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Old October 31st, 2011, 06:52 PM   #1
 
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LCP Magazine loading

I just purchased an LCP over the weekend and have one problem (maybe). In order to load a magazine I have to depress the mag release. Is this normal for the LCP? I really like the guns size, but I got a case of sticker shock when I went to buy ammo. Why is .380 twice the price of 9mm? I have only shot about 50 rounds thru it but so far so good. The mag loading doesn't seem right to me.

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Old October 31st, 2011, 07:11 PM   #2
 
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I just purchased an LCP over the weekend and have one problem (maybe). In order to load a magazine I have to depress the mag release. Is this normal for the LCP?
First of all, congrats!

Regarding the magazine, it's normal on mine. I get resistance inserting the mag at the point of the mag release. I can either press the mag release and let the mag slide in, or I just push on the base of the mag harder.

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I really like the guns size, but I got a case of sticker shock when I went to buy ammo. Why is .380 twice the price of 9mm?
I had the same sticker shock. Buying .380 is like buying .38 Special.

I surmise that the difference in cost is due to production scale. Ammo manufacturers make more 9mm, driving down the retail price. Supply is in excess or meets demand.

.380 Auto production runs aren't as large as 9mm, driving up the retail price. Supply either barely meets demand or inadequately meets demand creating scarcity.

I had a heart attack when Federal Champion .380 Auto was almost $17 per box of 50rds. $8.50 more than 9mm!

I found MFS 2000 .380 ACP at Cabela's for $11.99 / 50rds. I bought the 4 boxes on the shelf. If I find a good price on ammo, I'll stock up as much as I can.

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I have only shot about 50 rounds thru it but so far so good. The mag loading doesn't seem right to me.
How did you do & at what distance?

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First of all, congrats!

Regarding the magazine, it's normal on mine. I get resistance inserting the mag at the point of the mag release. I can either press the mag release and let the mag slide in, or I just push on the base of the mag harder.



I had the same sticker shock. Buying .380 is like buying .38 Special.

I surmise that the difference in cost is due to production scale. Ammo manufacturers make more 9mm, driving down the retail price. Supply is in excess or meets demand.

.380 Auto production runs aren't as large as 9mm, driving up the retail price. Supply either barely meets demand or inadequately meets demand creating scarcity.



How did you do & at what distance?
I have only shot at a distance of about 30 feet. Most shots were about 2 to 5 inches low and to the left 2 to 5 inches, others were way off. It wasn't a very good group. I don't know if it's me or the gun. As soon as can get some more ammo I'll try again. Like I said before I do like the gun so far, it conceals much better than my LC9 and find myself forgetting that it's in my pocket. But the LC9 will still see plenty of CC.

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I have only shot at a distance of about 30 feet. Most shots were about 2 to 5 inches low and to the left 2 to 5 inches, others were way off. It wasn't a very good group.
Are you right handed? If so...



I get that low/left when I hold onto the LCP too tight. When I relax a bit, then the shots go where I want them to.

Shooting the LCP at a distance of 30ft is something I'm not good at yet. I practice at 21ft, and can get decent groups. When I backed off the target to 35 ft, it looked like a shotgun pattern.
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Are you right handed? If so...



I get that low/left when I hold onto the LCP too tight. When I relax a bit, then the shots go where I want them to.

Shooting the LCP at a distance of 30ft is something I'm not good at yet. I practice at 21ft, and can get decent groups. When I backed off the target to 35 ft, it looked like a shotgun pattern.
Thanks for posting the correction target, I must be tighting my fingers too much. I had seen a simular target somewhere on the internet but couldn't find it. There was one that was suitable for printing and to be used as a target but I haven't been able to find it either.

Since ammo for the LCP is so expensive, would it be a good round to learn reloading with. I was going to start with .40 and my glock 22 but read things about it not having a fully supported reciever, whatever that means, and am unsure about the LCP. Maybe I should start a new thread under reloading.

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When I first got my LCP I tried conventional aiming.
I quickly decided to practice only point & shoot.
To my surprise my groups got better.
I now practice at 15 yards and sometimes at 25 yards.
I figure that is the only way I will probably ever utilize it anyway, and it will never be a target pistol.
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I just purchased an LCP over the weekend and have one problem (maybe). In order to load a magazine I have to depress the mag release. Is this normal for the LCP? I really like the guns size, but I got a case of sticker shock when I went to buy ammo. Why is .380 twice the price of 9mm? I have only shot about 50 rounds thru it but so far so good. The mag loading doesn't seem right to me.

Thanks, Max
Mine was like that. A gunsmith gave the release catch a few strokes with a file and it is fine now. Didn't even charge.
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Inserting the magazine gets smoother the more you use it. Go out and shoot it and have fun!
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My magazine is the same way. I always press the release button, but I have heard of others just forcing the magazine in a little harder.

As for .380 prices...they are high enough that I was able to justify reloading my own. I use a lot of it and the price per box was killing my wallet.
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