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Ruger LC380

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Ratshooter, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Ratshooter

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    I just bought a Taurus TCP 380 and have became interested in the round. I am considering a bigger sized 380. I looked at a Glock 42 and liked it a lot. Then I ran across the Ruger LC380 but know nothing about them. I found a NIB locally for $250 and that sounds like a deal to me.

    So what experience do you all have with this gun? If you know of something better in this size and price range what would it be?
     
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    I've had a LC380 for several years. I bought it because I like the LC9 and thought the 380 would compliment it. While the LC380 shoots well, if the magazine has a soft spring, or if I relax my grip a bit, the next bullet to be chambered has a tendacy to come out of the magazine before the slide is ready to capture it. Normally I don't have an issue with that, but I have one magazine out of 4 that this happens to. (I need to contact Ruger about a stronger spring.)
    Another thing, like the LC9 (not LC9s), it has a long DAO trigger pull. That turns some people off to the original LCs.
    I'd say at $250, your not getting ripped off, but only if you like the gun.
    I have lots of Rugers that I'm happy with, one of which is the LCP. The LC380 is at the bottom of the list.
     
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    Tanks for the reply. Thats sort of the impression I got when I did a search here. And OK gun but not great. I like the little TCP I just bought but wouldn't mind a slightly bigger 380. I watched some YT videos last night and the Taurus Spectrum is just a little bigger and had decent reviews. So I will keep looking.

    If anyone has a suggestion I would like to here it. Something just a little bigger than the TCP. A little easier to rack than the TCP and not as pricey as the Glock 42. I really liked the Glock when I held it. The Kahr CW380 looks good too.
     
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    At the size of it and the poor trigger, for a few dollars more a Bersa Thunder is a way better choice for a larger .380.
     
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    ^^ This (if you're one of the decreasing population of handgun shooters that can learn, or have learned already, a DA/SA trigger action.) The Bersa is a nicely-sized, all-metal gun. It's a blowback-operated, so has fewer moving parts, and takes down easily and quickly.
     
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    My first auto centerfire that I still have was a S&W model 39-2. No problems with the DA/SA trigger set up. I owned a Bersa Thunderer 22 and it was a nice lightweight gun. Another friend shot it and begged me to sell it to him. I heard it broke in some manner and he was having trouble getting the correct parts for it. Hope he got it fixed.

    I mentioned in post #3 I bought a slightly used Taurus TCP. What a neat little gun. I shot it yesterday. What a beast to shoot. I thought it would be like the pleasant to shoot Kel-Tec 32acp I stupidly sold. Nothing wrong with the fuction. It shot 50 flawless times. But between the tiny sights and the long trigger I didn't do very well with it at any kind of range. On the other hand the turtles we shot at with our Single Sixes were in mortal danger out to 40+ yards.

    So I am rethinking the 380 thing. I can shoot my snub 32s and 38s out to 50 yards and keep them on a mans chest. I think this gun is just too small for the amount of recoil it has. I'm still thinking on it.
     
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    The TCP only weighs 10 ounces, has five foot-pounds of free recoil and has, at best, a two-finger grip. Of course it is going to require some effort to manage.

    The LC380 weighs 17 ounces, has three foot-pounds of free recoil and has a three-finger grip if you use the pinky extension magazine base. A 40% reduction in recoil and a better grip can make a real difference in the manageability of a pistol.

    As noted, the LC380 has a relatively long but light trigger pull. If you can't keep a gun aligned during a relatively long trigger pull, your accuracy will suffer and the LC380 would not be a good gun for you.
     
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    I have never worked the trigger on the LC but I agree with your assessment of the recoil on such a tiny gun. But I am not done yet. I will shoot this little TCP again and give it another chance. And thats the first time I have shot in what must be 6 months. I still have a Kel-Tec P32 on my watch list on GB. Buying another gun in 32acp is not a problem. If I had a bigger gun like the Bersa I doubt I would carry it. Just trying out some new stuff here.:D
     
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