Smith & Wesson Airweight fans won’t be jelly, but owners of the class-dominating Ruger LCP might turn slightly green. As with all of its competitors (e.g., the aforementioned Ruger LCP, Smith & Wesson Bodyguard and Kel-Tec P3AT), the RM380’s trigger’s re-set is a bit of an issue. If you short-stroke the gun, you ain’t got nothing.
Avoiding that unfortunate outcome takes regular training.
That potentially troublesome pin caused no troubles whatsoever. The “new” gun also puts the design well within reach of the average gun buyer.
First was the Daisy Model 25 Centennial (1886-1986) Edition, produced to celebrate the 100th anniverary of the company.
Then in 1994, they produced a special run of the Model 225 American Legend- basically the good old classic Model 25- as a way of commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Model 25 itself.
Remington soon realized their worst fears, consigning the Long Island gun brand to the dust heap of history. The relocated mag release makes for easier, quicker mag dumps and reloads.
They also added some well executed checkering to the front strap for a surer grip.
Rohrbaughs were famous for needing a spring swap every 200 rounds (some wags called them “the gun you aren’t supposed to shoot.”) Big Green wisely subbed two nested recoil springs for the Rohrbaugh system. If merely aligning the hole in the slide with the pin caused the pin to drop free, that could happen when you really don’t want it to (especially if you’re a gangsta). Like most safety-less pocket guns (and the Rohrbaughs before it) the RM380’s got a long trigger pull. If I were to aim the gun downrange and pull the trigger you’d have enough time to check your email before it launched lead.
Getting to those recoil springs is not as easy as one would hope. Remington included an addendum to the manual telling owners that holding the gun ejection port up (i.e., gangsta style) and moving the slide back slowly will release the takedown pin enough to remove it. The pin on my T&E gun dropped slightly, but not enough to grab and remove it. While the RM380’s bangswitch isn’t as buttery as its forebear, it’s noticeably smoother than most mouse guns. An RM380 shooter has to let the trigger all the way out before squeezing off a follow-up shot.
A friend of mine who live a few blocks when I was young had one, and I long coveted it- but my father wouldn’t buy me a Daisy.
It wasn’t the safety issue- I was allowed to carry a .22 in the woods when I was 9- but a union issue.
Specifications: Caliber: .380 auto Capacity: 6 1 Action: DAO Overall length: 5.27″ Barrel Length: 2.9″ Overall height: 3.86″ Pull weight: 8-9 lbs. Price: 7 (MSRP), about 0 street Ratings (out of five stars): Build quality: * * * * * Steel slide and barrel, metal frame.
A solid, nicely executed deep conceal or backup gun. Overall: * * * * One star deducted for the RM380’s long trigger pull and fiddly takedown.
In the interest of keeping their little guns as sleek and snag-free as possible, the Rohrbaughs lacked a slide stop.