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I was extremely pleased with the way my new series Ruger LCP shot today. I used 4 different types of ammo.
50rds of Remington UMC ammo,
50rds of WWB,
a few (<10) of Speer Gold Dot,
and a few (<10) Remington Golden Sabers.

I was expecting a bit more recoil but dont underestimate it, it packs a punch at only 9.4oz. When I lined up for my first shots using the speed bump sites, my perfect IDPA grip (well at least as best as I can get it on that little thing) was shot after the first round. The pistol firmly set itself into its preferred position in my hands and it stayed there with little re-adjusting through the remainder of the magazine.

It went bang every time and without hesitation. I experimented with a few double taps that went just as well. I was surprised how accurate it was for such a small pistol.

One minor issue you might be able to give some insight in is, a few times when I was shooting the pistol and also with the various types of ammo, I noticed that during the recoil process as the slide was moving forward to chamber a round, it sometimes seemed to have a little hitch to it. It was just a literal split second delay like the round had a slight trouble going in. A new shooter wouldn't have even recognized it and it was not significant, just enough for me to notice probably 3 or 4 times. Do you think that will iron out with use?

Needless to say, I felt very comfortable carrying it in my Desantis Nemesis holster. I forgot about it often that day which is a lot more than I could say about carrying my 226!

One thing I dont like about it is that the slide does not lock back after the last round is fired. Like most things in life, you have to give something to get something. I got an extremely concealable, lightweight, reliable carry pistol but apparently I had to give up the slide locking back after the last round. No big deal to me but I have to tell you, my heart sank into my stomach thinking my pistol had a some FTF or a light strike when I pulled the trigger on an empty chamber .

I liked a lot about it, size, weight, round capacity (6 + 1) but a couple things notable that I liked about it is the ease of cleaning and the "window" it gives you to verify a loaded chamber. It is a very simple pistol that can be easily taken apart with a small flathead screwdriver or similar object.

There are a couple things I would like to get for my little elsiepea. I want to try a slip on grip and some pinky extensions.

Like I said, I am very happy with this pistol. It still needs further testing but I doubt I will be disappointed.
 

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HowardCohodas said:
Your topic title indicates you have a Series 371-. Did it not come with the pinky extension magazine base plate?

For accessories consider a Crimson Trace LaserGuard.

Enjoy your LCP.
You are correct. I am kinda mad about it. But oh well. I sent an e-mail to Ruger asking them if I should have received the mag extension and I am waiting for a response. Hopefully they send another mag! :) Otherwise I will just have to buy it.
 

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Nice Post slappy. Too bad you didn't receive the Ruger finger extension. It's just a tad shorter than the Pearce extensions I have, and IMO it's a bit better for carry and draw from my wallet holsters. I got my LCP in the first batch that Guns & Ammo received, I believe last February. I noticed the same thing with the slide being a bit slow recoiling during the first time out. It's just a break in thing, & it will disappear after a couple hundred rounds. You can speed up the process with a little Fluff & Buff on the feed ramp and in the chamber, and some good gun lube on the rails. Last January I purchased about 25 boxes of Independence 380 ammo at Sportsman Warehouse for around $9 a box. Used the last box a couple of weeks ago. I've been looking all over town for 380 range ammo and not much to be found. I was at Bass Pro last Friday & also picked up a box of Remington UMC- over $16 a box.
 

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Nice Post slappy. Too bad you didn't receive the Ruger finger extension. It's just a tad shorter than the Pearce extensions I have, and IMO it's a bit better for carry and draw from my wallet holsters. I got my LCP in the first batch that Guns & Ammo received, I believe last February. I noticed the same thing with the slide being a bit slow recoiling during the first time out. It's just a break in thing, & it will disappear after a couple hundred rounds. You can speed up the process with a little Fluff & Buff on the feed ramp and in the chamber, and some good gun lube on the rails. Last January I purchased about 25 boxes of Independence 380 ammo at Sportsman Warehouse for around $9 a box. Used the last box a couple of weeks ago. I've been looking all over town for 380 range ammo and not much to be found. I was at Bass Pro last Friday & also picked up a box of Remington UMC- over $16 a box.
Guns and Ammo has .380 practice ammo of various kinds. The low cost ammo days are over though. I too have purchased the same $16.49 box of Remington UMC at BP.
 

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I have a 371# that I just got last week. The date on the fired shell package says 1/28/09. Mine has the plastic (aka polymer) mag release--not metal. Barrel is all black--the portion that says .380 is black--not polished steel.

I fired 100 rounds Saturday--Remington UMC--round nose, full metal jacket--with no problems and no jams. Shell cases ejected consistently at about 12 to 15 feet at the most. Ejected cases were not damaged or torn. The firing pin hit dead center on the primer.

While chambering the very first shell, the slide did not return to the front by about 1/8", and I had to push it down. After that, it functioned just fine.

I did notice that the pins on the handle/grip moved to the left, and I had to take a tooth brush and push it back in. Keep an eye on the pins moving.

Shooting--the gun will shoot low (4 to 6 ") if you line up the rear and front sights evenly just below the target bullseye. I had to tilt the front sight higher than the rear sights.

DOA--I typically shoot single-action so this long trigger pull will take some practice. I found myself looking too much at the hammer on the back of the gun while pulling the trigger.
 
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