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Most durable 9mm, .40 S&W and .45

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Irfan, Sep 14, 2008.

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  1. Irfan

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    In your experience what is the most durable 9mm pistol? What about .40 S&W and .45 ACP? Any owner of a shooting range here?
     
  2. Superfly3176

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    I hear Para Ordinance is good for .45 ACP
     
  3. Thernlund

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    In my experience, most guns from reputable manufactures are pretty durable.

    But I expect that we're talking hypothetical extremes. In that case, Glock, XD, and M&P all come to mind.


    -T.
     
  4. Artiz

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    Are you talking about polymer pistols, or any pistol.
    Based on what I saw and read, in the past years, the Sig P226 is really durable.
     
  5. searcher451

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    Well, here's a vote for the Walther-designed P.38 line of pistols that pre-dated the start of the Second World War. There are thousands and thousands and thousands of them in existence around the world to this day, and they are still treasured by collectors and shooters alike and are considered to be highly reliable and accurate firearms, 60-plus years later.
     
  6. Treo

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    9mm CZ75B

    .40 S&W CZ75B

    .45 ACP CZ97B

    they're all heavy steel pistols well made, reasonably priced and reliable
     
  7. Thernlund

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    +1 for the CZ. Very solid pistol with a nice price tag.


    -T.
     
  8. Treo

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    Of course no discussion of durability would be complete W/out the following from Jorg

    Originally posted by Jorg

     
  9. JZ06

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    9mm there have been a few.
    Sig P226(tank, NEVER did anything but bang bang bang!)
    Sig P239(ftf ONCE with hp's, only once, otherwise, SOLID)
    Beretta PX4, neck and neck tie with my glock 19c, 3950 rds through the one I had, and it functioned PERFECTLY
    Smith and Wesson Model 59 100 percent reliable.
    Glock 19c, "perfection" I don't need to say more!

    I'm not a fan of .40 so I'll jump right to .45

    Glock 21C
    My friends Glock 21S/F
    My friends Taurus PT-145(I had the same gun, mine wasn't as good as His)
    Beretta PX4 .45
    Springfield Armory 1911-A1
    CZ-97B
     
  10. Supertac45

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    Sig 220, 226, and 229.
     
  11. Thernlund

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    As I said in my first post... most reputable manufacturers. ;)


    -T.
     
  12. The Lone Haranguer

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    Few of us have the time or money to shoot every make and model of gun to destruction, but I would have to say that the Smith & Wesson "third-gens" in all stainless steel are some of the most durable guns in all three calibers.
     
  13. DWARREN123

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    9mm and 40 S&W, Glock.
     
  14. LCTitan

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    Very tough to beat any Glock for durability and reliability in 9mm, 40S&W or 45ACP.
     
  15. Fat Boy

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    However, in just a few minutes, a Glock fanboy will come by and post a link to a test where a Glock was put in a blender filled with Drano, sulfuric acid, Coca-Cola, piranha, and 2 pounds of industrial diamonds. A CAT D8 bulldozer was then dropped on it from 1000 feet. The owner picked up the Glock, chambered a 155mm HE round, hit a post-it note at 917 miles, and then proceeded to run 726,761 rounds of Wolf ammo coated with Gorilla Glue with no failures.

    This may be the funniest quote I have ever read...It was well worth the Diet Coke shooting from my nose-
     
  16. Javelin

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    Personal experience...

    Glock
    Glock and....
    Glock

    :)
     
  17. Glock-IT

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    9mm- Glock Hands Down. Maybe Tanfoglio Witness..
    40 S&W- Glock or XD
    45acp- Springfield 1911A1 Loaded.
     
  18. NG VI

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    Surprised no one mentioned HK yet, the USP is an incredibly durable pistol, but still not as durable as its big brother, the ultimate pistol, the MK 23 SOCOM.
     
  19. Glockorama

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    Well, I see everyone is picking thier favorites, and they are all fine guns, and quite durable. But I can't believe, on a question of being most durable that the Ruger autopistols have not been mentioned. They are not my personal first-choice preference, but they are built like tanks.
     
  20. NG VI

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    I think for 9mm the CZ 75 is going to be a tough one to beat.
     
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    Durability

    Glock 19,23 and SIG 229
     
  22. Water-Man

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    XD, Glock & Ruger.
     
  23. Artiz

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    Anyway, everybody will post their own gun, without paying attention to other guns on the market wich is completely human I believe, but they will post their own gun that most of the time have never been "tested", dropped, hit by a baseball bat, etc.
    It's normal, and I find it to be funny after a time... ;)
     
  24. Glock-IT

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    Yes, I mentioned mine, but I have owned hundreds of others and I still believe my post as some of the best in my opinion.
     
  25. Smaug

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    In my experience, the most durable 45 is the Ruger P90.

    I had one experience in which I shot a squib load, which never left the barrel. Not realizing it was a squib, I fired the next shot (not a squib!) into that one.

    The recoil didn't feel right, but I didn't even realize what had happened until I saw that the slide was halfway between forward and backward, and it wouldn't budge.

    The second shot had run into the first one and knocked them both out of the barrel, but had bulged the barrel in the meantime. It was locked up solid, but it didn't blow up in my hand, which I'm thankful for.

    Only a couple times did I try hot 45 loads, like +P+ levels. It didn't hiccup (the Ruger P90 was originally going to be a 10mm) but they weren't as accurate as regular pressure loads either.
     
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