Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > >

Notices

Smith & Wesson M&P Pistols All Variants of the Smith & Wesson M&P Auto Series


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-09-2020, 10:19 PM
LVSteve's Avatar
LVSteve LVSteve is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Lost Wages, NV
Posts: 11,531
Likes: 11,326
Liked 13,562 Times in 5,308 Posts
Default First rounds with a 380EZ

Got one off an Internet auction a few months back. No box and just one mag. My wife and I shot it today for the first time. We had no feeding issues, stovepiping or ejection of live rounds described by others.

One problem was that it was all but impossible to seat a full mag on a closed slide, like when loading 8+1.

I can't say too much about accuracy. Neither my wife or I were good on the trigger today. I was putting them left or right and she was shooting large vertical strings. An off day and lack of practice can make for ugly targets. I finally got a couple of half decent groups with my last 10 rounds, tight left to right with some vertical stringing.

Oh, and the ammo used was Fiocchi 95gr FMJ.
__________________
Release the Kraken

Last edited by LVSteve; 03-09-2020 at 10:32 PM.
Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Like Post:
  #2  
Old 03-09-2020, 11:09 PM
Goldstar225 Goldstar225 is offline
Member
First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ  
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Cabot, AR
Posts: 973
Likes: 873
Liked 1,384 Times in 456 Posts
Default

Seating of the mag on the EZ with 8 loaded and the slide forward definitely requires a firm push. It's at nearly full compression. Load 7 and it's a piece of cake. It's for that reason that my duty mags were always downloaded by one round.
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #3  
Old 03-10-2020, 12:04 AM
CB3's Avatar
CB3 CB3 is offline
Member
First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ  
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Utah
Posts: 1,339
Likes: 929
Liked 1,441 Times in 612 Posts
Default

I had the same positive experience Saturday with my adult daughter.

We rented the filthy dirty range 380EZ with just one filthy mag and it ran perfectly. Shot PoA/PoI (for me, not her).

She’s coming from a .38 snubby she doesn’t particularly like or shoot well. She operated the EZ no problem. I offered her other rental guns and she replied no thanks. This one is just right.
Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Like Post:
  #4  
Old 03-10-2020, 08:31 AM
sandog's Avatar
sandog sandog is offline
Member
First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ  
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Arizona
Posts: 224
Likes: 290
Liked 269 Times in 106 Posts
Default

I can usually hold 3 inches at 25 yards (from a rest) with my PC 9 Shield with most ammo, but when I tried some Fiocchi 115 grain in it, it was like an 8 inch group. Looked like a shotgun pattern.
My full size likes it though, shoots the Fiocchi as well as anything else.
__________________
U. S. Army Veteran
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-10-2020, 12:25 PM
LVSteve's Avatar
LVSteve LVSteve is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Lost Wages, NV
Posts: 11,531
Likes: 11,326
Liked 13,562 Times in 5,308 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Goldstar225 View Post
Seating of the mag on the EZ with 8 loaded and the slide forward definitely requires a firm push. It's at nearly full compression. Load 7 and it's a piece of cake. It's for that reason that my duty mags were always downloaded by one round.
Later in the range session I found that the Remington R51 is in some ways worse. You can insert the magazine on a closed slide, but I defy most folk to rack it from there. Investigations showed that the follower is all but bottomed out once seven rounds are loaded, so there is little or no give in the stack. By contrast, the mags on my PPS M2 allow the stack to be pressed down about 75% of a round diameter when loaded to capacity. Different design philosophy, apparently.
__________________
Release the Kraken
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-10-2020, 04:47 PM
lhump1961's Avatar
lhump1961 lhump1961 is offline
US Veteran
First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ  
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: The Great Midwest
Posts: 2,311
Likes: 1,403
Liked 1,947 Times in 853 Posts
Default

Seems as though all manufacturers are trying to save size in any way possible. Seating a fully loaded mag on a closed bolt is tight on most new guns. It has always been a little tight even on some older stuff (not all) perhaps even a bit tighter today.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-10-2020, 07:26 PM
judgecrater judgecrater is offline
Member
First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ First rounds with a 380EZ  
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 43
Likes: 0
Liked 14 Times in 10 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lhump1961 View Post
Seems as though all manufacturers are trying to save size in any way possible. Seating a fully loaded mag on a closed bolt is tight on most new guns. It has always been a little tight even on some older stuff (not all) perhaps even a bit tighter today.
Probably not so much on a new gun as a new magazine. It may loosen up with use. Most do.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New to me 380EZ papadave Smith & Wesson M&P Pistols 1 11-11-2019 03:59 PM
M&P 380EZ Keyhole pwberndt Smith & Wesson M&P Pistols 14 09-02-2019 12:09 AM
Laser for 380EZ dennisvet Smith & Wesson M&P Pistols 2 07-07-2018 10:01 AM
380EZ 8+1 Issue? mnaglie1 Smith & Wesson M&P Pistols 5 05-18-2018 08:38 AM
Just picked up my .380EZ Stan W Smith & Wesson M&P Pistols 1 04-10-2018 05:31 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:04 PM.


Search Engine Optimisation provided by DragonByte SEO v2.0.42 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2020
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)