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Old January 19th, 2013, 11:54 AM   #1
 
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LCP vs. LC380

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but can someone tell me the difference between an LCP and an LC380. I have an SR9C but I'm thinking I might want something smaller/lighter to carry when I receive my LTCH.

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Old January 19th, 2013, 12:32 PM   #2
 
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One major difference are the weights. The LC380 is twice the weight of the LCP. It's also an inch longer, slightly wider and taller. Still, it's light and compact but the weight difference is something to consider.

I read posts complaining of felt recoil from little, light weight Elsie Pea. But, for me, it's the PERFECT, slip in your pocket, forget it's there, go everywhere, every day, in any clothing, carry gun. Is it "fun" to shoot? No! It's not supposed to be. It's an up close and personal, concealed, self defense pocket pistol which, if ever needed, felt recoil will not be an issue. And for that, IMO, it's perfection.

Oh, sorry 'bout the mini rant. At least the first paragraph I hope, partially answers your question.
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Not at all.I appreciate your insights!
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LC380 has real, adjustable sights, an extra round capability, locks open on an empty magazine, has a safety, a loaded chamber indicator and an internal, key actuated lock. The LCP has none of those features.
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I've never handled a semi-automatic pistol, but I have a question. My PTC instructor mentioned a few times in our class last weekend about a pistol not being able to shoot if the magazine is out of it. He said not all guns have this precaution. Why would some manufacturers not want the chambered round to be fired if the magazine is ejected?

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I agree with Quiet 1. For what a pocket pistol is, the LCP fits the bill without the extra features of the LC380. It's safe without the need for a "safety", sights are sufficient for a point and shoot belly gun, and the "loaded" indicator....well, if it's in my pocket, I already know. In my opinion, save the weight and cash and get the LCP.
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I recommend that you rent the lcp and the lc380 if you can find one. Most ranges that rent will have the lcp. If you are looking for a gun to shoot often then you might prefer the lc380. The lcp is not fun to shoot. My experience shooting the lcp was after ten rounds I knew it was not the gun for me. It's advantage is that it is small enough to fit in most pockets. And it is cheaper than most small pocket pistols. The 380 will fit in larger pants pockets and most jacket pockets. But for me it is a little too big so when I get a pocket pistol it will be either a Sig or Kahr. They are much more expensive but also much better to shoot. I won't buy a gun that I don't enjoy shooting.
Bottom line get the gun that suits your needs and pocketbook but try to shoot them first.
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I've never handled a semi-automatic pistol, but I have a question. My PTC instructor mentioned a few times in our class last weekend about a pistol not being able to shoot if the magazine is out of it. He said not all guns have this precaution. Why would some manufacturers not want the chambered round to be fired if the magazine is ejected?

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Its because of the mistaken assumption that removing the magazine from an autoloader unloads the gun. People can be untrained, lazy, stupid or just careless and leave a round in the chamber. The magazine disconnect protects against this. I choose to remove the magazine disconnect from any pistol I own because I dont want the pistol to be inoperable if I lose, or damage the magazine in some way. I am very capable of checking my weapon to see if there is a round in the chamber. I DO like a loaded chamber indicator because they generally operate without issues, and let you see at a glance if the pistol has a round in the chamber. If they dont cause any malfunctions I leave them installed.
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... I dont want the pistol to be inoperable if I lose, or damage the magazine in some way. I am very capable of checking my weapon to see if there is a round in the chamber. I DO like a loaded chamber indicator because they generally operate without issues, and let you see at a glance if the pistol has a round in the chamber. If they dont cause any malfunctions I leave them installed.
Agreed on both counts, which is one of the reasons I like the Sig P232. I became used to safely clearing the chamber w/ 1911s, but it doesn't bother me at all to have a little reminder flag.
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I like the size of the LCP, a much better pocket gun.
I don't need the LCI because I know if it is in my pocket it is loaded and ready to go.
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I put 100 rounds through my LCP today as I was sighting in the Crimson Trace laser and was having too good of a time to stop.
To me, it is much more of a pocket gun than the LC 380.
The LC 380 is the size of the LC 9, which for me is just too big to carry in the summer when wearing shorts and a t shirt.
I know the LCP is not a target gun, but it is still fun to exercise once in a while.
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Out of curiosity, you fellas that pocket carry, do you get pocket lint in your firearms? Do you take the magazines out each night when you're done for the day and blow them off? Or do you do this only once a week?

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Its because of the mistaken assumption that removing the magazine from an autoloader unloads the gun. People can be untrained, lazy, stupid or just careless and leave a round in the chamber. The magazine disconnect protects against this. I choose to remove the magazine disconnect from any pistol I own because I dont want the pistol to be inoperable if I lose, or damage the magazine in some way. I am very capable of checking my weapon to see if there is a round in the chamber. I DO like a loaded chamber indicator because they generally operate without issues, and let you see at a glance if the pistol has a round in the chamber. If they dont cause any malfunctions I leave them installed.
Thanks for explaining this, weblance. I appreciate you taking the time.
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Out of curiosity, you fellas that pocket carry, do you get pocket lint in your firearms? Do you take the magazines out each night when you're done for the day and blow them off? Or do you do this only once a week?
I pocket carry almost exclusively. I use a pocket holster. Either an Uncle Mikes, or a Blackhawk. I have a couple other brands, but I dont remember what they are. A pocket holster keeps the gun clean, breaks the outline so your pocket doesnt scream GUN! and keeps the trigger protected. I usually have in my pocket, either an LCP, LC9(heavy) Sig P238(heavy) S&W 638, Ruger LCR(heavy), or Kel-Tec P32.
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I pocket carry almost exclusively. I use a pocket holster. Either an Uncle Mikes, or a Blackhawk. I have a couple other brands, but I dont remember what they are. A pocket holster keeps the gun clean, breaks the outline so your pocket doesnt scream GUN! and keeps the trigger protected. I usually have in my pocket, either an LCP, LC9(heavy) Sig P238(heavy) S&W 638, Ruger LCR(heavy), or Kel-Tec P32.
Thanks again, weblance. I'm really interested in getting a LCP. I'll take your advice about having it in a holster, even though it's in my pocket. Keeping it clean will ensure proper operation.
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