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Re: Pocket Carry Ruger LCP 380 [Re: Gebo] #5337448 01/31/20 04:18 PM
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Since so many of today's new shooters are women, the NRA did an extensive study using actual women to determine what they liked and shot well. Clear winner was the Smith EZ 380, followed by the Sig P238.

One of the most interesting points of the study findings, many women are purchased guns by men who know guns thinking they know what to get them. Smaller revolvers often come up in such a way. The women detested them for the most part.


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Re: Pocket Carry Ruger LCP 380 [Re: Gebo] #5337462 01/31/20 04:32 PM
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My LCP is my summertime/ sprintime EDC wit a spare mag and a flashlite in my opposite pocket , I keep in a Uncle Mikes Nylon holster with a thumb break


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Re: Pocket Carry Ruger LCP 380 [Re: Gebo] #5337466 01/31/20 04:36 PM
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I like the DeSantis pocket holsters. I use them to pocket carry a Ruger EC9S and a Remington RM380 when I don’t feel like carrying IWB. Both pistols have very manageable recoil, are plenty accurate for defensive purposes, and are very concealable.


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Re: Pocket Carry Ruger LCP 380 [Re: Gebo] #5337478 01/31/20 04:51 PM
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The LCP really isn't a "girl" gun. I bought one for my wife. It's really snappy and had quite a few failures to feed. I replaced the stock recoil spring (9lbs) with a Wolf 11lbs spring and that fixed the failure to feed issues. It's very reliable now. I also had to put a Houge grip on it to help to be able to hold onto it (it's so small). My wife can't shoot it. It's now harder to pull back the slide with the heavier spring. It's a good pocket gun. I carry it in the summer in a Desantis pocket holster. Very easy to conceal.


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Re: Pocket Carry Ruger LCP 380 [Re: K20FA5] #5337486 01/31/20 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by K20FA5
The LCP really isn't a "girl" gun. I bought one for my wife. It's really snappy and had quite a few failures to feed. I replaced the stock recoil spring (9lbs) with a Wolf 11lbs spring and that fixed the failure to feed issues. It's very reliable now. I also had to put a Houge grip on it to help to be able to hold onto it (it's so small). My wife can't shoot it. It's now harder to pull back the slide with the heavier spring. It's a good pocket gun. I carry it in the summer in a Desantis pocket holster. Very easy to conceal.


What did you get for your wife?


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Re: Pocket Carry Ruger LCP 380 [Re: Gebo] #5337523 01/31/20 05:49 PM
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if you decide on a 38sp snubnosed revolver, consider a taurus. also be sure to load up on 38sp wadcutter ammo at the gun show. wadcutters make shooting a snubbie pleasurable and can’t easily or cheaply be found at a lgs.

if you like the ruger lcp platform look at the new lcp2 22lr, reliable and soft shooting. if your wife needs the softest shooting snubbie then look at the ruger lcr 22lr.


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Re: Pocket Carry Ruger LCP 380 [Re: Gebo] #5337552 01/31/20 06:19 PM
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Concur with the gent re the 642 not being a beginner's gun. Same with 638, IMO.
An airweight J frame with +P loads is a lot like shooting a .357 in an all-steel revolver. I'd go so far as to suggest it's not for the uninitiated, with gender not truly being a factor.
Even with full-weight (158 gr) standard loads for practice, airweights are a bit of a handful. They'll punish the web of the hand ... unless you got to more hand-filling grips ... and then you may have just really cut down on your pocketability/concealment.
Also concur with the idea that once you seriously start downgrading your bullet weight in .38 SPL, you lose the edge over a good .380 round like the Hornady XTP or the Federal Hydrashok.

Re: Pocket Carry Ruger LCP 380 [Re: Gebo] #5337553 01/31/20 06:21 PM
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Re the .22LR pocket pistols, Beretta 21A is a pretty nice little pocket gun .. IF you can find one with a decent trigger.

Re: Pocket Carry Ruger LCP 380 [Re: Gebo] #5337636 01/31/20 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Gebo
There are so many choices for pocket and purse carry for a Ruger LCP 380. What do you like for a pocket carry? Is there a better idea for my wife to carry in her purse?

My LCP was too jumpy for my wife, two daughters and sister-in-law. They were all smiles shooting FMJs in a Keltec P32 ACP.


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Re: Pocket Carry Ruger LCP 380 [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5337685 01/31/20 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Triple_Se7en
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There are so many choices for pocket and purse carry for a Ruger LCP 380. What do you like for a pocket carry? Is there a better idea for my wife to carry in her purse?

My LCP was too jumpy for my wife, two daughters and sister-in-law. They were all smiles shooting FMJs in a Keltec P32 ACP.


There it is. Matter of finding the right gun for the individual.
Best to choose something they can and will work with, IMO.

Re: Pocket Carry Ruger LCP 380 [Re: Al] #5337693 01/31/20 09:15 PM
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A Glock 43 at least gives some sight radius and a bit less recoil.

A 43 believe me is way to snappy. It might fly out of her hand. A 42 and LCP (I have all three). Can be eliability issues with the 42. LCP is dead stone rock solid. Air Weight FTW.
She could limp wrist a semi..although the 42, 43, and especially the LCP can be limp wristed...stilll.


Yeah, I made a mistake and couldn't edit it. Meant a 42/.380. I had a 43 and sold it. Shot it fine but 6+1 didn't do it for me. IMO if you're going to carry a defensive handgun more is always better.

My sister wanted a handgun for home defense and my BIL bought her an LCP because it's little and that's what a woman should have right? He's not a shooter. Wrong first handgun, wrong HD handgun.



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Re: Pocket Carry Ruger LCP 380 [Re: Gebo] #5337713 01/31/20 09:34 PM
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The LCP really isn't a "girl" gun. I bought one for my wife. It's really snappy and had quite a few failures to feed. I replaced the stock recoil spring (9lbs) with a Wolf 11lbs spring and that fixed the failure to feed issues. It's very reliable now. I also had to put a Houge grip on it to help to be able to hold onto it (it's so small). My wife can't shoot it. It's now harder to pull back the slide with the heavier spring. It's a good pocket gun. I carry it in the summer in a Desantis pocket holster. Very easy to conceal.


What did you get for your wife?

She shoots my Glock 17 really well. She doesn’t carry outside the house (job related), but I feel comfortable with her using the G17 for home defense if I’m out of town.


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Re: Pocket Carry Ruger LCP 380 [Re: AZjeff] #5337717 01/31/20 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by AZjeff
Yeah, I made a mistake and couldn't edit it. Meant a 42/.380. I had a 43 and sold it. Shot it fine but 6+1 didn't do it for me. IMO if you're going to carry a defensive handgun more is always better.

My sister wanted a handgun for home defense and my BIL bought her an LCP because it's little and that's what a woman should have right? He's not a shooter. Wrong first handgun, wrong HD handgun.

Yea the 42 is very mild. I had probably about 20 stovepipes in the first 150 rounds and then perfect. I carried it for 2 years (5k+ rounds) and all of a sudden it started stovepiping again. Replaced the spring and that didn't help. So Now I am back to the 43. I only put maybe a couple hundred rounds/month on it. Mostly shoot my 26. But its to big to pocket carry.

What does your sister still carry, the LCP?

I carry an extra mag once in a while. A spare mage makes a semi twice as reliable. I spend time getting another mag in fast.


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Originally Posted by AZjeff
Yeah, I made a mistake and couldn't edit it. Meant a 42/.380. I had a 43 and sold it. Shot it fine but 6+1 didn't do it for me. IMO if you're going to carry a defensive handgun more is always better.

My sister wanted a handgun for home defense and my BIL bought her an LCP because it's little and that's what a woman should have right? He's not a shooter. Wrong first handgun, wrong HD handgun.

Yea the 42 is very mild. I had probably about 20 stovepipes in the first 150 rounds and then perfect. I carried it for 2 years (5k+ rounds) and all of a sudden it started stovepiping again. Replaced the spring and that didn't help. So Now I am back to the 43. I only put maybe a couple hundred rounds/month on it. Mostly shoot my 26. But its to big to pocket carry.

What does your sister still carry, the LCP?

I carry an extra mag once in a while. A spare mage makes a semi twice as reliable. I spend time getting another mag in fast.


Re: Pocket Carry Ruger LCP 380 [Re: MParr] #5337758 01/31/20 10:36 PM
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Take a look at the S&W 638 Airweight and the S&W M&P 380 Shield EZ. The Shield EZ is much easier to rack than most semiautomatic pistols.


My wife has trouble with the slide and the 380 Shield EZ she carries works for her. It also has very low recoil. There's a 9mm EZ available now too. IWB or purse works.
She also carries a 32 Beretta Tomcat which I do too when I want to pocket carry and don't feel like carrying the 9mm. Nice little gun with some weight so no real recoil and a double/single action which we like..


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