Does anyone make a small 380 that actually works?!

Does anyone make a small 380 that actually works?!

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    Does anyone make a small 380 that actually works?!

    I had a Remington RM380 the mag release keep falling out. A Ruger LCP first generation couldnít get through a mag with out a FTF FTE. So I went ahead and bought a Glock 42 great gun but it defeated the purpose because of it's size. After reading all the reviews mostly positive Wednesday a took a chance and bought the newer Ruger LCP 2 thinking is been out for a while and all the bugs should be worked out right....wrong took it to the range the next day back in the box back to Ruger same issues as the old gene 1. Iím starting to think the 380 hates me Now Iím thinks I should just stick to carrying my Ruger LCR 38spl. And be done with it. Oh yeah I almost forgot before I took it to the range I polished the feed ramp the rails and anything else that made metal to metal contact.
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    I had a Sig P238 .380 that was flawless for many hundreds of rounds and about three years of pocket carry until I traded it for a Sig P938 9mm.
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    I have fired, and heard really good things about, the S&W Bodyguard .380. It has a DAO trigger, but it is pretty smooth.
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    Sorry hear about your bad luck! My LCP 2 has been great and I previously owned an original LCP and Kahr CW380, both very dependable for me.
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    I have a very old Colt Mustang Pocketlite that has been totally reliable (and very accurate).

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    I am not in the market, for buying any new guns! My Son bought me a Glock 42/43 when he bought his.

    Still carry my flawless Glock 19 4th gen, every day.

    Just for the exercise, I really looked at the new Sig 365! I know that is a 9mm, but so small, with 10+1 capacity, and 12 round mag's, as a spare, seems like the way to go!

    Some great reviews, Glock like, works right out of the box. My Son slips his G43 into his back pocket, every day, my Wife loves to shoot the G42. But will never take it out of the safe! Never.

    Good luck with your search.

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    I absolutely love my LCP II. I've put 400+ thru it with zero problems. Target rounds are Aguila and have fired around 40 rounds of Precision One HP/XTP. Also, wife has a Walther PK380 that she loves....again, no issues. Note, we clean all firearms after every time they are fired.

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    I have a Body Guard. I can't say I've put a ton of rounds through it but so far no issues. The trigger is a monster but that's part of what I liked about it over the LCPII. I wanted a heavy pull for a pocket gun.
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    I have two Kel-Tec's that after a fluff & buff work great.
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    380íscan be a bit finicky about certain brands of ammo. And sometimes you get a lemon.

    I hope you get a chance to borrow someoneís to be sure that there isnít an issue on your end.
    A friend of mine had similar issues with a LCP gen2. I tried it and low and behold, no problems after 3 mags.
    He tried it again, no go. Turns out he couldnít get a good grip on the pistol. Stuck on a Hogue grip sleeve and the ďissues ď went away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glocking26 View Post
    I had a Remington RM380 the mag release keep falling out. A Ruger LCP first generation couldnít get through a mag with out a FTF FTE. So I went ahead and bought a Glock 42 great gun but it defeated the purpose because of it's size. After reading all the reviews mostly positive Wednesday a took a chance and bought the newer Ruger LCP 2 thinking is been out for a while and all the bugs should be worked out right....wrong took it to the range the next day back in the box back to Ruger same issues as the old gene 1. Iím starting to think the 380 hates me Now Iím thinks I should just stick to carrying my Ruger LCR 38spl. And be done with it. Oh yeah I almost forgot before I took it to the range I polished the feed ramp the rails and anything else that made metal to metal contact.
    I would just hate it back and move on. Seriously my LCP Custom was flawless in reliability but, no matter what I did it hurt to shoot and my accuracy just plain sucked so I traded it for a S&W 642 and I am a happy man. Sometimes its harder to conceal than the 380 and sometimes it blends in much better. Compromise is the name of the game. I sure as heck could not blast beer cans at 50 feet with the 380 like I can the j frame.
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    First, I'd say be sure you are thoroughly breaking in the gun. 200-300 rounds of hot 380 is a good regimen. I use Freedom Munitions RNFP 100gr, which is almost +p.

    Second, I've had no issues with my Bodyguard 380 or SIG P238, but I also only carry FMJ ammo in them, which these days is the same Freedom Munitions described above.

    Third, the general lack of semi-auto reliability is why I carry a J frame these days instead. My S&W 637 Performance Center is a brilliant piece of engineering and goes bang every time I pull the trigger, and my LCR327 might be just a hair better.
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    My original LCP has 600+ round through it without a hiccup. Most FTF issues in my experience are the magazine. Each of mine works flawlessly.
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