I just discovered the most dangerous handgun ever!!

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by gr8wapiti, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. gr8wapiti

    gr8wapiti New Member

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    A buddy of mine came across a "deal" or so he thought. He called me the other night and asked me if I wouldn't mind looking at a .380 he bought from a neighbor for $50. I went over and picked it up from him, at first look all I could see is the right grip panel was broken and it needed new grips. I took it home and started to field strip it cause it was really dirty and noticed that when I attempted to fire it with snap caps it didn't always go off. So I started to research it online to learn more about it. Its a Lorcin L .380, and when I looked at some of the info I could find about it realized this firearm is so dangerous there are alot of stories about them blowing up on people and the company actually went out of business because of lawsuits based upon malfunctioning guns. I at once called my buddy and warned him about this gun and told him to give it back, don't even bother shooting it. I hope I was able to save him from bodily damage.
     
  2. USMC_Richey

    USMC_Richey New Member

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    Never heard of it. Good job researching it though. :)
     

  3. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    You truly get what you pay for. I wouldn't pay $50 for any gun.
     
  4. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Think you could get NIB Lorcins for not much more than $50.

    Your buddies neighbor hosed him down good. Hope he can get his $50 back

    Tack
     
  5. rifleman1

    rifleman1 New Member

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    my brother bought one for 80 dallors back in the early 1990s and is was junk the thing misfired and jammed as many times as it fired.until it finally broke all together.
     
  6. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    +1, he should have the neighbor do a demo shoot.

    Tell your friend to stand well back. :eek:
     
  7. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    I'd had one many yrs back when I was younger & dumber :eek:
    As said he got screwed bad :(
    For $10 he'd just got screwed ---------
     
  8. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Sounds about like jennings/bryco
     
  9. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    This might just be one of those cases where it would be for the good of society to suck it up and destroy the dangerous firearm.
     
  10. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    There is an interesting history/ relation/ background with Raven, Jennings, Bryco, Lorcin, Jiminez and Phoenix.

    http://mouseguns.com/hp22a/hp22a.htm

    About the only REAL CHEAP gun companies NOT involved with the above is the older FIE/ Excam/ RG companies- who were making and importing dirt cheap pot metal guns from West Germany in the 1960s.
     
  11. testarija

    testarija New Member

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    A gun for $50 bucks should be a red flag. Do you buddy a few more favors and give him a few 101 pointers. Glad you were able catch it on time.
     
  12. donthav1

    donthav1 Active Member

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    definatly educate your buddy some so this type of thing doesn't happen to the poor guy again

    as far as most dangerous guns....i bought a jennings J22 a couple years ago just for nostalgia's sake. it was dirt cheap, (i think $50 too) and it was the first handgun i learned to shoot with, also the first one i learned to clear a jam with, again, & again. back in the 80's my grandma thought she needed a gun to protect herself & got suckered into buying it. when she told my dad she bought it, he kindly gave her the $50 (there's that magic number again) she'd spent on it & took it off her hands.

    anyway, the sear was a bit worn & with standard velocity ammo it would occaisonally go full auto for 2 or 3 rounds. also when clearing a jam, if you didn't rack the slide hard enough it would light off the next round as soon as you chambered it. it's kinda funny how an unsafe gun brushes up your gun safety etiquitte REAL fast
     
  13. wjnfirearms

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    It's funny you mention the Lorcin. One of my brothers in law (the black sheep one) left his semi here with my wife the other day because he said that the mag was dragging when he went to remove it and wanted me to look at it. It was a Lorcin L380. It wasn't helping that it needed oiled badly even though he swore that it was. Who knows how long it was since it was fired.

    I believe retail on the L380 when it was still being produced was $139. I had heard of Lorcin back in the day, but never really saw any out there much.

    I will tell one thing in favor of the Lorcin. It makes a pretty paperweight.
     
  14. Chainfire

    Chainfire Well-Known Member Supporter

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    C3, I don't really think the Raven can be included in the mix of horrible pistols you listed above. The Raven is cheap, but it is a reliable functioning mouse gun. I have a great bit of respect for the Gunsmith and gun writer J.B. Wood and he seemed to feel the same way about the Raven.

    I got one of the little 25s in a package deal, and actually liked the gun.
     
  15. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    Yanno, most "rubber ducks" cost more than 50$...
     
  16. 99zulu

    99zulu New Member

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    My brother had a Jennings .22 a while back. Jammed 3 times out of the 50 rounds we brought the first time out. Then the spring broke when we tried to take it apart for cleaning.
     
  17. phildenton

    phildenton New Member

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    My first handgun was an fie imported 22 saa clone, damn top strap broke, very cheap metal, unfortunately i paid 90 at a pawn shop. Learned my lesson on that
     
  18. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    The internal parts of a Lorcin were made of plastic. I saw a guy buy one, take it into the indoor range at the dealership to test-fire it. On the 5th shot it disintegrated, and threw parts all over the room. He got a pretty serious cut on his hand, was lucky it didn't hit him in the eye.