil and an easier-to-rack slide.

There's a demographic for those qualities. Thankfully, we have the choice.

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LC380 vs LC9 . . . less recoil and an easier-to-rack slide.

There's a demographic for those qualities. Thankfully, we have the choice.
Agree. I'm thinking of getting one for the wife as she never carries the LC9s.
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I recently bought a lightly used LC380 with 3 mags but no box or other stuff like the KEY! The one I got shoots great but the trigger is horrible. Have the Galloway trigger kit coming for it and it will be my carry gun. Mine shoots 6 inch groups at our CCW training line (21 feet I think) a little worse at range length of 30 feet. The .380acp is and underdog but should not be as it's another JMB round.
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LC380 vs LC9 . . . less recoil and an easier-to-rack slide.

There's a demographic for those qualities. Thankfully, we have the choice.

Have a Witness Pavona coming for the wife in 380, the LC is a tad small for OC. I have fondled the early gen LC9, and found nothing offensive about the trigger. But then I adapt to the guns trigger as they are designed.

That said the Pavona has a great single action trigger. Wish more companies would make compact to full size 380's for those that like milder recoil guns. The LC380 has a place in the market, just not for everybody.
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Just bought a used LC380 and am liking it so far. My recoil sensibilities are probably based on my shooting revolvers more than semi autos over a period of years. I can shoot .357 all day and not flinch as well as 38spl +P in a snubby, but a 9mm can be snappier than I like sometimes (I have a CZ 75 Compact as a reference, previously had a P95). Perhaps it's the linear quality of semi auto recoil rather than muzzle jump. I shot two magazines with the LC380 the other day when I brought it home and was hitting tight, centered groups at 25 feet with it by the second magazine. I bought a Walther PPK/S 22LR last year and have been told they will reintroduce the 380 version sometime soon, and I may pick one of those up just because it fits so well and is DA/SA, although the DA only feature of the LC is fine because of my revolver history.
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have both the lc9s and lcp. i find the smaller lcp to be snappier than the lc9s.
my wife with her arthritic hands prefers shooting my gp100 357 on the range over the lcp. these are just range values, in a self defense situation there will be no thoughts of "this recoil is gonna hurt"

also for me, there is no reason for the lc380 over the lc9. jmho

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