Lite rack or ez

recently I picked up a ruger security 380 with lite rack. and I am waiting for a security 9 with lite rack to get to my LGS. being a functional quad with issues of hand strength, I really like the lite rack or EZ type of actions. what other gun manufactures do this same thing and how do I make my security 9 full size into a lite rack?
I know s&w does the ez line, I was wondering who else does it?

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I don’t know about the Ruger system, but the S&W EZ line is easy because of the basic operating mechanism of the pistol. It’s a locked-breech, hammer fired, SAO pistol, and this allows it to have a lighter recoil spring than a typical striker fired pistol.

S&W has the EZ in a 9, and now the Equalizer uses the same exact mechanism with the option for a double stack magazine. I have one of the original EZ’s, and the only limitation I consider it to have is its 8+1 capacity. It could not be a more enjoyable gun to shoot and it’s been 100% reliable. My friend has the Equalizer, and the racking force seems about the same as the EZ.

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Have you considered an SA/DA pistol?

Me not knowing your limitations so bear with me. My 92FS with the hammer cocked is iny opinion easy. Same thing with my Kimber, hammer cocked and the slide is easy to rack.

As an “oddball” look at the FN 57 I know it’s pricey but it’s easy to rack the slide on it.

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yes I have several 38 specials. I just enjoy guns and collecting them.

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I have severe arthritis in my thumbs. As a new shooter, I am now just over two months into training one-on-one with a private instructor, using a 380EZ. There are several things I like about this firearm:

  1. Racking much easier on the hands.
  2. Magazine exponentially easier to load (for those with hand issues).
  3. Recoil much lighter.
  4. Lightweight and smaller for easier concealment.

The only negative (and this could be a positive) is the grip-safety, but I am working on my grip when not in a session. On the positive side, this reduces the chance of an accidental discharge and might (emphasis might) reduce the chance of someone firing a round at you if they were able to wrestle the weapon away from you.

Ammo is more expensive, but I am not concerned so much about expense as I am about accurate hits where it counts. I have not tried the EZ in 9mm, but that may be a consideration in the future. I want to get the fundamentals down and my accuracy down in a firearm I am comfortable with. I have tried several and this is the one I return to every time.

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With modern ammo, there may be no good reason to spend the money on an EZ9 if you’ve already got an EZ380. With 380 ammo, the decision always seemed to be whether you wanted penetration or expansion, but you couldn’t have both.

I ran across this test of the Federal HydraShok Deep 380, and he happened to do the test with a 380EZ, so you can accurately figure what the ammo will work like in your pistol. He got 18" of gel penetration along with full expansion, which I’ve never seen before in a 380 ammo test.

I’ve tested it in my 380EZ and it runs 100% reliable, so it has become my daily carry ammo whenever I’m carrying the EZ. I can’t tell any difference in feel between firing the Hydrashok Deep VS regular 95 grain FMJ.

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Thanks. Impressive gel testing, in particular, the length and width of the wound channel of the Hydrashok Deep at almost 18" would be serious defensive ammo to stop a threat. I have not yet made a purchase, I really like the weapon he is using, but would prefer a flat black finish all-around (barrel; trigger; grip-safety; etc.).

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In the tests I’ve seen with properly calibrated gel with or without a heavy cloth barrier the .380 Hydroshok Deep seems to get more in the 13 to 14” range for penetration. Which is still very respectable. The one situation it will likely not match up to good quality 9mm SD ammo is with barrier penetration like through multiple walls, auto glass, etc. Some people view this as a positive others as a negative. Depends on the situation you find yourself in.

But based on the tests I’ve seen it is the best .380 SD option out there and is what I carry in my little pocket .380. It can be hard to find though so anyone wanting to use it should buy enough to test in their pistol and have enough left over for carry purposes for at least a year which is about as long as I have had to wait in the past to find some at a reasonable price.

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It is hard to find, and expensive. If you don’t mind paying a high price, Federal sells it direct on their website, but I think it’s around $38 for a box of 20. Midway has had it recently at $31/box with a 2 box limit.

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$1.33 per round plus shipping and tax. There are some other places listed on ammoseek for a little cheaper but I don’t recognize any of them. I’ve ordered from this company before without issue.

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Thanks for the price info. Not a bad price for good, reliable life-insurance with a weapon I can handle.

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