Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Giles62, Feb 9, 2012.
My particular problem was caused by the fact that I had had it sent directly to a 3d party for BearCoating before I took possession. Although they did a beautiful job of coating the gun Les said it wasn't put back right (to his specs I think) after the coating. I didn't know any better (to tell them not to) and they evidently coated some internal parts that shouldn't have been (like the trigger box, etc. When I got the gun from the BearCoating I was shocked to see that they had coated the stainless magazines! That of course caused the mags to stick in the magwell when released instead of sliding out like they're suppose to but that wasn't necessarily the cause of the failures. I won't go into detail but, long story short, Les charged me a small labor fee (but no shipping charges either way) and I think I'm back in business. I've been to the range once for a quick 100 rounds and the gun was flawless.
I recommend calling and getting the gun back to them asap. IMO they are great guns but nobody's perfect and it seems that you have that needs to be set right by them. I wouldn't give up until you give them a try. Let us know how it goes. (That girl is Brenda BTW. )
Of course it's preferred, but I don't think it's necessary unless buying used and even in that case, if you buy from a reputable business, you shouldn't have a problem. Plus, it's difficult to "fondle" some guns that are custom made and have a 3 to 18 month wait time just to get the piece you order - it's not impossible but it's difficult.
At least half of the guns I own weren't "fondled" before I bought them and I've not yet had a problem with buying a gun that I saw for the 1st time when I opened the package.
How would handling the gun prior to purchase show you that in the first 1000-1500 rounds you would have these types of problems?
Well, it wouldn't and that's a good point! The most it would tell you is how it felt to hold the gun. IMO reading reviews, others owners comments, etc. are much more valuable until you actually get the gun and shoot it. Then you find out (totally) what it's like.
I have no idea if he would talk to you, but I have spoken with him several times.
I do have to snicker when people say that if you buy an economy 1911, they are made of compressed rust and doomed to break, but if you buy a custom shop gun, the extra thousand dollars (or more) gives a magical degree of indestructability.
None of my Baer's had issues like you describe.
I can tell alot just by pulling the slide back and watching and feeling the barrel going into battery. A hard fit barrel with timing issues will cause all kinds of reliability problems. Looking before you buy also enables you to detect cosmetic issues.
That is the advantage of Baer.
I am sure Baer will make it right if there is a problem. He test fires all of his guns before blueing if I remember right so there may be some sort of glitch in the final finish that needs to be rectified.
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