This may seem very simple to many of you, but please have patience with a learner. I'm waiting (it seems like forever ... all paperwork was submitted in person 1-11-12) for my CCP to arrive. Meanwhile, I've already been through our CC course (1-7-12), had a private lesson, and spent lots of time practicing and learning and getting to the range as often as possible.
I have 2 firearms I plan to carry. One is a S & W .38 model 642 with CT laser grips and the other is a Ruger LCP .380 that came with the LaserMax setup from the factory. I've been using snap caps for practice at home with the Ruger LCP. However, I keep having failures to eject and jams with the snap caps, no matter how firmly I rack the slide or how much care I take. On the range with actual ammo, I've never had a failure to feed, a failure to eject or a stovepipe. Is this common with snap caps? If I've never had a problem with live ammo with close to 200 rounds (Federal Hydra Shock, Hornady JHP, and another brand of ball ammo) ... does it mean this firearm is probably not going to have an issue with live ammo and it's just the snap caps that are the issue?
I know I need to put more range time and rounds through the LCP, but I don't want to doubt its functionality or reliability as a back up firearm if the issue is just a common snap cap issue. I will continue to get more range time and use more live ammo soon. I don't want to be doubting the firearm if it's truly just a snap cap problem. I also put another 30 rounds through it at the range today and it was very smooth.
Thank you for your input and sharing your experience.