What Have You Broken?


July 17, 2003, 02:20 PM
We talk about durability of products, aluminum frames/receivers, plastic, MIM parts, cheaply sewn nylon, etc....but what parts have you broken? Not seen at the range, not heard from a friend, but you personally?

1. Beretta grip screw

That's about it... I did have to send my Wilson in for a hammer following the slide (went burst fire on a friend), and my M1A needed a new muzzlebrake (defective part and/or crappy QC), but other than my grip screw, I don't think I've had anything serious break on me.

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Jesse H
July 17, 2003, 02:39 PM
Recoil spring on the Ruger 22/45.

Extractor on the HS2000, but it was already pretty much 'broken' since new. 3K rounds helped smooth it out so it would no longer extract reliably.

Stock grips on Walther PPK/S. Brake parts cleaner tragedy.

July 17, 2003, 02:42 PM
Besides Hearts????????????


Guide rod on a G30

Recoil buffers in Marlin Camp 9..couple of those

July 17, 2003, 02:43 PM
2 Astra A-70 firing pins (same pistol)

1 S&W 60-5 hammer block

Para-Ordnance hammer/sear (probably factory defects; .45 burst-fire handgun isn't as fun as it seems)

July 17, 2003, 02:45 PM
Op Rod spring on my M1 Garand.
Easy fix, did it myself.

Pot metal trigger guard on my Dad's old Stevens 87A .22 rifle.
Found a new one at a gun show. Fixed that myself, too.
Now I own the .22, and his Remington 870 in 16 ga.

July 17, 2003, 02:46 PM
Hearts and promises.

Bartholomew Roberts
July 17, 2003, 02:52 PM
Well, besides the usual assortment of recoil and extractor springs which I don't think really count as broken:

1) Glock 26 Recoil Spring Guide Rod - Wasn't really broken and worked fine; but got a recall notice from Glock on it

2) KKM Match Barrel for Hi-Power - Snapped the barrel on the 7,102nd round. KKM blamed the gunsmith. Gunsmith blamed KKM. Neither one ever provided a replacement barrel. Dropped the stock barrel (which already had 6k on it) back in and am now at 17k total with no loss of accuracy or further issues.

3) Recoil Spring Guide for Hi-Power - Cracked through the top loop around 16,000 rounds but still functional when I replaced it

4) USA mag for Hi-Power - cracked at the feedlips after 800 rounds

5) KRD 17rd. Mag for Hi-Power - cracked at the feedlips after about 3,000 rounds. Continued to work with no issues until about 5,000 rounds. Still feeds pretty reliably but occasionally spews forth multiple rounds per feeding cycle now.

That is all I can think of off the top of my head. Despite the oft claimed fragility of AR15s, I haven't ever had a problem with any of mine and that is the only other weapon that I have multiple thousands of rounds on (about 3k on my oldest/highest round count AR).


Reminded me of two more reading the other replies...

6) Tritium sight tube in Trijicon night sights - got a little too loose with the Gun Scrubber and it ate away the white plastic retining the tritium tube. I just had a neat little hole in my sight instead. Trijicon, being the great folks they are, replaced it at no charge to me.

7) Broke the firing pin on an old Stevens .22. Dry-fired it once and snap. Still looking to get this fixed if anyone has any suggestions - although it is mainly my nostalgia gun anyway since the rear sight rotates 360 degrees.

Billy Sparks
July 17, 2003, 02:52 PM
Grips screw on a 92FS and bleached the grips on a P225 white with
brake cleaner....oh and the front sight on a Browning HighPower...shared
it right off in a draw stroke once...was not pretty. Sortta hard to finish
the IDPA qualifier after that but I tried....

July 17, 2003, 02:53 PM
gas rod on a MK43, and popped a rivet on the reciever cover. that's about it.

4v50 Gary
July 17, 2003, 02:56 PM
Grip screw came out on P220. Lost it but a rubber band kept the gun together.

Had a S&W L frame that the grips would shift whenever I fired. The rangemaster looked at me in askance, fired it herself and agreed. I cured it with a paper shim.

July 17, 2003, 02:59 PM
Hammer block on a S&W 649.

July 17, 2003, 03:03 PM
split a mossberg 500 barrel down the middle.

July 17, 2003, 03:04 PM
The firing pin on my S&W Model 10. Too much dry firing I guess.

Fixed it my self.


July 17, 2003, 03:05 PM
firing pin in a H&K USP compact .40. too much dry firing without snap caps. shame on me. they fixed it quickly and for free. lesson learned.


July 17, 2003, 03:37 PM

July 17, 2003, 03:37 PM
1911 plunger tube, it has worked itself loose twice (but I admit, I did a crappy job of staking it in, now I'm getting the correct tool to do it right). This one was totally my fault.

Ruger MkII Govt that I bought used, it was sitting on the shooting bench in the sun while I BS'ed with other shooters and became almost too hot to handle from the sun, when I went to fire it the barrel started to rotate from 12:00 to 1:00, once it cooled down the barrel was stuck in place again (and you wouldnt be able to tell there's a problem, except the barrel is now stuck at 12:15). Its getting mailed back to Ruger tomorrow for servicing. This one I'm a little pissed about, but since the gunstore got it in a trade, they didnt know anything was wrong with it (nor could they have, without heating the gun up until it was almost too hot to touch). :cuss: This one I'm a little pissed about, but Ruger's making it right (for a small chunk of change in shipping and labor fees).


Brian D.
July 17, 2003, 03:45 PM
A pal "detacticalled" my Benelli Super 90 years ago, with me watching. I let him start to clean the gun--he'd been using it, so why not--with some kind of car parts cleaner. Shoulda seen his face when that baked-on paint started coming off the receiver and barrel! No harm done, for underneath that flat ugly paint was some pretty bluing. He sorta did me a favor, though I didn't let on I was pleased. Messed up a few screw heads in my time, and stripped out a 1911 bushing or two. Shot off the plastic muzzle cover from my Steyr AUG. Nicked my chronograph with bullets twice, but it still works. And prob'ly a couple other minor boo-boos over the years.

July 17, 2003, 03:50 PM
U-joints,drive shafts,CV boots, transaxles,pinion gears,lockers,aluminum wheels,hubs,headers, front ends,and leaf springs..

Ooops! Wrong forum.. :uhoh: :uhoh:


I have never broken a single part on any of my guns.. :o

*edited to add*

I forgot all about the front sight that fell off my Mitchell Arms AK-22 a few years ago..

I still need to get it fixed. :rolleyes:

July 17, 2003, 03:58 PM
B-Square 'scope mount for an M1A. The big knob on the side was two pieces, with the threaded portion simply press-fit into the knob part. That came apart, and the mount was replaced by B-Square. (The replacement didn't fall apart, but it wouldn't hold zero. I don't use their mounts any more.)

Rib on a Savage Fox Model B-SE DB shotgun. Broke near the receiver, so it would slide forward on the dovetails with every shot. Silver soldered back together, it's fine now.

Rear adjustble sight (old model) on a Glock 17.

I hate to admit it, but I've bunged up a few screw heads, too, before I learned about proper gunsmithing screwdrivers.

I've had a few guns that weren't right from the factory (Kahr P9, Colt 1911 Mk IV Government) which the factory couldn't repair - do those count?

July 17, 2003, 04:01 PM
Sliding tang safety on a Mossy 500, the recoil spring retainer thingie on a G26. Snapped the :cuss: bolt handle off Sparky's 788, standing there at a gun show table. I was speechless for the 10 or so minutes he and the others spent guffawing. He makes sure that I'll never, ever forget.

Nathaniel Firethorn
July 17, 2003, 04:10 PM
HK USP 45f firing pin. Dry-firing without a snap cap.

Ruger MKII grip screw.

Also tried to shoot Wolf :barf: in the HK and wedged it up good.

- pdmoderator

July 17, 2003, 04:30 PM
Let's see,I blew up a Glock & I helped crack a 1911 Caspian frame shooting some really hot ammo.

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
July 17, 2003, 04:37 PM
I broke a recoil spring guide on my carry High Power about 15 years ago. Replaced it with a new one from Numrich (now Gun Parts Inc.) No other failures since then.

No problems on anything else I own, but then I tend to buy judiciously.


July 17, 2003, 04:42 PM
Guilty your honor:D

buttstock on an 870 ( duck hunting and ice, with unloaded shotty I broke the ice to get to pup lab retriever--didn't want him getting cut up)

Nylon 66, same deal, unloaded of course, temp dropped and had to break ice to cross the "creek'.

model 10, front sight...4x4 barrier ran into it

brand new 47 D mag..."punchy" loads being tested

870 mag spring...it was cold again, and this was a late 50's model

Grips on beretta 21, plastic...what do you expect.

Hight standard 22 mag derringer...whatever the dealie is called that goes from top to bottom bbl, this broke twice and not shot that much...gotton rid of.

H&R 999, sights work loose,and hinge pin kept going out...traded

Citori , front and mid beads broke off ...quail flushed and my Citori found the only tree in 3 acres.

I'm not allowed to touch Glocks at my gunsmith's. New Guns, I open and front sight falls off. I open the other box, customer shoots a couple of mags. my turn, 3 shots trigger breaks.

Weaver Scope on a '06, the mountain -umm-pulled itself from out from under my footing ( yeah that's it) [Trashed the Alladin Thermos too...yeah surprised me too]

I was about 10, I have no idea what military gun , but the stock split from receiver to buttstock --ouch--nasty bruise

Keltec P-11 4x4 barrier and metal drum attacked me , I lost both sights, slipped on loose gravel and "crunched" the mag during a mag change...I did finish the COF though ( this is the P-11 we were trying to tear up tho')

Model 19, bunches of rds, had to have a new cyl (pricey I might add).

I'm sure I've had others, but I use these things in all conditions.

:( my favorite mag carrier for 1911 mags finally died after 20+ yrs...just couldn't be re-sewn 'one more time'

July 17, 2003, 05:00 PM
Dunno how, but I busted the tritium capsule on the rear express sight on my first pistol. It was there when I bought it, but not on my second trip the the range.

I then replaced it with the wrong sized sights, and lived with whacked sight picture for the better part of a year.

Finally I got fed up and ordered the sig night sights, and busted a cheapo mallet trying to install them myself.

Jim the Gunsmith, who fortunately happened to come into the range around about the time the curses were getting loud saved my bacon, and my sanity.

July 17, 2003, 05:23 PM
and i recently launched the detent ball from a ruger mk II mainspring assembly off into parts unknown

NEVER take one of those apart :what:

July 17, 2003, 05:40 PM
Nothing yet! :D

But I did bust up a brand-spankin new Wilson 47D mag. My 1911 had a really nasty FTE and somehow jammed the empty casing back under the feed lips. It was a heck of a time removing it and in the process I bent one of the lips out.


July 17, 2003, 05:44 PM
mostly i've broken my

checking account and ran up my credit cards:neener:


July 17, 2003, 06:10 PM
The MIM BUSHMASTER slide release button broke on me once. I called Bushmasters, and they mailed new part immediately, no questions asked. It was kind difficult to reinstall that tiny roll pin though.
I gave 1/4 inch crack inside the cylinder chamber on Colt Diamond back by using Corbon .38 +P. I know it was over pressured round for my good ol gal, but come on! I only shot a single round through it. Make me think twice about Corbon bullets.
Broke plastic adj. rear sight on Rossi .357 revolver. Never bothered to replace it, then I gave it to a friend (he doesn't know how to shoot anyway).

July 17, 2003, 06:39 PM
Firing Pin Bushing on a HK P7M8
Drop Safety Catch Spring on a HK P7M8

July 17, 2003, 06:41 PM
I haven't broken anything! :D

Though I did almost lose a couple of springs putting together my AR-15.

July 17, 2003, 06:43 PM
The little plastic recoil buffer in my Star PD. Carved another one out of a nylon gear from an old GM wiper motor. Had a horrible time getting the guide rod apart-no flats or hexes to grab it by to unscrew it. Improvised brass jaws for vise and pliers. Have the factory part now, but don't want to go through that again.

July 17, 2003, 06:45 PM
I hate to admit it, but I've bunged up a few screw heads, too, before I learned about proper gunsmithing screwdrivers.

Ditto! Sometimes, I'm my firearm's worst enemy. Overcoming the urge to use whatever tools and parts are available and just waiting until the proper equipment can be acquired is one of my greatest failings. Oddly enough, my local gunsmith doesn't seem to mind my misadventures too much. :)

July 17, 2003, 06:47 PM
Lets see...

Broken a couple of Scopes, (Weaver and Redfield).

Dented a recoil spring guide on a custom 1911 (just say no to Pro-load unless you have stiff springs), replaced with GI part. Getting hammer follow-down on that same model now, wonder if the pro load stuff did more damage, or ?? It's a shame, it's a custom Franken pistol and well.. i just don't really trust it as much anymore.

Wore out a recoil buffer inside a Marlin 995 (but I think my cleaning slovent may have attributed to it cracking) Marlin replaced the part for free, gunsmith had it back in 30 minutes. Shot the barrel pin loose on same marlin, again fixed before ileft the range and NO Charge :D

Shot a number of scope mounts loose, buggered up screw heads (now have set of brass drivers).

Dad broke a thimble screw on my hawken that took two screw drivers and a trip to the smith to fix. He then proceeded to do the same to the set screw for the nipple.:rolleyes: So the hawken was in the shop twice in a month for man made disasters.

Sent numerous springs and pins flying. Replaced as needed.

Fixed a Colt 1908 vest pocket model (thanks to Numrich Gun Parts Corp.)

Ol' Badger
July 17, 2003, 06:53 PM
Extractor on my Colt Govt. Mod. in .380

The shroud on my Mod. 85 Traus

and one Glock that I rented for the Range! Thing went Boom on me and looked I a Banana that had a Firecracker in it.

July 17, 2003, 06:53 PM
Taurus PT-58S - the sear which pushed up on the firing pin block broke. Taurus replaced it under the lifetime warranty.

Colt AR-15 - Partly mangled a firing-pin retaining pin during cleaning. A couple minutes with a Leatherman sorted it out until I got a replacement.

Ruger Mark II - The first time I took it apart, I thought I'd broken it. However, after working on it for another hour or two, I just found out that when brand new, it's a bear to reassemble. It's much better now.

July 17, 2003, 08:08 PM
Hammer return spring on a 220 ... twice.

Hammer spring on an AR 15
Hand guards on an AR 15

July 17, 2003, 08:31 PM
So far, the only thing that I've broken, and I can't really lay claim to it, is the elevation screw on my Novak Adj rear sight. Buggered up the blueing trying to get the sight off so I could finish the competition and promptly mailed the top half back the smith who built her. I like the sight, but they really need a beefier elevating screw.

Other than that, nothing. I guess I'm not active enough; by the looks of it, some of you guys are having grand adventures.

July 17, 2003, 08:45 PM
Well....I have broken both a 3-wood and a sand wedge. They both deserved it after all, because it certainly wasn't my golf swing.

L&S scope, which they replaced for free

weaver scope mount.

No actual gun parts though.....knock on wood

Dave R
July 17, 2003, 08:46 PM
I broke the extractor on my FEG Hi-Power clone. I blame it on 500 rounds of Wolf ammo. Some of those cases got stuck so bad I had to use a dowel and POUND them out. The extractor would disengage from a stuck case, then slam forward against it. Gotta be hard on the extractor.

That was 2 yrs ago. No breaks since then.

July 17, 2003, 09:19 PM
Taurus Pt-140 : The slide-stop pin sheared right off!

Two different SA Ultra Compact V-10s : Both of them rounded off the slide-stop notches within 100 rounds or so.

I see a pattern of being rough on my slide-stops?? I just don't want to stop shooting when I get started.

Lexter in NC

July 17, 2003, 09:47 PM
... on your definition of "Broken." I wasn't paying attention and managed to let the yoke screw on my Taurus 617S work loose and disappear. I called them, they nicely mailed me a new one. After it arrived I found the original.

July 17, 2003, 10:11 PM
The takedown lever on my G29 disintegrated a while back. The busted parts of it were bashed into the frame by the reciprocating slide.

Thing kept shooting even with no lever and the parts floating around in the gun. :)

- Gabe

Will Fennell
July 17, 2003, 10:18 PM
This is a good thread......now I'm not counting springs. I have NO IDEA how many springs I have needed to replace. But real PARTS that I have BROKEN and WORN OUT.....we'll start with pistols...

Springfield Armory alloy compart frame on my Wilson Stealth cracked in 3 places after a "few" thousand rounds. Wilson replaced the frame with one of theirs for free:cool:

I can think of 3 1911 extractors I have broken the hook off of. All in .45 ACP, none in 10mm.

I wore out 3 Titanium 1911 hammers before I got wise and went back to steel hammers.

I broke 1 1911 ejector in a race gun.

I broke a Gold Cup rear site off a Gold Cup.

I didn't break the frame, but I shot a steel PARA ORD frame enough that the pin holes "walloed out" and the hammer and sear wouldn't funtion properly[read that intermitent full auto]. I had to replace pins with oversize pins. Again, a race gun with high round count.

Twice, I have had the factory rear site on Glocks become accidently dislodged......bioth times I didn't know that it was gone until I presented the pistol to fire it......very discerning:fire:


I shot out a Winchester Pre-64 30/06 barrel......it took awhile, but I finished her off :rolleyes: I mean completely shot it out, it wouldn[t group in 6-8 " @ 100 yards. Gunsmith confirmed it had 2 many rounds through it....ahhhh the joys of my younger days.

I have bent, stepped on, crushed, and generally made unusable several M1 carbine mags.

I have bent, stepped on, crushed, and generally made unusable several AR15 mags.

I somehow screwed up the plastic trigger guard on my old Rem 600. I think it was a combination of excessive heat and bug spray[Deer hunting early season in S.C.-August], it somehow got mushy and warped.

I broke a JP SAURER Drilling stock after half falling out of a tree......on top if the Drilling. I broke both of my arms at the same time.....


I destroyed[though hard use] a Bell and Carlson CARBALITE aftermarket stock. POS:barf:

I broke an issue M1 Carbine stock in half at the pistol grip.


I had a Remington 870 firing pin snap in half.

I broke a Remington 870 wooden buttstock.

On a Remington 11-87, I broke soooo many rubber O rings and piston rings, I was buying them a dozen at a time.

On a BROWNING 325 12ga Target Over and Under, I broke the Buttstock, and had to replace the locking bolt 3[!] times in just 8 months of competitive shooting. Not good.

On a BERETTA 390 12ga target shotgun I have broken....

1 buttstock
1 hammer
5 hammer braces
4 bolt connecting rods
1 bolt locking lug
2 shell lifters
3 trigger assembly retaining pins.

This gun has close to over 150,000 rounds through it....not a bad service record.

On a BERETTA DT10 12ga Target Over and Under. This gun has just over 140,000 rounds through it. In the action, I have replaced the cocking rods, hinge pins, and the locking bar. In the trigger group I had to replace 1 sear spring, but we aren't counting springs , remember;) This gun has held up amazingly well.

Some of these parts broke due to my misuse, but most due to wear and bad design. If you hunt enough, you'll drop a gun. If you shoot a competion gun enough, you will find its weak parts. If you shoot a rifle enough, you will wear the barrel out.......

But if you pay attention during all of this, you might learn a bit about shooting along the way;)

July 17, 2003, 10:33 PM

July 17, 2003, 11:46 PM
I got my first gun when I was seven. Turned 57 this year. I've gone thru at LEAST 400 guns in between and have over 50 at present. In that 50 years, I have NEVER had a part break or fall off of a single gun. Some have just flat WORN out, but that isn't breakage.
Heck, the gun I still shoot the most is a 1954 Colt .38 Super and it still has all the original parts it came with when new. And it went thru a Mexican national owner and Federale confiscation before I got it 23 years ago. (It had really, really ugly silver and Mother of Pearl grips with swastikas and mexican eagles on it. They are not on now but I still have them)
I wonder if this no breakage syndrome is because I have only had about 5 factory new guns in my life?
I did, however, really shatter a glass topped coffee table the first time I ever took down a Hi-Power. Launched the slide nearly to the ceiling and down to a center hit on the glass top.

July 18, 2003, 12:34 AM
Well, when it comes to my guns I have not broken a blessed thing! As for other areas of my life.......I guess I'm a bull in a china shop!:uhoh:

July 18, 2003, 01:13 AM
Holy crap, Will Fennell, what do you do to your guns? ROFL

July 18, 2003, 01:48 AM
Barrel bushing on one of my 1911s.

Will Fennell
July 18, 2003, 10:30 AM
In the early days, I bought primers 5000 @ a time. Now they just bring loaded ammo by the pallet load:p

Remember, to truly achieve nirvana, you must you must break into the realm of OPA...[Other People's Ammo].:cool:

July 18, 2003, 12:13 PM
Remember, to truly achieve nirvana, you must you must break into the realm of OPA...[Other People's Ammo].

I want your life!

July 18, 2003, 03:03 PM
I don't think I've every really broken anything per se. Most of the time it's things I tried to modify that didn't work out right. Bubbaizing.

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