Problems with Ruger LCP .380

Discussion in 'Autoloaders' started by Mike A, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    I took my Sister to the range yesterday to teach her to shoot & care for her Ruger LCP.
    I bought a box of American Eagle 95gr FMJs 50 count.
    I did lube it before we went to the range.
    We had 12 FTF & FTE out of 50 rounds. Also I have never encountered a pistol that needed this much effort to rack the slide.
    A complete tear down today I saw two recoil springs the inner spring is not straight & the outer is mostly straight. Do not think this is unusual but my 1911 springs are nice & straight,
    With 11 out of 50 FTF & FTE with 95gr FMJ loads. I felt the unusually high effort needed to rack the slide might lead to the FTE & FTF problem. Not a reliable pistol at all.

    Why is the slide so hard to rack? Would it hurt to remove the inner spring?
    Do you have any knowledge of this pistol & any of the problems I have listed?
  2. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    Is this a new gun?
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  3. stlgecko

    stlgecko Gecko Lives Matter

    May 24, 2014
    These are usually pretty reliable. Maybe replace the spring with a factory one and then if the problem persists contact Ruger.
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  4. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    You got a dud.
    I own 3 that have over 1000 rounds combined without a single hiccup
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  5. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    Never fired before yesterday.

    Kinks in factory springs are new to me. A very tight inner spring looks like it's too tight.
  6. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    I have a LCP II. FWIW, this is what my recoil spring looks like:

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  7. jfrey

    jfrey Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Oct 10, 2012
    Contact Ruger about it. I have 3 of them and not a problem at all. The short slides and spring setup are a little stiff but loosen up with use.
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  8. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    That's what these springs look like.

    Well I just bought 100 more 95gr FMJ rounds. I will just go out tomorrow & shoot it. It should loosen up & run right.

    Thanks guys, I think it is just new & needs a good run before it
    starts to run right. I'll let you know :).
  9. Mike A

    Mike A Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 19, 2017
    Well now for a range report. Today we shot 75 rounds of Federal
    & Remington 95gr FMJ ammo with only 3 malfunctions.
    Two FTE & one FTF.
    I do believe that things are getting better. Another 2 boxes ought to fix anymore problems.

    Now for something completely different.
    After 2 years without Betsy she's back :).
    I shot my Colt Trooper MKIII today & it was great.
    Two years ago my Colt was way out of time with a very dangerous trigger. Without going into great detail I found a Gun Smith who was not afraid of Colt Revolvers. He timed & fixed Betsy to where She shoots like a Young Colt again.

    I kept believing that she would be back in my stable someday & now she's home. Some day I may go into great detail about what she went through. But for now all I care about is I have
    my First Firearm back by my side. She was born in 1969. :)
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