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Old February 2, 2013, 08:21 AM   #1
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Near-to-zero maintenance pistol?

Assuming you have to pick a pistol knowing that you will have no access to professional maintenance in the future (e.g. a disaster / "dystopia" scenario), so the thing should just WORK w/o being revised by any gunmaker or other professional for many years and thousands of rounds - what making would you choose?

With "just WORK" I mean I'd be content the thing is going boom when I pull the trigger, but I shouldn't need any bells and whistles added, figuratively spoken.

Again I'm talking pistol, knowing that within that assumption of course a wheelgun would be te better choice...
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Old February 2, 2013, 08:27 AM   #2
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Glock... like it or not
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Old February 2, 2013, 08:48 AM   #3
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if it's Glock, I'd be fine with it since I already own a G17
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Old February 2, 2013, 09:12 AM   #4
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Smith and Wesson revolver or M&P Auto series. Ruger revolvers are tanks as well.
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Old February 2, 2013, 09:13 AM   #5
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Glock or XD/XDm.
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Old February 2, 2013, 09:19 AM   #6
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+right Ammo

+1 M&P.
Also ensure your using a clean burning, non corrosive ammo.
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Old February 2, 2013, 09:34 AM   #7
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A SAA. Theres not a internal part nor spring in that design that I couldn't make a replacement for with a minimum of hand tools.
The 1851 Navy was demonstrated to remain functional with most of its parts missing, the SAA shares some of that ability.
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Old February 2, 2013, 09:35 AM   #8
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I guess your homegrown pistol the Glock in your case.
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Old February 2, 2013, 09:39 AM   #9
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Any Ruger single action, 357 magnum. Versatile for heavy magnum rounds to lighter 38 spcl wadcutters. Tank like tough!
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Old February 2, 2013, 11:22 AM   #10
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quite obvious that revolvers would suit better, but I'm talking PISTOLS here
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Old February 2, 2013, 11:25 AM   #11
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Revolvers are pistols. You mean a semi-auto pistol.
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Old February 2, 2013, 12:07 PM   #12
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I do, yes.
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Old February 2, 2013, 12:24 PM   #13
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I wouldn't count on any mechanical device to last for years with no maintenance. I'd say a Glock would be a good choice for something low maintenance however. Or any Ruger double or single action.
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Old February 2, 2013, 12:39 PM   #14
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Considering that Mr Murphy is alive and well and that any mechanical device can fail in the strangest ways, I say Glock.
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Old February 2, 2013, 12:54 PM   #15
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There isn't just one answer to this. Nowawdays there are plenty of reliable auto's on the market. Pick which one fits you the best, buy a bunch of spare parts and springs, learn how to disassemble it, and that gun will run forever.

There is no gun that will 100% run for years on end with no maintenance needed. You might get lucky and never have to fix or change anything in the pistol, or you might need to replace a part here and there. Point is, I wouldn't let near-to-zero maintenance as you say be the deciding factor on what pistol to buy, as almost inevitably with constant use the pistol will need some work done to it, whether it needs a new spring, extractor, etc..
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Old February 2, 2013, 12:58 PM   #16
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I'd also lean toward materials like composites and SS.
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Old February 2, 2013, 01:04 PM   #17
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My primary choice would be a Smith & Wesson Model 28 with a 4" barrel.

Or a Glock-type semi-auto, or something in soulless steel or hard chrome.
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Old February 2, 2013, 01:12 PM   #18
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Either a Glock with np3+ or NIBX treatment over the Tenifer, or a Ruger GP-100.
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Old February 2, 2013, 01:17 PM   #19
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Assuming you have to pick a pistol knowing that you will have no access to professional maintenance in the future (e.g. a disaster / "dystopia" scenario), so the thing should just WORK w/o being revised by any gunmaker or other professional
Frankly, I expect pretty much all of my guns to function with out any "professional maintenance". Pretty much any gun on the market fits that, too. Just some regular cleaning and minor upkeep with keep most things running no problem. Everyone should be familiar with their personal firearms enough to break them down, clean them, and put them back together.

Assuming we narrow this down to the point of very little in the way of general maintenance, such as having no cleaning kit, oil or tools, then I'd had to say something along the lines of a Glock, M&P, or XD.
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Old February 2, 2013, 02:07 PM   #20
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Wow. No HK, I would defiantly go for the HK. Even SIG before before a block, I mean Glock.
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Old February 2, 2013, 02:29 PM   #21
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Geez, I hate to admit it....but a Glock, most any Glock...but I can't really say that the polymer part of the gun will hold up forever...my vote goes for Glock's seeming ability to run without mx or cleaning for long periods of use...in my G19, I've put over 600 rounds through it without touching it at all...my 1911's will not do that.

For indestructibility of parts, I'd vote for one of the Ruger Single Actions...a stainless one to negate the rust issue, at that.

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Old February 2, 2013, 02:45 PM   #22
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Why do I sense this might be a troll?
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Old February 2, 2013, 02:55 PM   #23
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Yeah, if it has moving parts, it can break.
Including Glocks.
I've had front sight and extractor failures with Glock.
1911s seem to hold up about as good as anything else and better than most.
At least the all steel ones.
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Old February 2, 2013, 03:22 PM   #24
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I think that Glock, HK, SIG, and S&W autopistols are all capable of being successful 'near-zero' maintenance pistols.
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Old February 2, 2013, 03:35 PM   #25
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Moved to Semi-Autos based on OP's comment in posts #10 & #12.
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