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What are some of the most simple and reliable firearms?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by FourteenMiles, Apr 1, 2011.

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  1. FourteenMiles

    FourteenMiles Member

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    Extremely simple firearms with few parts tend to interest me very much. For example I love older single shot 22s, and when someone on this forum posted a picture of an old 22 single shot with a thumb trigger I nearly [had an involuntary reaction of the most publicly embarrassing sort].

    I am not really looking for things like slap-bangs, zip guns, liberator pistols or anything like that. More production guns with few parts that are actually meant to be used regularly. I don't mean revolver simple, but more falling block simple.

    I would prefer to hear about guns that use smokeless powder cartridges.

    Thanks in Advance.

    ETA: I almost feel like I included too many parameters, let them be a guide but not "rules" for the discussion.
     
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  2. deadin

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    Rolling Blocks. Simple and Strong!
     
  3. Shadow 7D

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    a spanish ruby... or Tokarev,
    simplified designs based off of masterpieces of the time.
     
  4. buttrap

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    I would have to agree with the what was said above..the rolling block rifle.
     
  5. Bernie Lomax

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    Break-action.
     
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  7. kingpin008

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    Most simple and reliable, eh?

    I'd have to go with the Handgonne. Doesn't get much more simplistic nor reliable than that. :D
     
  8. Carl N. Brown

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    I have always wanted a Stevens Favorite, single shot, lever actuated falling block. Sheer 19th century simplicity.

    I have a .22 Bronco, another very simple single shot, but a much later 1970s design based on rods and tubes.
     
  9. Smokey Joe

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    Simple & reliable...

    Fourteen Miles--For a semi-auto pistol, the Ruger Mark I is about as simple and rugged as it gets. No longer made; now they're on the Mark III Californicated version.

    The Mark I was target-ready out of the box. I bought one with a bull bbl in l962, and used it immediately in league competition. The trigger was even decent.

    First time I took it apart to clean it, it astonished me with the small number of worky bits inside.

    Since, of course, lawyers and laws have changed all that.
     
  10. Tommygunn

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    How about Glock.
    Ugly, no "personality," a "brick" with a grip -- but still a very reliable utilitarian, easy to strip down semi auto.
    Some of the earlier choices are excellent; I was trying to add a modern "flavor."
     
  11. RimfireChris

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    Any of the Rossi, NEF, H&R single shots are good, reliable, if not the most attractive firearms, and can be had with many different barrels to boot. On the other end of the spectrum, there's the Thompson Center Contender and Encore, both single shots but with a much higher level of fit and finish.
     
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    One vote for a contender carbine or pistol.
     
  13. essayons21

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    MAS-49/56. One of the first DI rifles, very few moving parts, and very reliable in its original configuration. They have a bad rep because many were imported and converted to .308 by the drunken monkeys at CAI.

    Makes the AK look complicated.
     
  14. quietman

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    For a gun with a magazine, a MARLIN lever gun. About the only spare part you'll ever need to keep on hand are an ejector spring and firing pin. And with that chances are you won't need them. They are extremely easy to tinker with and improve w/o buying new parts (unless you want to).

    Otherwise single shots are the most simple and reliable

    Any good quality single action revolver would fall into the most reliable handgun, although it may not be the most simple mechanically. However, they aren't incredibly complex either.
     
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    Rolling block and falling block.
     
  16. Remo223

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    The simplest firearm is a break action shotgun, and similar...such as thompson contender.
     
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    Glock. AK. Either will happily wreck your ammo budget without breaking a sweat.
     
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    The main gun in an Abrams tank. Very simple dropping breech block, incredible accuracy for its relative length.
     
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    Modern AR.
     
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    falling block, break open are as simple as they get. now in an auto loader a true blow back open bolt is right up there. i have a semi auto 22lr that has 2 trigger parts a barrel a bolt with no extractor or firing pin. just a cap on the end and spring. the mag is the most complicated part of the piece. also see sten m3 grease gun and mac model 10. can be made in almost any home shop with a little work. mags are the biggest problem but they can still be fired single shot
     
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    Glock handguns are some of the most reliable lightweight and simple-to-use pistols on the market today.
     
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    Simple/reliable: Ruger Security Six series, Glocks, AK variants. All are very sturdy, regarded as greatly reliable, and simple to break down and maintain. There are others, but the aforementioned are hard to beat. As far as the Ruger .22 auto, very tough gun, but often a pain to reassemble.
     
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    Ruger 10/22 and Smith & Wesson Revolver, and a 1911
     
  24. kalash

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    10/22, S&W, 1911? no where near the simplest firearms lol.

    Look at something like a cricket, .22. how many moving parts does cricket have vs the 10/22

    THE simplest gun ever made is the Philippine guerrilla gun. It was based off a shotgun that the US supplied the guerrilla fighters in WWII, they were suposed to use it to kill a enemy and take his rifle.

    The guns that were sold comercially like the ones below were made to be used, in there time it was the poor mans rabbit gun. My grandfather actually knew someone growing up who bought one to use because it was dirt cheap, apparently he used it for years and put alot of food on the table with it.
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    The British STEN gun and the US M3 submachine gun.
     
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