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Old February 12th, 2017, 08:42 AM   #1
 
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How to hold the LCP II?

When I try my usual two thumbs forward grip with my supporting left hand filling the gap of my right hand, I sometimes hit the mag release after firing, caused a mag drop error. One handed strong side doesn't cause this error so far (400+ rounds), and I have extra mags to rule out a mag problem. So if I use two hands, my supporting hand can only grip my lower right hand below the mag release, not quite the ineffective teacup grip but close. My question is how are other LCP II owners gripping with two hands relative to other larger pistols (I also have the fantastic SR22 .22...what a fun gun)? I have never tripped the mag release in other pistols I own or have rented.



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With small pistols, I keep my right thumb pointing forward, and the thumb of my left hand almost straight up, on top of my right thumb, forming a cross, and putting extra pressure on the right thumb.
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Like here, at the 7:50 mark. Squeezing the right hand and thumb with the left hand.


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I use the two thumbs forward grip and have not had an issue with unintentionally engaging the mag release - -yet. But then I have "Trump hands". :-)
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Thanks for the hold advice ... I will give it a try. I have average hand size!
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Update... mag release malfunction... so previously I thought it was me doing something wrong because of my hold. Now even with a teacup grip I get mag drops with three different magazines. I had an SRO at my range confirm the bad mag release with three fully loaded mags. He said to send it back to Ruger so I will do that. His Dad has one that he's shot a lot without this dangerous fault.

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I'm new to LCP as well, albeit a custom vs II. For some reason I feel compelled to make a really embarrassing confession. On my first trip to the range with my wife and 2 new LCPs, I spent 10 minutes coaching her on grip. She's new to shooting. On my second or third mag with the LCP, I unconsciously reverted to something closer to my full-size grip and ended up with the second and clearly nastiest slide bite in all my years of shooting. There's just not that much there to hold onto. And I had already told my wife only minutes earlier that most shooters only get one slide bite ever. They learn from the painful mistake.

I am gripping with both thumbs forward with my left thumb riding the slide a bit and my left fingers locked firmly on top of my right fingers. I haven't had any mag drops. Hands are on the average to larger than average side. Oh and no more slide bites with about 700 rounds down the pipe
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Ouch! Sorry to hear about that!
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Ouch! Sorry to hear about that!
Don't know why it's cathartic to confess here with relative anonymity - I was pretty embarrassed at the range. Imagine the image of the veteran shooter there teaching his wife to shoot and then bleeding like a stuck pig from a slide bite. I couldn't hide it. It was humbling. My only excuse, these things are really tiny.

EDIT: btw, left thumb lightly riding the slide has not lead to any FTEs and gives me a better purchase on that little bugger.

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I bought an LCP 2 in late November of 2016. I had no issues with the pistol at first and really enjoyed shooting it. Recently I began to notice the mag dropping during use and figured that it was due to my grip. I too tried changing the way I held the gun while firing and determined that it was not me causing the mag to release, it was a malfunction with the gun itself. This was my EDC so I didn't want to have any doubts about it's reliability. So rather than send it back to Ruger and hope they make a permanent fix (which I can never be sure of) I decided to trade it in last week for a glock 42.
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Good video,thanks for sharing.
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Ruger took it in to service without any argument. Perhaps it is now a seen problem. I'd rather they try to fix because I like the gun characteristics other than a faulty mag release. Like you, I did buy another gun to carry instead until I determine how this disappointment concludes. Silver lining?!
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Well they replaced mag latch and spring, trigger pivot pin, slide stop, and ejector and fired 36 rounds without error. We'll see!
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Shot 75 rounds without error. I will keep mine and see what happens over the next few outings.
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