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Old December 25, 2001, 07:09 PM   #1
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Lorcin 25 cal. pistol question

My girlfriend got this pistol from her son for a Christmas present today.
I have never heard of the brand. It's a Lorcin, model L25. I seem to remember reading somewhere that 25 cal. pistols have a few quirks about them, but I can't remember the details.
Are there any unusual precautions on ammo, or on dry firing?
Also, does this company still exist? She would like to get a few more clips than the one that she has.
Thanks for any help.
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Old December 25, 2001, 07:57 PM   #2
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Some .25cal guns are reliable, guns like Lorcin, Jennings, and Hi Points are not and would not bet my life on one. I should add that I have a .25 Phoenix Raven, it usually works.....someone gave it to me.

It is the thought that counts, but to put it bluntly...Lorcin guns are junk (very low quality), I believe they filed for bankruptcy in 96. They are extremely prone to malfunction and feeding problems.

If this is for carry- My advice, sell or keep the Lorcin and get a Makarov for self and very reliable.

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Old December 25, 2001, 09:00 PM   #3
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Lorcin 22

When your girlfriend's son gets out of jail, he'll probably want to get his Lorcin back anyway.:barf:

Sorry, just a joke, I couldn't help it.

I hereby admit to having a Jennings J-22, J-38, and Phoenix HP-22 and all of them are fun and reliable. But none of them are carried for self defense. Spare mags were very cheap.

That Lorcin will be better than nothing if it is reliable, but if you can afford $179 for a tiny gun, get a Keltec P-32. If you can carry a larger heavier gun, Makarov or Keltec P-11 are affordable.
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Old December 26, 2001, 12:31 AM   #4
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Nice thought. Great intentions. But I wouldn't carry a Lorcin.....or a Bryco, Davis Ind, Hi Point, etc. Seriously, they just aren't reliable enough in more ways than one. For a little extra money you can get a very good Makarov, KelTec, snub revolver. Also, I would avoid the .25 all together in favor of a .380, 9x17, .32, .22 in that order before a .25.
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Old December 26, 2001, 04:29 AM   #5
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.25 + Lorcin =

Needless to say, I have had terrible luck with the .25. Having closely examined Lorcins I have never shot one. Last guy I saw shooting one had so many problems he finally just gave up and rented a gun from the range. Think of Lorcin as the Yugo of guns and .25 as the Vega of ammo.
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Old December 26, 2001, 07:24 AM   #6
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Yeah, ok... I'll go along with "It's the thought that counts" spiel.

This may turn out to be a blotter test with your girl friend. If she displays no discomfort with owning a firearm (the Lorcin), then it may open the door to the possibility of acquiring a quality firearm in the future.
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Old December 26, 2001, 09:43 AM   #7
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girlfriend loves to target shoot!

Thanks for all of the opinions.
Yeah, I thought the .25 cal was not too good, but I didn't know that the Lorcins were that bad.
She didn't really get it for cc, just something to have around her house for protection.
As far as Makarovs go, I just gave mine to my son for a Christmas present, and I'm already looking for another one for myself!
Maybe a Mak or a Kel-Tec wouldent be such a bad idea for her, either.
By the way,I took her shooting about a month ago, and she loved it! She shot my Ruger MK1 .22, and my VEPRII, .223.
A fine looking gal that loves shooting.... I think she's a keeper!!
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Old December 26, 2001, 11:40 AM   #8
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If she's looking for something to keep around the house for protection, you could do far worse than picking up a Bulgarian Mak, they can be had for less than $150. Buy decent ammo for it, and it'll be a lot more reliable and have more stopping power than a .25ACP pistol. Since size isn't much of an issue in a house gun, go for a decent sized gun. Another solid choice is any one of a number of used revolvers, good value for the money.
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Old December 26, 2001, 03:29 PM   #9
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Lorcin, Hi-Point, Jennings, Davis, et al are all owned by the same family, in the same suburbs. Of course, this does not mean they are not completely independent business entities with no cross-afiliations or combined interests, but you get the idea.
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Old December 26, 2001, 03:59 PM   #10
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I think Jennings, Lorcin, and Davis are made in California - Hi Points are made in Ohio.

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Old December 26, 2001, 04:32 PM   #11
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Davis firearms (if you want to call them that) are manufactured in Chino, CA.
I believe Lorcin is as well.
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Old December 26, 2001, 09:51 PM   #12
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Use the .25 for plinking at the local gravel pit and get a S&W M10 .38 caliber revolver for home defense.
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Old December 27, 2001, 12:10 AM   #13
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Some Lorcin info

These guys are right on target when they say that the Lorcin is junk. They are notorious for stovepipe jams.
Some info on the company: Nightline did a segment on them a couple years back because the attorneys in California had singled them out and were sueing the heck out of them because so many of their guns were either being used to shoot people or were causing firearm accidents (some such). The company was literally forced out of the state. The name Lorcin came from a combination of the owners two daughters names which were something like Lori and Cindy (I'm not making this up). The picture that I got of this situation was that it was kind of like Ron Popiel (Ronco) bent on selling a nifty little handgun to get rich quick.
The last I knew, he had relocated to somewhere around Las Vegas and was starting a new line of cheap 9mm's. Seems like the company was a couple of initials that started with a "J" - like J & (something) Enterprise, but I don't see anything like it listed in the latest Shooting Industry Manufacturer Directory. Maybe they didn't make it - no big loss, except Lori and Cindy may not be driving Jaguars. Anyone know any more on this?
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