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Best quality gun manufacturers???????

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hornblower, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. hornblower

    hornblower Active Member

    As a newcomer, decerning the best quality gun manufacturers is difficult. It seems that every manufacturer has more than its fair share of detractors.

    Who are the manufacturers, both handgun and long gun, considered to make the highest quality guns?

    I am not talking about very expensive esoteric guns, but rather those manufactured by companies that are mentioned over and over in these forums, like:

    Sig Sauer

    I would really welcome input and facts that support the opinions.

    Thank you.
  2. JCMAG

    JCMAG Well-Known Member

    A better list of contemporary firearms manufacturers concerning quality may be those that do not make high quality weapons.

    I'll let more knowledgeable folks line up for this one, but I'd say that, in order to stay in business in these tough times, most firearms manufacturers are putting out fine stock.

    Because there are so many fine weapons out there, past and present, it is going to come down to your personal preferences.
  3. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't hesitate buying from any of the companies you list. They all make fine, high quality guns. I'd add CZ, S&W and HK to the list.
  4. Nightwing

    Nightwing Well-Known Member

    Every manufacturer you mentioned makes a gun I want. None are better products based on quality. They are simply all different guns that serve different purposes.
    All preference.
  5. Big45

    Big45 member

    I've learned to disregard most opinions on the subject. 99.99% of all new guns work just fine. Some are better than others in overall quality. Anything new these days is almost certainly going to be a quality firearm.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2008
  6. Nightwing

    Nightwing Well-Known Member

    Besides.... HiPoint is better than any of those. hehe
  7. f4t9r

    f4t9r Well-Known Member

    everyone you listed makes good products
  8. alemonkey

    alemonkey Well-Known Member

    How about Cooper? I've been lusting after one of those rifles.
  9. Superlite27

    Superlite27 Well-Known Member

    What about STI? How does an STI 1911 rank in comparison to, let's say, a Springfield Armory 1911?

    Just because I'm considering forking over the moolah for an STI.
  10. Rachen

    Rachen member

    Auto Ordnance.

    Why? Because they kept to the "old ways". They were original manufacturers of the 1911 and Thompson subguns during the first half of the 20th century.
    Not only they use the original tooling, plus some newer advancements from Kahr, they also produce high quality, yet budget priced items.

    Anyone, from a soldier on the field to a homeowner living in a crime ridden neighborhood, should not feel any way underarmed with an Auto Ordnance 1911A1.
  11. RoadkingLarry

    RoadkingLarry Well-Known Member

    A lot of times it is not much different than the Ford/Chevy/Dodge debate, influenced as much by personal preference as actual quantifiable quality
  12. alemonkey

    alemonkey Well-Known Member

    But I've never seen a sticker of Calving p***ing on a Ruger emblem. :)
  13. modifiedbrowning

    modifiedbrowning Well-Known Member

    Don't forget Walther.
  14. joehaha

    joehaha Member

    Can't beat Savage.
  15. searcher451

    searcher451 Well-Known Member

    I've owned a variety of Ruger products during the past 45 years and have never ever experienced so much as a hiccup in any of them, from revolvers to rifles. +1 also on the German-made Walthers ... still the real deal.
  16. catfish101

    catfish101 Well-Known Member

    This isn't probably one that will be mentioned and may be on the "very expensive esoteric guns" list but Shiloh makes works of art and are one of the best built guns that I have ever owned and had the pleasure to shoot.

    I shot this weekend and IMO the old BP's are some of the best shooting a person can have.
  17. Like some said, nearly ALL modern gun makers make high quality firearms - very high in fact - even those considered low-end. So it would be easier to make a list of the companies who put out crap - very short list.

    But having said that, I think I can answer your question of what brands are considered "prestige" brands, among non-custom factory-made brands - arguable whether they're actually better, but most people perceive that they are:

    -Sig-Sauer/ Sig Arms
    -Thompson Center
    -(old) Winchesters
    -(old) Smith & Wessons
  18. dmazur

    dmazur Well-Known Member

    Aha! What do you mean by quality?

    There are some purists who believe the high cost of machining parts drove the manufacturers to investment cast receivers, MIM internal parts, and hammer-forged barrels, and that these are inferior to the original production methods.

    For fun, research "Pre-64 Winchester Model 70" and read about the endless argument on whether the modern production Winchesters are their equal.

    It isn't easy to define quality. To be sure, there are poorly made investment cast receivers, but Ruger's are generally of high quality, have proper heat treat and final machining. I believe the same is true of MIM parts, and hammer-forged rifling. If you look, you can find bad examples, but these shouldn't condemn the production method. Just that company.

    If you define quality as "reliable and withstands typical field abuse", then many of the modern synthetic-stocked stainless wonders are higher quality than some earlier rifles.

    For many, quality gets mixed up with aesthetics. When they describe a rifle as high quality, they are referring to the evidence of hand-fitted actions, detailed hand-checkering and the like.

    So, if you research this stuff at length, you will probably wind up in the same position I am....confused. ( :) )

    To summarize, I believe each of us has to define quality according to our own standards. Standards which vary according to our needs.
  19. Treo

    Treo member

    I think you would be better served W/ a list of what to avoid. For starters stay away from

    Llama & Jimenez Arms
  20. MountainPeak

    MountainPeak Well-Known Member

    In the 44 years that I have owned firearms, probably my best overall experience has been with Rugers and Glocks. Both are sturdy, reliable, and reasonably accurate firearms. I've owned over 100 firearms and the only manufacturer you listed that I've had problems with is Kimber. I've owned 4 of their 1911s, and two of them were stinkers. I know a lot of people love them, but I guess my luck must just be bad.

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