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Old 05-24-2006, 07:21 PM
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Unhappy Cobra FS380 jams with bullet lodged between clip and chamber...


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Hey all. I bought a Cobra FS380 (almost pocket sized .380 semi firing pin) to play with and keep having some problems with it jamming once or twice per clip of seven. This isn't my main self protection gun (a .38 revolver) but I would like to still salvage my fifty dollars.

I bought the gun brand new in box from my local pawn shop. It’s got all of its paper work with it and the first thing I did when I got it home was to strip it and look over everything.

Everything looked nice and clean and well greased; however when I got to the range and after firing three beautiful shots I squeezed the trigger and nothing happened. I noticed that the slide was stuck half way back so I looked into the partially open little ejector window and saw that the unfired cartridge was wedged halfway in the clip and halfway in the chamber at about a 30 degree angle with the payload pointing up.

Figuring that this was just a small error and that maybe my stance was off on that shot I ejected the clip and worked the slide to release the bullet. I reinserted it into the clip and continued to fire only to have it jam again on the seventh shot. Now I was angry. As the hour progressed I continued to have troubles like this, usually on the fourth or fifth shot, sometimes on the second. After unloading about fifty rounds I called it quits and brought it back home. I stripped it again and cleaned it and took it back only to have the same problem again right out of the door. After 25 rounds I quit for the evening.

And so here I am wondering as to what to do. I am the kind of person who hates to give up on stuff even if it doesn’t work right. Plus I like to make stuff work! I want to fix this as it seems to be a nice little pistol with a good kick and is **** fun to shoot. Plus it’s decently accurate.

I can’t take it back to the pawn shop because of their no-refund policy and I even though it’s got a warranty I don’t want to ship it back to Salt Lake City and wait forever to get it back. Have any of you ever had this problem and maybe know of a way to fix or correct it? I read up about causes of jams and how limp wristing can cause jams but even the guy firing the .45 next to me had the same problems.

I really appreciate the help and would like to know if maybe I can do something about it or if it's a lost cause.
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Old 05-24-2006, 08:08 PM
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Also, as I'm still reading up on this stuff, I've seen some things that I would like to point out.

Enviromental Conditions: are warm, about 78 degrees with low humidity as it is a indoor range.

Ammo: I've used two different kinds of ammo in it today. The first was American .380 and I used some other kind from Walmart, I think Remington .380 Hollowpoints but am not sure as I threw away the box when I finished.

Condition of the gun: Once again, new and clean.

Condition of the clip: New. Although I didn't have any problems getting all seven rounds into it. It almost seems that the spring isn't really that heavy. Although, as I said earlier, sometimes it would jam on the second shot and shoot all the way through to number seven.

I'm also not touching the slide as it flies back.
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Old 05-24-2006, 09:05 PM
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Sounds to me like it is not ramped enough for the hollow points. I would guess that it will shoot ball ammo with no problems. You can try polishing the ramp portion of the barrel. Thats where the round feeds inot the chamber. If you don't have enough of a ramp, or if it is a little rough, you will have issues. The bullet wants to slide up the ramp and into the chamber, but it is getting stuck. Maybe give it a good cleaning and try it again. If it still jams, you will need to have the ramp worked on.

It can also be the magazine. Might not be feeding the next round all the way up to be fed in correctly. Thats about all I can think of. Maybe someone else will have some more tips for you.
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Old 05-24-2006, 09:19 PM
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Good point on the hollow point theory. Unfortuantly, it still jammed on regular ball ammo as well.

When you say polish, what should I polish with? I'm still learning the terms and I'm not yet familiar with that one. Thanks for your post.
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Old 05-24-2006, 09:28 PM
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Good point on the hollow point theory. Unfortuantly, it still jammed on regular ball ammo as well.

When you say polish, what should I polish with? I'm still learning the terms and I'm not yet familiar with that one. Thanks for your post.
You want it as slick as possible. If you have a dremmel tool and the buffing wheels, you can use some polishing compound and go to town. You can't get it too slick.

Does it look like the magazine is raising each round ok? If you were to manually operate the slide and watch each round load, you can pull the mag. out and check to see if the next round looks to be in the correct position. Just trying to eliminate other issues.
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Old 05-25-2006, 09:29 AM
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Sounds like the next cartridge in line is not sliding up the breach face and under the extractor. Sometimes just polishing the breach face and releiving the underside of the extractor does the job. Might also check out the magazine feed lipps for cartridge release. If you have access to another Mag, try that out. Remember you can't limp wrist a semi auto, and many times the culprit is just the way the firearm is being gripped.

Lee L.
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Old 05-25-2006, 05:48 PM
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M1894, thanks for the tips but I have a quick question. Regarding the Breach Face, what exactly is that and where would it be located in most pistols? I'm still learning and I thank you for your time.
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Old 05-25-2006, 06:48 PM
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M1894, thanks for the tips but I have a quick question. Regarding the Breach Face, what exactly is that and where would it be located in most pistols? I'm still learning and I thank you for your time.

Here is an easy way to remember. A muzzleloader is loaded from the front... the muzzle. A breach loader is loaded from the breach...the back. It is face of the barrel where your round goes in.
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:46 AM
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its your clip mine did it to get a new clip dont put 7 in it and you need to put about 2000 rounds of fmj befor you put hollowpoints in it
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Old 09-18-2007, 10:47 AM
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dont buy a cobra fs380
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Old 09-18-2007, 02:38 PM
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Do not polish anything! Doing so will void the warranty. First try a different magazine. If that doest cure the problem send it to the factory.

I will say you normally get what you pay for, these inexpensive semi-autos are made to function primarily with ball and despite what someone else said you can limp wrist any semi-auto especially a recoil operated one.
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:16 PM
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I'd try a new magazine first- Look at the lips of the mags you have could have a burr on it or the ramp has one-. You could also break the Mag down and clean/lube it- check the spring could be weak!
If it's not shooting ball ammo I'd say mag problem!
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:20 PM
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I know this is an old dead thread... just found it in a google magazine search for the FS380.

I have one that I've done quite a bit of work to. I picked it up for next to nothing just to practice (smithing, not shooting) with and it was that cheap because of how these Cobras are known for jamming. The previous owner fired and jammed it untill it wouldn't work anymore. I took it as a challenge to get it goin and it works incredible now.

I sanded the thick factory paint out of the chamber, off the load ramp, off of the contact points between the slide and chasis and polished all of it untill my hands hurt. There is a contact area on the slide that pushes the round out of the magazine that had a notch in it that didn't allow the slide to move back past the round in the mag. I sanded it down smooth and polished it. The extractor did not catch the rim of the casing so I took some meat out of the inside edge so it could clamp a lil further towards the center of the casing, stretched the spring that holds tension on the extractor, and took some material out of the point of the extractor so it could grab any type of ammo I would want to fire. I took the (NON SERVICEABLE) magazine apart and stretched the spring only to find out that the junk factory spring binds on itself and is too weak to perform properly. I polished the entire area that the hammer and spring go (made my own tool for that one), put in a heavier hammerspring, installed a slightly lighter trigger spring, spent a bit of time cleaning it all up the best I could (prolly better than factory), and oiled the fire out of it.

After all that, it works like a real gun.... it'll be better with a new or modified mag.
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:22 PM
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Do not polish anything! Doing so will void the warranty.
I'm surprised that this brand offers a warrantee. This is not advise I would ever give anyone.
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:10 AM
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Cobra CF380

I picked up a 10 year old CF380 at a pawnshop for $100. Before using it I drove the 20 miles to the factory. I asked if they could check it out for safety before my kids and I went to the range. The owner made us feel welcome while the tech took it back and shot a clip. After a few minutes we heard two clips fire in rapid succession. The tech, the shop foreman, and the owner came out and showed all the upgrades they installed. New springs, new ejector and spring, new clip release and spring, , new retainer clip and spring, new grips and screws, and a new magazine. All at no charge. I was reminded that the factory recommends only ball-type ammo. I took my 'new' gun out to the range that day and shot 250 rounds without any problems. With the low price and the personal attention at the factory I am very pleased with my 'el cheapo. So much so that I bought a Hi-Point C9 for $95 that hasn't jammed once. Although the $400 Smith & Wesson 40 S&W seems to be having more problems than ever. Cheaper isn't always bad.
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:20 AM
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Cobra FS .380

I have one of these. Rack the slide about 100 times, flip the safety on and off about 75 times, and eject the mag about 50 times. Take it apart clean it, oil it and put some Tetra Gun Grease on the slide rails. Then polish the feed ramp with a dremmel or with 440 wet or dry sandpaper.

Should start shooting much better, also give it about 150 rounds to break in.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:37 PM
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Smile Fs380

I have one myself, bought brand new at a pawn shop as well. I had the same issues, disasemble the weapon and pray some lubricant on moving parts. This weapon needs a break in period, mine quit jamming after about 200 rounds, and as many others said you can polish the magazine. Hope this helps!
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