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    A Lorcin 380 lives up to it's reputation

    This one will be short one...

    Today I was able to fire the magnificent Lorcin .380.

    I friend of mine bought one from a rather rustic individual who had fallen on hard times, and needed $50 more than the pistol.

    Pistol was disassembled, cleaned, and lubed. Appeared to be in new condition, no easily discernible evidence of being fired could be noticed.

    All we had available for ammo was the loading from Dynamic Research Technologies. Yes, that's right, we were firing DRT ammo out of a stinking Lorcin.

    I tried the pistol first and found that, surprisingly, it was reasonably accurate with about zero recoil, and it functioned for the complete mag without a malfunction.

    Next fellow up had one hangup half way through a mag.

    Third guy to try it made it half way through a mag... when the end of the freaking slide broke off... and the trigger parts caught the rest of the slide before it slung back into the shooters eye!

    Yeah we got pics...




    Close up via Kodak Easy Share...



    No way this pistol could have had more than 100 rds ever fired through it before it gave up.

    I'm done with anything Lorcin myself. I don't even want to look at one.

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    Looks like the rustic individual got the better end of the deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perna View Post
    Looks like the rustic individual got the better end of the deal.
    Agreed!

    The Lorcin ended up being 'more expensive to fire', than the new Remington 338 Lapua we were working with that day.

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    Awesome.

    I think I've seen more Lorcins confiscated at my dept. than any other single brand.

    They should be air dropped over every major city. If I have to get into a gunfight, I hope the other guy is using one of these.

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    I never even heard of a Lorcin until I became a street cop. What a POS.

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    I guess that zinc alloy couldn't withstand the pressure and recoil of the mighty .380 Auto cartridge.

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    I've heard of them, never seen them in person.

    I think I'm better off.
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    I've seen and seized quite a few Lorcins during my LE career. They are junk for sure, but before you insult them too much, always know that they will usually work long enough and well enough to kill the good guys.
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    Yup, they're junk, I hope the shooter was wearing eye protection.

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    I saw the same thing with a 9mm Lorcin (and two Hi-Points) when I worked in a gun/pawn shop. Amazingly, no one was ever hurt.

    If you add a Jennings to the list, you have the Trifecta of crappy, low-cost, thug pistols.

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    Or Raven...

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    Back when

    Back when I didn't know better, though I about hate to admit it, I bought a Lorcin .380 at the recommendation of a friend who said, "Everybody shot those when I was in the Navy." I was poor at the time and wanted a gun to take to the range.

    Took it out and it wouldn't cycle more than a few rounds at a time. I guess I got lucky, 'cause it didn't have a chance to break. Took it home and put it up and never shot it again. Ended up trading it to someone who knew what he was getting and wanted it anyway.

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    I believe a killer used a cheap .380 to murder a police officer in my city a few years ago.

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    lol...I too bought one for my 1st pistol... I still have mine, but the firing pin broke..can I have the one outta that one..? I could never bring myself to pay anymore $$ for this pos..sure a far cry from the Glocks and Sigs I own/have owned since.

    BTW...I put probably 500 rounds thru mine..never any problems....but mine is probably close to 16 years old. Maybe it was higher quali...bwahahahahahahaha riiight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilgrim View Post
    I'm done with anything Lorcin myself. I don't even want to look at one.
    Well, duh! Lorcin's fine print specifies that it should only be fired on Saturday evenings.

    Too funny. Glad nobody was hurt.

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    I see these allll the time at fun shows for less than 100 bucks. I guess you get what you paid for with these!

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    Thanks for destroying a perfectly good low rent pimp gun .....what a POS! if you want a good gun get a Jennings
    Formerly known as "Son of Vlad Tepes"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pilgrim View Post
    Ah, just needs a little.

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    Think a pipe gun would be more reliable and safer.

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    Wow, that brings back some memories. My father in law used to carry one of these at night when he walked the condo property he was managing. He let me take it to the range to see how accurate it was. It would not fire more than 2 rounds before jamming and I was lucky to get it on paper at 10-12 yards
    I told him if he was confronted to just throw it at the bad guys cuz it would be more dangerous that way.

    He has a glock 9mm now.

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