Lorcin L380

Discussion in 'Cobra/Davis/Lorcin' started by Quavodus, May 22, 2020.

  1. Quavodus

    Quavodus Member

    I owned a L 380 once, and it had to be the cheapest made piece of shit I've ever owned. The barrel was welded to the frame. A lot of the parts were cast out of some kind of cheap crap and some parts were plastic.
     
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  2. -The safety lever was plastic on the L32 and L380 models.
    -Barrels were pinned, but the location of that pin was inconsistent on the frame. (see pic below)
    -Slides and frames were made of Zamak, same as Hi-Points. (The quality of said Zamak? Questionable.) Lorcin slides broke so regularly that I only shot mine angled away from my face; but I personally never had one break on me.
    -Rifling on Lorcin .380 barrels was so poor that sometimes you'd swear it was a smooth bore. (I'm not kidding.) Honestly, if it didn't keyhole, something was wrong.

    When Cobra took over the tooling, they made a much more robust slide and fixed the rifling issue. Other than that, the Cobra FS380 is the same gun as the Lorcin L380.

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  3. Rabidwookie

    Rabidwookie What the Hell was that? Member

    I had one back in the late 80's. Didn't have a lot of trouble with, just the occasion FTE, but I didn't miss that thing one bit when I got rid of it.
     
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  4. When I started buying SNS pistols, I promised myself I'd never buy a Lorcin.
    Turns out I was only fooling myself.
     
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  5. Rabidwookie

    Rabidwookie What the Hell was that? Member

    It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good. lol I'll never get another one tho.
     
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  6. Quavodus

    Quavodus Member

    I've never looked at a Cobra but, have heard they're better.
     
  7. 84minieldo

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    I have a(n) l22 that I got for 99.99..almost typed hundred bucks but I like it so much I kept the price tag from the pawn shop..for the most part I buy, clean , shoot once, clean and put away ,the l22 has a nice little thumb warp in the grip and the round top adds to this being one of the nicer looking,emphasis on looking,sns 22s
     
  8. Quavodus

    Quavodus Member

    I was not impressed with my Lorcin. I got it used at a pawn shop for $60 OTD. I shot about 50 rds, through it and sold it.
     
  9. Smart. Shoot it, find out it sucks, and move away.
     
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  10. Quavodus

    Quavodus Member

    Yep, that's pretty much what I did.
     
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  11. Rabidwookie

    Rabidwookie What the Hell was that? Member

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    Cant blame you. Hell, I’d rather have a .22 Contender than another Lorcin. Mine was one of the 1st 300 to come out. Myself and 2 friends each got 1 at a gun show, series numbers ended in 246,247 &248. Mine was 247. Didnt Have ANY problems for the first 100 rds. Wasn’t a bad little pistol, then it went straight to shit. FTF or FTE, every other round. My friends had nothing but troubles from the first round fired. They were so pissed they sold me theirs for $20 ea, just to get rid of them. I ended up trading all 3 of them for an old semi auto .22 rifle. Lol
     
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  12. TNTRAILERTRASH

    TNTRAILERTRASH Supporting Member

    I hear great things about the S&W.380EZ
     
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  13. Rabidwookie

    Rabidwookie What the Hell was that? Member

    Yeah, me 2. Wife wants a .380, and that’s one of the ones on the list we’re looking at. Toss up between the Smith, a Bersa or Ruger LCP2 (she kinda likes that one).
     
  14. TNTRAILERTRASH

    TNTRAILERTRASH Supporting Member

    The LCP2 is a fantastic concealable gun. They used to be $238 or so everyday at Rural King. Now $300+

    Rather long video but it covers it well.
     
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  15. Quavodus

    Quavodus Member

    Kinda wish I'd kept my Lorcin now, because I saw some parts online. Magazines are $30 to $40. Several parts are higher than they're worth. Damn magazines are selling for more than the whole gun is worth.
     
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  16. But are they selling? Or is that the asking price... big difference. Lorcin mags are as crappy as the guns they go into. Of course that never stopped me from buying one, but I've got an incurable case of Anygunitus.
     
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  17. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

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    I don’t know about the other two, no experience, but my Bersa is a sweet shooting good looking gun.
     
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  18. Rabidwookie

    Rabidwookie What the Hell was that? Member

    I kinda like them too. Personally, been thinking about the Thunder Pro. Just haven’t had much time to research it.
     
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  19. 84minieldo

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    Err I hate lorcins and have made a special place in hell for them all...with that said please send your lorcins to me..I’ll make sure they end in the junk bin they deserve...my sns safe..we need a statue of Jim Waldorf
     
  20. magnut

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    I have made most lorcins work. Some are definitly better than others. Not much to say they are utter crap but they are cool in a pimp sort of way. Wife wont stay in line? Dont make me get my lorcin woman! I can say many things about each model of lorcins but in short..... stick with Mira Loma L25s and the L32. The rest are not even close to being worth the trouble. Do not go near the L9, the LH380, the L380, the L22, the LT25, or the riverside made L25. All have multiple issues some of which cannot be fixed. Those models should be left to professionals who can make parts from scratch. The L380 can be largely fixed with a cobra fs380 slide but you might as well just buy a used FS380 and have a better pistol barrel wise.

    Most of these pistols you are better off just removing the safety in terms of performance. If you carry any SNS with a round chambered your are an idiot. The safeties on most SNS pistols is a cosmetic enhancement and is by no means safe. Its kind of there to piss you off and slow you down (Waldorf is crafty this way).

    The sights are also cosmetic. You can use them but in terms of a group its pointless. Oversized chambers....oversized bores...keyholing etc. makes accuracy not only difficult but pretty much impossible.

    Positives for the lorcin are the historical signifigance of pimps, drug dealers, gangs etc. along with the looks which while strange... there isnt anything else like it. The L22 while the worst of all lorcins durability and performance wise, has absolutely fantastic ergos for a SNS. Meanwhile the L9 9mm thug gun is possibly the worse ergonomically designed pistol ever made (more Waldorf genius).

    Now... if you think they are the worst guns ever made think again. There are many worse than lorcins. Try an Accu-tek some time. Those are lots of fun. While you are at it go find a really good soccer player to kick you in the nuts.
     
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