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I just got a P380 and am cleaning and lubing it before taking it out for trials and break-in. In doing the disassembly following the Kahr video I find the slide seeming to hang up on something and I really have to pull hard to get it off. I don't see anything that would hold it and it seems to slip right off in the video but I have to give it a really good tug to get it off. My other 380s just slip the slide right off. Everything seems to work and it ejects magazine loads of snap rounds just fine. It is not hanging on the ejector either.

The recoil spring on this thing is really tight also - takes more pull to chamber a round than my LCP or Sig 238.

Do those of you that have a recent edition P380 find the slide a bit tough to remove and retract? Does all of this improve with a few hundred rounds?

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I just got a P380 and am cleaning and lubing it before taking it out for trials and break-in. In doing the disassembly following the Kahr video I find the slide seeming to hang up on something and I really have to pull hard to get it off. I don't see anything that would hold it and it seems to slip right off in the video but I have to give it a really good tug to get it off. My other 380s just slip the slide right off. Everything seems to work and it ejects magazine loads of snap rounds just fine. It is not hanging on the ejector either.

The recoil spring on this thing is really tight also - takes more pull to chamber a round than my LCP or Sig 238.

Do those of you that have a recent edition P380 find the slide a bit tough to remove and retract? Does all of this improve with a few hundred rounds?

Mine does that also. has since day one but everything works perfect, so just don't worry about it. I have 1250 rounds down range also and I think I can feel alittle forgiveness now in getting the slide off but it does not slide off like my PM9 slide does.

Don't worry about it though, when you pullthat trigger to take the slide off, just give the slide a good pull right fromt he git go and it will come off ok...

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Mine does the same, perfectly normal with this gun (would be nice if it wasn't). Just give it a good tug. You won't hurt anything.
 

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Thanks for the encouragement.

After "playing" with it for a few days it seems to be coming off a bit easier now. I'm going to the range this afternoon and will see what a 100 rounds does for it.

The milling is factory fresh so the slide release and retract grooves really dig into the skin - need to wear that down a bit too - a few weeks in and out of the holster should take care of that.

This P380 seems to be about the best rear pocket carry available right now. I have the Sig 238 and it's just a tad too big for me with that little beaver tail and my LCP fits well but tends to stick out ever so slightly. The Kahr slips right in unseen. I think I will love it.
 

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wellu certainly have two other nice guns to compare it to. Eash of those two other guns have their plus's and minus's, like the P380 will have to.

More rounds down range and the gun will get totally smoother even. Amazing what a couple hundred "bangs" will do for a gun. things just hav etomae on their own accord and also the shooter has to mate witht he gun to, for all things to work right..The P380 is IMO one of the best 380's out there. Not cheap in price, but I think you can see the over all quality there to.

My problem is this: I really like the P380 but I find myself still 99%of the time grabbing my PM9 when I walk out the door, for I can carry it in my jeans front pocket damn near as well as the P380 and to me ,,, it is all about "FIREPOWER".
 

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Re: P380 sticking slide and now other problems

I can carry it in my jeans front pocket damn near as well as the P380
Unfortunately what I have to wear for work only allows for rear pocket carry so these little mouse guns are all the firepower I've got but it's better than the alternative...nothing.

Anyway I went out to shoot my 100 rounds and was doing well with 100% cycling of FMJ and HP until around 45 rounds when I started have FTF and then FTF now and then. The FTF really made me nervous because I wasn't sure if it was a slow primer or misfire. After extracting I saw no pin dent and rechambered the round and it fired fine.

Judging by the amount of powder fouling I suspect the tight tolerances and fouling of the brand new gun may be to blame. I have cleaned it well and will try again to cycle more of this rare 380 stuff. Anyone else have this problem with their new P380?
 

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have u cleaned the striker channel well???? That little hole in the bottom of the slide willallow you to spray clean that striker channel to clean any reisdue out of that area. don't oil that striker channel, leave dry and clean. If u feel better about it, take the striker channel backplate off and pull the guts out of there and realy give it that once over cleaning. It may have some crud in there that can't work its way out. Light strikes tome would tellme somethingin the striker channel is blocking the fullmovement of the firing pin/striker.. clean that area good and I bet you willbe OK again.
 
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