Pistol Reliability

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Any mechanical device is subject to an unexpected stoppage, but today's highly evolved designs coupled with high quality ammunition reduce that likelihood to such a low number we will regularly (and with good reason) bet our lives on it. Minimal and reasonable care with maintenance is all that is needed to ensure we maximize their reliability, and I don't consider minor bits of dust to offer any challenge to their dependability.
In other words "If you take care of your equipment it will take care of you"!!!:D I learned that early on while farming and ranching and then the rest of my life I have either wore a green, blue, or brown uniform and the same held true!!!:)
With my pocket carried LCP every 6 months or so I pull it out of my pocket and shoot it. No issue yet.

Problem is how much lint is I ones pocket is different from the next, so everyone should do their own tests.
I don't think lint would create any problems. On the other hand, LCP is a small handgun with tight internal spaces and small springs, and higher sensitivity to dirt accumulation.

When I first bought my LCP, it had to be sent back to Ruger because of severe feeding problems. On every mag, I'd get a couple failures to feed, failures to eject etc.

After it came back, it would shoot very reliably... unless I shot 50-70 rounds in one session, after that, out-of-battery issues would start. I assume that it doesn't like running hot and dirty. This doesn't bother me because ever since it came back it never again failed through the first 3-4 mags in a row when clean, and I clean it after every use. I never carry it dirty. If I had to, I'd stick with Glocks. My G26 never had a hickup,
Not lint, but in a similar vein, a buddy of mine----who recently retired as a police department armorer----related an incident wherein he found a pocket carried S&W 642 revolver jammed because of peanuts caught in the mechanism; he further opined that the specific incident involved a regular patrol officer-----had it been a Lieutenant or Captain or above, the stoppage probably would have involved cashews.....:p
10, once I replaced a broken firing pin. DON’T dry fire the Pico. As long as you pull the trigger on live rounds or snap caps, you’ll have a very reliable pocket protector.
I would worry more about spring tension, if fully loaded for a while, than I would about pocket lint. Then, I am somewhat obsessive about malfunctions and how to fix a problem (especially so after being on THR for a while) should one occur and worry more about maintenance. Not so much about a bit of daily dirt.
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