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Old August 27, 2018, 03:11 PM   #1
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Feeding New Ruger 9mm EC9s and .380 LCP-II

I used an outdoor store discount coupon to plug a carry-gun gap in the old gun safe with a Ruger EC9s 9mm and a Ruger LCP-II .380. Unfortunately, I won't be able to get to the range for a couple of weeks to try them out.

In the meanwhile though, I manually cycled several magazines of FMJ through each of them and both fed, extracted and ejected just fine.

Then I tried the same exercise with the EC9s but using 9mm Federal Classic 115 Hi-Shok JHP-- pulling the slide fully to the rear and letting it slam home.

Repeatedly on the 3rd or 4th round in each magazine-full, the cartridge nose-jammed into the feed ramp and wouldn't chamber. I'm wondering if I can look forward to a repeat performance when I get to the range.

Any suggestions from Ruger LCP-II and EC9s owners on what you feed those little guys to keep them happy ?

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Old August 27, 2018, 03:26 PM   #2
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Put 600 or do factory ammo through my lcp II with a couple of stovepipes early on. No issues in last 400 rounds since.


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Old August 27, 2018, 05:24 PM   #3
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What kind of ammo?
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Old August 27, 2018, 05:29 PM   #4
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Live fire moves the slide much more vigorously than anything we can do by hand. My advice would be to not lose sleep over the failures in the 9 until you are sure it is real. Don't trust it for defense, yet, of course, either, but don't reach any conclusions until you get to the range.
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Old August 28, 2018, 07:58 AM   #5
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That hadn't occured to me; I'll stay optimistic!
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Old August 28, 2018, 11:13 AM   #6
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I don't remember. Probably some cheap, generic practice ammo.
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Old September 12, 2018, 02:38 PM   #7
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RESOLVED

Finally got to the range today to exercise the new pistols. The news is good.

The 9mm EC9s digested and spit out anything I threw at it: factory 115 FMJ; factory 124 FMJ; some 115 lead round nose I had hand-cast and reloaded 35 or so years ago with 4.3 gr Bullseye powder and some 115 FMJ reloads from the same time period; the afore-mentioned Federal Classic 115 Hi-Shok JHP and three unknown weight truncated flat point factory rounds a previous shooter left on the shooting bench. All rounds shot tight enough groups to point of aim at around 7-8 yards.

The .380 LCP II did well too using a few different factory FMJ 94 and FMJ 95 gr loads. Shot pretty decent groups about an inch low at 7-8 yards. Noise and recoil were noticeable. In fact the perceived recoil was greater than that of the EC9s-- but with it being so light and a short barrel, I'm not surprised.

No jams, feeding or ejection problems with either gun. Neither would be my choice for a bullseye match though, as the triggers were of necessity on the heavy side. I also thought they were a little gritty on take up.

Overall, they're perfect for what I bought them for though- lightweight, compact, very concealable every day carry. Good job, Ruger!

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Old September 12, 2018, 06:07 PM   #8
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Pro Tip: It's possible to conceal an LCP in the breast pocket of a large shirt, such as a flannel.
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Old September 13, 2018, 10:27 PM   #9
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Hogue sells a wraparound grip that attaches using the rear frame pin of the LCP. Helps soften recoil significantly.
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Old September 14, 2018, 03:16 PM   #10
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Hogue sells a wraparound grip that attaches using the rear frame pin of the LCP. Helps soften recoil significantly.
Thanks for the tip-- definitely worth a look.
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Old September 27, 2018, 01:05 PM   #11
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I have about 600 trouble free rounds through my LCP II and no issues to date. A couple of boxes of Hornady Critical Defense, 150 Sig factory round nose, and most importantly 300+ of handloads using assorted brass.
It has been a great little gun.
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Old October 10, 2018, 08:52 PM   #12
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After 3 trips back to Ruger I got a replacement LCP II, put 200 rounds through it and had 2-3 FTE’s so I sold it. I’ll never buy another Ruger again. Even the last 10-22 I bought had issues
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Old October 13, 2018, 09:54 AM   #13
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My LCP II and the P3AT that preceded it shot every type of cheap 380 range ammo that I shoved into them, mostly my FiL's reloads, but also samples of anything else they sell cheaply at Academy or Wally World. I don't shoot HP's through my 380's, so I'm no help with that one.
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