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Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Revolver Ocelot, Nov 3, 2009.

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  1. Revolver Ocelot

    Revolver Ocelot Member

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    If I were to ask you all for a reccomendation for a handgun that could tolerate endless shooting and still out live me with out breaking what would you say?
     
  2. acmax95

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    Ruger Security 6
     
  3. chuckusaret

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    S&W pre model 10 with serial number S769XXX manufactured at the end of 1944.
     
  4. Vern Humphrey

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    M1911. I've put many thousands of rounds through various M1911s. And unlike revolvers, when a part breaks, a drop-in replacement is available.
     
  5. CajunBass

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    Most any of them. With the exception of ones like RG, Raven, that class, but any quality gun will outlive most of us.

    If I managed to wear one out, I'd brag about it.
     
  6. DeepSouth

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    Well, I would have just said and old Smith or Colt revolver but yours was good to. :D

    Typically I'm more of an auto guy, I'm just not going to deceive myself into thinking auto's are more durable than revolvers.
     
  7. justashooter in pa

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    gotta go with the 1911 pattern guns. i carry one made in 1935, and quite a few uniformed fellows carried it before i got it.
     
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    Smith and wesson model 17.
     
  9. ArmedBear

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    Ruger Mark II or 22/45 heavy barrel.

    If you're talking about shot count, I think it's no contest.

    I don't think you could put 100,000 rounds through a Security Six without any repairs, but a Mark II? No problem.
     
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    good quality GI spec 1911 or honestly....my bersa 380 has been insanely reliable, my xdm never had an issue with close to 30k through it...and the STI gp6 9mm is said to be the best...
     
  12. Arkansas Paul

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    I don't have a lot of experience with autos, but for revolvers, the answer is anything with Ruger on it.
     
  13. Vern Humphrey

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    The M1911 has been everywhere, places revolvers and other guns never dreamed about going. It got its baptism of fire in 1913 in the Phillipines, it was in Mexico for the Vera Cruz expedition in 1914. It was in Haiti in 1915, in Mexico for the Punative Expedition in 1916, in the trenches in France in 1918. After WWI, it served in Archangel in Russia and on the Trans-Siberian railway and in Central America for the Banana Wars. In WWII it served from the deserts of North Africa to the rain forests of New Guinea. It soldiered through Korea and Viet Nam.

    It's a rugged design, with few small parts -- especially few small parts that come under stress (unlike the hand and cylinder stop in a revolver.) And all its parts are drop-in replacement when you wear one out.
     
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    Redhawk or Blackhawk in 357 would be my vote.
     
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    KINDA HARD TO BEAT THIS TRACK RECORD...:cool:
     
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    Ruger P89
     
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    It all comes down to what your definition of "endless" shooting is.

    If you are into heavy competition, almost everything on a gun is a wear item when you get down to it.

    But take a glock, well made 1911, and a .45acp revolver (low pressure, so you aren't eroding the top strap much).

    All three of them you'll shoot out the barrel at some point. Might be 30,000 rounds, might be 100,000 rounds, but somewhere in there, the barrel will probably have some issues. It is really dependent on the barrel and the loads you shoot.

    On a 1911, you can wear out or break slide stops, thumb safeties, trigger group components, break the barrel link, crack the slide, and crack the frame.

    On a glock, you likely will crack the frame as it ages, especially on the 22 it seems. You will shoot out barrels, although the stock barrel does seem to tend to make it past 50k more often than not. The slides can also crack, but odds are the frame will go first. You can wear out extractors, and trigger parts.

    On the S&W revolver, you have timing issues creep up, which is the main thing in addition to shooting out the barrel (although I'm not a big revovler guy, so i may be missing some issues). If you are shooting higher pressure rounds like magnums, you will erode the top strap. .44 magnum in the S&W or the smaller taurus frame will basically destroy itself with use with regards to cylinder lockup.

    Stick with an all steel gun, and there isn't much that isn't fixable. If your idea of a lot of shooting is a few hundred rounds a year, you will be shooting all of them for quite some time.
     
  18. Dr.Rob

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    Nods to the 1911, any revolver kept cleaned and oiled. BHP's are pretty darn stout too.

    But I'd say the Colt single action army has outlived quite a few of its original owners and is still shooting. Simple is good.

    I had a friend I worked with who shot a lot, and NEVER cleaned his P-89. Don't ask me why he was a Marine and new better, he just wanted to see how far it could go I guess.
     
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    Berreta 92. My brother was an armorer for the Air Force. There were a lot of 92s or m9s if you will, that he was responsible for and no matter the age or appearance they all cycled and put lead down range. He said the same for the couple of Smith model 10s they had but they've already been mentioned.

    I have to agree with the earlier sentiments about the Ruger speed six. My old neighbor had one since the early seventies and has carried it everyday since it was new. He reloads for a living and has put thousands upon thousands of rounds through this gun. It is still shooting and it is still the gun he depends on for conceal carry.
     
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    A Freedom Arms revolver!
     
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    Ruger Blackhawk in 357
     
  22. ArmedBear

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    Thousands of rounds? Big whoop.

    I shoot .22 pistol competition, and there are guys who have put 150,000 through a Ruger or Browning semiauto pistol without having to do anything to the gun other than the action tuning they did when they first got it -- and still continued to win matches with the thing.

    What does that show?

    A handgun with a stationary barrel has an advantage. A handgun with oversized moving parts and polished sliding surfaces has an advantage. A handgun that's built heavy for the rounds it fires has an advantage.
     
  23. KAK

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    Ive heard of some rugers being nearly bomb proof. I would personally think that the S&W 500 mag is one of those guns made to last very long!! It is very overbuilt and weighs as much as some rifles. Dont be too scared of the kick its not as bad as youd think.
     
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    Ruger gp 100s are tanks
     
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    Anything Ruger!
     
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