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Still trust a handgun for home defense if you've had malfunctions with it?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by AirPower, Jul 2, 2004.


Still use it for HD after malfunctions with it?

  1. YES

    19 vote(s)
  2. NO

    33 vote(s)
  1. AirPower

    AirPower Well-Known Member

    Just had a FTF with the 1911, but I couldn't determine what it is was. old timers would probably attribute to anyting mysterious to limpwristing but I didn't think its' the case. Anyhow, I cannot figure out the reason for it but the failure has cast a shadow of doubt nonetheless. Now I am not sure if I'm 100% confident with it in a home defense situation.

    Would you still use it? The poll is YES and NO only there's no opportunity to diagnose the gun further before you have to use it for HD. Say, you got an FTF this morning, and tonight you hear a noise. Do you still grab it, or an old .38 revolver (normally not the 1st choice).
  2. Chipperman

    Chipperman Well-Known Member

    As the situation is layed out in your second paragraph, with no chance to work out the problem, I'd grab the revolver.
    That does not mean that I'd NEVER trust the 1911 again, though.
  3. magsnubby

    magsnubby Well-Known Member

    Load the .38 up with some +p's then figure out why you had the FTF.

    I would never trust a gun i used for defense if it malfunctioned in any way untill i corrected the problem.

    It's freaky enough when things go bump in the night without having to worry about a gun you're not 100% sure of.
  4. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Well-Known Member

    depends on the malfunction.

    was i using ball or HP ammo?

    if i was using HP ammp, i'd stoke it with ball untill i could diagnose the problem.
  5. Doug S

    Doug S Well-Known Member

    I've not kept any firearms that have been "unreliable". That said, I've two different firearms enthusiast friends who swear that all semi-autos will at some point experience some kind of malfunction.
  6. BHPshooter

    BHPshooter Well-Known Member

    The only time I have reliability issues is with my lead handloads. :eek:

    But, given your criteria, I'd still be comfortable with it. 1 malfunction is probably a fluke. Getting regular malfunctions, however, would have me going like this: :uhoh:

    Remember: malfunctions aren't necessarily the end of the world. Regardless of which "legendary" platform you own or use, it is still important to practice clearance drills.

  7. Dienekes

    Dienekes Well-Known Member

    Hell, no.

    I agree with the gentleman who says that semiautos will choke sooner or later.
  8. WonderNine

    WonderNine member

    If it failed on the very last round and I didn't have any more ammo to test it I would be a little weary, but it could easily be a strange piece of ammo. Remember that nothing mechanical is ever 100% and no ammo is ever 100% either.
  9. tbeb

    tbeb Well-Known Member

    I voted "no". I know where you're coming from. For 9-10 years I carried a .380 that never malfunctioned in my hands. Finally it had a failure to feed. I am 99% sure the problem was a weak magazine spring. I lost confidence in it. I bought a new magazine and sold it. I now carry a revolver. My house gun is a .45 ACP that has never hiccupped, and I hope it never does. Today's handguns are awful reliable, but I know both semi-auto and revolver can malfunction at any time. (As a suggestion--if you have a second gun then use it to back up your 1911. I back mine up with a .357 magnum revolver.)
  10. tc300mag1

    tc300mag1 Well-Known Member

    yes normally its a mmo problem i had my 9mm jam 5 time in one range session but at 650 rounds since it had been cleaned i expected it cleaned it next range session went though 250 with no probs
  11. Ex-MA Hole

    Ex-MA Hole Well-Known Member

    Funny thing...

    My gut reaction was "Hell no!"...as I look down at my PPK...wow...I guess I never thought that through...I have attributed the ah...misfires...as limp wristing...hmm....
  12. 1911Ron

    1911Ron Well-Known Member

    If i have a FTF and i change the mag and it dosen't happen again i keep it and find out why it malfunctioned, but no i don't have a problem with using it in HD. If i sold or lost confidence in any gun because of a problem i would have no guns! If a gun continues to malfunctions yes i would change it out untill i could figure it out.
  13. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    Depends on the malfunction and what it took to fix it. No problem using reloads counts unless I can duplicate it with factory ammo.

    I prefer my guns to not be ammo sensitive. Ones that work with some ammo brands but not others are at the bottom of my list and would be the last I'd load up for SD duty.

  14. Majic

    Majic Well-Known Member

    I sure would. It's just mechanical and usage will cause a machine to break. I trust my life in my vehicles and they breakdown also, but I just don't get rid of them for that. I repair them and go about my merry way.
  15. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    What was the problem? What have you done to fix it? Have you put a few hundred rounds through it since then?
  16. Delmar

    Delmar Well-Known Member

    Not enough info-I mean that if I dropped the slide stop and the entire slide went flying down range, I'd be a bit concerned. However, if I was trying to cycle ammo that was severely torn up out of an obviously out of spec magazine, I would know what to do

    (Many thanks to dozens of people right here on THR-Old Fuff, Tuner and the list goes on and on:D, and my first teacher-Drill Sgt May)
  17. Feanaro

    Feanaro Well-Known Member

    Not enough information to gauge this on. How many rounds has the weapon reliably run through? What kind of ammunition was being used? So on and so forth. If I had 2000 rounds through the weapon and got a single jam, I'd have no problem picking up the 1911. And the revolver... ;)
  18. Clean97GTI

    Clean97GTI Well-Known Member

    short answer: NO

    Longer answer: drop the 1911 and get yourself a CZ.
    ducks and runs
  19. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member


    A .38 repeater that works 100% every time definately beats out a .45 that may or may not be a single shot.
  20. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    I have had 6 jams in my Witness, all handloads, all several years ago, and I have about 12,000 rounds through it now. No problem. My wife had two FT eject with Blazers the first few rounds through her RAMI, but I call those break in jams, which I have seen in every auto, even the high and mighty Groks.
    I trust them both, implicitly.

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