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A lady on a non-gun, local community board posted this on a thread about firearms started by someone else:

"My Lorcin 330 auto jams on me once in a while. I sure wouldn't want it to jam if I was having to protect myself or family.

Is there anything I can do to prevent this?"


This was my reply to her:

"Yes. Ditch the Lorcin and get a Glock or a Ruger. I don't mean to impugn your equipment, but Lorcins are not well though of, so far as reliability goes.

I'd recommend, if you want a reliable semi auto at the best possible price, a Ruger P95 9mm. You can get a new one for around $320, and they are STONE COLD reliable. Glocks are also stone reliable, but they go for around $480.

Of course, you could also go with a revolver. Ruger, Smith and Wesson and Taurus make great ones. For a home defense piece, I'd suggest a four inch barrelled .357. You can shoot .38 Specials in a .357 if you're uncomfortable with full Magnums."

What do you think of the advice I gave her? It tempting not to say more about the Lorcin, but I didn't want to be too negative about her weapon and piss her off.

Just in case she decides to keep the Lorcin, I added this in a second reply:

"If you do decide to keep the Lorcin and not get another weapon, I'd make sure to keep it very clean and well lubed. Don't get me wrong -- you don't want it swimming in oil, but it must be well lubed to function at all. Use a good quality gun oil like Hoppes or Rem Oil. WD 40 is not a good gun lube. It's a great detergent and rust preventative, but it's not meant as a long term lube -- it evaporates."

And then I felt so strongly about this lady's need to upgrade her weaponry that I went back and added this comment:

"I cannot stress strongly enough, though, the vital need for absolute reliability in a defensive weapon. Hopefully you'll never need any gun for defense, but if you do, you'll need it REALLY BADLY, and you'll need it RIGHT THEN. There won't be time to clear a jam -- what's annoying when you're shooting for fun or practice is flat out deadly when you're shooting for your life. So (and again, not meaning to impugn what you already have) I would strongly urge you, if you can afford it at all, to consider an upgrade in weaponry.

Just my 2 cents."

I think I did what I could do. The rest is up to her and hers.

And just to note, I recommended the Glock or Ruger (as opposed to another quality brand) because I have a lot of personal experience with them.
 

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You done real good, boy-but the key question is will she listen? Many buy toilet paper with more care and consideration than their defense guns!!
 

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Unless i am mistaken, lorcin was sued out of existence. I would pass that info along to her.
 

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What are still left around, the junk dealers that sell them are trying to get them out the door fast... will not take them back on trades either....

Tie a string on them and use for fishing weight.
 

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Apparently what I said resonated with her, because I logged on to the forum this morning to find this reply:

"Best.......your the......BEST!! I also have an old .38 police special that belonged to my dad.

I will spend the extra money and get the Glock. Heck, I would like a bazooka, but you know how that goes!!

I never intend to use it, but if I ever had to, I want to be sure that I don't have to worry about it jamming! I want the mere visual aspect of the weapon to do most of the work!

I remember as a kid, sitting and watching my papa clean and care for all of his guns. He was an avid hunter, as was my dad and my brother and nephew are as well. I can still remember the smell and hear that cleaning rod as he rammed it through the barrel. I miss my papa!!"
 

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Ask her if she'd trade that old .38 for a full-color mask of JB in a bad mood-since she likes visual deterrents, that is....
 

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Best, see it did work, you did get your point across. ANY 'good' advice can be of help/use and reminds others who may be 'lurking' just what to keep in mind........
but we also have to remember that NOT everyone can "afford" a Glock or Ruger. You can only say "what cost do you put on your safety".

Good job ...........
 

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Good advice. I can only add one thing, a person has to be familiar with their chosen defensive weapon, practice with it and know how to correctly operate the weapon.
 

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My first reaction to your reply was that I wouldn't of recommended an auto, especially a safety-less Glock to an user without knowing their skill/comfort level with a firearm. I feel autos are more dangerous than a revolver because they are more complex.

After thinking more about the situation they already have a auto now, the POS lorcin. So they already know how to chamber/load and shoot one, so recommending a better one isn't that bad of an idea.

Here is what I usually recommend for people with these "What should I get" questions:

For inexperienced users home defense or carry:
A 12ga entry shotgun for home. Usually the chambering of a shot shell will make the perp lose his bladder control and dive out the nearest window.
a .357 revolver for carry or home. For exactly what you mentioned. the combo of 38/357, reliable, etc.

For experienced users:
The biggest baddest you can afford. AR15's and m203 Grenade launches work well, any questions?

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Since she already has the Lorcin, I feel that she can most likely safely handle a Glock. I did mention in another reply to the thread that she consider her dad's old thirty eight, if it's in good shape. I also advised her to practice assidiously, get some professional training if possible, and to get a copy of Mas Ayoob's "In the Gravest Extreme".
 
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