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Old February 26, 2013, 07:06 PM   #51
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Even though is has never given me any reliability problems, the big, ugly, clunky, Ruger P85 is probably the least favorite gun that I own. It isn't the smoothest gun, it isn't a tack driver, but to its credit, it is reliable.
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Old February 26, 2013, 07:11 PM   #52
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Mine was a S & W Model 59. I bought one when they first came out. The slide would shave small slivers of aluminum off of the frame rails. I also had a lot failure to feed problems with it. I sold it shortly after buying it with full disclosure to the buyer.
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Old February 26, 2013, 07:19 PM   #53
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Lemons and cheapies aside, my candidates for the most hyped pieces of -CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED--CENSORED- are:

The Rogak. Written up in the gunzines as a miracle gun, it was a miracle if it fired at all. Based on a Steyr design that depended on precise tolerances, the Rogak was about as precise as a rusty shovel.

The Colt AA 2000. Fired OK, but accuracy was miserable and handling and trigger pull were terrible. For a big gun company with a good reputation, that was a real embarassment, not to mention big-time money pit.

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Old February 26, 2013, 07:22 PM   #54
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S&W 60-10 in .357, I believe made the first year they transitioned to MIM parts. At the time they used a MIM hammer block which snapped on me, they no longer use MIM hammer blocks, and a few months later the hammer pin snapped rendering the gun totally inoperable. They ended up sending the gun back with brand new internals, cylinder, and side plate. My guess is it was out of spec which put undue stress on certain parts. Before they sent it back completely rebuilt it was extremely inaccurate and peppered your face with powder residue when shooting.

Edit: Damn, forgot this was a semi auto thread. My mistake.

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Old February 26, 2013, 07:31 PM   #55
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My worse experience has been with High Standard (HS). Two of the three I’ve owned had issues. My first HS was a 5.5” Citation with a trigger that had a ton of side play. The plating was also peeling from the trigger. Trigger had to be pushed/pulled, I forget which way, sideways to fire. Bought in the early 70’s. One of two 5.5” Victor’s couldn’t hit the bull’s-eye at 25 yards with the rear sight adjusted to the extreme. Victor’s bought sometime during the early/mid 80’s. All bought new from Pachmayr gun works store, Los Angeles, store and original business are long gone. The Victor’s were made in Hartford, Connecticut, unknown the place of make for the Citation because it’s long gone.

The HS’s were my very first pistols. Perhaps it’s the 22LR pistol market, other than the very spotty quality, I found the build quality in terms of serviceability to be very poor. It takes a mallet or a handle of a screwdriver to break the friction of the barrel takedown button on the receiver. Afterward pushing the button with the thumb is no easy task. The various pins such as for the trigger, takedown button and firing pin are either a roll pin or a staked pin. None of my center fire pistols are this bad.

My Raven 25ACP is almost acceptable compared to the HS’s because the HS’s cost almost ten times the $$. The Raven will hit a small dish type plate at 25 yards and would almost finish a magazine before the sliding safety engages. The horizontal sliding safety was replaced with a vertical safety in later versions, I think.

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My lemon was a AMT Govt. model. Conversely, all 3 of my other 1911s have been perfect-2 Colts and a Kimber. Then a Taurus PT-111, which I also sold. Worst I've seen has been a Davis .380. If it had been mine, I would have taken it out and shot AT it.
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Old February 26, 2013, 07:35 PM   #57
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I know one Colt 1911 Series 80 was enough for me. JUNK! The Ruger MK II I owned was garbage also!

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Old February 26, 2013, 08:04 PM   #58
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My most unreliable was a Kimber 1911 i owned.
Loved the feel. Just could not with many attempts to correct.
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Old February 26, 2013, 09:04 PM   #59
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Springfield Micro Compact, rattled like a 62 Volkswagon on a dirt road. The slide to frame fit was the sloppiest I have ever seen.
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Old February 26, 2013, 09:17 PM   #60
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Old February 26, 2013, 09:22 PM   #61
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Taurus 92FS clone. Didn't work right, sent it to factory at my cost and it came back and broke again.
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Old February 26, 2013, 10:16 PM   #62
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Diamondback DB380. FTE, FTF and trigger reset problems. After the second trip back to the factory I traded it for an LCP.
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Old February 26, 2013, 10:33 PM   #63
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I have owned and or do own a number of pistols that some have had issues with and I have had better results. Colt 1911 no problem, Springfield 1911 no problem, Taurus pistols no problem-although I have fixed 2 for family members, Glocks-flawless. BUT the day I was old enough to buy a pistol (21 in my state) I bought 2 Taurus' and a Kimber Polymer Custom double stack 1911. 14 years ago $750 was a lot of money for me to spend on a pistol and that pistol was by far the worst pistol I have ever owned! No matter the mag, ammo, first round and last round, I dont think I ever ran through an entire magazine without issue.Was very disappointed. 2 Kimbers since have been free of issue.
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Old February 26, 2013, 10:34 PM   #64
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That's a lot of Excrement. My Personal Choice has been mentioned a couple times. The Maddi Helwan. It has a fitting name, any person/company with enough Gall to sell this Sh_____T pile, is going straight to Hell. This wasn't a case of just a bad example either. A friend and I both purchase one from the same online source like 11-12 years ago. These junk cans had enough Tool marks and Smeared bluing that we both couldn't stop laughing after the initial shock wore off. Upon unboxing my friends magazine fell apart in his hands while trying to load it. Neither gun could make it more than a few rounds before choking on itself. Then after only shooting for a few minutes my pistol completely locked up on me. I wasn't able to get the slide off for 2 days. Finally got it off, took it too my smith and was advised to return it. (Fat chance) sell it( (with full disclosure of the faulty slide or frame rails) or DESTROY IT. I sold it as a parts gun. Now That's a P.0.S.
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Old February 27, 2013, 05:01 AM   #65
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Taurus TCP .380. Junk.
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Old February 27, 2013, 08:03 AM   #66
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Jennings 22lr. Should have named the pistol Jam-O-Matic
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Old February 27, 2013, 10:11 AM   #67
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I know one Colt 1911 Series 80 was enough for me. JUNK! The Ruger MK II I owned was garbage also!
Dang, Revolver1, you must have bad luck! Those are two of the most reliable designs ever!
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Old February 27, 2013, 11:59 AM   #68
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Amazing. In all of that, very little mention of Glock. Glad I have two. OTOH, I also have several of the other mentioned guns!
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Old February 27, 2013, 12:23 PM   #69
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I purchased a Springfield Range Officer a month ago. Sent it back to the factory because the ILS (internal locking system) kept locking up the slide. Got it back and it failed to eject on some of the rounds. I checked the extractor and it was in need on some tweaking. After I had the feed ramp and throat polished, extractor tuned, purchased some Wilson Combat 47D mags, it fired fine. Now it appears to be reliable. No malfunctions in the past 300 rounds. Not exactly a perfect gun out of the box, but I do like it.

My Sigs and Glocks seem to be the most out of the box reliable weapons I have owned.
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Old February 28, 2013, 08:48 PM   #70
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Oddly enough, every 1911 I've owned has been reliable - maybe making an exception for a POS LLama 45, which was my first semi auto. Second worst was a Sig P245. I could never trust it to reliably feed, even after a trip back to Sig. I wouldn't buy another for 200 bucks.
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Old February 28, 2013, 08:56 PM   #71
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I had a Star Firestar 40 POS traded for a Austin Halleck 50 cal Muzzleloader
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Old March 1, 2013, 10:04 PM   #72
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EASY question to answer!

The single worst semi-auto I've ever owned was a Tanfoglio CZ type 9mm. Frequent FTF, frequent FTE and using a wide variety of ammunition, it was easily the single most inherently inaccurate semi-auto pistol I've ever owned.

Utter junk.
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Old March 2, 2013, 09:53 AM   #73
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Funny, Kimber is in here a few times for being a P O S. lol. Fellas if you're carrying a Kimber you have a high dollar P O S!!!!
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Old March 2, 2013, 06:54 PM   #74
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BRYCO 25CA It would NEVER fire the second shot. I am still saving it to give to someone I really dislike.
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Old March 2, 2013, 08:42 PM   #75
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Tanfoglio = Junk. Also, don't be fooled into thinking the Elite series is any better. Mine was a Jam-o-Matic
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