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Old September 29th, 2009, 01:38 PM   #1
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New Elsie Pea!

I picked up an LCP at a recent gun show. I got it home and cleaned it up and smoothed some of it's rough spots. I cleaned up the barrel lug, the hammer slide interface, and the the rear barrel slide interface. I did this because the gun had a tendency to drag and have the slide stick in a partially recoiled position. After cleaning things up, no more sticking. I then set about polishing the feed ramp.

Took Elsie to the range today and threw about 50 rounds downrange. Never missed a lick. Right side up, sideways, or upside down, she never quit. I just need to paint the front sight. (She's small and I'm getting older!)

All in all, a good buy, and a smooth shooter. I'm happy with it. I think I add her to the collection!

PS. Added LCP badge to the signature

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Old September 29th, 2009, 06:19 PM   #2
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I too have succumbed to the LCP. I now own two....

They seem to shoot straight and go boom every time the trigger is pulled. I bought a pocket holster from http://www.simplyrugged.com/ that seems to work very good for me.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 07:22 PM   #3
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I put stronger springs in mine and added a Crimson Trace laser. Shoots like a dream. I carry it every day and don't even notice it's there most of the time.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 07:56 PM   #4
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So what i take from all this is 95 Grain Winchester is best?
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Old September 30th, 2009, 01:52 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by jeff.slim View Post
So what i take from all this is 95 Grain Winchester is best?
Don't know, never been mentioned in this thread. Own stock?
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Old September 30th, 2009, 03:03 AM   #6
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just fiding and affording the 380 ammo is the trick nowadays
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 02:50 PM   #7
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Pictures! Ok, I have done the following:

Polished the outside of the chamber. There were two reasons for this. First it looks good. Second, the top of the chamber finish was rubbing off where it tilted down to let the slide pass over it. There was obviously some friction there. Polishing helps reduce it.

The inside of the slide is polished lightly where it was rubbing on the chamber. Between this and a little oil in this location and it now slides like butter.

I also noticed a few nicks in the guide rod. Polished that a little bit as well since I was there anyhow.

I also made a rear pocket holster for her. I got some cheap leather at the hobby store. (About $8 for an 8 x 10 piece) I found that the rear pocket carry position is the most unobtrusive. There is no printing and I can pretty much do anything I want with it on.

Now for the pics!

First for the Holster...

Now some general pics...

A shot of a light polish on the top edge of the hammer that contacts the slide...

A pic of the slide polish where the hammer contacts as well as the ramp that had a lot of machining marks and grooves still visible...

A shot of the underside of the slide that was rubbing the finish on the barrel chamber...

A couple of pictures of the polished feed ramp...

My favorite picture of my baby girl so far...

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Old October 2nd, 2009, 02:57 PM   #8
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Nice, I just picked one up today and love it.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 04:06 PM   #9
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Ive had good luck with hornady critical defence rounds.
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Old November 3rd, 2012, 10:39 AM   #10
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Lcp ftex.

Hi, hate to have my first post negative but I need some input from other LCP owners. Awhile back I had a man offer me a great deal of money for my Kel Tec Chromed PF9 and P3AT. The P3AT had 2000 trouble free rounds through it by the way. The Ruger products seemed more refined so I thought I'd get them That's when the troubele began.
The LC9 has been a gem. I've had trouble with the LCP from day one. The first LCP I had would have constant failures to extract. It would leave the spent casing in the chamber. The extractor would let go of the casing, go all the way back, pick up the next cartridge, and then create a double feed by jamming against the spent case. The ones that would eject were all over the place. The brass was striking the ejection port on the way out.
Ruger payed to ship it back. They replaced the guns recoil rod, springs, and barrel. Got it back and still had the same problems. Only now the connector pin was walking out! Gun goes back again, lower part of the gun rebuilt. Still the same problem. Ruger replaced the gun.
Guess what? Same problem. Before the ammo, limp wristing comments begin let me tell you what I did with the guns.
1.) Fired Speer FMJ, Remington FMJ, American Eagle FMJ, Hornady XTP and Critical Defense, Winchester PDX, and Remington Golden Sabers all with similar results.
2.) I am not using the extended base plate. I am using the flat floor plate. Ruger said using the extended one could cause problems.
3.) I've had six other people with extensive handgun experienc fire it with the same results to eliminate the possibility it was me. One a former Olympic Shooting champ. I have been shooting guns for 42 years. So I'm not a new hand.
4.) Tried other magazines.
Second gun went back. I got a call from Jeremy and he said he had fired 100 rounds of ammo through the gun with no problems. I asked him if he had read my letter. I said their was a list of the ammo I had used plus several of the spent casings. He said he would speak to his manager about shipping me another gun. I called the next day and spoke with Linda in customer service. She said they were sending the gun back to me fixed.
I told her they said they were sending the same gun back to me after I was told I would get a new gun and seemed shocked no one had told me the old gun was being sent. I went trough the whole adventure with her. She said that a manager had cherry picked an extractor for the gun and it worked. I asked if they had checked the chamber. Perhaps it was out of spec, rough, or maybe had a burr since the ejector was about tearing the rim off the cartridge trying to get it out. She said "no please just try it and let's go from their.
Well I got the gun yesterday and went straight to the range. Second mag out same failure to extract. One per magazine. Using Speer Lawman FMJ and Hornady Ctitical Defense. Called her from the range and told her about the problem. Even had the range officer at the range shoot it with the same results. He confirmed it to her. She sent me another shipping label. O.K. here's the thing.
The rounds that are not extracting. The extractor is leaving a solid mark on. It's trying to pull them out. The ones that are extracted have a "v" shaped scratch mark on the front end of the empty case. At the end of that "v" the case mouth is deformed. Instead of a nice round "O" it looks like a "D". Obviously it's getting caught on something going out of the chanber or ejection port.
I am sending them back several pieces of the brass that the gun had damaged. Several pieces that had the exractor nearly torn off. And the last failure to extract the round almost made it out of the gun but is cocked sideways with the round bent down with the front caught on the barrel and the rear on the slide. I was able to get the live rounds below it out and am sending it with the jammed round.
I have read in this forum of others having these problems. Some fixed by new exctractors, barrels and so on. Some not getting the guns fixed after multiple trips back to Ruer and selling them. I have a lot of money in ammo sunk into this little guns.
I am not a Ruger hater. I have almost a dozen Rugers. Some over twenty years old. My children learned to shoot a rifle on a 10/22, a pistol on a MKII, and a centerfire pistol on a P95 which my dahghter now has. That P95 twice saved my life. I was very fond of it and trust it enough to let it protect my daughter. Sorry for the length of the post. But I wanted to get the details out. So back it goes Monday.
Ruger has paid shipping. They seem to want to help. But the last letter I got said they found the gun to be in spec and fired 150 rounds through it. No way.
I don't know what to do. I've spent nearly a 2/3rds the cost of the gun in ammo. I know getting two bad guns seems far fetched. But it is the truth. This is the first Ruger product I've had problems with. Any ideas?????

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