what's the worst gun you've ever owned?

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  1. daytodaze

    daytodaze Member

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    Everyone is happy to drop knowledge on their favorite guns, but who has made a bad purchase or gotten a lemon? Generally speaking, every gun I have bought has been high quality and reliable (including an ar15 that I built for about $600).

    This changed about 8 months ago: I had been watching a lot of zombie movies and decided that I needed a .357 magnum in my home arsenal. The gun wouldn't serve much purpose other than Target shooting, sadly. After much research and advice from respected sources, I did the logical thing, disregarded everything and got a used Taurus tracker. The gun ran very well... For about 30 rounds. Then it wouldn't run at all. After giving it a good cleaning, another couple trips to the range yielded the same results. I sold it off for what I paid for it to a guy who said "why would you ever be shooting more than 30 rounds at any given time?"

    I ended up with a s&w 686 that went through a solid torture test on day one (100 .357 mags and 150 .38 specials) and hasn't skipped a beat. This was the gun I was advised to buy...

    Not bashing Taurus, but this was the first bad gun purchase I've made. Fortunately, it started a love affair with .357 magnums, so that's a good thing! What's your gun horror story?
     
  2. 9mmforMe

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    Worst was a Taurus 85, second was a sigma .380, third would be a beretta
    .22.
     
  3. Mooseman

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    I bought a Chinese copy of an Ithaca 37 shotgun. I thought that pump actions were too simple to screw up, I was wrong.
     
  4. Onward Allusion

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    Taurus Stainless PT1911 in .45ACP. I will have to say that it was one manufactured in the first couple/few years of production, though.
     
  5. Jim K

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    For new guns, the very worst was a Rogak; it wouldn't fire at all. The next worst was a Colt AA2000; trigger pull horrible and accuracy worse.

    I have never owned a Taurus, so I can't discuss them from a owner's viewpoint, though I do know their quality control has been spotty ever since I first sold some and it seems not to have improved a lot.

    Jim
     
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    A Kimber Pro Carry II. Two trips back didn't solve any of the failure to feed problems. I sold the replacement without ever firing it.
     
  7. wristtwister

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    My worst gun was a Zastava M-88. It wouldn't cycle, and after polishing rails and parts for a week, it still wouldn't cycle. It was junk when I bought it and junk when I got rid of it... but it was "new" when I bought it. Also, it had a trigger in it like straightening coat-hanger wire.

    I might have bought one that was made on a holiday weekend, but I've never even been tempted to buy another one to see if the first one was an anomolie. I wouldn't even recommend them to my enemies... I'd think I was taking an unfair advantage with them.

    I've had a lot of junk pistols in my life, but that M-88 was one that didn't have enough weight to be a boat anchor, but should be tied to one.

    WT
     
  8. MrWesson

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    Star model b that I was told was 9mm(new to shooting at the time).. turns out it was 9mm largo and for the life of it didn't want to shoot 9mm all that well.

    not a bad gun but a frustrating issue caused by a DSPO(dumb s*** previous owner).

    I had a Hipoint C9 that loved to jam more than Hendrix but after a trip to the factory it ended up reliable.

    Phoenix arms hp22a slide cracks but Phoenix arms just sent me a brand new gun. In its defense it was a 1990's version with 10's of thousands of rounds through it(known problem though).
     
  9. wally

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    My worst by far, Chiappa 1911-22. Lucky to go 30 rounds without a stovepipe. I had to pay shipping to send it back and it came back, if anything, worse! Accuracy is poor too, because the barrel is fixed to the frame and the slide to frame fit is a long way from repeatable.
     
  10. wgp

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    Got the itch for a double-barrel shotgun, but was on the cheap, so I bought a Stevens 311 S/S. It fired OK, but shot so far from point of aim that I sold it as quickly as I could. I used it on a couple of dove hunts and thought I had completely lost my ability to shoot. Only when I patterned it did I learn what was wrong.
     
  11. intercooler

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    1st- Only used gun I ever bought... an EAA Witness 10mm polymer. I can't give it all the credit for being bad because I think it had wore springs. Just would never run right and the slide catch would pop out on the hot stuff. Traded for a new Ruger .357 Magnum GP100 and glad it is gone! I didn't give up and got my finest piece new the EAA 10mm Match.

    2nd- This one was bought new but had issues and would have gotten worse... Walther P22! The rear sight was loose right out of the box and internet searches showed many the same way. The cheap metal slide started to show wear early and would gum up bad causing the slide not to go into battery right. Sold it and bought the S&W 22A-1 and boy has it been a tack driver and awesome piece!
     
  12. klutchless

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    A dan wesson 357 magnum wouldn't fire all six shots hated 38 specials and the hammer would stick in double action.Sold it to a collector figured it was better off with him.The second was a marlin 30 30 spitzer model would not hold a group at 100 yards traded it for a pistol.
     
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    This, a Rohm RG-10 in .22 short. It was my grandpa's nightstand gun, I can't believe he actually bought such a p.o.s. I'm ashamed to even call it a gun. It won't hit anything, and every bullet keyholes.

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  14. Valkman

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    Jennings .380 - wouldn't shoot a mag without multiple FTE,FTF, etc. It got stolen and I hope whoever stole it depends their life on it.
     
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    Mine was a KelTec. And, I still have my Jennings.
     
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    Glock 22. Couldn't shoot it to save my life. Didn't like the way it felt in my hands. Luckily I sold it for $100 more than I paid for it!
     
  18. The Sarge

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    Kel Tec PF9.
     
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    Some stamped-out sheet metal semi-auto, I think maybe a kel-tec.

    What a bunch of crap.
     
  20. Walt Sherrill

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    A WWII Inglis (the Canadian-made HP). Bought it hoping it would be something that could be made to shoot well, but a lot of effort on my part, and even after my gunsmith put a lot of time (and my money) into it, it was mediocre, at best. That is apparently NOT the case with most of the Inglis guns.

    I traded it away, fully disclosed, for a DaeWoo DH-40. I think I got the better part of the deal.
     
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    New S&W 629 circa 1988. Cylinder holes Machined with a jackknife, would not eject even factory rounds, loose rear sight, timing off, gravelly double action - worst S&W I had ever seen, Mail ordered with FFL. S&W claimed everything was within tolerances - last new S&W I bought.
     
  22. The_Armed_Therapist

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    Jennings 9mm. I was 18 and it was $100. I was not allowed to buy one legitimately, so I did it that way. Boy was I disappointed when I shot it for the first time. HAHAHAHA
     
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    Model A is 9mm Largo Model B is 9mm Luger. So either someone did a barrel swap or it just had horrible headspace issues.
     
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  25. EddieNFL

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    Kimber Tactical Custom. Averaged one FTF per five rounds. I probably didn't fire the break-in rounds in the correct manner.
     
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