Ruger LCP Slide locking question/concern

Ruger LCP Slide locking question/concern

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    Ruger LCP Slide locking question/concern

    I'm new to the forum but have been reading here and learning for quite a while now, great place!

    I recently purchased an LCP for carry at a local gun show and took it to the range yesterday for the first time.

    I noticed that when the magazine empties and the last shot has been fired that the slide does NOT lock in the open position as one would expect from a semi-auto pistol.

    I've read and experienced conflicting accounts of this behavior with some pistols locking open and others not. My buddy's LCP locks open in this scenario.

    Can anyone confirm that the slide staying closed is expected behavior?

    Thanks


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    Page 10 of the manual says the slide does not lock open upon firing the last round.

    "Manual Slide Hold Open: This allows the user to manually lock the slide open.
    Note: when the last shot has been fired and the magazine is empty, the hold
    open does not automatically hold the slide open.
    If a loaded magazine is inserted
    in the pistol when the slide is closed and the slide is then retracted fully, the
    slide hold open will not automatically hold open the slide. The user can actuate
    the slide stop mechanism to hold the slide open at any time by retracting the
    slide and pushing the slide hold open up."

    Bold emphasis added.
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    Dade,

    Thanks for posting that and clearing this up. I read the manual when I got the gun but obviously missed that or at least didn't remember reading it.

    It's now just a matter of getting used to the weapon, how it operates and handles.

    Back to the range for more practice time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlos View Post
    I'm new to the forum but have been reading here and learning for quite a while now, great place!

    I recently purchased an LCP for carry at a local gun show and took it to the range yesterday for the first time.

    I noticed that when the magazine empties and the last shot has been fired that the slide does NOT lock in the open position as one would expect from a semi-auto pistol.

    I've read and experienced conflicting accounts of this behavior with some pistols locking open and others not. My buddy's LCP locks open in this scenario.

    Can anyone confirm that the slide staying closed is expected behavior?

    Thanks
    Have you talked to your buddy to figure out what is wrong with his LCP?
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    I have spoken with him to request that he go fire his LCP to check what the results are. He has not fired his in quite some time and "thinks" that his slide remains open after firing the last round. He's going to check tomorrow and let me know how it turns out.

    Thanks

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    most mouse guns don't lock the slide open after the last round. One reason is they are so small that its the lack of room to fit such a mechanism and have it operate reliably.
    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlos View Post
    I have spoken with him to request that he go fire his LCP to check what the results are. He has not fired his in quite some time and "thinks" that his slide remains open after firing the last round. He's going to check tomorrow and let me know how it turns out.
    - It definitely shouldn't lock back. If it does on his gun, there's something wrong with it. :)

    The Kahr P380, Taurus 738 TCP and Sig P238 do lock back on an empty magazine.

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    I have two of them. They do not lock after the last round. Ruger who makes them says they do not lock after the last round. No one on elsiepea.com has one that locks open either. Your friend is mistaken...
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    The trick is, when it starts going "click, click" put a new mag in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cliffyp View Post
    The trick is, when it starts going "click, click" put a new mag in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cliffyp View Post
    The trick is, when it starts going "click, click" put a new mag in.
    Note; That should be only one "click"
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    Quote Originally Posted by tokerblue View Post
    - It definitely shouldn't lock back. If it does on his gun, there's something wrong with it. :)

    The Kahr P380, Taurus 738 TCP and Sig P238 do lock back on an empty magazine.
    The Sig P238 does automatically lock the slide back on an empty magazine.

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