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I am curious as to any of you that have lets say a 38 special and the LCP, if you have tried shooting them from same distance and if so which was more accurate? any side by side comparisons?
 

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I am curious as to any of you that have lets say a 38 special and the LCP, if you have tried shooting them from same distance and if so which was more accurate? any side by side comparisons?
Not great with either one but I am better with my J frame over my lcp. that being said, I am much better with my Kahr PM9 over my J frame, that being said, I don't carry my J frame and hardly my lcp. I would bet if I had the CT on the lcp I would be better with it. Always love my J frames,just couldn't hit jack **** with them.
 

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A nice Crimson Trace grip on the J frame makes a big differance, I have the LG405s on my 340SS, I tried the LG105s but not as comfortable when shooting 357mag loads. John
 

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More accurate w/ my LCP. WAAAAY less recoil than the +Ps out of my .38 snubby... I could put a couple hundred rounds down range in a session w/ the LCP. Maybe 50ish or so through the J-frame before I give it up...
 

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Fairly accurate with th J or lcp. Still need work. I will carry either depending on mood. Also have pm9 with a Rosen holster. It's really nice to have the choices. Still carry p3at occasionally.
 

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WAAAAY less recoil than the +Ps out of my .38 snubby... I could put a couple hundred rounds down range in a session w/ the LCP. Maybe 50ish or so through the J-frame before I give it up...
Can't argue with that and the 357s will shorten the session even more. John
 

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Indy Man said:
I am curious as to any of you that have lets say a 38 special and the LCP, if you have tried shooting them from same distance and if so which was more accurate? any side by side comparisons?
Not great with either one but I am better with my J frame over my lcp. that being said, I am much better with my Kahr PM9 over my J frame, that being said, I don't carry my J frame and hardly my lcp. I would bet if I had the CT on the lcp I would be better with it. Always love my J frames,just couldn't hit jack potty mouth with them.
I never did that well with a J frame .38 snubby. I had (since sold) a S&W 642. The trigger pull was not that good and after a few rounds I would start to anticipate the recoil at which time my accuracy went out the window.

I am good with my Kahr PM 9 too. Despite it being a double action pull, I seem to get alot of carry over skills in its use from shooting my 1911s.

I am working on using the LCP. I once had an ex-cop tell me I'd improve my snubbie shooting by "looking over the top of it" to aim. I was able to do what he said, with good success, in the next two range sessions with the little .38. . ..then I lost the touch like a golfer losing his swing.

The last time I took my LCP to the range I remembered the "looking over the top of it" advice and it really helped.

I guess the way to go is to use my .380 snap caps to dry fire the LCP using the "looking over the top of it" method?
 

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Sassi said:
I also use the "look over the top" method. It works for me.
Sounds good, Sassi, to hear I am not the only one.

I have seen several new shooters who have taken a lightweight .38 to the range in the belief that it would be easy to shoot.

I tried to get one new shooter to shoot my S&W 686 with .38's giving the advice that the trigger pull and the recoil was better than the the snubbie he was shooting. He was so spooked by the experience of shooting the .38 that he must have figured that a bigger gun just meant more recoil and said "No thanks, my hand will hurt,more ".
 

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I'm about the same with both. When I first tried J frames, I couldn't hit anything. However, when I was carefull to keep my eye on the front sight my results improved dramatically.
 

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Update:
I got out the old .38 over the weekend and to my surprise, shooting at the same distance, I actually did significantly better with the .38 than the LCP. Felt like I has a concrete block on my side carrying it around though.
 

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I carry a S&W 340 M&P loaded with .357 DPX. It took a while to work up to .357's. But now I kind of like shooting them.

I have CT 405's on it and wouldn't carry a J-frame without them. They make hitting (especially quickly) much more likely. I still practice some at each session with the laser turned off.

I carry it at 3:30. Some say a J-frame is an excellent "pocket" pistol. I beg to differ. I find it a little large for that.

I prefer a revolver for a lot of reasons. I like the little 5-shot. But I decided to get another gun to carry as a BUG instead of a reload because of the 5 shot issue.

I figured that I could kill two birds with one stone by getting a true pocket gun - and ordered an LCP. I'm still waiting on it. But hopefully - very soon. In the mean time I'm gathering information on it for holsters, ammo, accessories and all the rest - I'll be ready.

I don't mind an automatic because it's just my back up. Size is very important. The LCP seems to be better quality than the P-3AT's. I looked at the PM9. But, even though it is "almost" as small as the LCP, "close" isn't good enough for me. It didn't gain that much over my J-frame for pocket use. Therefore, I went all the way with the LCP.

I'll probably try to carry the LCP on my left side IWB when I wear a suit for a back-up as well as pocket carry. We'll see how that works out. I'm still considering pocket holsters and IWB's with a clip.

It'll carry a laser for sure. I'm really sold on them for small short barreled guns. I need to make up my mind between the Armalasers and the C.T.s. C.T. has been great for my revolver. But the "little" button on the "little" handle thing is my main concern in contemplating. We'll see.

J-frame triggers suck. But now that I'm used to shooting a long pull, heavy, double action trigger - the LCP should be pretty easy to master.

A .357 for carry - backed up by a .380 is a nice combo. It'll allow me to carry on those times when I'd left my J-frame at home because of "printing" and comfort issues.

I'm pretty excited!
 

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I got bumped at a traffic light while I was on my HD with a J-frame in my right hip pocket--that's what hit the pavement first--you could see the cylinder grooves in the bruise on my cheek--started carrying a Baby Browning for a BUG due to the flat silhouette but never cared for .25 acp as a stopper, it is more of a party popper unless you can screw it in their ear...then along came the LCP...of course I always feel safer with my S&W 25-5 in .45 Colt with a John Taffin reload...
 

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I took my old Model 60 snubnosed Smith out and went head to head with my new LCP. I have a tighter pattern with the 60 but have put thousands of rounds through it over the years. I did pretty well with my LCP considering I've only got about 200 rounds through it, but for now I'm better with my revolver.
 

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A .357 for carry - backed up by a .380 is a nice combo.
I got my LCP to back up my SP101, DAO, bobbed hammer. For 25 years .357s were the only handgun cal I owned and I have just recently started branching out. I'd feel a lot better about the LCP if it hadn't had to go back to Ruger for a broken trigger mechanism when I had had it less than a week. In time I'm sure I will learn to trust it, but when it comes back it will not be my only carry piece for a long time.
 

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Having carried both as a BUG, I prefer the LCP. For one, (I carry one in the pipe), I have 1 or 2 more shots than with my previous BUGs. Also, the thinner profile is a little easier to conceal. That is not a huge thing though.
 

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pistol-packin-preacher said:
Having carried both as a BUG, I prefer the LCP. For one, (I carry one in the pipe), I have 1 or 2 more shots than with my previous BUGs. Also, the thinner profile is a little easier to conceal. That is not a huge thing though.
I really liked the concept of the LCP when I first saw it, and like a lot of guys here waited quite a while until I had a chance to get one. Those extra shots only are there if your gun works, and my LCP didn't. I'll probably hold onto it when I get it back just because I have so much time invested in waiting for it, but my Bersa Thunder380CC has been perfectly reliable and will be my choice for a BUG even after elsiepea comes home.
 

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pistol-packin-preacher said:
Having carried both as a BUG, I prefer the LCP. For one, (I carry one in the pipe), I have 1 or 2 more shots than with my previous BUGs. Also, the thinner profile is a little easier to conceal. That is not a huge thing though.
I really liked the concept of the LCP when I first saw it, and like a lot of guys here waited quite a while until I had a chance to get one. Those extra shots only are there if your gun works, and my LCP didn't. I'll probably hold onto it when I get it back just because I have so much time invested in waiting for it, but my Bersa Thunder380CC has been perfectly reliable and will be my choice for a BUG even after elsiepea comes home.

In 25 years of handgunning, I have never had even one FTF, FTE, or FTL with any of my revolvers. I know I will get a good 5 shots out of them which is more than I can say for most autos.
 
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