New LCP Failure to Feed JHP ammo

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  1. #1 New LCP Failure to Feed JHP ammo 
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    Just took my new LCP to the range. Shot a 50 count box of Blazer brass without any issue. Its hard to see the front sight to aim but I hit the center of mass on all rounds. I could hit the target center within a few inches at 10 years. Not a bad shooter. The trigger did not matter as much as I thought after I learned to stage it properly.

    Then I tried to use Federal Premium 'Low Recoil' 90 grain Hyrdra-Shok JHP and the problems started. Each round would not feed properly. The round would end up with its point jammed up against the feed ramp at a downward angle. Of course the slide would not going into battery fully. I had to retract the slide just a little then rack it and it would go into battery.

    The normal ball ammo I just show feed without any issues. I mixed the ammo up and it again failed to fully chamber each of the JHP ones, the ball ammo no problems.

    So what should I do?
    Should I break in the firearm with more ball ammo?
    Should I polished the feed ramp?
    Should I try another personnel defense ammo brand? Any recommendations?

    Any advise would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kg4asz View Post
    The trigger did not matter as much as I thought after I learned to stage it properly.
    I'm not sure what to do about your feeding problems, but PLEASE DO NOT "stage" the trigger. The LCP is not a target pistol and all training with it should emulate the close-in last-ditch combat shooting that it is designed for. You would simply be wasting time with the staging of the trigger and that could get you killed in a fight. Learn to hold the LCP on target (in a point-n-shoot mode) and pull the trigger very rapidly without pulling the pistol off target in the process. This may take a bit of training to get it right, but the result will be worth every bit of the effort.
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    Skip is right on the trigger staging. Forget it unless you ate shooting a target pistol.

    The "low recoil" rounds may not be generating enough force to adequately cycle the slide, especially if you don't have a strong grip on the pistol. I would get a box of standard self defense ammo - Gold Dots or Hornady CD - and try again. Keep a strong grip.
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    Thanks Skip,

    I was staging the trigger to see how accurate I could get with this small pistol. I did have a few that I pulled and still hit center of mass. I would never do this in a real situation. I agree with your point and shoot mode, unfortunately the indoor range does not allow rapid firing so I had to go slow. At the normal range I am a member at they do allow the rapid firing which I plan on trying out next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkipD View Post
    I'm not sure what to do about your feeding problems, but PLEASE DO NOT "stage" the trigger. The LCP is not a target pistol and all training with it should emulate the close-in last-ditch combat shooting that it is designed for. You would simply be wasting time with the staging of the trigger and that could get you killed in a fight. Learn to hold the LCP on target (in a point-n-shoot mode) and pull the trigger very rapidly without pulling the pistol off target in the process. This may take a bit of training to get it right, but the result will be worth every bit of the effort.
    Skip, I'm so glad I read this post. I've seen this information from you many times before, but for some reason, this time I realize that is exactly what I've been doing (staging the trigger). It's a habit, I'll have to break. Thanks for the wake up call.
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    +1 to Skip! It must be understood that the LCP is NOT a target/range gun! It's design and purpose is specifically point and shoot, up close and personal self defense!
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    Polish the ramp. It also helps to set there and rack the slide 100 to 200 to break in the spring and the slibe and everything up.

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    I'd stay away from that low recoil stuff. The only ammo that I had a problem with in my Glock 27 was from a couple of boxes of low recoil 165 grain Hydra Shok that an FBI agent gave me. I think now that his agency was discontinuing its use and told their guys to get rid of or shoot up the stuff they had.
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    +1 on all of the above. Do not limp wrist, polish the ramp, keep lubed, put about 200 rounds of good ammo thru the LCP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kg4asz View Post
    Thanks Skip,

    I was staging the trigger to see how accurate I could get with this small pistol. I did have a few that I pulled and still hit center of mass. I would never do this in a real situation. I agree with your point and shoot mode, unfortunately the indoor range does not allow rapid firing so I had to go slow. At the normal range I am a member at they do allow the rapid firing which I plan on trying out next week.

    Thanks for the help,
    --RSK
    While you may not be allowed to discharge multiple rounds rapidly at a given range, you should be able to hold a pistol at the "ready" position (held below the target) and then very rapidly acquire the target using the point-n-shoot method I've published here several times and pull the trigger through to firing a single round. Simply repeat this over and over again until each and every time you get a hit on target in the shortest possible time.

    Dry firing practice (with all live ammo in another room) can be very useful to improve skill in this technique. Using a laser in the bore can let you see if you're holding on-target or not while pulling the trigger.
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