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Who's had a defective firearm right out of the box?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Slater, Dec 26, 2004.

  1. Slater

    Slater Well-Known Member

    Even the best manufacturers put out a lemon or two. Ever have a brand new gun that was defective out of the box? Whether missing/broken/incorrectly assembled parts or failure to function correctly, it really dampens your spirits. Had this just happen to a co-worker with a M1911A1 (Auto-Ordnance, I think) and he was pretty miffed.
  2. gulogulo1970

    gulogulo1970 Well-Known Member

    I bought a S&W 329PD that had a crack in the frame that I didn't notice till I got home. I was pretty upset, upset at myself for not seeing it before I bought it.
  3. R.H. Lee

    R.H. Lee Well-Known Member

    Yep. New S&W Mod 19 that was so badly out of time it wouldn't fire on all cylinders-from the Bangor Punta era.
  4. sm

    sm member


    Also Yep for folks I've witnessed as well.

    Hence the reason I prefer the Older well crafted firearms with real metallurgy, no internal / infernal locks,funky finishes ... and tricked out bling bling.
  5. motoman

    motoman Well-Known Member

    I got a bad

    Bushmaster Carbon 15 type 97 pistol. It will only shoot 1 shot and then it jams. I have to send it back to Bushmaster at my expense to have them fix it.
  6. another okie

    another okie Well-Known Member

    Beretta NEOS. I've found three burrs so far and had them ground off. It wouldn't go into battery consistently. Grinding the burrs off has fixed that, but I'm still having an occasional feeding problem. Actually I think there's a small burr on the feed ramp.
  7. Model520Fan

    Model520Fan Well-Known Member

    Had a 642 that didn't lock up on slow DA, out of the box. Dealer sent it back to S&W and they fixed it (new hand, I presume).

    Had a Colt Agent that had a horribly fitted sideplate, rode so high I couldn't use a speedloader, but it worked, and the innards were actually fitted very well.

    Charter Arms AR-7 was a jam-o-matic POS.
  8. lee n. field

    lee n. field Well-Known Member

    I bought a Charter Arms AR-7 whose stock fixing screw wouldn't screw into the reciever -- not long enough or mis threaded or something.
  9. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I've had one :( A SIG P220 that had THE WORSE TRIGGER PULL EVER! :banghead: The guy at the gun shop ran out of weights at 15# on the DA trigger pull and was 9# SA :( Sold it & haven't looked back
  10. Randy in Arizona

    Randy in Arizona Well-Known Member

    OM Ruger Bearcat $40 new, Firing pin too short to reliably fire primers.

    Santa Fe Arms 03-A3 $40 new, Receiver out of line, barely caught bolt on boltstop.

    Took both back to the dealer, traded for a Browning Challenger, SN 102113U8.
    I loaned it to an uncle that was having neighbor problems, it was stolen in a break in. :cuss: :cuss: :cuss: :cuss: :cuss:

    I still have an OM Super Single Six that has the barrel roll markings at an angle, but that is a defect that does not affect functioning.
  11. DWS1117

    DWS1117 Well-Known Member


    Colt Defender. Bad extractor, and wouldn't feed corectly with the factory magazines. Not much fun trying to shoot when almost every spent case gets left in the chamber while the next round, when it did feed correctly, would try to go into a full chamber.

    Feed problem got fixed with new mags. Called Colt to ask them to send and extractor. They wanted me to send them the whole gun on my nickle. After much jabbering and several calls. they finally sent an extractor. Replaced it with a Wilson extractor then traded the gun.
  12. ckyllo

    ckyllo Well-Known Member

    a 45 handgun para clone. should of realised it when it had C.A.I. engraved on the frame. that was the last firearm I will ever buy from century arms. was averageing 8 jams in a 10 shot mag. :cuss:
  13. wingman

    wingman Well-Known Member

    From the oldguy view point ,modern quality control sucks, now you pay your
    money and pull the handle, companies are more interested in getting the product out the door rather then be concerned if its up to standard.

    signed: an old QC supervisor.
  14. ietrash

    ietrash Well-Known Member

    Around 1978 or 79, I bought a Winchester Model 70 in 25.06. The 3-position safety wouldn't go all the way to full safe. I carried it back to the small town dealer where I bought it. He said " No problem, I'm a gunsmith,and I can fix it."
    I came back in a couple of days to pick it up. Sure enough, it would swing back and forth slick as you please. I don't know what made me do it, but I slid the safety to "Full Safe", pulled the trigger,and then slid it to "Fire". The most terrible sound you ever heard came next------SNAP!!!!
    It turns out this dumda$$ ground the sholder off of the firing pin to make the safety work. You should have seen the size of his eyes when that firing pin released. I found an "Authorized Winchester Gunsmith" in a local town to make it right.
  15. RavenVT100

    RavenVT100 Well-Known Member

    I had a loose front sight on my Sig P226 which Sig repaired for me at no charge.
  16. OH25shooter

    OH25shooter Well-Known Member


    Marlin 1894C: returned for cracked stock
    S&W 629: returned for timing problem
    S&W 908: returned for fail to eject problems
    Ruger 22/45: returned for ejection problems

    I still have each gun described, but it is a pain to send them back to the factory. What a hassle.

    I've bought new cars that were lemons. I'm beginning to believe QC is a thing of the past.
  17. Kharn

    Kharn Well-Known Member

    A used (I guess thats the key) Ruger MkII had the barrel/reciever interface out of spec, Ruger replaced the pistol for free.

  18. NMshooter

    NMshooter Well-Known Member

    My first H&K USP45 lost the left rear frame rail (what the slide rides on) the first time I shot it. There was a recall for all the pistols in that original production run.

    My first Springfield Armory M1A was recalled right after I got it. The cast bolts Springfield was using at the time were breaking at one of the locking lugs. The Scout model I replaced it with blew up first time shooting. The replacement Scout had severe problems with the gas system, even after the second trip back to the factory. The last one was a full size rifle and worked OK most of the time.

    My Springfield SAR8 had a very tight magazine well.

    Those are just off the top of my head.
  19. HSMITH

    HSMITH Well-Known Member

    Only one, a S&W M19. It might have actually fired the way I got it but I wasn't going to find out. I sent it back , they fixed it at no charge, but I was still wound up about it so I sold it.
  20. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    I bought a Smith & Wesson model 27-2 in 1978 or 1979 with a grossly inaccurate barrel. I sent it back to Smith & Wesson, which sent me a gun with a somewhat less defective, but still inaccurate barrel.

    http://www.clarkcustomguns.com did it right years later.

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