Lorcin L-380 problems

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Lorcin L-380 problems

Postby Rimlock » Sun May 27, 2012 11:34 am

I purchased a well used Lorcin L-380 at a gun show recently for $80.00. I got it out to the range today for the first time. It would fire a few rounds and then the trigger would be disconnected. Meaning the trigger would no longer discharge the weapon even though it was cocked and in battery. I dissasemled it even though it was still cocked. I am having a problem with the cam that interfaces with the sear. One of the pins that goes through the frame backs out under recoil and the cam is no longer connected to the trigger or sear. Should I purchase a new cam and pin set from Cobra to hopefully get a better friction fit, or should I try Locktite on the existing pin? The cam that I am referring to has two holes. One of the holes is for the post which comes off the side of the sear and the other is for one of the pins that goes through the receiver/ frame. Those two things hold it in place.
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Re: Lorcin L-380 problems

Postby adam01364 » Sun May 27, 2012 12:19 pm

Welcome Rimlock!
Any chance you could post some pictures of this issue? It'd be helpful...
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Re: Lorcin L-380 problems

Postby kf7mjf » Sun May 27, 2012 2:34 pm

Honestly, I'd just buy new parts. Or a second gun.
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Re: Lorcin L-380 problems

Postby jeffchance » Sun May 27, 2012 5:46 pm

Welcome Rimlock :!:
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Re: Lorcin L-380 problems

Postby farmkid » Sun May 27, 2012 10:28 pm

Rimlock:

As others have said: Welcome!

My thoughts are that there is something loose under the right grip. First, check to make sure that this grip is locked down tight.

That checked, make sure that the parts under the right grip are sliding freely and are not slipping past each other. To wit:

The transfer bar from the trigger assembly should not slip around the sear lever. If it does, you're toast, and will need some serious adjustments.
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Re: Lorcin L-380 problems

Postby Rimlock » Thu May 31, 2012 5:39 pm

I'll post a pic when I get a chance. The crux of it is I have a loose pin that is disconnecting the L-shaped metal piece from the Sear which makes the trigger disconnected from the mechanism. This is the piece that is on the right side of the frame under the slide, and it is also present on my Jimenez/ Jennings guns. It's the same design. I took some Locktite and coated one end of the pin. Hopefully, this will keep it in place in the frame, and I will get more than three shots off. Other than that the L-380 is a brilliant design. It has good sights and it shoots to point of aim.
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Re: Lorcin L-380 problems

Postby kf7mjf » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:28 am

The L380 is basically a scaled up Raven .25, which is perhaps one of the best made SNS guns of the last hundred years.
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Re: Lorcin L-380 problems

Postby 356 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:59 am

The pin on my L380 is very lose as well, and I never have issues with disconnects. I believe if the grips do not fit correctly, the pins can work there way out and cause the trouble you are describing. Warped grips, lose grips or cross threaded grips could be the culprit. I had warped grips (from a cleaning solvent) on a JA22 that caused a similar problem.

Let us know if your solution works. Good luck with your L380. Mine is "like new" condition, and has never fired more than three rounds without a FTF, however, it sure is good looking (chrome w/black grips).
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Re: Lorcin L-380 problems

Postby pockets » Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:57 am

Good luck with your L380. Mine is "like new" condition, and has never fired more than three rounds without a FTF

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Seriously: As much as I rag on Waldorf and Lorcin, I cannot deny that my L.25 and L.22 are eminently reliable. Ugly, but reliable.
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Re: Lorcin L-380 problems

Postby adam01364 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:38 am

Rimlock wrote:Should I purchase a new cam and pin set from Cobra
I just reread this post... does Cobra make a reincarnated version of the Lorcin L380? :?:
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