Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Hokkmike, Nov 25, 2020.
Never had a SIG jam, H&K USP once or twice, but when in mud and jungles that can happen. Beretta PX4 9mm once, .40 never.
My Taurus .44 titanium pistol has jammed a few times due to bullet creep.
In the case of the TT33, the only malfunctions were due to ammunition of dubious quality, namely hard primers. This particular ammo was difficult to fire in multiple handguns, with a second strike almost always igniting. I have literally never had a fail to feed, extract, eject or stovepipe with this handgun over some 3000 rounds or so.
With the FNS, I have also had some clearly ammunition related hiccups while testing handloads to find the minimum power to reliably cycle or working up a load from start charge. Other than that, I have carried and test fired this handgun in some pretty deplorable conditions with a handloaded version of my standard defensive ammo with zero stoppages. Adverse conditions tested include immersion in directional drilling fluid (water, bentonite clay and microballoon polymer), light icing of exterior components, excessive dust, debris (spruce needles)in magazine, powdered snow in mechanism, and -30F temperatures. Took it all in stride. This in addition to over 10K "standard" target ammunition in "normal" conditions and a cleaning regimen that basically consists of hosing the moving parts with starting fluid followed by a light lubrication with liquid wrench or CLP. This thing is bomb proof.
I've got a few ''no jam ever'' auto pistols:
Dan Wesson Valor 1911
Glock 34.4, but I replaced the recoil spring with the Gen 3 version before I ever shot it.
I already have all of the bugs worked out of ammo, mags, and lube. And I'm done using crappy Russian ammo. There's a ton of issues eliminated right there.
I have a Mauser 1914 that sometimes likes to stovepipe on the last round. It’s 100 and has seen a world war so I cut it some slack. One day I’ll see if I can diagnose. I have a PPK that’s equally inconsistent but in that case I think the fault is mainly a weak hammer spring.
My Springfield 1911 would intermittently stovepipe, usually on the last round. Until I realized the factory mag had a big dent in the feed lips. Started using some aftermarket mags and nary an issue since.
My Luger would periodically fail to extract. A new extractor seems to have solved the issue. Maybe the original just needed a new spring and a good cleaning underneath (there was a lot of black gunk) but I don’t mind; the original looked fine and is a serialized part so I’m happy to run an aftermarket to avoid the risk of breaking an original part.
My Astra 400 had some issues till I squeezed a bit of oil into the mag. I cut it some slack since I forgot to do anything with the mags when I stripped and cleaned the gun upon acquiring it, and I bet those mags haven’t had any attention since the Spanish Civil War.
All my other semi-autos have had no issues. It’s easier to enumerate the ones that have. I think it’s very possible to have a semi-auto that is boringly reliable and never fails to go bang. It just needs to be a relatively modern design with undamaged, in-spec parts and shooting quality ammo.
I bought my Russian Makarov brand-new in 1988 or so. I don't believe that it's ever malfunctioned. I've shot at least a few thousand rounds through it.
Both box stock and bought pre-owned.
W preceding Germany...
Problem is when they jam its a paper weight. If and when my glock jams slap rack bang. Depending on malfunction.
I know some will say im lion but my hipoint never jammed. It was the carbine but it ran like nothing else. Didn't matter the ammo. Wish I would have kept it.
Just an observation from the range.
(one of which was a reload with bad brass before I case gauged )
Normally reliable, but if you shoot enough sooner or later you will get one...
After shooting over 650,000 rounds since the 90s (Just for pistol rounds not counting rifle or 22LR), especially during 1000-4000 round USPSA range practice sessions individually and with family/friend shooting sessions, I have seen all makes and models of pistols jam/failure to fully chamber/return to full battery to include Glocks.
I found even my reliable Glocks started to choke after 4000 rounds of not cleaning and shooting various major/minor power factor loads with hard caking build up at extractors and behind the breech wall face to prevent striker from fully indenting primer cups to cause misfires.
But with regular cleaning and lubing, even with tightest match barrels like my railed Sig 1911, they will reliably run without jamming.
I have shot and collected S&Ws, Rugers, Dan Wessons and Colts for more than 45 years. Thousands of rounds, so many that my right thumb joint is permanently deformed. I have had many, many more failures with revolvers than I've EVER had with semi autos. And the revolver failures were nearly all unfixable at the range, whereas the few semi auto malfs were quickly cleared up. Even the time I loaded a hot 10mm load in a .40 S&W case, blowing the slide up and off a Springfield XDm. I was still was able to fix the gun right there and continue shooting. And nearly all of the malfs with semis were ammo related. The exceptions, of course, are Ruger single actions, which I believe are nearly incapable of failing. In the non-canonical scripture, it is written: "On the evening of the sixth day, The Lord spoketh unto William Ruger, his prophet, and said, "Bill, thou shall maketh a handgun which shall never fail, so all handgunners, who I hold to be blessed among all ye brethren, will have a tool they can cherish and love, and will never go 'Ka-boom' in thine blessed hands. Here's the blueprints, get to work." And He saw it was good, and it was done."
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