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Ruger 380 LCP Review by Jeff Quinn

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 17&Holding, Mar 1, 2008.

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  1. mgregg85

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    Eh, I will keep my new to me P3AT. Its the original article after all and I prefer the real McCoy.

    Nice to see you on THR Mr. Quinn, I've always enjoyed reading your reviews and the rest of the reviews on gunblast.com.
     
  2. kmrcstintn

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    1) well put Mr. Quinn ~~ common sense rules the roost; excellent work & welcome to THR

    2) whomever it was that stated they were in the medical field & bad grammer/communication was common in medical professions...please do not generalize your response to include all workers in the medical field...as a member of the medical community, please refrain from speaking on my behalf; thank you for your attention & cooperation in this matter :scrutiny:
     
  3. Crazy Fingers

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    Funny how so many people derided the P3AT as a "wimpy mousegun" not suitable for self defense. Yet when Ruger plagarizes the design it's suddenly okay.
     
  4. wally

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    Wrong, Kel-Tec is good but S&W gives you a call number to return the gun at their expense via FedEx. You are out only your time to box it up and drop it off!

    --wally.
     
  5. moooose102

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    i have both, kel-tec p3at, and ruger lcp. biggest plus of the lcp, is it places all the spent rounds in a nice neat pile. biggest plus of the kel-tec is better grips, allowing for (gasp) better accuracy. biggest complaint about the ruger, is lousey grips. if your hands are at all sweaty, it is hard to hang onto. biggest complaint of the kel-tec,(even with having to send it back for repairs) is it throws brass in every direction for a 10 foot radius! behind, both sides, in front, down your shirt (especially nice for the ladies). draw a 20 foot circle and start searching. other than that, they shoot pretty much about the same. both eat all the ammo i throw at them (after kel-tec repair). yes, it was inconveinient sending back the kel-tec, BUT IT WOULD NOT STOP ME FROM BUYING ANOTHER ONE. plus, according to the factories, the kel-tec can eat some +P ammo. in little guns like these, a little extra punch in a real emergency is always welcome.
     
  6. blackcash88

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    Um, try to at least learn how to spell when you're chastising someone, mmmmK?
     
  7. Lobotomy Boy

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    Glad to see you posting here, Mr. Quinn. I read every article on your website.

    I used to review books and motorcycle gear for "Motorcyclist" magazine. I had limited space in which to publish the reviews, so I chose to only review the books and products that I rated highly. It probably seemed like I rated everything highly, but the lousy books and products simply never got reviewed. Why waste space giving publicity (even if it's bad publicity) to a crappy product?
     
  8. orionengnr

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    After owning two P3ATs and one LCP, my vote is for the LCP.
    Neither of my P3ATs worked correctly "out of the box", and both, after parts replacements (plural) and F&B on both, neither was reliable enough to catty.

    My LCP only has about 200 rounds so far (of mixed FMJ/JHP from several manufacturers), and has zero failures.

    This is in contrast with my P3ATs. The better of the two (after all of the work and parts replacements) might have experienced "only" one or two failures per 50 rounds...

    Yeah, I'll put a few hundred more through the LCP and then I might actually carry it.

    Ummm...yeah. Maybe he is in the "pharmaceutical distribution" field. :rolleyes:
     
  9. blackcash88

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    Or a "medical research" subject. :)
     
  10. Pistol

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    LCP

    Well I got the LCP and tried it today.
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    I really like it, just cleaned the factory oil off and lubed it with FP10.

    No jams even after 130 rounds with no cleaning. My P3AT will not do that.

    It is more accurate too, 2" 7 yard groups all day. I was curious about the mechanical accuracy and from a rest at 7yd could do 3 shots touching wih Hydrashocks. Yes I know not for that etc......... I wanted to see how stable it was to judge the rapid fire and point shooting practice of course.

    Fit,finish and quality is better than the P3. Fluff and Buff???? are you kidding- do not touch it. One thing I noticed is Ruger has the bullet feed at the top of the ramp and not the middle or bottom, so it is less likely to jam there.

    There are subtle design changes if you study it and they all addup to a better gun. If I do not like any of the size or feel features, I should get a larger pistol, so I won't even go there. Great pocket pistol.

    No more P3 for me....................
     
  11. .380awsome

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    Man I Want One Of These!
     
  12. jferrell54

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    Picked mine up on Sept. 4 and took it to the range where it broke after 53 rounds of American Eagle(red box) 95 grn.fmj. Sent it to Ruger Sept. 5. Got it back today and the repair order says they repaired the barrel,replaced the hammer pivot pin,replaced the trigger bar and replaced the trigger pivot.Glad I have my Kahr PM9.
     
  13. WVleo

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    Still waiting on My LCP to come back from AZ for total trigger failure after the first 18 rounds. Mine was test fired 9-4-08 . We'll see when it gets back, I'm glad I have My Colt DSII.....WVleo
     
  14. tuckasee

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    I was at Gander Mtn in Bowling Green, KY earlier today. They just received 15 LCPs, and haven't unpacked them yet.

    They're pricing them at $349. Demand must still be high, huh?
     
  15. heavyshooter

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    gunblast.com do positive reviews of ALL the guns they receive. I'm guessing it's how they get the guns in the first place.
    Not saying there's anything wrong with the Ruger (wouldn't know), but I'd look for other reviews if you base the purchase on those. -- joffe


    This has been my observation as well. I am waiting to be sure that it is not a glorified Kel-Tec.

    Heavy
     
  16. Lobotomy Boy

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    Jeff from Gunblast discussed this on Glock Talk. He said he only devotes space to products that he likes. The stuff he doesn't like doesn't get reviewed on the site. That's what I used to do when I reviewed motorcycle gear for magazines. I figured why waste limited space giving publicity to crappy products? I only had space to review about half the products I tested so I chose to get information out about the good stuff that worked.

    I've noticed that Gunblast has never tested a Sig. I think that might say something about how they feel about Sigs.
     
  17. blackcash88

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    Don't believe for a second that if Sig gave them a gun to review it wouldn't be the next greatest thing since sliced bread. :rolleyes:
     
  18. Gamecock

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    My new Ruger .380 LCP

    Picked up my LCP yesterday morning and headed straight to the range w/Mag-Tech 90g FMJs and JHPs.

    Been shooting 1911s since the 60s and wheel guns since long before that, so the squishy feel of the doouble action Ruger, plus an errant thumb that was getting in the way of my trigger finger posed a bit of a challenge.

    But, I was determined. After I'd settled down a bit and raised my thumb a tad, things began to look up. Shot 90 rounds: no malfunctions. Shooting the little gun bacame fun and groups were 3" -4" at 8 yds. The magazine finger grip extensions I installed at the range made a huge difference in the feel and control of the weapon (I'd recommend them).

    Access is easy using the pocket holster, and with a little practice the comfort level of drawing and effective pointing went up a lot. Since shorts and tees are the uniform of the day much of the time here in the sunny South, the pocket holster is just the ticket.

    Today its the draw, point and shoot exercise.

    This is a very, very good web site. Thanks. Oh, yes, and nice is the little Ruger.
     
  19. DawgFvr

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    Jeff Quinn has never...ever...ever...had a bad review about any weapon.

    Hmmm, wonder why?

    Do not beleive anything you read and only half of what you hear.
     
  20. jocko

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    had an outdoor writer friend who wrote on damn near any product and wrote for a local paper also.

    He told me he never gave a bad review, for he knerw he would be on a hit list with all the other mfg-ers and then never get to review and most all times was told to keep the object reviewed when all done.

    He looked me like, "well didn't you know that".??He had a house and garage full of fishing tackle, never paid a dime for um, so he says..

    Read all articles with a grain of salt, try to shoot the gun of ur desires to get your own opinions. TRUST BUT VERIFY..
     
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    On the same theme, has anyone ever read a negative gun review in Guns & Ammo and/or the National Rifleman?

    Could have saved me a lot of money over the years .......
     
  22. jocko

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    they all follow the same principal IMO..:confused::confused:
     
  23. 1guitarman

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    Got my LCP about 2 weeks ago. After about 200 rounds, the trigger broke. I had read about that problem. It goes back tomorrow. Guess I'll have to get the recall stuff done too. I won't see the gun again for 5 months, as I'll be traveling. Glad my Glock 27 and 30 work!
     
  24. Rottn

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    Awesome

    I just bought the 380 LCP while waiting for the 327 to be released (Ruger get off youre ass and get the 327 out). Im very pleased with the performance and accuracy of the LCP. The craftsmanship is beautiful. I wish I would have bought one sooner. My dad and I both ran several clips threw it and both of us off hand had tight groups. He was so pleased hes going to buy one also.
     
  25. Big Bill

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    I can't find one anywhere around here, so I just got on the waiting list at Sportsman's Warehouse.
     
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