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Old 11-11-2010, 05:46 PM   #1
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Default About to buy an LCP used...what to check?

I recently upgraded to 1911. I've got a Springer Loaded Gov't and just bought a Colt New Agent (Defender-sized). I still want a little pocket gun, the smaller the better, for those walks around the block or a quick errand or mowing the lawn.

I'm off to buy an LCP this afternoon. The seller seems a little sketchy. I won't get into the boring details. He just seems to want to be more discrete than it seems would be called for for a simple gun purchase. He isn't sketchy enough to call off the deal, just enough to ask this question:

What should I look for in the gun when I meet him? I won't be able to fire it in the parking lot, but what about dry-firing? Since the slide doesn't lock open on the LCP when the mag is empty, I'm assuming one will necessarily dry-fire every time at the end of a mag so dry-firing cannot be that bad.

I will just try to work everything I can. I cannot take it down because that requires a flat-head screwdriver.

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Old 11-11-2010, 05:57 PM   #2
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Default Ruger LCP

about all you really can do; visual; and mechanical rotation .
Should the price be ?? Ruger is outstanding in taking care of the customer.
Remember; $279.00 new in this gunshow area.
I have a Raspberry one

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about all you really can do; visual; and mechanical rotation .
Should the price be ?? Ruger is outstanding in taking care of the customer.
Remember; $279.00 new in this gunshow area.
I have a Raspberry one
Yeah, I'm spending $330, but that is including 150 rounds of FMJ, 25 rounds of JHP, and an ankle holster.

Plus, I would rather buy an almost-new gun that has had a box or two fired through it than a brand new in-the-box gun. This one fits that bill.

Thankfully, this one is NOT RASPBERRY
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hahaha; Sir; I ordered mine lolol

it really sounds like a fine deal.

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1. Are you meeting at his home or a discreet location?
2. If discreet location be aware of your surroundings.
3. If location is safe, is the gun hot?
I am not trying to sound paranoid but I know of a couple of people that got ripped off when they showed up at a discreet location with cash. $330 does not sound like enough for a rip off but you could lose your carry too.

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1. Are you meeting at his home or a discreet location?
2. If discreet location be aware of your surroundings.
3. If location is safe, is the gun hot?
I am not trying to sound paranoid but I know of a couple of people that got ripped off when they showed up at a discreet location with cash. $330 does not sound like enough for a rip off but you could lose your carry too.
All done with the deal. My thoughts of him being sketchy were wrong, thankfully. He told me his name was "J" and I asked him if that was J-A-Y. He stammered a bit and just said, "That's what I go by." Sketchy. Well, it turns out his name was a really long, oddly spelled Russian name. In real life, not sketchy, he just gets tired of repeating his name to people who don't understand what he just said.

He paid for a background check, which apparently checks him out as seller as much as me as buyer.

In the end, I felt really good about the purchase. Plus, I'm really liking this cool, teeny gun. The .380 cartridge is almost laughable, but the LCP will be able to hide in anything I am wearing.

Don't get me wrong. I wouldn't want to be shot with a .380 round, but if I was going to be shot, this round would be near the top of my list. Sounds weird, but true.
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Glad to hear it worked out. Dont sell the 380 too short. It was the police and military side arm in Europe for a long time. I carry XTP's in my P3AT and have not had any jams.

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You'll like your LCP-I really love mine. It never leaves my pocket. I keep it loaded with Hornady Critical Defense ammo.

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You'll like your LCP-I really love mine. It never leaves my pocket. I keep it loaded with Hornady Critical Defense ammo.
Love your new avatar, stalkingbear! What a bag!!!

Yep, I wanted something I could just keep around like my keys. I plan to still carry my Colt New Agent whenever possible, but around the house I don't always want to carry that and this LCP will just blend into the background noise. If somebody is breaking into my house, it will definitely not be the first go-to weapon, but it is a great first option when no other option exists!
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Yeah, I'm spending $330, but that is including 150 rounds of FMJ, 25 rounds of JHP, and an ankle holster.

Plus, I would rather buy an almost-new gun that has had a box or two fired through it than a brand new in-the-box gun. This one fits that bill.

Thankfully, this one is NOT RASPBERRY
Hey, I resemble that statement!

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