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Old 12-01-2013, 03:46 AM   #81
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thats about all ive come up with. im thinking right in front of the magazine cuz if you do it near the hammer area your going to run into issues of the transfer bar not working properly and jamming up or not resetting correctly

the other idea ive tossed around is constructing a drop in piece that sits on a part of the frame lifting the spring and being held in place by the grip so there is no permanent drill holes
well i am going to study on it some more before i commit myself to doing it. i was thinking about lower to bottom of the grip frame maybe.

i also thought about your second idea of something held in place by the grip as well, because then i wouldn't be permanently changing the pistol and it could be returned to stock easily.
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None of us would like to be shot with a .380 and I'm betting... If given the choice... None of us would prefer relying on it to save our bacon in a fight.

If it's all the gun you can conceal then I suppose its better than harsh words but... There are literally dozens of 9mm options on the market for roughly $150 more than the .380 crop of mouse guns.

I can sort of understand it for those of you in Florida and the Southern border States but anywhere North of these areas and BG's are wearing multiple layers with one usually consisting of denim or leather which poses big problems for the penetration performance of the little .380

If you just can't afford or conceal a moderately larger and more expensive 9mm, then Id suggest going with full house FMJ's in these noisy crickets.

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well i am going to study on it some more before i commit myself to doing it. i was thinking about lower to bottom of the grip frame maybe.

i also thought about your second idea of something held in place by the grip as well, because then i wouldn't be permanently changing the pistol and it could be returned to stock easily.
this thread has me thinking again. i think ill do something about it when i get back from tejas end of december.

best plan i have atm is a thin aluminum or brass piece two pins to prop it on the frame then a small 90 degree bend for the spring with a shallow upward curve at the tip to keep the spring from walking off.
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if you lay them side by side, the similiarities are there. some people say that most guns in 380 don't handle JHP ammo very well. so far my Thunder 380 hasn't had any problem with JHP ammo yet. i use FMJ ammo for target practice because it's cheaper.
The thunder is a full size pistol. It should handle HP ammo. If you can carry a thunder in your pocket, you can carry a Ruger P95 in your pocket. Why bother with the thunder? Carry a 15 or 17 round 9mm in your pocket.

I can carry a P95 or a S&W model 10 in the pocket of some of my pants. In fact, I have tried carrying a P95 in my pocket. By the time I walked my dog .75 of a mile I had the P95 stuffed in my pants gangster style for the walk home. Suspenders or bib overalls are required to carry the P95 in the pocket.
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The thunder is a full size pistol. It should handle HP ammo. If you can carry a thunder in your pocket, you can carry a Ruger P95 in your pocket. Why bother with the thunder? Carry a 15 or 17 round 9mm in your pocket.

I can carry a P95 or a S&W model 10 in the pocket of some of my pants. In fact, I have tried carrying a P95 in my pocket. By the time I walked my dog .75 of a mile I had the P95 stuffed in my pants gangster style for the walk home. Suspenders or bib overalls are required to carry the P95 in the pocket.
the Thunder 380 is not what i consider at all to be a full size pistol. it's about the same size as the Walther PPK. not what i would consider at all to be a full size pistol.

specs on dimensions of the Thunder 380 vs. the Walther PPK and the SA EMP 40, vs. the Ruger LC380.

the Ruger LC 380
height 4.5"
width 0.9"
length 6.0"
barrel 3.125"
weight 17.2 oz.

Thunder 380
height 4.9"
width 1.3"
length 6.6"
barrel 3.5"
weight 20 oz.

Walther PPK 380
height 3.8"
width 1.0"
length 6.1"
barrel 3.3"
weight 20 oz.

SA EMP 40
height 5.0"
width N/A
length 6.5"
barrel 3.0"
weight 33 oz.

now show me where any of these you would classify as a full size pistol according to their sizes and weights.

they are all classified as compact pistols.
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the Thunder 380 is not what i consider at all to be a full size pistol. it's about the same size as the Walther PPK. not what i would consider at all to be a full size pistol.

specs on dimensions of the Thunder 380 vs. the Walther PPK and the SA EMP 40, vs. the Ruger LC380.

the Ruger LC 380
height 4.5"
width 0.9"
length 6.0"
barrel 3.125"
weight 17.2 oz.

Thunder 380
height 4.9"
width 1.3"
length 6.6"
barrel 3.5"
weight 20 oz.

Walther PPK 380
height 3.8"
width 1.0"
length 6.1"
barrel 3.3"
weight 20 oz.

SA EMP 40
height 5.0"
width N/A
length 6.5"
barrel 3.0"
weight 33 oz.

now show me where any of these you would classify as a full size pistol according to their sizes and weights.

they are all classified as compact pistols.
I agree with you Axxe. My Taurus PT709 weighs about 19 oz. and is a
9mm. My LCP only weighs About 9oz. I can carry the Taurus in my
pocket but my belt has to be pretty tight! The LCP and the Sig P238 are
very good pocket guns IMHO. The LCP is DA only and the P238 is SA only.

http://www.gunblast.com/SIG-P238.htm
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I carry my LCP more than any other CCW I own. For what it is, it shoots great and is sooooo easy to carry. Never a malfunction. Actually, the little guy is TOO easy to carry! I find myself grabbing it when I really should be carrying something with a bit more gusto. Oh well...

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My LC9 goes everywhere with me except to the can or shower in my house! And even then it's still close by.....
I finally saw and held a PF-9 the week of SHOT at the Kel-Tec booth. I realized I'd like the P-11 better unless I had after market finger rests on the PF-9 mags like my LC9. Other issue I hear from folks is the ext. Mags for the PF-9 and P3AT do not always stay "in the gun." The LC9 ext. Mags(9 rd.) may make you tap them in a bit harder then loading a normal mag, but they stay in place(at least the two I have!)...

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At least he is truthful...ha

Great little gun and set up is nice with this laser.
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At least he is truthful...ha

Great little gun and set up is nice with this laser.
adjohns3, IMO you are right about the laser advantage used with
the LCP! In a situation that requires the use of deadly force, the
distance will probably be 21ft. or less. There is not going to be
time to go into a fancy two handed stance prior to whatever action
you must take. The normal extension of the trigger finger beyond
the trigger guard can manipulate the activation of the "LaserMax".

I have also convinced myself that the use of FMJ or JHp ammo is
"Seasonal"! I don't think I need to elaborate on that. Although, I
am open to everyone's thoughts on that point.

Overall, this has been a great thread IMO. I think there is much
more to be expressed and learned about everyone's experiences
about Ruger's LCP and other pistols in this category.

"Thank you" to everyone's response, and I truly hope for and
encourage many more opinions and responses to this thread!
Everybody needs at least one "LCP"! "In My Humble Opinion"
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