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toughest most rugged pistol ever made

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by ba ba booey, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. ba ba booey

    ba ba booey Well-Known Member

    What do you consider to be the toughest, most rugged pistol ever made? Tough as in beat it with a sledgehammer, run over it with a truck, bury it for 10 years and still count on it to function. The only requirement is that it be semi automatic and chambered in something from .380 to .45acp.
  2. sigarms228

    sigarms228 Well-Known Member

  3. LNK

    LNK Well-Known Member

    Um, let me guess....................Glock?:banghead:

  4. Chevelle SS

    Chevelle SS Well-Known Member

    Glock 19
  5. 2wheels

    2wheels Well-Known Member

    If my spidey senses are correct, it sounds like some Glock fanboyin' going on round here.

    Carry on boys, carry on.
  6. wow6599

    wow6599 Well-Known Member

    3rd Gen S&W's?
  7. CyberRon

    CyberRon Active Member

    Ever try a Springfield XD or XDm? I have two and they're great!
  8. Carpedium

    Carpedium Well-Known Member

    Hi-Point .45
  9. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    Bryco .380
  10. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

  11. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    Probably want to use the search feature to find the 1911 that was buried for an unknown number of years.
  12. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    Glock vs. dog:

  13. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    Can we first discover the reason why anyone would do this to a pistol then rationally expect it to function? Sure, things happen to guns, and it's nice to know any particular gun's weaknesses, but to intentionally try to damage one to the point of failure--that's just Internet sensationalism.
  14. 45_auto

    45_auto Well-Known Member

    I'll give you 10:1 odds that I can take out any pistol ever made with one blow from a sledgehammer. You put $1,000 in an escrow account, I'll put in $10,000, then you pick the pistol. If it still functions after I take just one swing at it with the sledgehammer then you get the $10,000.

    CPLofMARINES Well-Known Member

    Looks like dog wins, unless dog was eliminated after that.
    Wondering if mag can still be inserted after that?

    Semper Fi
  16. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    Actually I would think something made by the Soviets (like a Tokarev), during WWII would probably qualify as the toughest most rugged pistol ever made. I mean consider the very simple and basic design of the gun, the elements under which many of them were built, the quality of the metals used and the subsequent assembly process, and then factor in the brutal weather and fighting conditions that they were subject to and I believe a strong case could be made for the Tokarev TT-33.
  17. Fishbed77

    Fishbed77 Well-Known Member

    Ruger Standard/Mark II/Mark III.

    Considering that these are built for the .22LR cartridge, they are probably the most overbuilt pistols in the history of firearms.

    I'm sure the majority of them (with basic maintenance) will outlive all of us.
  18. usp9

    usp9 Well-Known Member

    HK produced the MK23 to withstand harsh elements and abuse, more so than any other gun I've ever encountered.
  19. tipoc

    tipoc Well-Known Member

    I once watched Mike Tyson eat a Glock.

    This pissed off Chuck Norris so much he ate the slide of a 1911. But it was a Kimber so it was easy.

  20. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    While the Ruger .22 autos are well built and fairly tough in terms of their design and construction, the OP was looking for something chambered in a caliber between a .380 and a .45. I still believe some sort of pistol designed primarily for military use would have to be the baseline when looking for the toughest most rugged pistol. Some others that come to mind would be the M1911, the Walther P-38, the Glock 17, the MAB PA-15, and the Star Model 28.

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