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Factors for reliability--and who's got them

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Shmackey, Dec 26, 2002.

  1. Shmackey

    Shmackey Well-Known Member

    What do you think are the factors that account for a handgun's reliability--or lack thereof? And which manufacturer best takes these into account?

    For example:

    Feed ramp angle
    chamber support
    relationship between magazine-top level and chamber
    Feed ramp on frame or on barrel
    Method of action of safety (blocking sear or trigger)
    Method of cycling (locked/blowback)
    Magazine quality
  2. George Hill

    George Hill Well-Known Member

    Oh man... this is a debate land-mine just waiting to be stepped on.

    HK P7.

  3. bokchoi

    bokchoi Well-Known Member

    I concur.
  4. Shmackey

    Shmackey Well-Known Member

    OK, OK, forget the manufacturers. What about the factors themselves? I will say one thing about your P7: the relationship between the top cartridge in the magazine and the chamber probably contributes to feeding reliability.

    I also think it's interesting that the 1911 was designed to have a gap between the feed ramp and barrel.
  5. BamBam

    BamBam Well-Known Member

    My Glock G-22 was used when I bought it. I've put over 20,000 rounds thru it. I honestly can't remember a single failure with factory ammo. I have never replaced a part on this pistol (I did add a LazerMax).

    I've also had other Glocks with perfect records but fewer rounds.

    Flame away.

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