Originally Posted by Navy2
I received a Davis Industries P-380 from a family member and need to know how it comes apart for cleaning. Can anyone help?
This is an old thread so I don't know if you still monitor it or not. However, I have a D.I. P380 (I absolutely hate it and plan on replacing it next week, with a Glock 40). It took me some time to figure out how to take the gun apart for cleaning but there should be a pin on the back side of your slide, above the grip. Take the gun to an area (I prefer the floor, as I always have problems with the pin flying out as if trying to make a getaway when I life the slide up), push the pin and and life the slide up from the back. It will all come apart for you at this time and you can start cleaning the gun.
My complaint with the DI 380 is that it has ALWAYS been prone to jamming; even when my father was alive and would take the gun with him while riding his motorcycle. (He would take this one because it's smaller; easier to carry when you don't have a lot of room.)
It's because of the jamming problem that I'm going to replace it this next week. IMO, things are getting just a bit hairy in this old world and what's going on with the economy is not helping. People are getting desperate and while I don't relish the idea of taking a life, I've no problem doing so if my own life or that of my family is threatened in a "life or death" situation. I made that clear when I was staying home for four months while going through chemo treatments for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and we had a problem with some thugs kicking in the front doors of apartments in the building, breaking in to steal from the tenants. Had a neighborhood watch meeting and made it VERY CLEAR to all in attendance that I was an avid firearm supporter/owner and operator and that if ANYBODY kicked in my own front door they were going out in a body bag after two to the chest and one between the eyes. (Funny thing, that... with all the problems in the area, I never once had anyone give ME a problem or for that matter, any of my neighbors. ROFL! ...and I meant what I said; even told the police officer at the meeting that if the dept. had a problem with it, too bad. I wasn't going to be a statistic but I'd dang certain make sure that the perp's were. He said, "No problem. I'm in full support of those who know how to protect themselves with firearms doing so." (Nice guy)
Anyway, sorry for the long-winded story. Hope the response helps you but I really would think twice about depending on a DI P380 for defense. Last thing I want to happen when I'm depending on my gun to fire, is for it to jam and give the thug an opportunity to overpower me.
(Of course, at home I depend on either the Mossberg 12 gauge or the double-barrel 20 gauge. Pistol is ONLY for protection on the road, as I really would much prefer not to have to be concerned about my load going through three walls before coming to a stop --- and not knowing what's behind those walls, like my neighbors for instance.)
For those reading, I would reiterate what others have said. PRACTICE! And if you're afraid of taking a life should you have to, don't depend on a gun for protection. Odds are that it will only be used against you in your moment of hesitation.