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Lorcin L-22 and .22 Longs?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by w_houle, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. w_houle

    w_houle Well-Known Member

    Well I bought some .22 Longs to try an experiment to see if they would feed better in a bolt action I am having trouble with, well it didn't work, so anyway...

    I bought an L-22 and the first thing I did was was compare parts between it and my Jennings J-22. The big thing I noticed was the Jennings had a heftier recoil spring, so instead of running the weaker spring I put the spare Jennings spring on it, and just left it at that.

    Today I decided to fish out that spring and put it on and try some .22 longs
    On rounds 9,8, and 7 it wouldn't cycle at all. Well it would stovepipe, but not enough to catch the firing pin. Rounds 6 and 5 would catch the firing pin, but ejection was still a problem. Rounds 4,3,2, and 1 shot and cycled normally. I'm thinking the magazine was putting too much pressure on the slide to have it function properly, but I find it funny that when the round count ran low, that the original recoil spring was weak enough to cycle longs.
  2. mbt2001

    mbt2001 Well-Known Member

    I take it you know that you can't shoot longs in long rifle chambered guns right? This was just a what the heck kind of thing... That being said, cool, I am surprised it cycled any. Since the length difference is pronounced, the spent case isn't being held by the extractor so much as rattling it's way out. On a fully loaded mag, the spring has less distance to travel, it can't rattle as far as on an almost empty mag.

    Also, let this serve a lesson to every one who rags Lorcin's / Raven / Cobra / Jennings / Bryco / Jimenz guns as POS's when they buy them used. Point is, someone has WAY abused them usually and they need some TLC.

    I likem. Easy to work on and arm chair gunsmith with no real loss of face / money if it doesn't work out and a nice shooter if it does.
  3. jfrey

    jfrey Well-Known Member

    I bought one of those several years back just for the heck of it. The only guarantee with the gun is that it will definitely fail on at least one round every magazine. Fun to shoot but very hard trigger and loud.
  4. Coyote3855

    Coyote3855 Well-Known Member

    I've not shot any of the pistol brands mentioned. Since the discussion is in the handgun autoloader section, your statement that .22 longs can't be shot in guns chambered for long rifles is at least partially correct. However as the OP suggests, longs will function in many rifles. I have several tube magazine rifles marked for long rifle, long, and short. Longs or shorts will also work fine in .22 revolvers, although I don't see longs or shorts for sale much these days.
  5. mbt2001

    mbt2001 Well-Known Member

    Well, maybe I should have been more clear, I was focusing on the gun mentioned in the OP, that isn't rated for longs and if it feeds longs at all, it is incidental. It wouldn't be wise to shoot them. I know that revolvers and levers and some auto .22 rifles can, but those little pocket rockets can't.

    Last edited: Mar 17, 2010

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