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Which Manufacturer makes the most Durable semi-auto pistols?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Mark IV Series 80, Jan 7, 2003.

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Which manufacturer makes the most durable semi-auto pistols?

  1. Beretta

    12 vote(s)
    5.2%
  2. Colt

    14 vote(s)
    6.1%
  3. CZ

    25 vote(s)
    10.9%
  4. Glock

    92 vote(s)
    40.2%
  5. HK

    20 vote(s)
    8.7%
  6. Kahr

    2 vote(s)
    0.9%
  7. Kimber

    5 vote(s)
    2.2%
  8. Ruger

    36 vote(s)
    15.7%
  9. Sig-Sauer

    20 vote(s)
    8.7%
  10. Smith & Wesson

    6 vote(s)
    2.6%
  11. Springfield

    12 vote(s)
    5.2%
  12. Taurus

    2 vote(s)
    0.9%
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  1. Mark IV Series 80

    Mark IV Series 80 Member

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    Which manufacturer makes the most durable autoloading pistols?
     
  2. PATH

    PATH Member

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    Glock! Hands down.
     
  3. PCRCCW

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    Ill say there alot of guns that are up to the task..but Ive seen thousands and thousands of rnds thru 1911's and CZ's..even alloy framed guns. I know of a CZ that went over 93K rnds before getting retired..it broke the slide stop at 50?K rnds..but thats not bad...
    Shoot well
     
  4. wanderinwalker

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    I don't think I could ever wear out a pistol from any of the makes listed. But I think Glock might have the edge. Or maybe a good 1911 type. Or even an H&K. Nope, definitely the Sig.... (er.. maybe not the Sig. Aluminum alloy frames have a shorter service life when fed HOT ammo.)
     
  5. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Member In Memoriam

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    They all break, so there's another component of the durability question that would be included in asking the question like this:

    "Which manufacturer makes a semi-auto pistol that's still likely to be functional after 10,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, 500,000, or 1,000,000 rounds?"

    Kahr, Taurus, and Kel-Tec have lifetime warranties on their products. They all fix broken guns, and KT completely refurbishes theirs when one goes in for a problem.

    Durability with maintenance is a whole 'nother critter.
     
  6. JeepDriver

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    RUGER

    Their P-95' s are a tank. I been shooting mine for a while with out a problem, Glock has been traded off already. The SIg is new to the line you but I bet the Ruger will be there after the Sig is a decoration in the Safe.

    If we were talking revolvers it would be a toss up between Ruger and S&W.
     
  7. shotcalla

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    My Glock has been most reliable.
     
  8. Al Thompson

    Al Thompson Moderator Emeritus

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    IIRC, the last time the DoD purchased 1911s was 1945. Hard to beat that track record.
     
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    I voted for ruger cause i really like my P-95DC and i've never had a problem with any security six's if owned over the years.
     
  10. eagles1181

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    There is a reason that Glocks are known as a revolver with a mag.

    Eagle
     
  11. Scott13

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    I would have to say Ruger . Their MK 2 22lr's , and P series seem to last the longest that i've seen . I dont particualy like the p series in terms of looks or feel , compared to guns like Beretta ,
    and the Browning HP . But for a long lasting range gun i think they are tops.
     
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    I've seen broken Berettas, Glocks (broke one myself), HK's, SIGs and S&W's...everything breaks. Nowadays tho, guns of quality are made to such high standards they will reach relatively high round counts before they reach the end of their service lives. My answer to the question..."all of the above" :scrutiny:
     
  13. jrpeterman

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    My vote goes to Glock with Ruger being a close second.
     
  14. dsk

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    Didn't we already have this debate earlier on TFL?

    The most durable handgun is the one you can easily get spare parts for. They will all break if treated the "right" way.
     
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    HK

    Two thumbs up. :cool:
     
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    Uh, the one that everybody always leaves off lists like this. Say it with me now, WALTHER. IMNSHO, of course.
     
  18. ruger357

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    I am a 1911 fan, but I'm gonna have to go with Glock on this one.
     
  19. 45auto

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    All guns break and need parts replacement, but if by durability it is meant how long will the gun last before you throw it out, then I would say a steel framed 1911. Well documented cases of hundreds of thousands of rounds in properly set up guns with "normal" loads. Just look at what IPSC shooters put through their guns. I find it hard to believe Polymer based guns could last that long within the same caliber comparison. We know aluminum framed guns don't.
    On the other hand, it might be cheaper to replace the polymer gun(or frame) than rebuild a 1911 in some cases- don't know!

    Just an opinion of course.
     
  20. ThePerfectOne

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    2 words: GLOCK PERFECTION

    I think that says it all, a company who dares to define themselves as perfection.

    and they are still being modest :p
     
  21. Tamara

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    I may be reading this wrong...

    When I hear "durable", I think of "chuck it down a flight of stairs with no worries". The main reason I think Glocks do well at this is that there're pretty much no little bits sticking out of them to bend or break off.
     
  22. Pointblank2K

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    Ruger in 2nd place...1/2 the price of Glocks...hmmm:D i'll take the Ruger! I don't own a Glock so in all fairness I can't really say that I like Ruger's better but I do love my P94 .40cal
    Tony.
     
  23. HeadCleaver

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    I gotta say GLOCK.
     
  24. Handy

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    I'm surprised CZ isn't getting more votes. Apart from its tank-like externals, the trigger system is incredibly tough.

    I don't think the slide can pop off if you throw it, either.


    PS Those of you that voted for Beretta: That was very sweet and loyal.
     
  25. Boats

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    All of you youngins get back to us in about 70 or so years and talk about how your first gen Glock is still ticking. There are firing examples of the 1911s going back to their inception as well as many other semi-auto pistols far older than your greenhorn specials.:neener:

    Those polymer frame pistols will all probably become unusably brittle over decades unless you keep up on your Armor-All treatments.:D
     
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