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Old 07-22-2013, 05:34 PM   #1
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Once a handgun has a major malfunction do you loose confidence in that weapon? I have with at least 4 guns in my lifetime. I get them fixed then trade em in. I know all things fail but im just talking from a mental standpoint. Its always in the back of your mind

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Old 07-22-2013, 05:39 PM   #2
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What's your definition of a major malfunction?

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I consider a major malfunction to be broken and flying parts that are an obvious flaw in design or workmanship. Rarely hear of this with modern guns.

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Like trip, I consider a major malfunction to be a blown up gun, or flying parts/shrapnel. Normal parts breakage? Just replace the part, good as new.

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Major malfunctions/catastrophic failures.







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Depends. If it's a gun used for recreational purposes I'll give it some leeway. Carry guns are on a much shorter leash. Example. Had a timing trouble on a S&W Bodyguard .38spl. Sent it back to the factory for repair, was no better when I got it back. Let it go soon after.
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I'm a little bit different on my idea of a major malfunction. To me a major malfunction would be a firearm that refuses to function properly on multiple occasions. Something like a pistol that won't work reliably in spite of multiple magazine changes, several different types of ammo, a half dozen different shooters, and at least one unsuccessful trip back to the factory for repair/adjustment.

As long as it stays fun to shoot, I'll still keep a firearm that delivers less than 100%, but I refuse to carry it. If it's more PITA than fun it gets traded.

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depends on what is going wrong. sometimes its just faulty ammo such as me screwing up setting the dies correctly. or in the case of my AR15's and scar17 fail to feed using a brass catcher isnt a flaw of the gun itself but an external device that i wouldnt normally use outside of a target shooting situation preventing proper ejection.

just depends on what the fail is and the cause.

i have a couple of 1911 i would NEVER carry for SD as they have occasional fail to feed with certain ammo. i would never carry my bersa thunder plus due to the design flaw of having a magazine safety i cant disable. great fun at the range but not for carry. my bersa thunder also has a safety but its removable and the parts have long since hit the landfill and i trust it on a carry basis.

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I look forward to having malfunctions!

It gives me a chance to learn more about the firearm in my attempt to fix it, and more range time to confirm that it has been fixed.

But as others have stated, I do not carry what I would consider questionable.

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