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Old March 8th, 2013, 04:29 PM   #16
 
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Tbone, Thanks for the answer, thats what I wanted to find out. My problem is I am old & my wrists are shot so it is hard to rack. I have a great dealer & he has a LC380 & a SR9c both ordered for me. I went out today & found another dealer that had both an LC9c & a Taurus PT111G2. I racked them both & I had NO trouble doing it. That damn Shield was the hardest thing to rack I have ever had.

I got it apart & like to never got it back together. When I shot it I had 1 jamb (probably my fault ) & it was the devil to get it fixed. I just don't need a gun like that. Tbone ,you might be young ,or younger, & strong & don't notice the hard slide rack. Let me know please. I took my Shiekd back to my dealer as he wanted it anyway & said get me something I can rack. The SR9c looked to me to be the best choice. I was very happy when I tried the one today. Thanks again.



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gene1, I think you'll be happy with the slide pull weight on the LC380, you will just have to play with the SR9c and see if it's going to work for you.
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Hi Duck, I did try both a new SR9c & a new Taurus G2 9 & I had no trouble with them. In fact both felt easier than my LC9. I didn't get to shoot them, just rack the slide. I have been racking the slide on PPK 380 & 32 for years & I believe the PPK 380 is harder to rack than any of them. I do love to shoot PPK's as they are the most accurate small gun there is.

I am over 80 so that is my biggest problem, but I do love to shoot. I think I have been doing it since the Civil War. When the kiddies say they don't have any trouble with the slide rack, I think well you just haven;t got old yet. That is the main reason i ordered a LC380, for when I have a bad day I still have something to shoot & with a laser too.
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Tbone, I shot my Shield 9 & it was pretty good. My dealer ,who is friend, tried the slide rack & thought it was ok. I am a test person for slide rack & the Shield, like I said before, was the worst I have ever done.. I have never had one that was that hard.The worst part was in putting it back together, you had to lock back the slide without the mag in & I couldn't do it. Oh well it is gone now , I just thought any other old people might like to know.
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Tbone, I shot my Shield 9 & it was pretty good. My dealer ,who is friend, tried the slide rack & thought it was ok. I am a test person for slide rack & the Shield, like I said before, was the worst I have ever done.. I have never had one that was that hard.The worst part was in putting it back together, you had to lock back the slide without the mag in & I couldn't do it. Oh well it is gone now , I just thought any other old people might like to know.
gene1, I'm a young pup - only 65. So far, knock on wood, I can still rack the slides on my Shields and SR9c. There's no way my wife could do that with her arthritis, bless her heart. She uses a revolver for concealed carry, but can't practice much because the recoil is too painful. I am interested in a LC380 or a Bodyguard for her.

Let us know what you think when your LC380 comes in. I, for one, will be very interested in your impressions.
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Tbone, I will do that & let you know about the LC380. I was surprised at the slide rack on the Sr9c & the Taurus as they were lighter than even my LC9. I don't think there was anything wrong with my Shield as like I said my dealer tried it & found no problem.

My easiest racking guns are my 32 PPK & Mustang. The 32 PPK is my favorite gun ever & it is really accurate. The biggest problem is finding one at a price you will pay. The PPK 380 is more available but harder to rack. I do think the LC380 will be a winner with me as I do like the laser. I have the lasermax & it is fine on my LC9.
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I bought an LC380 last Saturday and was able to try it out today. All I can say is it is SWEEEEET. I am 67, and have arthritis and carpal tunnel in both hands. I had no problem racking the LC and recoil wasn't a problem.

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Oliver, thanks for that on the LC380. It's just what we want to hear.I know what all your problems are, because I have them all too. I still love to shoot tho. I know that is good news for Tbone too. I have an Lc 380 & a Sr9c both on order.

I had the carpal surgery on both wrists about 8 years ago & it helped but arthritis still takes it's toll. Enjoy your gun.
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I enjoyed shooting my newly purchased LC.380
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Really began looking for a gun for my wife and after taking her with me to look at several selections, she picked the LC.380 because of the safety features and because she had no problem pulling the upper receiver back to chamber a round. As for shooting.....exceptional, low recoil, nice visible sights and at seven yards...consistently hit center mass. Lot of fun, easy, safe and great conceal/carry.
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My 2-cents on the Ruger LC380 and Comparison to Bersa Thunder 380

Ruger LC380 – Newly designed .380 by Ruger for 2013. It was built for, and marketed to the growing number of women shooters and concealed carry permit holders. Personally, I think this was a brilliant move by Ruger to build a real carry weapon designed for women, instead of just relying on what they already had available. Now, I know there are a lot of very capable women shooters out there, who have been shooting for years, or their whole lives, and can shoot anything you put in their hands. However, I believe there are far more women shooters, like my wife, who are fairly new to pistol shooting and are having a problem finding a carry weapon that fits them. I think most weapons that have a comfortable recoil are too large to carry daily. And, the ones that are small enough to carry comfortably will knock you down with recoil.

Just to reiterate this, let me compare a few concealed carry weapons, based on recoil factor in ft-lbs. First, let’s look at a couple of popular 9mm weapons that I have, just for an example. My Ruger LC9…the 9mm version of the LC380. It has a 7.72 ft-lb recoil factor, which is quite a bit for a lightweight pistol. I’d say it took me a couple hundred rounds to get used to it. Compare this to my Baby Desert Eagle in 9mm steel, weighing in at 40 oz, having a recoil factor 3.64 ft-lbs, and the best-shooting pistol I've ever shot...you just don't want to carry it around with you every day. Now, let’s look at the Bersa Thunder 380…it only has a 2.81 ft-lb recoil factor, which is about the lowest there is in a .380 caliber weapon. The problem here is the Bersa Thunder is a fairly large .380 and weighs 23 oz. But, let’s compare its recoil factor to the ever-popular Ruger LCP in .380 ACP…the LCP has a 6.64 ft-lb recoil factor, which for a little bitty 9.4 oz weapon is huge. Most women really hate shooting this little pistol, and a lot of other small pistols that men seem to think they would like, due to the high recoil factor…and I believe if you hate to shoot it, it is not a good carry weapon. Another popular women’s carry weapon is the S&W Bodyguard…it has 5.27 ft-lb recoil factor, which is not bad at all for a .380 caliber weapon weighing only 12 oz. Now, let’s throw in the new Ruger LC380…it has a 3.69 ft-lb recoil factor and weighs 17 oz. It’s in between the Thunder 380 and Bodyguard for weight, but its recoil factor is much closer to the Thunder 380. Kinda reminds me of the 3 Bears…and this is the one that is “just right”. Now, let’s consider a revolver. A lot of men will say that their wife or girlfriend can’t shoot a semi-automatic for various reasons, and run down and buy them something like a Ruger LCR, double-action revolver, chambered in .357 Magnum. She shoots it once, and never wants to shoot again. Why is this, he wonders. Well, this little revolver, weighing in at only 17 oz, firing a .357 round, has a whopping 19.47 ft-lb recoil factor…that’s why. Then, there’s the Ruger LCR in .38 Special. It only weighs 13 oz, but still has a 7.43 ft-lb recoil factor. I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to carry a weapon with a recoil factor over 7 ft-lbs, I’d much rather carry an 8-round LC9 than a 5-round LCR.

Built on the hugely popular LC9 frame, the LC380 even uses the LC9 magazine, except with a spacer in the back to enable them to use the shorter .380 ammo. If using an UpLula to reload your magazines, you will have to use the 9mm UpLula…not the .380 UpLula. The LC380 is recoil-operated, double-action only. And, it does have that long trigger pull that the LC9 has. It has an internal lock, manual safety on the frame…not on the slide. It holds 7+1 rounds, and has a glass-filled nylon frame, and weighing in at 17 oz. It has a low recoil factor of 3.69 ft-lbs. The barrel length is 3 1/16” long, it is 5 13/16” long overall, has a 4 5/8” height, and a 15/16” width. (NOTE: the overall height I measured includes a magazine with the finger rest, which adds 1/2” to the overall height.)

We’ve only put a couple hundred rounds through the LC380 so far. This includes 6 different brands of ammo, and we have not had one failure of any kind. It will feed, fire, and eject everything you throw at it. It seems to be just as dependable as the LC9. I’ve fired over 1000 rounds through my LC9, with 8 different brands of ammo, and have never had a failure of any kind…which is what I expect for a concealed carry weapon.

Now, the main thing about a concealed carry weapon is how it shoots, and how comfortable the shooter feels with the weapon. My wife absolutely loves the LC380 for ease of use. It is by-far the easiest to rack semi-auto pistol I’ve ever seen. And, she likes having .75” x 2” area on the slide to grab ahold of. It has no decocker/safety on the slide to get in the way, and the slide lock does not get in the way. Just a big, smooth area to allow you to get a lot of hand on it, making it easy to rack. The LC380 is sleek, with all rounded-off corners, making it a perfect concealed carry weapon. It seems to be the perfect size and weight, and my wife shoots it like a charm. She did have a little issue with the long double-action trigger on the first 5 rounds she fired with it…but got used to it very quickly. In fact, I’d say she was used to it, and shooting it very well, before she even finished the first box of ammo. But, I’d say it took me close to 300 rounds through my LC9 before I felt completely comfortable with it...but I've shot a lot more pistols than she has. So, if there’s anything my wife said she would change on the LC380, it would be the trigger. She does like the DA/SA trigger on the Thunder 380 much better than the long DA only trigger on the LC380.


Bersa Thunder 380 – Designed in 1995. The Thunder 380 is blowback-operated, double-action/single-action. This means the first round fires in double-action…everything afterwards is single-action, making each round after the first one much easier to shoot. It has a slide-mounted decock/hammer block safety, holds 7+1 rounds, and has an aluminum alloy frame, which makes it a tad heavy at 23oz. But, the added weight also slows recoil in this blowback-operated pistol. It has one of the lowest recoil factors of any .380 at 2.81 ft-lbs. The barrel length is 3 1/2”, it is 6 1/2” long overall, has a 4 3/4” height, and a 1 1/2” width with the Crimson Trace laser grips installed. (NOTE: the overall height I measured includes a magazine with the finger rest, which adds 1/4” to the overall height.)

We had problems with ProMag magazines causing a stove pipe round on the very last round fired, no matter if you loaded 5, 6, or 7 in the magazine. We have not had this issue using the more-expensive Bersa OEM magazines, except with a couple of brands of ammo. It also seems to not like certain brands of ammo. A few brands we’ve tried in the Thunder 380 have had constant FTFeeds, FTFires, FTEs, etc. And with today’s ammo-shortages we’ve tried a lot of different brands of ammo that we’ve never tried before, as we’ve learned to take what we can get, no matter what brand. If you want to shoot, you’ve gotta have ammo, and if we’d been waiting for a certain brand to become available, we wouldn’t have been able to shoot at all. I will say the Bersa Thunder seems to love the Winchester and Remington ammo…and if you can find plenty of those brands, I’d say you’d have no worries with dependability. And, even though we did find several brands it didn’t like, what is worrisome to us is our particular Bersa Thunder 380 does not like the Hornady Critical Defense rounds.

My wife likes the Thunder 380 OK for ease of use. And, even though its slide spring is not heavy by any means, it is harder to rack the slide on it, as compared to the LC380. With the decocker/safety on the slide, it seems to get in the way when racking the slide, as does the slide lock. Even for me, I can see that the Thunder 380 is a little harder to rack than the LC380 is. And, if you take into account the size of the slide, minus the area taken up by the decocker/safety and slide lock, you’re only looking at an area about 3/8” x 1” to be able to grab on the slide when racking it.
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Mick, That was a great write up & thanks. I have a Bersa CC & LC9 & PPK 380 . The Bersa is really a winner, But just be careful if you rack the slide with the safety on as it will tear your thumb up ( speaking from experience ). It does mention that somewhere in the manual. My CC was only I believe 17 or 18 oz. empty. It does do everything right just like you said & I am a PPK lover. I do have an LC380 on order.

Pachmayr has a grip made for the LC 9 & they are great. Your write up is just what we need more of, thanks again.
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Mick, That was a great write up & thanks. I have a Bersa CC & LC9 & PPK 380 . The Bersa is really a winner, But just be careful if you rack the slide with the safety on as it will tear your thumb up ( speaking from experience ). It does mention that somewhere in the manual. My CC was only I believe 17 or 18 oz. empty. It does do everything right just like you said & I am a PPK lover. I do have an LC380 on order.

Pachmayr has a grip made for the LC 9 & they are great. Your write up is just what we need more of, thanks again.
Thanks Gene1. Yes, I do have the Pachmayrs on my LC9. You are right...they are great...and I like them better than the Hogue's on my wife's LC380. However, Pachmayr doesn't make theirs in pink...I'm sure you know what I mean. And, this time last year my wife had never fired a weapon of any kind in her life. I'm very proud of her now...and she's a natural.

I've never fired the Thunder CC, but I believe, from what I've read, I would like it better than the Thunder 380. My wife has a concealed carry purse, with an internal holster in a back zippered pouch. The Thunder 380 is a tad large to draw from the purse and it has too many sharp edges that catch on everything. The LC380 is smooth, weighs 6 oz less, and fits the CC purse like a charm.

I think you're gonna love the LC380. The attached slide pics show the difference in the grip area when racking the slide. This is why my wife thinks the LC380 is so easy to rack.

Good luck!
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Woman's marketing or not, I love the LC380. I'm 46, have no arthritis, and have no problem firing my Shield .40 or Glock 23. I'm not recoil sensitive, but I do like less recoil than more. The bottom line is that I can put more shots on target accurately and quickly with the LC380 than any of my other handguns. 1 second follow ups are right on the money. The 380ACP may not have the same stopping power of the 9mm, 40 or 45, but you can put the hurt on someone quickly with this pistol.

That said, the LCP has been a night and day difference since I traded it up for the new model with better sights and trigger pull and added a Hogue hybrid grip. The LCP is really a pretty decent shooter now.

Anyone looking for a nice smooth shooter that might already have some 380 on hand as a caliber should look into the LC380. It's my new favorite at the range now and get's more time than my LCP, Shield 40, or Glock 23.
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mdzcpa, I totally agree with you! I "...like less recoil than more" as well. Well said. That's why it took me 300-400 rounds of practice to get what I'd call effective with my LC9...the recoil combined with that long trigger was just something I wasn't used to. Not so with the LC380. With less than half the recoil of the LC9, it is a lot more fun to shoot, and put those follow-up shots on target.
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