What's Your Most Trusted Gun?


June 23, 2005, 12:20 PM
Autoloaders can stovepipe...pump shotguns can short cycle...a double-barrel holds only two rounds...etc.

Which gun (or guns) do you trust the most? Which one always goes "bang" when it's supposed to? Which one do you KNOW you can count on if and when you need it?

Col. Townsend Whelen said "Only accurate guns are interesting".

For self-defense, I would say that "I am only interested in guns I KNOW will go 'bang' repeatedly when needed."

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Mac Attack
June 23, 2005, 12:27 PM
Without a doubt my most trusted gun is my Glock 30. I have only had a few ftf and that was in the first 200 rounds and with Wolf ammo. Since then and thousands of rounds later I have not had a single hiccup with it regardless of how dirty it was or what ammo I used. When I grab a gun I expect it to go bang everytime and my Glock 30 has not dissappointed me.

June 23, 2005, 12:31 PM
I have a Delta Elite, a WWII 1911A1, and a Springfield loaded, and I'd carry any one of them

but for all around absolute dependability (harsh conditions, dirt, water, etc.), it'd be my G20 10mm

Ruger Bisley 45 LC revolver

870 12 gauge


June 23, 2005, 12:40 PM
I've got to say for a defence pistol, my USP .40 compact has always been reliable.

For a woods gun, I have to echo redneck2--my ruger SS bisley in .45colt is dead nuts reliable, followed closely by my single six.


June 23, 2005, 12:53 PM
My Beretta 92G with carbon fiber grips.

June 23, 2005, 12:56 PM
Things that always go bang:
Rifle: my Mauser M1916 (never fails)
Shotgun: an old Side-by-side .410 (hey, it works)
Handgun: I only have one that works, so it's be my Snub .22.
YMMV--and i hope it does, in order to make this thread more interesting!

3 gun
June 23, 2005, 12:57 PM
Guess I'm lucky or picky or both. I can't open my safe and pullout a gun that won't work. If I could have only one I guess it'd be my S&W 586.

June 23, 2005, 01:02 PM
My Browning HP MkIII. It's a sheer pleasure to own.


June 23, 2005, 01:04 PM
Much like 3gun,all my guns are reliable(if they aren't I get rid of them)However,I would and do trust my life to a revolver..sp101 357 magnum 2.25".

June 23, 2005, 01:07 PM
If it absolutely, positively must go BANG...
1) S&W 625 (.45)
2) Glock 26 (9mm)

June 23, 2005, 01:10 PM
1) GP-100
2) Mosin

June 23, 2005, 01:32 PM
My current handguns are listed in my signature. Despite the fact that none of the autos have never burped (other than my bought-used Patriot before I replaced the recoil spring), I must say my 4" stainless GP-100. I want to say the USP or the 228, but I'll stick with the GP. Yeah, that's what I said. Uh huh...

Of course, there's the Mossberg... :rolleyes:

June 23, 2005, 01:41 PM
Reach out and touch someone, my Remington 700 PSS!!!!

June 23, 2005, 01:48 PM
When it absolutely, positively has to go bang, my go to gun is my stainless 4" Ruger GP-100, which has never even given me the faintest hint of trouble over some 1900 rounds now. Happens to be the best tack driver too.

It is also a pretty wicked club if required. I have about three autos I absolutely trust, (XD-9 and 2 of my 5 1911s) but none of them enjoy the faith I have in my revolver.

June 23, 2005, 01:50 PM
I thought my Glock 22 would be my favorite gun, but I have a used ParaOrdnanace P14.45 that is accurate and very reliable. It is my favorite and would be my carry gun if not for the weight. I have a few .357 S&W revolvers otherwise.
On rifles, I would probably go with my M1A or an old Rossi .357 mag lever gun for home defense.

June 23, 2005, 01:51 PM
My Glock 26 or 30.

June 23, 2005, 02:20 PM
I guess im weird, but my 10/22 has never stovepiped.

June 23, 2005, 02:21 PM
My Glocks - most reliable handguns I own.

Standing Wolf
June 23, 2005, 02:21 PM
Lots of my guns are 100% reliable—not counting .22 caliber match pistols, to be sure.

June 23, 2005, 02:24 PM
Most trusted... Must go bang.... Hmmmmmm????

Sig P220 or S&W 686+ (really close call there)
Stoeger SXS 12 ga
CZ-550 American .308 Win

Now those aren't my favorite guns but if I had to grab just what I knew would work fine and last a long time out of my collection those would be it.

June 23, 2005, 02:26 PM
Remington 870's. 12 & 20 gauge.
Remington Nylon 66.
Kimber 1911

June 23, 2005, 02:27 PM
Glock 19

June 23, 2005, 02:34 PM
Most trusted gun? My 340PD, it's the one I carry every day, although my 586 is a close second....

June 23, 2005, 02:55 PM
Bulgy Makarov, without a doubt, it goes bang every time, never has failed.
The rest is up to me!

Red Tornado
June 23, 2005, 03:02 PM
My choice would be my Sig P226, but for absolute guaranteed reliability...I'd have to go with the S&W Model 36 snubbie. Some designs just never go out of style.

June 23, 2005, 03:13 PM
Handgun: Glock 22, BHP. Neither have let me down.
Shotgun: Rem 870 or Benelli Super 90.
Rifle: Daewoo K2 (has never gagged, thrives where ARs fear to tread) Ruger #1.

HI express
June 23, 2005, 03:17 PM
I feel that it is a toss-up for me.

I have a CZ-75 since the early eighties which has shot almost everything and anything in 9mm. that I have fed it. I have been in pouring rain, snow, hail, accidentally dropped it in slopping mud several times and other than some hot submachine gun ammo, it fired every time and that is with little to no cleaning.

I have two USP Compacts in .40 that come pretty darn close. (Haven't had it in snow and hail yet.) but they have kept on ticking alll the times that I have taken them out.

So, mainly due to the length of time that I have had the CZ-75 and the testing that I have put it through, I would give the nod to the CZ. :neener:

Black Majik
June 23, 2005, 03:19 PM
My Glock. :o

June 23, 2005, 03:24 PM
My bobbed hammer Ruger SP-101 .357 with Gemini Customs package.

OK...now how about if you want it to go bang at least 11 times without a reload.

Probably my Sig 226.

June 23, 2005, 03:34 PM
My GLOCK 23 .40cal has never let me down,

but since the question asked for only one....drum roll please

My Polytech 14S hasn't either, has gone bang every time i've asked it to and has been on the spot for CQB drills and long range.

That would be my ONE and ONLY...

Dave R
June 23, 2005, 03:39 PM
Two letters. "A" and "K".

June 23, 2005, 03:45 PM
My Anschutz 2013 has never given me a problem, and is always accurate provided I feed it the right ammo. I don't have any other real guns though (yet).

June 23, 2005, 04:07 PM
If it really must go "Bang" it wouldn't be a 22 - I've had too many fail because of the priming compound not being consistent in the rim. Here are three of the guns I trust, in no particular order:

1. S&W 686
2. Glock 36
3. Kimber Pro CDP 2

Honorable mention goes to my BUG: Texas Arms Defender (over/under Derringer) in 45acp or 45LC (I have 2 barrels).

June 23, 2005, 05:36 PM
Handgun = Berreta 92 Inox. Has never failed to go bang. I've even tried to make it fail.

Rifle = AK (SAR-1)

June 23, 2005, 05:40 PM
870 pump 12 Ga.

S&W 681 4" .357

June 23, 2005, 06:08 PM
Rem 870. The only time it gives me trouble, is when I get the sling tangled in the racker thingy. And that isn't the gun's fault.

June 23, 2005, 06:12 PM
It's amazing how many people list the dreaded negligent discharge prone Glock as their most trustworthy weapon! :D I'm personally a big fan of them too. But my most trusted handgun would have to be my Beretta 92. Never failed.

Long gun? My AK, i've had it forever and it's never ever even thought about failing.

June 23, 2005, 06:14 PM
My GP100.

June 23, 2005, 06:17 PM
Tie between my Glock 22 and my Mossberg 500. Niether have failed me in 13 years for the M500, and 11 years for the G22.

June 23, 2005, 06:18 PM
Either of two:

S&W 642


East German Makarov (well over a thousand rounds without a failure of any type.)

Brian Williams
June 23, 2005, 06:42 PM
3" S&w 13

June 23, 2005, 06:45 PM
My Sig 226 9MM

June 23, 2005, 06:48 PM
Taurus PT-92 (Pre-Decocker)Purchased in '91.
Has NEVER gone CLICK when I wanted it to go BANG.

June 23, 2005, 06:51 PM
It's amazing how many people list the dreaded negligent discharge prone Glock as their most trustworthy weapon! I'm personally a big fan of them too.

That can be Glock's new slogan...."When you want a gun that will go bang 101% of the time you want it to"

June 23, 2005, 06:54 PM
When you want a gun that will go bang 101% of the time you want it to

You get the award for funniest post of the day! :D :what: :evil: :D

June 23, 2005, 06:56 PM
Glock 26. Never a hiccup.

June 23, 2005, 06:57 PM
Most trust-worthy, "know it's gonna go BANG! gun?"

EAA/Weirauch .38 Spl. snub-nose revolver. Granted, not an expensive gun, but it hits accurately (for a snub-nose), heavier frame handles recoil with ease, and has gone BANG! with every one of somewhere-around-2000 rounds put through it.

I've only owned my Bersa MiniFireStorm .45 for about 4 months, and even though there's never been one failure or hiccup in about 300-350 rounds, you never know what could happen when you need it the most (No thanks to Mr. Murphy). :scrutiny:

The revolver is the one gun I know will fire each and everytime I pull the trigger on a loaded chamber. :D


June 23, 2005, 07:36 PM
Glock 19!

June 23, 2005, 07:40 PM
Everything in my safe also goes bang every time or it wouldn't be there.

For self defense any of the dozen handguns above .32, (except the Vaquero, no SA only for self defense) or the 870, the 12 ga SxS 20", the AR, or SKS. Bolt guns for longer work.

First choice would be my IPSC limited pistol, Para P-16 (.40 S&W) with 18 rd mags.

June 23, 2005, 07:48 PM
Of the guns i have, my mauser. Its a bolt action for christs sake.

After that my pumpy /22, 100 years and still working beautifully. Extremely accurate little gun too, its got a very heavy barrel on it.

Then my Mini-14, just because its an autoloader.

June 23, 2005, 08:08 PM
Defense gun: S&W Model 19, 2.5" Combat Magnum.

Woods gun: S&W Model 28, 6" Highway Patrolman

June 23, 2005, 08:13 PM
Well a revolver is the obvious choice, but I don't own one.

All my MilSurp bolt actions have choked on bad ammo, as well as all the 22LRs.

My .45 is superbly reliable, but it has stovepiped on weak ammo.

My 870 only has 79 rounds through it, and it has some trouble on the 3rd or 4th round, but all the rest were fine.

My Yugo SKS did fine for the 100 rounds I have put through it.

My wife's SIG has functioned perfectly as far as I can tell, but over the life of the pistol I have expended less than 300 rounds through it.

Tough choice, it would be either the .45 or the SIG .380. The SIG has a spotless record, but the .45 has waaaaaaay more rounds through it without problems.

So with proper care and cleaning, it is the 1911 series 70 for me.

Now in a year or so when I own a CZ75 and a SIG226, my story might change...

The Grand Inquisitor
June 23, 2005, 08:18 PM
Pistol: Steyr M9. It's the only autoloader I own, and the only one I will likely own for a while to come; eat any ammo, great sighting system, and is more accurate than I am. I also own a Taurus revolver in .38 special/.357 Magnum, but I would still chose the Steyr because of my preference of autoloaders over revolvers.

Rifle: Without a doubt my Romanian CUR II AK74 in 5.45x39 - I have fired a few hundred rounds through it, and not only is it reasonably accurate, but it is as reliable as a revolver and 100% Romanian mil-spec (no US parts) - the rifle I would be willing to risk my life on.

June 23, 2005, 08:23 PM
Handgun: Model 57 S&W; always goes boom and hits what I aim it at.
Rifle: Model 700 Remington; same rationale
22-pistol: Ruger Mark II Bull Barrel (Govt Model)
22-rifle: Remington Model 541S.... ALWAYS Hits percisely where I aim it out to 75 yards.

June 23, 2005, 08:24 PM
If I have a gun I don't trust, I sell it. So really, all of them. However, my revolvers I trust all about the same, never had a problem with any of them.

My BHP's are first, in the semi-auto realm.

Never had a Bolt gun not go bang.

Never had a double barrel shotgun not go bang.

Vern Humphrey
June 23, 2005, 08:25 PM
Hmmmm . . .

My Kimber Classic Custom .45 ACP. My Pre-64 Model 70 in .30-06. My Colt M357 -- these three have had a real workout over the years and never failed.

Ben Shepherd
June 23, 2005, 08:38 PM
It's not the biggest dog in the house, but my sp101 has over 50,000 rounds and has never missed a beat. :)

June 23, 2005, 08:43 PM
S&W Model 625 (.45ACP), it is my nightstand gun (and will be doing pinshoot and IPSC duty some day).

Only other one that has never FTF/FTE'ed on me is my Marlin .45 carbine.

June 23, 2005, 09:16 PM
Probably my No.4 Mk.II Enfield. Or maybe my M96 Swede. Or my M70...

June 23, 2005, 09:22 PM
My Kimber Classic Custom, it has proven to be more reliable than Lassie.


June 23, 2005, 09:29 PM
My gun collection is quite small, but out of it my Smith Model 19.

I would like a Glock, though, for extreme dependability.

June 23, 2005, 10:36 PM
My collection is not very old or vast, but I'll vote for my Saiga 12. AK dependability and functionality with shotgun power. Been through about 500 rounds and never had a hiccup with ammo that it likes...and it has liked everything so far except PMC.

June 23, 2005, 11:51 PM
3" SW Mod. 65:


coyote Mak
June 24, 2005, 01:25 AM
These two guns are the ones that sit on the head board every night and when i get up and move about the house every night to limber my bad back up the Smith goes with me and the Mak stays with the wife.
If someone knocks at the door at the butt crack of dawn(which has happened many times) looking for his bud or some-other goofy excuse, he doesn't stay long when he meet me at the door.

:cool: :cool: :cool: :cool:

June 24, 2005, 01:40 AM
I'm split on this.

I would say that my carry G27 is my most trusted gun, but I can't discount my H&K USP40. Each one is utterly reliable and durable, but there was one time when the Glock stovepiped at the range. It shook me. But then I fired about 100 more rounds through it (and more since then) and not a single problem, so I count it as a fluke.

The USP has a flawless history with me. And being bigger and more accurate and with higher capacity, I would say I put a smidge more trust in it than in the Glock. It's what I would take into a true combat situation, whereas the Glock is just expeditious for everyday carry.

And if I had a Glock 22, that would edge out the USP.


June 24, 2005, 01:47 AM
870. I plan on adding a Airweight Smith in the next year or so. :)

June 24, 2005, 01:59 AM
In 1962 I was being sent overseas for the first time as a brand new Army Aviator. I bought a Colt Python, a Browning HP, and a Randall #14 knife. Still got all of em. The knife cost more than either of the handguns. I am told it is still worth more. Anyway, if I had to make a call between the guns, it would be for the BHP, the firing pin on the Colt broke once, but the BHP has never bobbled in over 30K rounds. I sent it to Novaks for a makeover a couple of years ago, wonderful work!
Obviously I am voting for the BHP. It has accompanied me through 20 years in the military, 20 as an LEO, and most recently as an LE/security trainer in sandland, and other unpleasant places(yeah I am getting a little old for this ****).
The BHP has been reliable, accurate, and effective, can't ask for more.

June 24, 2005, 02:15 AM
The one I trust? My Sig P228.

If I have room, my Mossberg 500 has never failed me (unless I feed it Federal ammo...).

June 24, 2005, 05:32 AM
Without hesitation: my army issued Sig 220. Never had any problem with it even in the worst conditions...

June 24, 2005, 07:48 AM
XD .40 - subcompact, service or tactical.

Lobotomy Boy
June 24, 2005, 08:08 AM
Handgun: Taurus 605C. My Glocks have been 100 percent reliable and I carry a 26, but the little Taurus is a tank, surprisingly accurate, and it's never, ever going to stovepipe.

Longgun: That's a toss up between my Tikka T3 and my Model 99 Savage. In theory the bolt action will be less troublesome than the lever action, but the Savage is 70 years old, has shot dozens of deer and been carried in the most horrendous conditions imaginable, yet it has never missed a beat. In a SHTF scenario I'd take the Tikka because .30-06 ammo is a lot more common than .300 Savage, and because my aging eyes appreciate the quality scope.

Browns Fan
June 24, 2005, 08:09 AM
I know that I've had just 200+ round thru my XD9, but for most autos this is the break-in period, where you would expect problems. No hiccups whatsoever. My Kimber Ultra Carry only gives me problems when I limp-wrist. That said, I am not sure if I have fired the XD enough to know if I have limp-wristed with it yet.

June 24, 2005, 08:21 AM
My Ruger Security Six in stainless. In the twenty years that I have owned it, it has never failed.


June 24, 2005, 08:32 AM
My Glock 19 never had any probelms, then had a failure to extract during my last range session. It was during a fun shoot with some questionable ammo. But...

My Sig 239 has never bobbled, but mags can go bad...

My Smith 586 is the gun that has been in my collection the second longest. It has never failed in any way. It is as accurate as I can be. It is the one I want in my hand if (hope never) I would need to take a shot to protect family or myself. Too bad I can't carry it for work. :(

June 24, 2005, 08:39 AM
If in harm's way and life, limb, and loved ones are at risk, its my Glock 21.


June 24, 2005, 08:47 AM
In 1962 I was being sent overseas for the first time as a brand new Army Aviator. I bought a Colt Python, a Browning HP, and a Randall #14 knife

Jack I'd love to see pics of the Python and the Randall if you have them.

June 24, 2005, 08:57 AM
The original question asked about which is your most trusted gun or more specifically: Which gun (or guns) do you trust the most? it did not ask which is your most trusted ammunition. Going with that in mind, I would choose a bolt action rifle from among my firearms. I have a revolver, semi-automatic pistols, a pump action shotgun, lever action rifles, semi-automatic rifles, and bolt action rifles. The bolt action rifles absolutely have the most reliable actions of them all. A .22 caliber bolt takes less abuse than a higher caliber, so if I had to choose the most reliable firearm that I have it would be a .22 LR caliber bolt action rifle.

Of the bolt action rifles I own, it is a toss up between a Remington 513T Matchmaster and a Mossberg M44. They operate flawlessly. They feed every ammunition type flawlessly when clean or dirty. They are wonderfully reliable firearms. Of course you can think along these lines: If it really must go "Bang" it wouldn't be a 22 - I've had too many fail because of the priming compound not being consistent in the rim. Then again, I have had very few failures to fire with rimfire ammunition; probably about the same percentage as with centerfire ammunition and, that is not much. Oh yes, centerfire ammunition fails too. Even the fairly inexpensive (not the cheapest stuff maybe) rimfire goes bang for me 99.9% of the time. If it is the ammo that is faulty, it does not make me trust the firearm any less, it makes me trust the ammo less or the combination of the two less. If the ammunition does not go bang because of a fault in the ammunition, it does not make the firearm any less reliable, it makes the ammunition less reliable. If you seem to be getting ammunition like that there could be some causes such as: poor quality ammunition - remedy: buy higher quality ammo; dirty firearm - remedy: clean it; worn firing pin or weak firing pin spring - remedy: repair it.

Which one always goes "bang" when it's supposed to? Of course, I also have some bolt actions in higher calibers. I own a couple of Moisin-Nagants, M44s. They are pretty reliable but I cannot imagine myself thinking that these are more reliable than are the two .22 rifles I mentioned. They are surplus com-bloc military rifles; this implies com-bloc military care which in my mind is not the greatest. They also fire a pretty heavy duty round which pounds the heck out of them. Sooner or later this is more likely to lead to a problem in the mechanics of the firearm.

Which one do you KNOW you can count on if and when you need it? Well, if you are selecting a firearm that you can count on, you should not rule out a choice because of something that is the fault of the shooter. Autoloaders can stovepipe...pump shotguns can short cycle...a double-barrel holds only two rounds...etc. Most stove pipes that I have witnessed are due to dirty guns and or shooter error not due to faulty ejectors as some may suspect. If a pump shotgun "short cycles" it is almost definitely because of shooter error. As far a double barrel gun only holding two rounds, that does not make the firearm any less reliable, that is simply a design feature of the firearm. If someone chooses to use a double barrel shotgun as a primary weapon in a firefight, shame on them if they need more than two rounds and cannot combat reload in time. Again that would be shooter error for choosing the wrong gun. That is not something that should make the gun any less trustworthy.

Now back to this specific question for a bit: Which one do you KNOW you can count on if and when you need it?As for counting on it when I need it, I would choose a firearm design that I know would to be dependable. I would choose a firearm that was quite versatile. I would chose one that I would know to be inherently strong because of its basic design. I would choose one with which I have experience enough to realize that the particular firearm fits those other criteria. If this particular question had been asked in the realm of self defense guns, big game hunting guns, birding guns, and so on, I might have chosen differently. As it was asked, quite in general as to which 'do you know you can count on', I would definitely opt a .22 LR bolt action rifle as the most trusted firearm I own. Combine one with high quality .22LR ammunition and then the combination is quite trustworthy.

All the best,
Glenn B

June 24, 2005, 09:28 AM
.32 1903 simplicity=elegance=perfection

eats both jhp and fmj to same point of aim.

M1 carbine same thing

1903a3 long distance is best way to reach out and touch people...


June 24, 2005, 10:01 AM
Glock 27 (kh)...

June 24, 2005, 10:50 AM
Pistol: Any Glock I have
Rifle: M1A or AR15
Shotgun: 870

June 24, 2005, 11:12 AM
Both my HK USP Compact 40 and my Glock 23 have never ever had any type of misfire or malfunction whatsoever. Both were bought new and have always gone "bang" when the trigger was pulled and there was a round in the chamber. Sweet guns, both of them.


June 24, 2005, 11:31 AM
H&K comnpact in 45 acp.

June 24, 2005, 11:33 AM
my sigs always go bang
my fav is kimber gold match always works and is most accurate gun I have seen

June 24, 2005, 12:26 PM
Rifle: Lee Enfield No.1 Mk III
Handgun: Ruger Bisley Vacquero in 45 LC

June 24, 2005, 01:08 PM
Handgun: Smith & Wesson 3913LS

Rifle: SAR-1

June 24, 2005, 01:22 PM
Glock 17 and Wasr-10

June 24, 2005, 01:44 PM
My Glock 19 has never hiccupped... though come to think of it I have a few other auto loaders that I could say the same thing about (CZ-85B, BHP, HK USPc 45, and my Wilson Combat CQB come to mind). Never had a problem with any of the wheelguns either.

As for rifles... my '44 Garand and SAR-1 have never failed to go bang either.

June 24, 2005, 01:55 PM
Glock 17 - din't really care for it at first, but now appreciate that it goes bang each and every time

June 24, 2005, 08:30 PM
Hate to sing harmony but if you put a gun to my head and said "pick out the pistol you have that will go bang without fail or I fire" I'd go with the Glock 19.

June 24, 2005, 09:57 PM
Kind of a wide opened question. If it is a must shoot type of question then
a double-barrel is my first choice. Two barrels, hammers, triggers,
firing pins, mainsprings, ejectors. Two of everything in one gun. That is
why the big / dangerous game hunters used double rifles if they could get
them. Anything, no matter how good it is or how many rounds have
already gone through it flawlessly, can break. A good double-barrel has two
of everything. They are a darn good club too.

Check with a class III firearms dealer if you want a double-barrel something
you can wear on a belt.

June 24, 2005, 10:19 PM
My most trusted pistol would be my Beretta 92FS. Rifle would be my Winchester Classic Laredo in 300 Win mag. Shotgun would be my Remington magnum super express.

Hot brass
June 24, 2005, 10:20 PM
Para P14/45acp. I carry it daily.

June 24, 2005, 10:24 PM
pistol - Glock G27
shotgun - Remmington 870
rifle - Bushmaster XM-15

I hope I'm covered.

June 24, 2005, 11:31 PM
You know, I think I have had a lot more mis-fires with .22 than any other caliber. However, that may be a numbers thing with the ammo since I have probably shot more .22 than any other.

June 24, 2005, 11:55 PM
cz-75 browning hi power :evil:

June 24, 2005, 11:59 PM
You know, I think I have had a lot more mis-fires with .22 than any other caliber. However, that may be a numbers thing with the ammo since I have probably shot more .22 than any other.I do hear this a lot but, maybe I have just been lucky. I can think of maybe 30 rounds of .22LR that have failed to fire for me, and almost 1/3 of them were due to a firearm malfunction (light hits, where case was not or only barely dented). The .22LR ammo that did fail was really dirt cheap stuff or extremely old. Any of the slightly higher priced stuff than the absolute bargain basement stuff has always gone off as far as I can recall.

I have had .223, .38 special and 9mm ammo fail at least that many times each. I have fired lots of these rounds over the years. Some 9mm NATO ammo (the real NATO stuff) was really bad for very hard primers and did not work well in at least a few brands of pistols in use when I was with Customs years ago. It did alright in the MP5s though. I also recall a problem with certain issue .45 auto made by Remington, also very hard primers, the few people who shot 45s on my job at that time all had problems with it. Quite a few with 32 auto (but that again was a problem with a pistol, it needed a new firing pin spring). Some failures with other calibers too but, in those cases very few failures to fire, maybe because fewer rounds fired.

It can and does happen with any ammo.

June 25, 2005, 02:32 AM
My #" 65-3 has been perfect over the
last 2½ years.It's accurate with
bullets over 140gr,lighter,faster
loads tend to open up the groups.
I think i've put well over 3,000
rds thru it and it's still very
tight.I also used it to qualify
for my ccw.

June 25, 2005, 09:17 AM
The odd couple.

Ruger "Fat" Vaquero, in .45 ACP. Yes, I sometimes carry a Single Action revolver for CCW because I don't have to think about it. It always works.
Also , my Keltec P32. Always in my pocket, always works.

Runner-up, my Ruger Speed Six. Still "New" to me, but becoming indispensable.

Further out there ; my Savage model 10 in .243 Win.

They are all very simple, and all work 100%


June 25, 2005, 09:56 AM
Most reliable percentage wise?? Duh-single shot #1, or H&R singleshot rifle or shotgun.What do I use? P-14 or P-12 VERY ammo spefic. Beretta 686 is the pinnacle of reliable over the long haul, froze my wet gloves on the STOCK!!,been in the mud, suffered the hottest recorded Sep 2 in OK history (126F!!!!!) :fire: in Snyder,OK, went deep in Ft.Cobb lake one sub-freezing day in jan- along with me, we wuz scuba :eek: diving; just not on purpose, but it has always worked and it's seen literally 10's of thousands of rounds.For a carry handgun with the reliable charastics I would feel best with a ruger revolver if I wasn't so anal about my Para P-14 & P-12. They will work for the next 50 rounds or so, I'd stake my familys life on it.

June 25, 2005, 10:21 AM
S&W 19-3
Marlin 30-30

June 25, 2005, 10:43 AM
Lee-Enfield #4Mk1

5000+ rounds and it ALWAYS goes Bang!

June 25, 2005, 10:50 AM
my sks is my most trusted rifle it nevr malfunctions

and my winchester 1300 is my most trusted shotgun i have never had a problem with it either

i dont have a favorite handgun yet..

June 25, 2005, 12:49 PM
AK-47 (SAR 1) Romanian

Makarov Russian

Thousands of rounds through both never a problem!

Combined I spent about $500 for these two. You could spend many times this amount and never get close to the level of performance and reliability these Ruskies give.

wizard of oz
June 25, 2005, 02:30 PM
Must agree with Tinker. My double barrel 12g snake (coach) gun. Absolutely dependable and deadly. And if it were to go click then just change triggers.

June 25, 2005, 03:53 PM
Sig P226 9mm and CZ-75B 9mm now that I have bought all brand new mags it is 100% reliable and very easy to hit with.

June 25, 2005, 05:52 PM
Swiss K31, Mossberg 500, quite a few others are in the 99.999999% sure they will cycle and fire category. The CZ75s and Norinco AK are 99.99% sure, but not 99.999999%.

Malone LaVeigh
June 27, 2005, 01:13 AM
In shotguns, though I like the Mossberg 500, my 870 beats it for reliability due to a slide rail problem I had with the Mossy.

In rifles, all of my bolt actions have been 100% reliable, so I guess I don't shoot them enough.

In rifle/shotgun, my Savage .22/.410 is probably the ultimate in reliability. Had it since I was a teenager (that's in the '60s, kids), with never a problem.

In pistols, the only ones I have that has never had a problem are the S&W .38 Spl snubbie and the Walther P38.

Still don't want a Glock.

captain obvious
June 27, 2005, 01:44 AM
"Lady Charlotte," my first rifle, a No. 4 Mk I Enfield, has never failed me, but as far as semi-autos go, it's a toss up between my M1 and Yugo SKS. The M1 easily kept on shooting the day my AK crapped out.

However, the reliability of the SKS is best summarized by the story of my first shots with it. The first time I ever used the rifle, I was out hiking in the mountains, and took a few shots with it, noticing that it acted as a bolt action rifle. I field stripped the SKS, and noticed that I had completely forgotten to remove the cosmoline from the gas piston. I had to use peanut butter from one of the targets I was carrying along with snow on the ground to clean the inside of the rifle - after that it had no problems shooting or cycling at all.

June 27, 2005, 10:05 AM
Beretta 92FS first choice. 11 years no problems of any kind.

Taurus 650 CIA .357 snubby, second choice.

June 27, 2005, 11:36 AM
Beretta 92FS first choice. 11 years no problems of any kind.I gotta say that reliability is the reason I bought my Berettas, all 9 or 10 I have owned over the years. I still have 4 of them; a 70S in .22LR, a 92SB and 2 92FS pistols. Those 9 mm pistols are extremely reliable. I have had about 5 Jetfires and one M21 in .22LR also. All great pistols.

cortez kid
June 27, 2005, 11:38 AM
Walking around the back 30, I carry either my Winchester .44 or my sks. Always have my Ruger SBH on my side.

June 27, 2005, 12:49 PM
My Glock 26, I don't have to think when I pull it out, I pull the trigger it goes bang, after that my Ruger Police 6, then my Beretta

June 27, 2005, 12:53 PM
Most trusted to go bang would be S&W revolver.

June 27, 2005, 02:29 PM
-Remington 700 BDL .270
-Ruger Single Six .22
-NEF Single Barrel 12Ga

June 27, 2005, 02:54 PM
Never failed to go bang:

FEG Pa-63 in .380 (but only as a BUG)
Colt 1917 New Service Army
Colt Magnum Carry (it did experience a misfire with ammo I reloaded but with factory stuff never a hitch)
Remington 870 12 ga.
Mak 90 in .223
Savage 116 FSAK (though I did manage to double feed a model 110B once... took a pocket knife and over 30 seconds to clear the jam)
Ruger Vaquero .44 Mag.

Has jammed but still top notch:

FEG Hipwer clone 9mm (likely THE gun I'd grab in an emergency)
Colt 1919 Government Model (pre-a1 with ball ammo)
Colt Commander Lightweight (with Colt Magazines & ball ammo)
Colt Government Model .380

June 27, 2005, 03:15 PM
I have an:


To name the ones I can think of right now and of all of them, I would bet my life on my Taurus 85.

Am I crazy?

June 27, 2005, 03:15 PM
Most all of my firearms are reliable but the one I have the most confidence in is my Browning High Power.

happy old sailor
June 27, 2005, 03:44 PM
i cannot pick a most reliable from a whole stable of absolutely reliable guns. had a FTF in .45 ACP years ago. it was a factory round, Remington 185 gr SWC. more snaps on it and it still would not go.

only dud primer i have had in multi K rounds, just one. i am glad it was not in a box i load into my carry guns. perish the thought. i know of no way to check primers for reliability or i would (except to fire them). i do cycle all ammo i plan to use in carrying an auto, through magazines and gun. it makes me feel a little better, but that dud primer still haunts me from time to time

June 27, 2005, 03:59 PM
I keep two here at home. One is a Rossi 12ga stagecoach w/20" barrels. It has a stock shell holder with six shells. The other is a Beretta 96 in .40, Italian made, has never failed to feed/fire/eject/ with anything I've run through it with all ten magazines. That includes reloads, lead, fmj, tefllon coated, hps,rns, you name it, it shoots it. I love my others and shoot them alll the time, but this is the one that always works.


June 28, 2005, 01:36 AM
My H&K USP .45 and S&W 586 are a nice pair of dependable sidearms.

My mother has a Jennings .22 that is 100% reliable: you can rely on it failing to fire, eject, or feed 100% of the time.

June 28, 2005, 01:38 AM
AK47. I've torture tested them. Never a problem, except rarely from Soviet era packing grease.

June 28, 2005, 09:55 AM
S&W .38spl Chiefs Special in stainless.
There's almost no way to make it NOT go bang.

.380 Taurus large frame auto is a personal fav, but they don't make the large frame in that caliber no more :(


June 28, 2005, 10:12 AM
Pistol- My Ruger P-89. I've put about 3500 rounds without a single malfunction. Lately though the slide will close when I insert a new magazine. Ruger is sending me a new slide stop no questions asked.

Shotgun- Mossberg 500 pump. I've taken it hunting through rain, snow, mud, etc. Never a problem. I also use it for skeet/trap. I've become rather proficient on the 2 shot stages.

Rifle- Ruger M77 with the tang safety. From 55gr sizzlers to 95 gr Barnes X for hunting, I've never had a problem with this one.

June 28, 2005, 10:15 AM
The gun I trust the most I guess is the Colt Python on my nightstand.

June 28, 2005, 10:19 AM
S&W model 19-7 357 mag :D

June 28, 2005, 10:27 AM
Rifle: Browning BLR
Pistol: Glock 17
Shotgun: Fox side-by-side

I have others that are as reliable but these inspire the most confidence in me because I'm most familiar with their capabilities. The Browning has cleanly killed everything I've ever fired it at.

June 28, 2005, 01:53 PM
Bushmaster/LAR homebuilt. Well over a 1000 by now and it has always went bang. The chrome lined barrel also shoots 1MOA with winchester white box unfreefloated. :eek:

I was floored when I took it out and got a group at 100 smaller than a quarter. I am afraid to have the barrel threaded since its a postban :(

June 28, 2005, 08:15 PM
The one I trust most to go bang, without any malfunction of any kind, would be my S & W revolvers.

Ky Larry
June 28, 2005, 10:15 PM
Rifle-S.A.R.1 (You gotta love Commie combat rifles)
Scatter Gun-Winchester 1300 Home Defender 12 ga.

June 28, 2005, 11:13 PM
S&W Model 696 no dash

Steyr GB - A shame they didn't catch on. Just ahead of their time.

Mr. Loud Guns
June 29, 2005, 04:31 AM
Either my M4 or Rem 700 Both are great guns and basically never jam

June 29, 2005, 06:13 AM
Sig Pro 2340 in 40 S&W.

June 29, 2005, 10:37 AM
I know that a lot of people prefer the larger caliber, but my S&W 5903 has had all kinds of ammo ran through it without any problems(less 2 ftf wolf rounds). Also it is extreamly accurate.I LOVE this gun! :D

June 29, 2005, 10:51 AM
The ready Bedroom gun...

Colt Trooper 4" .357Mag

The loaded backups...

My Makarov has never failed to feed, fire, or fling over several thousand rounds. It sits next to my Mossy pump.

The Carry gun...

S&W Model 36 snubbie with clipdraw and tyler t-grips.

I own a half dozen other reliable automatics in .45 and 9mm...but the revolvers and the Mac are the ones I would bet my life on.

June 29, 2005, 11:17 AM
I am familiar enough with all of my handguns that an irregularity in function is not a great cause for concern. I don't expect any problem using appropriate ammo however, they're very dependable. I do have more confidence in the larger calibers to get the job done for some reason. :)

For rifles then I'd have to go with the small caliber heavy barreled bolt action varmint rifle (mines a Ruger 243). It puts a bullet exactly where I want it. Malfunctions aren't an issue since it only takes one shot to get the job done with proper placement. Proper placement prevents p1$$ poor performance.. There's those 5 p's again and it's applicable to handguns or rifles.

June 29, 2005, 12:48 PM
Glock 19 9mm

S&W 637 38 Special

Remington 870 12 Gauge

Winchester 94 Trapper 44 Magnum

Weatherby Vanguard 30-06

Take your pick.

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