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What is the worst gun you have ever owned?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jsalcedo, Mar 9, 2003.

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  1. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Member

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    Since many of us have been around guns for years, it is inevitable
    that we have run across a true lemon at least once.

    Tell us about the gun that gave you the most trouble, most innacurate, most unreliable, ugliest junker, or made the most trips to repair shop.

    We all have preconcieved notions of what brands are junk, but I want to hear the anecdotes and first hand accounts of gun shop dogs.
     
  2. thumbtack

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    I must be lucky I have never had a bad firearm. The only problems that I have had were actually caused by me.
     
  3. jsalcedo

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    I had a Kimel industries western 6 .22 single action revolver.

    It was made of pot metal and soft aluminum.

    The fired shells would stick in the cylinder so badly that I had to use a table to help push the ejector rod. Later I brought a small screwdriver and tack hammer to get each fired shell out.

    The action began jamming up about a month after I got it
    skipping every other round, the ejector housing fell off soon after.

    I took it to a couple of gunsmiths and they just laughed at my pile of junk and told me to trade it at a gunshow for parts.

    I ended up trading it for a $45 Enfield jungle carbine.
     
  4. cliffdropover1

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    Tell us about the gun that gave you the most trouble, most innacurate, most unreliable, ugliest junker, or made the most trips to repair shop.

    Well. this one should certainly set off a furor. But it was a GLOCK.
     
  5. HABU

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    My gold cup. I would off it in a heart beat save for the fact it is the only pistol I have that big bro doesn't know about. Oops, too late. Wheres the tinfoil hat smilie?
     
  6. Jedi_7.62

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    Lorkin .380 UGH!!!!! What a piece o sheet!!!!!!
    A good hammer would have made a better weapon!!!

    If you could fire 4 rounds with out a failure to feed or failure to eject you were lucky!! AND if it fired anyones guess where it went!!!

    What did I expect for $100?

    :banghead: :cuss: :fire: :cuss: :banghead:
     
  7. Gordon

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    A S&W Mountain gun , with lock, that I owned briefly until gun store took it back. Rear sight cut milled off center,14lb double action pull 8lb single action and gritty. I got a 629-2 'mountain gun' (says on end of blue box) and I am happy as a clam with fine piece of craftsmanship.
     
  8. rick458

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    It pains me to say it but a 1991 Colt Commander I have spent more time on it than all my other pistols COMBINED heck my .380 AMT Backup is more reliable.
    My other Colt is fantastic as is My Kimber
     
  9. redneck2

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    Savage

    .223 rifle

    wouldn't chamber most factory rounds. Ones that did fire were over pressure (flat primers). Trigger was somewhere between 12-15#
     
  10. Kahr carrier

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    Mine was a Jennings 22 it would go full auto on occassion.:)
     
  11. ruger357

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    Raven .25. I took it apart to clean it and the insides of the frame and slide looked like swiss cheese.
     
  12. illuminatus99

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    davis .380, ended up tossing it in a lake, if anyone wants it it's under about 300 feet of water.
     
  13. Jack19

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    A Kimber Compact Aluminum. That thing had more issues than Sybil.
     
  14. cheygriz

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    Ruger Mini-14! Hands down winner in this category!
     
  15. WhoKnowsWho

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    Ever since my first gun, I research and research and ask and ask before I buy pretty much anything now. I like knowing as much as possible before I plunk down my hard earned cash. I almost bought a Davis, then read way too many bad things. Though some people would say my Glock was a bad purchase. :)

    I have done quite well so far, no lemons I want to squash into sour lemonade.
     
  16. Quantrill

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    "Pride of Spain" (POS) SXS shotgun. Fired reliably about 20 times and that was all she wrote. Gave it away and told the new owner all about it. He said he was going to try fo "remake" it with real steel and have it hardened as opposed to the Soft steel that it was made of.
    I did see a Raven .25acp once and shuddered to think that somebody might actually try to shoot it. Quantrill
     
  17. Elkslayer

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    Cheygriz is right!

    Ruger Mini-14 without a doubt!
     
  18. cslinger

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    Walther P99 .40 Caliber

    Had an early Smith/Walther model with the early magazines. I had the premature lock back problem. Got rid of the gun after exhausting myself trying to fix this. I knew what it was but couldn't get anybody to fix or listen. A year later badda bing they fix the magazines like I said in the begining.

    Anyhoo, I now have a Walther P99 9mm and it is downright perfect. No problems whatsoever to date.

    I also had a Henry Lever action with the really crappy painted on finish that started to peal. Great gun, never malfunctioned, very accurate, slick action, fun but I couldn't deal with the finish nor could I see paying more than the cost of the gun to re-finish.

    I do sometimes miss that little .22 lever though.

    Chris
     
  19. 762x51

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    Universal M1 Carbine. Very inaccurate, ugly as sin.
     
  20. Hand_Rifle_Guy

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    Got me a "Clerke First" .32 S&W nickel-plated 5-shot revolver that's a pot-metal monstrosity. Works ok, but the only thing it can hit is a barn wall when you stand inside of the barn. Inherited it brand-new (It came with a full vintage box of Remington "Kleenbore" from way back in the depths of his home-office desk.) from my grand-dad for free when he passed away, so I can't really get rid of it. Ten rounds and a bit of dry-cycling have produced significant wear on the hand and "bolt". The mainspring looks like it was cut out of a tin can with dull snips, and it's getting weaker. A true Saturday Night Special, I've seen these selling new at gunshows for $35. It's actually embarrasing to own. :eek:

    My worst real gun is a 1917 S&W "parts-bin special". The barrel has been roughly peened on the O.D. where it meets the frame to shove metal out so the shoulder could be re-cut to align the sights, and left with hammer facets. The crane isn't filed to fit, resulting in major gap-osis where it meets the frame. The ejector rod was bent enough to make the cylinder bind. The hand is a bit short, requiring a nudge to get the cylinder in battery, DA or SA. If you don't watch it closely, it shaves big chunks of the side of FMJ's. The sideplate appears to match, but the screws vibrate out in a heartbeat from use, particularly the crane retaining screw. The gun liked to drop the cylinder in your hand between moonclips rather than expedite reloading. It's been sanded to about 400-grit with a heavy hand, and then re-blued. It's innacurate, and a lousy example of S&W craftsmanship. It also has a disurbing tendency to lock up solidly every so often, just for yuchs. All in all, quite an amazingly bad gun for a real S&W.
     
  21. Dave T

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    Interestingly, both were five shot 44 Special revolvers.

    The first was a Charter Arms Bulldog. It was one of the early stainless ones, without the barrel shroud. In firing a cylinder (five rounds) the trigger pin would start to walk. If you kept shooting it would just keep moving. I got in the habbit of pushing the pin back in after every five shots, and found that prolong shooting would make the screw in the center of the standing breech back out, eventually unlocking the gun as it blocked the cylinder's center pin from entering the breech. I gave up on Charter Arms after that.

    Still liking the concept of a small 44 Special I bought a Taurus 445 a couple years after the Charter. The Taurus would hang up on one cylinder (in double action mode) right out of the box. I was not inclined to try Taurus's "Lifetime Warenty" so I traded it off.
     
  22. 10-Ring

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    It was my first firearm, one Taurus' 1st 380's.
     
  23. Rusher

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    I hate to admit this.....

    I hate to admit this but I bought



    a........ TEC-22 about 15 years ago....the worst piece of dung.........are thet still in business?????





    Rusher
     
  24. YodaVader

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    Two guns come to mind a Marlin 1894 44 Mag bought in 1999 and a Ruger Super Redhawk bought in 2000.

    Marlin - simply would not feed - PERIOD! Lever locked in the fully open position and I ended up removing the lever completely to "unlock" the rifle. Took it back to gunstore - the owner says , "It's your reloads!" Proceeds to load the entire tube with his factory ammo and with plenty of witnesses it locks up on him as well! He took it back for full credit and I ended up with a Single Six.

    Ruger - ah the "Mighty Ruger." Cylinder binding occurs within the first dozen rounds. Accuracy is dismal. Cleaned the bore and the patched rod is tight going 2/3rds of the way down and it suddenly becomes extremely easy to push - bore not uniform at all. Total crap!

    The thing is I owned versions of the same guns in the late 80's and had no problems at all. Both shot great.
     
  25. chadintex

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    CETME, failed to eject every 5-6 rounds.

    #7 Jungle carbine, had to beat the bolt back with a hammer because of pitting in the chamber.
     
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