|July 9, 2012, 12:06 PM||#76|
Join Date: May 10, 2012
jason_iowa, I agree with you, for the most part.
I think the overall quality of a firearms manufacturer should be judged based on the following criteria, but obviously not to the same degree. When looking at these, only look at them individually and do not take other factors into account.
1) What percentage of manufactured firearms are 100% functionally perfect from the factory?
- All other things being equal a company that reaches a 99% functionally perfect number is better than one that only has a 50% functionally perfect level.
2) Of those flaws that occur, how serious are they? Are they minor, but the firearm still functions, or are they catastrophic, and the firearm is useless?
-If 99% of the firearms produced by two different companies are functionally perfect, how bad are the flaws in the remaining 1%? Imperfect lockup on one cylinder of a revolver is NOT as bad as a broken firing pin. Although it should be repaired ASAP, imperfect lockup (depending on how bad it is) does not prevent the firearm from being used in a self defense situation. A broken firing pin does.
3) If a problem needs to be addressed, how quickly does the manufacturer take care of the issue?
-Shorter turn around is better.
4) When a firearm goes back to the factory, do they ACTUALLY fix the firearm, or do they pretend to and just send it back?
-Obviously, if they keep your gun for only one week, and they send it back and it's still broken, that is worthless. But, if they keep it for a little longer, but it comes back to you 100%, then that is better.
5) What value are you getting for your money?
a) How durable is the firearm?
b) Are you restricted to certain types or loadings of ammunition in the caliber the firearm is chambered for?
c) What is the resell value?
d) How good is the fit and finish?
OK, if anyone wants to add to this list, have at it.
Here are two hypothetical illustrations:
Case 1) You buy a Kel-Tec pistol. It does not work from the factory (FTF, which is catastrophic). This appears to be true of 20% of their pistols of this particular model (80% function fine from the factory). You send it back, and it is returned within two weeks, and they've repaired the problem. Now the gun functions, but it is probably not very durable, shouldn't use +P too much, has low resell value, and the fit and finish is negligible.
Case 2) You buy a Smith & Wesson Model 60 (chambered in .357 magnum). It works from the factory, but the barrel is crooked. You send it back, and it is out of your hands for a month before you get it back. When you get it back, they claim that they've straightened the barrel, but they didn't. Then you are checking it over, and you realize that the ratchet/ejector wheel is poorly machined and shows pieces of jagged metal sticking off from the machining process. Additionally, one of the cylinders doesn't lock up fully. True, you should have caught this the first time around, but does the end user really have to be QC for Smith & Wesson? You send it back again, and it is gone for another month. You get it back, and the lockup is good, the ratchet looks like crap, and the barrel is crooked.
Resell on a Smith & Wesson is good. Fit and finish are supposedly good, except for that whole barrel and ratchet issue. It's a Model 60 so you aren't supposed to shoot too many hot magnums through it (basically it's a .38 special rated for limited use of .357 magnum ammunition), so in that sense durability is sort of questionable, and you're limited to certain types of ammunition.
Pick your poison.