New LCP!

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    New LCP!

    I picked up a new LCP in hard chrome at the gun show last week. Took it out and shot 210 rounds thru it a couple days ago. The only problem I had was that when I rack the slide to put a round in the chamber it would sometimes jam, and if you give it a wiggle it would go in. Didn't have any problems feeding while firing. The other thing I'm wondering about is that when you pull the slide back, it kind of stops after it's pulled back maybe a half inch, then you have you give it a slightly harder pull to get it fully rearward. Not sure if that's normal or what. Or you can give a good hard pull to begin with and it will work fine, but you still feel the resistance after that half inch. Any ideas?

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    I haven;t had that problem with my LCP. If there's a gunsmith in the place you purchased it, I would bring it in and have them take a look. Otherwise, maybe contact Ruger... they are very good about customer support and service.
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    My friend and I bought LCP's the same day at the same gun shop. Mine never had a problem but his did the same thing. He talked to the guys at the gun store and they said it was part of the break in period of the weapon. He took it home, cleaned it because Rugers are WAY over lubricated new. Went back to the range the next day, put another 2 boxes through it and it never did that again. Maybe the gun was gunked up? Break in period? Maybe even the ammo he was using? Its always good to talk to the place you bought it from or call the manufacturer.....my .02
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    You have to rack it REALLY HARD!

    Pull the slide back hard and fast and LET IT FLY.

    You are probably babying the slide, rack that sucker like you mean it.

    Quote Originally Posted by porsche4786 View Post
    The other thing I'm wondering about is that when you pull the slide back, it kind of stops after it's pulled back maybe a half inch, then you have you give it a slightly harder pull to get it fully rearward.
    I think that resistance you feel is from the hammer being pre-cocked. I wouldn't worry about it too much.
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    Mine was stiff like you describe for the first 200 rounds or so. A good cleaning, and a session of racking & dry fires, and it loosened up. Functionally, it's never failed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EW3 View Post
    You have to rack it REALLY HARD!

    Pull the slide back hard and fast and LET IT FLY.

    You are probably babying the slide, rack that sucker like you mean it.
    Oh yeah - that too! ^
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    A good cleaning and more rounds will probably fix it up
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    I would use the slide stop to chamber the first round until the gun starts to break in a little more. It will be much easier to rack the slide after a few hundred rounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tokerblue View Post
    I would use the slide stop to chamber the first round until the gun starts to break in a little more. It will be much easier to rack the slide after a few hundred rounds.
    I did the same thing back when my LCP was new about 1,000 rounds ago. It gets much easier once you break it in real good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    Oh yeah - that too! ^
    Me too! Mine did it too until I stopped treating it so well!
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    It takes at least 200 rounds to get the LCP running right. Some require having the feed ramp buffed which is a ultra simple to do. Mine look like a mirror. And, as correctly stated above, do't baby the slide. I am sure your LCP will be fine in short order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EW3 View Post
    You have to rack it REALLY HARD!

    Pull the slide back hard and fast and LET IT FLY.

    You are probably babying the slide, rack that sucker like you mean it.
    This. Pull back hard & fast and completely let go at the instant you hit the stop position so the back & forth is one continuous cycle.

    Quote Originally Posted by EW3 View Post
    I think that resistance you feel is from the hammer being pre-cocked. I wouldn't worry about it too much.
    This too.
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    I agree with the initial clean out. It has some goo in it for sure. I had no problems with the slide, but my mag would'nt seat fully unless I slightly depressed the mag catch. I called the shop and was going to take it in, but shot it first and the problem dissappeared. I guess there was a small bur on the mag lock catch and it cleared off with a few cycles of loading. Since that, it's functioned fine and is a dream to CC. It's my bug for a G27 or when I can't carry that. My only complaint is that it should come with 2 mags
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    Mine was stiff like you describe for the first 200 rounds or so. A good cleaning, and a session of racking & dry fires, and it loosened up. Functionally, it's never failed.

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    Mine did the exact same thing when I first took it out to the range. I had to be aggressive when tugging at the slide, however; my would sometimes jam when I was firing it. I have only put my lcp through 100 rounds...maybe I need to do a couple hundred more to break it in. I just do not want to go through the pain of shooting it....it hurts! My hand and my trigger finger can only take so much.
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