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Which Manufacturer makes the most Durable semi-auto pistols?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Mark IV Series 80, Jan 7, 2003.


Which manufacturer makes the most durable semi-auto pistols?

  1. Beretta

    12 vote(s)
  2. Colt

    14 vote(s)
  3. CZ

    25 vote(s)
  4. Glock

    92 vote(s)
  5. HK

    20 vote(s)
  6. Kahr

    2 vote(s)
  7. Kimber

    5 vote(s)
  8. Ruger

    36 vote(s)
  9. Sig-Sauer

    20 vote(s)
  10. Smith & Wesson

    6 vote(s)
  11. Springfield

    12 vote(s)
  12. Taurus

    2 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Mark IV Series 80

    Mark IV Series 80 Well-Known Member

    Which manufacturer makes the most durable autoloading pistols?
  2. PATH

    PATH Well-Known Member

    Glock! Hands down.

    PCRCCW Well-Known Member

    Ill say there alot of guns that are up to the task..but Ive seen thousands and thousands of rnds thru 1911's and CZ's..even alloy framed guns. I know of a CZ that went over 93K rnds before getting retired..it broke the slide stop at 50?K rnds..but thats not bad...
    Shoot well
  4. wanderinwalker

    wanderinwalker Well-Known Member

    I don't think I could ever wear out a pistol from any of the makes listed. But I think Glock might have the edge. Or maybe a good 1911 type. Or even an H&K. Nope, definitely the Sig.... (er.. maybe not the Sig. Aluminum alloy frames have a shorter service life when fed HOT ammo.)
  5. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Member In Memoriam

    They all break, so there's another component of the durability question that would be included in asking the question like this:

    "Which manufacturer makes a semi-auto pistol that's still likely to be functional after 10,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, 500,000, or 1,000,000 rounds?"

    Kahr, Taurus, and Kel-Tec have lifetime warranties on their products. They all fix broken guns, and KT completely refurbishes theirs when one goes in for a problem.

    Durability with maintenance is a whole 'nother critter.
  6. JeepDriver

    JeepDriver Well-Known Member


    Their P-95' s are a tank. I been shooting mine for a while with out a problem, Glock has been traded off already. The SIg is new to the line you but I bet the Ruger will be there after the Sig is a decoration in the Safe.

    If we were talking revolvers it would be a toss up between Ruger and S&W.
  7. shotcalla

    shotcalla Active Member

    My Glock has been most reliable.
  8. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Staff Member

    IIRC, the last time the DoD purchased 1911s was 1945. Hard to beat that track record.
  9. bpisler

    bpisler Well-Known Member

    I voted for ruger cause i really like my P-95DC and i've never had a problem with any security six's if owned over the years.
  10. eagles1181

    eagles1181 Active Member

    There is a reason that Glocks are known as a revolver with a mag.

  11. Scott13

    Scott13 Well-Known Member

    I would have to say Ruger . Their MK 2 22lr's , and P series seem to last the longest that i've seen . I dont particualy like the p series in terms of looks or feel , compared to guns like Beretta ,
    and the Browning HP . But for a long lasting range gun i think they are tops.
  12. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    I've seen broken Berettas, Glocks (broke one myself), HK's, SIGs and S&W's...everything breaks. Nowadays tho, guns of quality are made to such high standards they will reach relatively high round counts before they reach the end of their service lives. My answer to the question..."all of the above" :scrutiny:
  13. jrpeterman

    jrpeterman Well-Known Member

    My vote goes to Glock with Ruger being a close second.
  14. dsk

    dsk Well-Known Member

    Didn't we already have this debate earlier on TFL?

    The most durable handgun is the one you can easily get spare parts for. They will all break if treated the "right" way.
  15. New_comer

    New_comer Well-Known Member


    Two thumbs up. :cool:
  16. Kahr carrier

    Kahr carrier Well-Known Member

  17. modifiedbrowning

    modifiedbrowning Well-Known Member

    Uh, the one that everybody always leaves off lists like this. Say it with me now, WALTHER. IMNSHO, of course.
  18. ruger357

    ruger357 Well-Known Member

    I am a 1911 fan, but I'm gonna have to go with Glock on this one.
  19. 45auto

    45auto Well-Known Member

    All guns break and need parts replacement, but if by durability it is meant how long will the gun last before you throw it out, then I would say a steel framed 1911. Well documented cases of hundreds of thousands of rounds in properly set up guns with "normal" loads. Just look at what IPSC shooters put through their guns. I find it hard to believe Polymer based guns could last that long within the same caliber comparison. We know aluminum framed guns don't.
    On the other hand, it might be cheaper to replace the polymer gun(or frame) than rebuild a 1911 in some cases- don't know!

    Just an opinion of course.
  20. ThePerfectOne

    ThePerfectOne Well-Known Member


    I think that says it all, a company who dares to define themselves as perfection.

    and they are still being modest :p

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