Question about Ruger LCP magazine

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    Question about Ruger LCP magazine

    Went looking at pocket .380's today and found what I believe is a big issue with the LCP magazine.Every time I tried to place the magazine in the gun about halfway in it would catch on the mag release.If you pushed again after the initial catch or if you pressed the mag release in as you were sliding the magazine in it would seat. It seemed that under pressure trying to put a magazine in would be very difficult if not impossible without extensive practice.
    My question is is this normal for the LCP and if so does it break in after a while so it does not do this.I like the LCP but this might be a deal breaker for me.

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    Easiest to seat the mag, if you partially depress the mag release.

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    Slam it in there like you mean it. No problem. I always give my mags an upward slap to ensure they are seated properly anyway.

    At the range, if you want to depress the mag catch to make it "easier" you can, but not really necessary.
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    Mine works the same way, sometimes I slam it, sometimes I ease it, but I know that's how it is, thus no longer an issue.
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    Mine is the same way...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiller2 View Post
    My question is is this normal for the LCP ...
    Yes. That's one of the reasons I got the Kel-Tec 3-AT instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    Slam it in there like you mean it. No problem. I always give my mags an upward slap to ensure they are seated properly anyway.

    At the range, if you want to depress the mag catch to make it "easier" you can, but not really necessary.
    +1. I do the same as 10thmtn and have had no issues. Pushing close to 1200 rounds down range on mine so far.
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    My first LCP's mag went in with no issues whatsoever. After foolishly selling it last year I recently picked up another one and the mag had that exact same insertion issue you describe. Bummed me out because at first I thought it was a problem I was going to have to send it back for, then I found it's very common and most people just ignore it and depress the button on the way in. I worked the release button about 300 times, gave it one good sharp slap and it went right in. Goes in fine now, maybe a slight slight bit of resistance but that's it. I think working the mag release spring is what it really needs.

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    I also have an LCP and both magazines behave the same way. My friend's also does. As others have suggested, you either have to slam the magazine in or hold the magazine release while inserting the magazine.

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    Remember guys when things are miniturized including firearms like the LCP for example things often don't work as well or the same way as in larger guns. Lots of little tiny parts (often plastic) fitting into a small tiny frame. The mag release is a perfect example. You just have to live with it.
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    Yup, that's the LCP.

    Depressing the mag latch release button would be the correct way to insert the magazine - NOT slamming it.

    It'll get better in time.

    It's an excellent gun after the initial break-in issues. I've got two of them.

    You can always choose another firearm. I'd stay with the Ruger.

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    It shouldn't be hard for your gunsmith to adjust that. Probably the bottom edge of the catch needs adjusted. That shouldn't affect the part that actually holds the mag in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiller2 View Post
    It seemed that under pressure trying to put a magazine in would be very difficult if not impossible without extensive practice..
    Under pressure you should be relying on gross motor skills as much as possible. Therefore, when you reload you should slam the magazine into the gun to make sure it seats as quickly as possible. You don't want to take time to gingerly place a mag, and gently press the mag release. You don't want to train that way no matter what firearm you have.

    It's a gun, put the mag in and slam it home like you mean it. After awhile it will loosen up a bit. Good luck and be safe.
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    With use, the LCP will break in and the magazine issue will smooth it self out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Savior Sound View Post
    Yes. That's one of the reasons I got the Kel-Tec 3-AT instead.

    Well, I thank of it as an additional safety. When it's locked in the gun safe I take the clip out but it's loaded with defense rounds... I like knowing that you have to push the button to get the mag button to get it in!

    Anyone call Ruger about this to see if it is intentional or not??
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