I took my new LCP to the range today. This is our second one (my wife has one). I was very pleased with it - no malfunctions, and I was able to keep magazine after magazine within a 1 1/2 - 2" circle at 7 yards...more than adequate accuracy for the role.
My question relates to the Hornady Critical Defense ammo. While it functioned and fed just fine, I did eject one from the chamber after I had fired a round ahead of it, and upon inspection, I noted the "smiley face" that has been discussed here. Basically, something in the pistol (the bottom of the feed ramp? or a corner of the frame just below it?) is cutting a "smiley" in the polymer nose of the bullet.
I'm not sure I can trust the feeding of this ammo? While I have not had any issues with it, I have only fired about one box (25 rounds) total, as this ammo is so expensive and hard to find. I did experience jams related to this issue with my wife's LCP with PowRBall ammo.
Given the borderline penetration with JHPs in .380, my practice up until now has been to alternate FMJ with CD. I'm now thinking I should just use FMJ, for both feeding and penetration reasons?