View Full Version : What is the most reliable auto you've owned?

August 28, 2007, 07:22 AM
What is peoples personal experience with reliability,dirt sand, water, mud and grime:eek:! has anyone actually tested their weapons, like the glock torcher test? lets see who actually has "no compromise" or to "hell & back reliability" or "perfection",whatever slogan you chose!

August 28, 2007, 07:36 AM
Never owned a full auto :D But if you are asking about semi-auto pistols

Springfield XD-40. 1,500 rounds and zero malfunctions.
SIG 229. 1,200 rounds and zero malfunctions.

I'm also betting that my new CZ-75B (also in .40 S&W) will join the club, but it's new and only has 100 rounds through it so I don't consider it quite field tested by me as of yet.

I haven't gone to any extremes in testing but the above mentioned guns have been carried daily (with all of the lint, dirt, grit, sweat, etc. that entails, and have been used under some pretty varied conditions and temperatures.

Officer's Match
August 28, 2007, 07:39 AM
I've got two at 100% so far, my PT92AFS Taurus 9mm, and my Glock 23 40SW. I don't abuse my pistols - that's not what I bought them for.

August 28, 2007, 09:44 AM
But I use them, fairly regularly thoughout the year, year after year. I have answered numerous posts like this with the exact same answer: my 20 year old Glock G17. That's 20 years of regular shooting, at the very least once a month and 100 rounds each time, again, at the very least. The Math adds up to a heck of allot of rounds.

I've had to replace the stock recoil spring guide due to it splitting. I changed the recoil spring at the same time, though it wasn't nessesary. Other than that, my G17 has lasted all this time and has shot reliably all these years with its other OEM parts.

August 28, 2007, 09:57 AM
My HK USPc 9mm has been 100% reliable for about 25,000 so far. I never torture tested it on purpose but it has been dropped down stairs, ran over by my 4-wheeler in the river bed, used hard for the past 11 years and it's still shooting just as good as the first time I took it to the range (if not better).

August 28, 2007, 09:57 AM
I must be lucky because I don't own a single handgun that has malfunctioned. Only ones that come to mind are something like antiques or relics with problems like weak mag springs or something. They are gone. Only firearm malf. I have had recently is a Chinese SKS that was stovepiping the last round in the mag. occasionally. I do intend to fix that somehow. But modern arms have not been a problem. Sorry no tossing my guns in the dirt and mud and water to see what happens. Rich/dumb guys might be the ones to ask about that. I can't afford to **** up my guns to see what abuse they will take!

August 28, 2007, 10:45 AM
Ruger P90DC

Hands down, the most misused, abused, workhorse auto I have ever owned (and still own).

I plan to be buried with it :rolleyes:

August 28, 2007, 10:46 AM
The most reliable semi auto I own is an early production S&W 3913. It has eaten everything (+2000 rounds) and functioned flawlessly. It's my favorite CCW pistol. Oh, for reference, I own HK's, Beretta's, Colts, SW, and a Kimber. Regards 18DAI.

August 28, 2007, 10:57 AM
Sig 225/P6 .... there have been at the LEAST 10k rounds through this gun as a carry by a LEO and now the gun I use. I can't think of a better weapon. Glocks are good,but the few people I know who carried glocks in the past now carry a 239.

August 28, 2007, 11:10 AM
Springfield XD .40

No issue to this day with any 3 of mine..can't say much about my others..they are all locked up and it's rare they get to play

August 28, 2007, 11:12 AM
Glock 17 and Browning HP. The only centerfire autos I own and both 100% reliable so far.

August 28, 2007, 11:15 AM
I'll second the Ruger P-series.

P89 that's had about 4K rounds through it. Never detail stripped and cleaned until last week. Only stoppage ever was a Wolf squib load that wedged a bullet in the rifling of the barrel. Ball peen hammer and brass rod took care of that.

Also have P90, P345 and now as of this past weekend a P97. I fully expect them to all outlast me.

August 28, 2007, 11:20 AM
Probably the best run I had was 5000 rounds through my Colt M1991A1, with one failure to feed, and one stovepipe. That gun gets cleaned every 1000 rounds, and some would consider that a torture test.

August 28, 2007, 11:38 AM
I'll have to go along with rantingredneck. I have 2 P345s, a P944 and and P95. They go bang every single time - no failures of any kind. I also had an XD40 that had a bunch of rounds through it. It was bullet proof also.

August 28, 2007, 11:44 AM
An old Browning BDA. It doesn't seem like there's any way the thing can jam, even trying intentionally.

August 28, 2007, 12:15 PM
Every Sig I own. The Glocks come in close second. Kimbers dead last.

August 28, 2007, 01:09 PM
Glock 19, Glock 26, Glock 33. Thousands of rounds through each without a single problem. Love 'em.

August 28, 2007, 01:14 PM
Glock. Several cases of ammo in training environment. One failure to go into battery.

August 28, 2007, 01:41 PM
My BHP, H&K USP9F, and a Colt S70 1911A1 have proved to be very reliable.

My wifes S&W 3913, Glock 19, and Colt 1991 have also proved to be very reliable.

August 28, 2007, 02:16 PM

August 28, 2007, 02:37 PM
But the only failures I've had in guns have been because of ammo. And the worst has been in a Glock. But the fault was entirely mine.

Glocks do not like lead-nosed bullets. This isn't news to anyone who actually read the owner's manual, but some of us just can't wait to shoot a new toy, and will load up and go as soon as it gets home.

I thought I'd bought a lemon. Then I shot what the manual recommended. No problems since. :o

August 28, 2007, 02:50 PM
Can't decide between my Dan Wesson Razorback or my Sig P229.:D

August 28, 2007, 02:50 PM
Hands down it has to be my S&W 1911. I use it in USPSA and the only failures I've had with it have been directly related to my reloads.

From there it would probably be my HK USPc 45 or my Sig 229

August 28, 2007, 03:20 PM
Yet there are Glock owners who say that they've shot a zillion lead reloaded rounds with no problems whatsoever.

August 28, 2007, 04:11 PM
My M&P9 full size. 2300 rounds of various ammo and no problems so far.


August 28, 2007, 04:26 PM
sig P226. 4yrs. and about 5,000 rounds later, it still runs like a brand new one.

August 28, 2007, 06:43 PM
Snith & Wesson 2nd or 3rd generation autos. I have a 659 9mm I have shot THOUSANDS of rounds through - it has never jammed on me or failed to fire.

August 28, 2007, 06:51 PM

Redneck with a 40
August 28, 2007, 07:40 PM
My XD-40, 3000 rounds and not a single hiccup.:D The vast majority of these rounds are my reloads, probably 75% of the total.

Also, I don't torture test my guns. I'm not pouring sand in a gun I spent $500 hard earned dollars on, or dropping it in the mud, ect. I take extreme pride in my guns, I get pissed when I notice a new scratch on the finish.

August 28, 2007, 08:16 PM

I just read my paperwork that came with a glock 19. Nary a word about lead bullets. There is the industry wide injunction against reloads.

I have several thousand lead reloads through my glock 19 and 21. Can't figure out what all the fuss is about. I keep waiting for someone to document a problem with lead bullets in 9mm or .45 glocks.

Reliable guns? Personal owned ones with 0 malfuctions:

Norinco 1911 .45
Wilson 1996A1 .45
Beretta 92fs
Sig 225, 226, 239 (sig 220 never bobbled with RN or HP ammo but finicky about Lead semi wadcutters
Browning HPs (3)
Glock 17, 19, 21
Les Baer Premier II super tac
Les Baer Premier II
Les Baer Concept V
S&W 645, 5904, 3954
Never owned a ruger, but my brother has a P89 that appears idiot proof, it even shoots his reloads.LOL
Most Smith revolvers

nutty ned
August 28, 2007, 08:17 PM
Hi Standard Sportking.

August 28, 2007, 08:42 PM
S&W 5906. Couple thousand rounds through it since I got it used. Never a hiccup and not at all fussy about ammo.

August 28, 2007, 08:48 PM
I would have to say my Beretta 92; reloads, factory ammo, the gun has always been 100% :)

my M&P hasn't had a single jam either, but I've only shot ~425 rounds thu that gun.

August 28, 2007, 09:06 PM
The Glock 17 I had NEVER had any problem. It was amazing. My HK USPc that replaced it hasn't had any problems either, but it has about 1/10th the rounds.

Don Lu
August 28, 2007, 09:11 PM
Only own 2 auto's....both have been flawless. My GLOCK 23 has to have at least 4,000 rnds and Taurus PT92 has 1,000 , so far...perfect.

August 28, 2007, 09:17 PM
Beretta 92FS

Have no idea how many rounds have gone down range ( I don't keep those kinds of records )

But in 15 years of owning and shooting... it has ALWAYS gone bang.

Officer's Match
August 29, 2007, 07:47 AM
Don Lu, I'd say great minds think alike. ;)

August 29, 2007, 05:15 PM
Springfield XD-45 service model, Star Firestar M-45 and IMI Baby Eagle in 9mm.

All with zero malfunctions.


August 29, 2007, 05:37 PM
I've never owned anything other than a Sig, Glock, Springfield, or Smith & Wesson and they're all reliable. The only time I've had a semi-auto jam was when I first took my 239 to the range. Other than that, not a glitch.

If I'm going to be depending on a gun to save my life, I'm going to get top quality.

August 29, 2007, 07:26 PM
Springfield XD 357Sig and Taurus PT145 Millenium Pro. No FTF's, FTE's. Would digest rocks if possible. Both pistols are consistently accurate and reliable with a variety of ammo. I, too, agree with a previous posting that I didn't buy them to abuse. I'll leave that up the "experts" and read about the results. I feel confident about the function and reliability of these two specimens.

August 29, 2007, 09:19 PM
Makarov. Mine have never failed to function except with the super light loads I worked up to see how soft a plinking round I could make and still have reliable functioning - there IS a power level below which the gun won't cycle. But with any "normal" round, factory or reload, foreign or domestic, lead or jacketed, round nose or hollow point, it's just bang bang bang. Ho Hum.

August 29, 2007, 09:22 PM
Glock 17 I bought in 1994. almost 20 thousand rounds through it now, and I replaced some springs during detail stripping/maintenance.

August 29, 2007, 09:57 PM
Of the pistols I've owned, I've had malfunctions with only a very few.

One gun misfired due to a defective part in a new gun which the manufacturer replaced free of charge. This gun required a pretty firm grip or it would malfunction and since I was using it for bullseye I ended up trading it. KP97DC

Another began malfunctioning after I put an extra power recoil spring in the gun. It never malfunctioned in the factory configuration.

Another gun had two FTExtracts from a single box of WWB ammunition. No failures before or since. H&K USP. Probably an ammunition issue.

Two of my autos have had a couple of jams in the first couple of magazines of ammunition fired. Neither has malfunctioned since. (Beretta PX4 & CZ75B)

Another had some jams from a single box of ammunition. The rounds were oversize and wouldn't chamber fully. CLEARLY an ammunition issue.

I bought one Ruger MkII that had an extremely rough feedramp and wouldn't feed properly.

I have never owned a semi-auto that jammed as a matter of course (e.g. so many jams every 500 rounds) with the exception of the one that was, IMO, overly grip-sensitive and the Ruger MkII that had an extremely rough feedramp.

No jams AT ALL in the following autopistols that I own or can remember owning.

Bulgarian Makarovs (owned 2)
Ruger KP89DC (2 or 3)
Ruger KP95DC (2)
Beretta 92FS INOX (2 or 3)
Beretta 92G
Glock 17 (a few)
Glock 20 (2)
CZ-52 (2)
Swedish Lahti
Beretta 86
Ruger 22/45
Walther P22 (Only use high energy ammunition in it.)
Walther PPK
Kahr CW9
Kel-Tec P32
Browning Buckmark
Ruger MkII (2 out of 3 flawless)
EAA Witness .45(flawless in factory configuration--jammed with XP recoil spring installed)I have several thousand lead reloads through my glock 19 and 21. Can't figure out what all the fuss is about. I keep waiting for someone to document a problem with lead bullets in 9mm or .45 glocks.If you're really interested in finding out the truth you can call Glock directly and ask them.

This probably doesn't qualify as documentation since it's hearsay (from your perspective) but I was at a range where a kB! took place with a 9mm Glock (34, IIRC). The shooter "forgot" what ammo he had been using in the time it took him to walk from the firing line to the range office, but the armorer onsite and I agreed that the barrrel was badly leaded. His friends later claimed (after he left) that the rounds were reloads.

August 30, 2007, 12:17 PM
I have many guns but the three that have had several thousand rounds thru them without any failures are:
S&W 6906 - CZ PCR 9 and the Sig P229.


August 30, 2007, 08:02 PM
9x19, Nowlin barrel hardfit, and hardchromed by Mr. Cogan at Accurate Plating & Weaponry.

Over 40K, much 'stupid' ammo in search of.....BUT, if a cartridge fits its chamber (those who know know) it goes bang.

If the ammo fits the chamber the gun goes bang.

It is not 'babied'; maintenance can suffer; used in 'in-climate weather' (to include sub-zero artic cold, globally-warmed summer heat, dust/rain/snow), launched its over-fair share of Major Nine (now Nine Major?).

Runner-up = Caspian 1911 in 45 ACP; jammed once on a Amerc case; gummed itself up after 150 rds made with Bullseye (really, even though it's gone 7,000 without cleaning running W231); over 10K rd-ct.

Catching up with basically-stock Springfield Armory stainless steel 9x19 1911 'Loaded'.
Good gun.

August 30, 2007, 08:37 PM
Glock 23...................hpg

Deaf Smith
August 30, 2007, 08:47 PM
Glock of course! Glock 17s and 19s. But the 26s are just about as reliable.

The 17s go to the Glock .vs. 1911 matches in Dallas and go 1000 rounds without cleaning. They virtually always pass that test! Most 19s do to.

August 30, 2007, 09:15 PM
Star 30M, 9mm, never a firing problem. Very reliable firearm and relatively accurate. :cool:
I'd trust many lives on it, but too big for CCW. I also have a G17, a very good handgun.
Most reliable concealable I have is a Bersa 380, smooth and accurate at working distances. :D
Just started sweet talking DA BOSS for a couple Bersa UC 9's......:p

August 30, 2007, 09:32 PM
My Makarovs of course.

Dan Wesson PM-1, 1911, .45

arizona hunter
August 31, 2007, 12:33 PM
CZ 75B in 9 mm.
I must have put 3000 rounds through it so far. No failures of any kind. Handloads, factory, loaded long, short, FMJ, hollow point, it feeds and fires everything flawlessly.
A friend of mine has the CZ 75B in 9 mm and also the 40 in 75 Compact and he says the same thing-they both funtion perfectly even after thousands of rounds and are also accurate.
If I ever move up to a 40 it will also be a CZ.

August 31, 2007, 01:08 PM
MY HK USPc is great - no trouble

August 31, 2007, 01:29 PM
Beretta M9 - no issues
Beretta 96F - no issues
Beretta 96G-SD - no issues
Colt Gunsite full-size - no issues
Colt Gunsite CCO - no issues, did have a mag refuse to release once, but switched from a Wilson Combat magazine to a Colt one, no problems since
Colt XS CCO - no issues
Glock 23 - no issues
HK USP45 Expert - a few failures to feed, I believe they are magazine-related
Kimber Desert Warrior - no issues
Kimber Eclipse Custom II 10mm - several failure to eject issues, mostly case mouths jamming on the barrel hood, some stovepipes
Sig P220 - no issues, but I just got it and have only shot it once
Sig P226R - no issues
Sig P228 - no issues
Sig P239 - no issues
Sig P245 - no issues

August 31, 2007, 01:34 PM
Glock... rediculous round count thru all 4 of mine.. no failures of ANY kind.

Diddo for 5 Sigs and a Walther p990 (though my walther has seen the fewest rounds of any of my pistols.. probably only 3k-4k)

August 31, 2007, 03:14 PM
#1 is Wilson Combat for me - no failures on 3 different guns
#2 Sig 226's in 3 different guns as well - no issues
#3 Ed Brown - very good guns.

Near the bottom of my list is Les Baer ......lots of feeding issues, stove pipes, etc until I had about 300 rounds thru them. I was not very impressed - but the upside is they are "very accurate".

At the bottom of my list is Kimber - all kinds of problems on a Gold Combat Stainless II until it had at least 500 rounds thru it ( and every one of them aggravated me ) and on a Tactical Pro II model as well - and on the tactical pro the trigger on the gun out of the factory was crap and I have to have the trigger assembly completely replaced even to make it "acceptable" to shoot the gun.
( every time I touch a poly gun, I break out in hives ....) don't like them, don't want them, won't buy them ..... but some of the guys I shoot with own Glocks and they have very good results with them.....but not for me.

August 31, 2007, 08:43 PM
Kimber Classic Custom .45 (series I).

August 31, 2007, 08:48 PM

No failures not directly attributable to my handloads. Perfect sidearm for me.

August 31, 2007, 08:55 PM
I would definately say my Glock 22 in 40 S&W, thousands of rounds without a hiccup, more than I can say for my Springfield Armory 1911.

Trapper L
August 31, 2007, 09:04 PM
I've got two CZ clone Baby Eagles, one 40SW and a 9mm in the semi-compact steel frame. Neither have had a hiccup. The 40 gets shot the most, probably 2-500 rounds a week and it's a year old this month. The 9mm is a little older but I don't shoot it as much even though it is a favorite. I guess I'd also have to include the Ruger MkII Target, Colt Gov't Special Combat 38 Super in the bunch as none of these have given me any issues but I also don't get them out near as much. Only pistol I've had issues with is the Kimber Grand Raptor that I sent back and Kimber did nothing with it. I spent my money to have it fixed and I have to admit, although I would never consider a Kimber again because of lousy customer service, this one now shoots better than most folks are able. This last weekend I was able to shoot a one inch group at 25 yds with it OFFHAND. For me, that's probably a once in a life time thing but I've been practicing hold and squeeze. Might be paying off.

September 1, 2007, 03:34 AM
Anything that starts with XD. I have 4 of them and never had a failure with any of them.

September 1, 2007, 08:34 AM
There doe not appear to be a consensus on what the best gun is.

However, what does emerge is that there are a number of 'mainstream' labels out there that will give you good service if you do a little on your part. That is, clean it once in a while, take defective guns to professional gunsmiths, and try to shoot good ammo.

Indeed, it is clear to me that the "unreliable" gun is a rare exception.

September 1, 2007, 09:51 AM
Of the semi-autos in my arsenal, so far the answer is:

Glock 30 (~3000 rds) and Glock 17 (~1200 rds).

No malfs either one.

September 1, 2007, 11:16 AM
Bulgarian Makarov...thousands of rounds, no problems.

My issued SIG 226 has been 100% also.

September 1, 2007, 11:31 AM
Armscor Medallion (1911) After the manufactorer rep replaced the internal ejector.

September 1, 2007, 03:39 PM
An original 1911 that's gone through 4 generations and 3 wars in my family. I don't know of many that can claim THAT for reliability.

September 1, 2007, 09:09 PM
My Jennings J-22. The beauty of a Hi-Power with the durability and reliability of a Glock. :D

All kidding aside, I'll say my Taurus PT92. Not that I've had problems with another other pistols I've had [aside from the aforementioned Jennings] but the PT92 is my favorite.

September 1, 2007, 09:16 PM
I'm sorry I love my guns too much and take very good cayre of them. MY Berreta Inox 92, Glock 22 and 27, Ruger 22/45, Springfield 1911 and high standard .22 have all worked flawlessly.

September 2, 2007, 12:26 AM
I've had several that did not falter...but 2 stand out above the others: My S&W 5904 in 9MM and my Sig 226 in 40S&W. The S&W was a trade-in, and is also the ugliest handgun I've ever owned. It's a shooting gem, though!:D

September 2, 2007, 03:19 AM
The first and only auto I own, although I have a CZ-75 nickel on order, is my Smith and Wesson Sigma SW9VE.

I've had a few hallow points jam. I think it was more of the bullets than the gun.

So Far, I've shot around 4000 Factory loads. Mostly Fiocci FMJ. About 1 of every 50 of them didn't fire, and I'm sure it wasn't the guns fault. Gun looks and funtion like new, maybe better.

I'll never get rid of my Sigma, but I'm ready for the CZ75 as an update.:D

I have no regrets about the Sigma, but if I knew then what I know now, I would have spent the extra $100 on the CZ.

Now my brother will be shooting the Smith.:rolleyes:


September 2, 2007, 10:47 PM
begin quote:
"Originally Posted by jaysouth
I have several thousand lead reloads through my glock 19 and 21. Can't figure out what all the fuss is about. I keep waiting for someone to document a problem with lead bullets in 9mm or .45 glocks.
If you're really interested in finding out the truth you can call Glock directly and ask them.

This probably doesn't qualify as documentation since it's hearsay (from your perspective) but I was at a range where a kB! took place with a 9mm Glock (34, IIRC). The shooter "forgot" what ammo he had been using in the time it took him to walk from the firing line to the range office, but the armorer onsite and I agreed that the barrrel was badly leaded. His friends later claimed (after he left) that the rounds were reloads."

Person I talked to at Glock said the use of ANY commercially loaded bullet, including lead, would not void the warranty of a Glock product. ANY reload, whether lead or jacketed would void warranty.

Personally, I have a very low tolerance for pain and try to avoid any activity that might result in sutures. Shooting lead bullets in my 9mm and .45 Glocks does not worry me. You might note that www.keadbullets.com states on their website that their lead bullets are perfectly safe to shoot in Glocks.

September 2, 2007, 11:00 PM
Person I talked to at Glock said the use of ANY commercially loaded bullet, including lead, would not void the warranty of a Glock product. ANY reload, whether lead or jacketed would void warranty.Interesting. I've seen several statements in print by Glock spokesmen recommending against the use of lead in Glock barrels.

I've also been told on more than one occasion when speaking to Glock, Smyrna on the phone that they don't recommend the use of lead bullets.

In the Glock armorer's course I attended, the instructor specifically said not to use lead bullets.

Gale MacMillan, a noted barrel maker, stated that lead in polygonal rifling was not a good match and that: "...if you haven't had problems yet, just be patient".

I've also seen information from a person claiming to be a forensic engineer with access to pressure measuring equipment. His testing (performed after he blew up a Glock) indicated detectable and potentially dangerous pressure rises from shooting lead bullets in Glock barrels. It's worth noting that he had around 20K rounds of lead reloads through his Glock before the practice finally caught up with him.

I've also seen reports of people doing it with apparent impunity. I think if you're careful, use harder lead, monitor your barrel condition during shooting sessions to prevent it from leading significantly, don't shoot jacketed rounds through a leaded bore and carefully remove the lead after each shooting session you can probably avoid problems.

September 3, 2007, 06:16 AM
EGER Makarov

September 3, 2007, 07:08 AM
S&W 5906, never jammed and never had FTE that I can remember. It feeds all types of bullets from hardcast to jacketed to plated. It has never had a stoppage with any bullet profile including flat tipped hardcast bullets. I have all sorts of magazines for it, Ramline, pro-mag, mec gar and stock smith and so far no failure. The accuracy is good enough for combat accuracy, but I wish it can do better. josh

lee n. field
September 3, 2007, 09:37 AM
No torture test, steady use and indifferent cleaning habits.

Makarov, no failures except some early Silver Bear (I think it was) that was so out of spec it would hang up in the magazine.

XD40. One failure to feed early on (don't know why), no problem for many hundreds of rounds since.

September 3, 2007, 04:43 PM
I think it has been suggested elsewhere that the issue with lead in a poly barrel has nothing to do with lead build-up in the barrel per se, but more specifically in the barrel chamber.

The Immortal
September 3, 2007, 06:00 PM
Browning HP

Nail Shooter
September 3, 2007, 07:10 PM
Any of my Glocks (numerous) or my Sigs. I swear I'd have a heart attack if one of them had a malf due to the gun itself and not an ammo issue.


Officer's Match
September 3, 2007, 09:35 PM
"Not that I've had problems with another other pistols I've had [aside from the aforementioned Jennings] but the PT92 is my favorite."

I know what you mean - it's amazing how well and fast that PT92 will digest any 9mm ammo. And its POA accurate as all get-out too...:cool:

September 4, 2007, 03:05 AM
Over 13,000 rounds through my HS2000 Gen.1 without a malf. It don't get much better, IMO.

September 4, 2007, 05:58 AM
beretta 92f-5k
beretta 96-10k
Sig 228-5k
Sig 229-20k 1fte
Colt 1911-4k
S&W 645-5.5k -1 fte
S&W 4625-500 rounds
except for two pistols, no malfunctions.

September 7, 2007, 08:38 PM
It has to be my Glock 35, which has at least 30,000 rounds through it.

September 8, 2007, 11:12 PM
Ford F-150...oh, you mean in a handgun? Gotta be my Taurus PT99.

September 9, 2007, 10:26 AM
All my autos have always been 100% reliable. Ironically, the only gun I've ever had issues with is my taurus revolver that had a weak mainspring.

September 9, 2007, 08:16 PM
ALL my CZs. Flawless and second to no one.


ESI Agent
September 10, 2007, 12:34 AM
I've had Glocks,Rugers,Sig2340,Berretta 92f,XD9. Of the firearms I've shot alot, the Glock 17,Ruger P89, P95. all of thease have thousands of rounds thru them. I would say the Ruger P89,P95 and then Glock 17. The others have a limited rounds thru them. It is what it, is.

September 10, 2007, 12:43 AM
Ruger KP95 DC. Over 3000 rounds of U.S. Spec. (SAAMI) ammo with one failure to fire I attribute to the ammo. It did not, however, like Sellier & Bellot.

September 10, 2007, 07:51 AM
Ruger KP90DC.

September 10, 2007, 06:30 PM
Bought it used and have put 600-700 rounds through it. Never had a hiccup. Since it was used, I didn't get a manual with it, so I've never had it apart to clean it. I do put oil on the rails, though. Some day I'll get around to cleaning it.

September 10, 2007, 07:53 PM
My semiautos are all very reliable. I don't abuse them and clean them regularly. But the star performer is my Taurus PT92. It has 2K plus rounds through it and has not given me a hint of a problem. It will digest any ammo I feed it and works like a dream. I have been very happily supprised with this pistol. I have a Colt 1911 that runs a close second. I also have a Taurus 1911 that is so far 100% but only a couple hundred rounds so it doesn't really count. (Yet)

September 11, 2007, 07:24 AM
I have never had a failure of any kind with my Witness Full-size steel .45ACP. I have also never had a failure with my CZ-75.

That said, I never had a failure with a Llama I used to own, except to fire accurately. Very very reliable but very inaccurate. It was the IXa model with the wide 13 round frame.


September 11, 2007, 11:25 AM
A lot of "never had a failure" claims, but without round counts. I've never had a failure with my old G.I. Colt, in 35 years of shooting it (35 YEARS, without a failure!), but in all that time, I've put maybe 500 rounds through it. So, no problems, but fewer rounds than some people shoot in a week. Failures per 1000 rounds would be a better measure of reliability - without mulligans for "ammo problems", or "mag problems". A failure to fire or a failure to cycle so that gun can be fired again, is a failure. I just got my Smith Model 22 back from the factory, with a Master Action Job. I had two rounds fail to fire, in fewer than 100 rounds. Most would say, "Oh, geez, it's those hard Winchester primers; change to Federal" ("ammo" problem, not "gun" problem). That's probably true, but the gun still failed to fire, twice (20/1000). Likewise, I borrowed a friend's Glock 20. Two failures to fire in thirty rounds. Same deal with the primers, I suspect, since the gun's trigger and striker springs have been fiddled with. Still, two failures in 30 (67/1000).
Revolvers and Glocks never malfunction, right?

September 11, 2007, 11:52 AM
You'll note I did not mention my CZ-52 or CZ-50 or other autos I have owned but not put alot of rounds through. The EAA/75/Llama were/are fired quite regularly. Round count? I have no idea but a whole bunch.


Black Adder LXX
September 11, 2007, 05:22 PM
Beretta 90-two

2000 rounds and not the slightest hint of a problem...

September 11, 2007, 05:25 PM
XD9, approx 4500rds and not one failure.

September 11, 2007, 07:13 PM
My Ruger P-97 .45acp

Never had a jam or misfire of any kind. Not the prettiest gun, but utterly reliable.

September 12, 2007, 08:59 PM
but my hi point .45 has just over 5000 yep 5000 rounds and no failures .

September 12, 2007, 10:31 PM
My Arcus 94, a Bulgarian BHP clone, never had any issues of any kind. More reliable than even my Bulgarian Makarov.

September 12, 2007, 11:21 PM
I agree with Arizona Hunter. The CZ 75B is the best semi-auto ever made, in my opinion.

September 13, 2007, 01:56 PM
I am lucky knock on wood. I have only had one lemon in my time. That was a steyr S40 that was replaced by Steyr that I promptly sold.

All my P series Sigs/CZs/Colts/Glocks etc... have performed perfectly.

I did send an S&W for finish issues but that had nothing to do with function. I did have to send Sig GSR for an extractor but it was flawless prior to that and has been flawless since.

September 14, 2007, 12:55 AM
I have had no troubles from my Colt Government Models. Though some get shot more than others all have been 100%.
I would say my Gold Cup Trophy has had the hardest life and has yet to let me down. Been several hundred rounds of my homecast 200gr LSWC loaded Unique powder through matches with no cleaning or problems.

September 16, 2007, 06:36 AM
Dan Wesson Patriot that I built.

It never had a FTF or FTE ever!!!! The Brown did, the RRA did, etc


September 16, 2007, 08:38 PM
Browning Buckmark jams ever 5th round. So, not this one...

Beretta 92 (6k) rds runs smooth.

H&K USP (1K) great to date. Most fun yet challenging to shoot well!

September 16, 2007, 08:42 PM
Sig P220 is the one I have had the longest. Never had a problem with it.

September 16, 2007, 09:30 PM
like the glock torcher test

I can only imagine what this could consist of...a flame thrower, perhaps? A gallon of gasoline and a match?

I wonder how well a Glock polymer frame holds up to a "torcher" test? :rolleyes:

I did a search but came up with nothing.


September 17, 2007, 11:00 PM
Colt Gold Cup Trophy.

September 18, 2007, 05:41 AM
XD 45 with over a thousand rounds threw it with out a hiccup.

Hard Ball
September 18, 2007, 11:51 AM
Pre Model number SIG P210 9mm.

September 18, 2007, 12:46 PM
My Glocks, HKs, and XDs have been flawless.

September 19, 2007, 03:25 PM
for a auto xd-45 all the way i have had mine for around a year or little longer and not one problem. And is easy to strip and clean

The Body Bagger
September 20, 2007, 04:26 AM
Most reliable:
Beretta 92FS (approx 4k down range)
Glock 17 (approx 10k down range)
Sig 220 (approx 5k down range)
never experienced one single malfunctions with any

Less than perfect:
G36- suffers ftf's every once in a blue moon (apprx 2k)
Springfield 1911A1 - same as above (apprx 4k)
Bersa Thunder .380 - only had two ftfs (apprx 1k)
SA XD40 -numerous ftf's and light strikes (had <1k- and sold)

Of course my revolvers have worked 100% as well.

September 20, 2007, 08:21 PM
HK USP 45 fullsize, Sig Sauer P229 .40S&W, Glock model 17, Beretta Cougar 8000F, FN Hi Power.

September 20, 2007, 08:28 PM
I own 3 reliable ones mainly Ruger P95,345,and P90. also,Glock 17 1st generation and a 1937 Browning Hi-Power pistol that I got from my Grandpa in Belguim after he passed away. Rich642z,Omaha,Ne.

September 21, 2007, 04:32 AM
I don't think I've ever had any gun that malfunctioned enough to say there was a "problem" with the gun. Not to say some of them haven't jammed once in a while, but not often enough to say it was more than "stuff happens." Usually it was either my reloaded ammo, or a problem with a magazine.

Now my XD-9, and my S&W 39-2 have never malfunctioned. Neither has my wife's Glock 19.

October 3, 2007, 08:46 PM
I have to say this again........92FS!!!

October 3, 2007, 09:03 PM
My H&K USP45C has hands down been my most reliable pistol ever. Just last weekend at somewhere between 13K - 15K rounds I finally had one failure of slide locking open on an empty magazine. The magazine spring finally weakened. It was the darndest thing when it happened. I was so surprised that something finally went wrong that I just stared at it for a couple of seconds dumbfounded. I was like -CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED-? Then I could not duplicate the incident.

Not to hijack this thread but has anyone else ever had the same reaction as me when a firearm they owned finally did something wrong after thousands and thousands of rounds of flawless function?:eek:

October 4, 2007, 09:40 AM
I have to agree with many others, I have over 13000 rounds through my 92FS it has been near perfect, it will function with any round I have put through it.

I blame myself for purchasing a couple of "Asian contract" cheap 15 round mags and each of them had trouble with the last round. But not any more because they went into the circular file and were replace with real Beretta mags and as usual no further issues.

October 4, 2007, 09:49 AM
most reliable out of the box pistol?...Glock

First Shirt
October 4, 2007, 10:14 AM
Has to be my Kimber Custom Classic in .45 ACP. In over 5K rounds never a failure of any kind. I've even fired reloads that would fire in my son's Glock 21and it handled them without issues.

Works for me, anyway!


October 4, 2007, 01:58 PM
Beretta 92FS. Teddy Jacobson (Gunsmith in Sugarland, TX) did an action & recrowning job on it. If the excrement hit the wind moving machine, that's the gun I’d grab.

October 28, 2007, 08:54 AM
has anyone done a test like water or sand? Any of you G.I.'s have an opinion on the m9 in the sand box?