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Ok, I would like to know what you would like done to the LCP to make it perfect for you......of course I'm sure everyone is tired of hearing me whine about the sights, but that's what I'm going to start with. Please, sights big enough to see :) The next thing I would like is a thicker grip, not longer, the pinkey extension works ok for me. But a double stack 8 round mag would be a welcome addition. Let's see, I think the last thing I would like to see is this pistol in 45ACP caliber :eek:
well, maybe not.....
 

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Ooben said:
Ok, I would like to know what you would like done to the LCP to make it perfect for you......of course I'm sure everyone is tired of hearing me whine about the sights, but that's what I'm going to start with. Please, sights big enough to see :)
As far as the sights, I went to Ace Hardware and bought a 1-oz bottle of "bright" white appliance touch-up paint and put a small drop on the front sight (only). Make sure the sight is clean and free of oil. What a difference this made.

My wife put white dots on each side of the rear sight as well as the front sight. You decide what you want.
 

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Your idea is great! I think that cleaning of the sight area is the real key to the application of paint on it. What did you use to clean off the area before you painted the white dot on it? ;D
 

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Mike, I'd like to see the "walking pin" under recoil issue resolved. I hear a lot of reports of LCP frame pins walking after repeated firing (mine included :(). The good news is that the pins are not going to fall out and they seem to stop at a certain point but still it's annoying and it shouldn't be happening in a Ruger. The problem is, if the frame holes are out of spec (and it happens) even by a hair, you might experience walking. I also believe that the pins themselves could a thousand inch or so wider in diameter. There are potential fixes and sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. I have heard folks applying blue Loctite to the ends of the pins but frankly, I'll be darned if I can figure out how that would solve the problem. Loctite does not seal plastic to plastic, in fact it doesn't even become solid on plastic. Bending the pins or "scoring" as it is sometimes referred to may or may not help either since plastic pins tend to revert back to their original shape, not so with metal pins where this procedure tends to be more effective. I have mentioned the walking pin issue with Ruger in Prescott. It will be interesting to see if they do a tweak on future guns. Yes, you can send your gun to Ruger for a look but personally, I hate sending guns through the mail, FedEx or otherwise, and not for a problem like this. Otherwise, I really like and enjoy my LCP.
 

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Hey Rich, I'll tell you what I did to stop the pins from walking. I noticed that the 2 frame pins had the same part number, that got me to thinking. I had put one of those Keltec pocket clips on my LCP. The pin that attaches the clip to the frame has a flange on one side and is threaded on the other. It comes with a little Allen headed screw that tightens down to hold the clip to the frame. Anyway, I just bought another clip and I used the pin and screw in the front frame insert hole. I used a little locktite on the screw and after 200 rounds down range it hasn't come loose yet....
 

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Magnum Mikie said:
As far as the sights, I went to Ace Hardware and bought a 1-oz bottle of "bright" white appliance touch-up paint and put a small drop on the front sight (only). Make sure the sight is clean and free of oil. What a difference this made.

My wife put white dots on each side of the rear sight as well as the front sight. You decide what you want.
Mikie, I went to my local Ace store at lunch and bought a bottle of their appliance touch up paint. Put a couple of drops on my LCP and I think it's going to work great! I can actually almost see the sights :D I'm going to try it on my 1911 when I get home tonight. Thanks for the tip!
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Ooben said:
Hey Rich, I'll tell you what I did to stop the pins from walking. I noticed that the 2 frame pins had the same part number, that got me to thinking. I had put one of those Keltec pocket clips on my LCP. The pin that attaches the clip to the frame has a flange on one side and is threaded on the other. It comes with a little Allen headed screw that tightens down to hold the clip to the frame. Anyway, I just bought another clip and I used the pin and screw in the front frame insert hole. I used a little locktite on the screw and after 200 rounds down range it hasn't come loose yet....
Now THAT is a great idea Mike. Where can I get just the pins with the flange on one side? Another option and I know that Ruger doesn't recommend, is to apply a tiny drop of superglue to the end of the offending pin. Yes, it could be a problem if you ever need to detail strip the gun (what are the chances of that?) but then again, I think a punch and a good wack would drive it out if need be, superglue or not. Bending the OEM pins to keep them snug as recommended by Ruger is not always 100 percent effective. Bottom line, we shouldn't have to resort to these homemade remedies and I hope Ruger does the requisite fix once and for all. It's a minor thing but as I said previously, I find it annoying.
 

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HowardCohodas said:
Loctite is the appropriate choice over super glue. Some super glue bonds can actually be strong enough to take a piece of metal with them when you punch out the pin depending on the metallurgy of the metal.
There is no metal Howard. We are talking plastic to plastic buy yes, there is a risk regardless (plastic or metal) and it's up to the owner to decide if it's worth taking. Ruger definitely does NOT recommend the use of superglue. Personally though, the odds of ever having to detail strip this gun are few and far between.

Blue Loctite may work but I do not believe it is necessarily the "appropriate" choice given Loctite is not intended to secure/bond plastic to plastic but metal to metal, specifically threaded metal parts, and it did not work for me. I think overall, you will have more success with bending the pin and re-inserting than using Loctite alone. 'Always best to try the non-invasive route first so go ahead and see if Loctite works. If not bend but be careful! Go too far and the plastic pin will snap in two. Recommend you have some extras on hand just in case. Call Ruger and order some spares, better yet request that they send you a set of pre-bended frame pins (2).
 

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I agree, Rich. I decided that I would never send my LCP to Ruger for any reason after I heard their "solution" is to mash the pins in a vice :eek: If I can't fix something, I'll give it to my smith. I know he wouldn't just mash or bend a pin :) As far as the pins I used, I just bit the bullet (so to speak) and bought another complete clip kit. Kinda spendy, but far better to spend a little money than to submit to Ruger's "solution".....
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Here's a couple of pics to show you what I mean....



 

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Ooben said:
I think the last thing I would like to see is this pistol in 45ACP caliber :eek:
well, maybe not.....
LOL, Are you looking to lose a few fingers or maybe a hand.... ;D ;D ;D
 

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Ooben said:
I think the last thing I would like to see is this pistol in 45ACP caliber :eek:
well, maybe not.....
LOL, Are you looking to lose a few fingers or maybe a hand.... ;D ;D ;D
Well, I think I'd be more worried about my forehead, the wifey says not to worry, no damage could be done there..... :D
 

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Ooben said:
I agree, Rich. I decided that I would never send my LCP to Ruger for any reason after I heard their "solution" is to mash the pins in a vice :eek: If I can't fix something, I'll give it to my smith. I know he wouldn't just mash or bend a pin :) As far as the pins I used, I just bit the bullet (so to speak) and bought another complete clip kit. Kinda spendy, but far better to spend a little money than to submit to Ruger's "solution".....
Regards,
Mike
Mike, you know I think I have the same pins or similar left over from my P3AT Armalaser. I'll have to check. Again, thanks.
 

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HowardCohodas said:
Loctite is the appropriate choice over super glue. Some super glue bonds can actually be strong enough to take a piece of metal with them when you punch out the pin depending on the metallurgy of the metal.
There is no metal Howard.
Oops :-[ I've had my head in my M&P a good part of the day. Forgot to switch to LCP mode. Thanks for the head's up. Note to self: Engage brain before engaging fingers.
 

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Ooben said:
Ok, I would like to know what you would like done to the LCP to make it perfect for you......of course I'm sure everyone is tired of hearing me whine about the sights, but that's what I'm going to start with. Please, sights big enough to see :)
As far as the sights, I went to Ace Hardware and bought a 1-oz bottle of "bright" white appliance touch-up paint and put a small drop on the front sight (only). Make sure the sight is clean and free of oil. What a difference this made.

My wife put white dots on each side of the rear sight as well as the front sight. You decide what you want.
Do you have any pictures of it with the white paint? I was thinking of doing that but didn't want to mess it up with the steady hands I have.
 

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If you hands are as "UNsteady" as mine, I would have the paint all over the front end of the pistol! I am even afraid to try the stickons! ;D
 

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Do you have any pictures of it with the white paint? I was thinking of doing that but didn't want to mess it up with the steady hands I have.
Here you go tiger....



 
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