What is the problem most often encountered?

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Re: What is the problem most often encountered?

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Post by 87jeep » August 8th, 2018, 12:39 pm

Stronghand wrote:
August 7th, 2018, 8:56 pm
People not using any lube or over cleaning it and removing any lube. Class AR went 3,000 rounds dirty as hell but super greased up and ran without problems. Had a 1911 running around the 2500 mark before I did anything to it and no problems too. Had a guy buy a brand new Glock 21 clean it and bring it out just to watch it jam. He soaked it solvent to get the "rust" out of his new gun not realizing it's grease. The majority of problems with guns people bring out are usually lube related the rest are a combination of improper manipulation or hasn't been touched since grandpa put it in the attic.
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Re: What is the problem most often encountered?

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Post by Stronghand » August 10th, 2018, 4:28 pm

My favorite was a guy who brought out a Mossbetg 500 from the 70s and the shellsrwere rusted into the tube and one in the chamber. It's cool though for the last 15 years it was serving as the home defense shotgun. Had to use a dowel and mallet just the clear the shell out of the chamber. Never occurred to him he shouldn't have been able to rack the action and not eject the shell. Had a similar incident with a old colt police snubnose 38 special. Rounds rust melded into the cylinders.

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Re: What is the problem most often encountered?

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Post by zonie77 » August 30th, 2018, 9:43 pm

Not cleaning them enough causes the most problems for me. Because most modern ammo is pretty clean I don't clean after every shoot, I let it go until I notice issues.

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Re: What is the problem most often encountered?

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Post by Comanchero » August 31st, 2018, 11:17 am

Feeding issues with hollowpoint ammo. I’ve run a lot of guns, various manufacturers both good and bad, and my most common issue has been a failure to feed certain types of hollow point ammo. Number one reason why I will never load a pistol up with hp ammo and call it good for self defense until I have run a few mags through it to verify correct function.

Second most common failure for me has probably been feeding/ejection/extraction issues caused by blown out/damaged/worn out gas rings, or gas tubes in the AR15.

Third most common issue has been parts breakage. All across various types of guns and manufacturers.

Most reliable handguns in my personal experience has been 9mm Glocks.

Most reliable rifles in my experience have been bolt action rifles.

Most reliable semi auto rifle in my experience has been the AK-47 in 7.62x39.
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Re: What is the problem most often encountered?

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Post by brandyspaw » August 31st, 2018, 12:24 pm

This threads kind of old but I thought I'd add my 2 cents worth. Over the decades that I've been shooting I've found that, generally speaking, guns have gotten better over the years. You just have to be careful to buy the better quality brands and take care of them.

I think that CNC machining has enabled makers to be a lot more consistent in their tolerances and there are less variables in material quality. That's not to say all materials are better as some MIM parts are acceptable while some are far worse than the older forged steel pieces. It all comes down to each manufacturer's level of quality control. Some companies including some old time gun makers have issues. For instance, Remington always built good guns in the past but now have numerous quality issues. You just have to research it as word gets around fast in the shooting community.

Whenever I didn't follow my mantra of only buying good brands I had problems. For example, like when I'd buy a Kel-Tec because they make some interesting guns. However Kel-Tec's execution always seems to leave a lot to be desired resulting in issues. Bottom line- buy the better quality guns to begin with, use good magazines/ammo and you shouldn't have many problems if you keep your guns maintained.

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Re: What is the problem most often encountered?

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Post by etprescottaz01 » August 31st, 2018, 12:40 pm

Brand new straight out of the box firearms that do not function correctly.

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Re: What is the problem most often encountered?

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Post by Zanehenson » September 15th, 2018, 5:31 am

Most issues that I have encountered through the years have occurred through three things; magazine malfunction, ammunition malfunction, and user error ie limp wristing a pistol. Most modern firearms are reliable as hell and require just basic maintenance and cleaning.

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Re: What is the problem most often encountered?

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Post by rocketscients » September 15th, 2018, 6:41 am

Action Pistol Failures:
FTE&Fail-to-lock-back caused by insufficient power factor for spring rates.
Opened up/damaged mag lips leading to double feeds.
FTE from improperly tensioned 1911 extractor
FTE from chipped SIG extractor.
Fiber optic flying out of a sight.
Overinserted magazine locking the action
Undercharge leading to a squib.

But, the single most common cause of failure I have seen:
User Error.
Whether it be not cleaning enough, underlubing, limp writing, riding the slide lock, having bad grip technique/trigger control, not inserting mags far enough, or any other number of things.

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Re: What is the problem most often encountered?

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Post by samnev » Today, 7:49 am

My only problem in over 60 years of shooting has been light primer hits.

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