I purchased a NIB Thunder 380 last October from a local dealer. During my first visit to the range, the trigger failed after about 50 rounds. I took it home, cleaned it, and when I removed the right grip noticed the disconnector spring had popped of the disconnector. I re-seated it, and took it back to the range. Second time at the range, trigger failed to function after about 50 rounds. Again cleaned it and noted the disconnector spring had popped off again. Reseated it and worked the trigger a few times. I noticed the spring snagged or hung-up on a small burr or defect when trigger was half-depressed. My dealer sent it to Reynerson's in LA at his cost for repairs.
Got it back a few weeks ago, and was finally able to return to the range yesterday. Ran 150 rounds through it with no trigger issues. Did have some major feed issues with one brand of ammo, but when I switched brands the last 100 shots were incident free. However when i got home and cleaned the pistol, I noticed a piece of the magazine bottom (plastic) had cracked and is about to fall off. Note that I DO NOT slam the magazine into the grip when reloading.
This is my first handgun purchase. I also have my grandfathers circa 1928 1911M1 Colt 45 ACP, and have ran over 800 rounds through it with NO malfunctions. While I like the feel, size and accuracy of the T380, I am not confident that it will be there in a pinch if I ever really need it to be. A couple questions:
1. Are there quality issues with recent production 380's, or is it me? Mine was manufactured this past summer.
2. It is still covered by the 1 year warranty. Can I ship just the magazine back for repair/replacement, or does the entire pistol need to be returned?
3. I gather shipping handguns is a tricky matter without a FFL. Anyone have helpful hints for this?
Mike in MO