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Old 07-13-2012, 05:53 PM   #1
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Fact: All things mechanical have an expected term of life service.

Example: Aircraft engines have to be rebuilt after 100 hours of usage.

My questions: If you knew your handgun had a set period for "service life", would it affect your next purchase?

Is there any place to find what the expected service life of handguns is?
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:05 PM   #2
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Great thread idea!

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My questions: If you knew your handgun had a set period for "service life", would it affect your next purchase?
It would affect my next purchase in a big way. I might have settled for the single-stack 1911 when i bought my XD45, if the tupperware had a MUCH shorter lifespan.
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You have to consider what is practical. How many of us are going to shoot 25k rounds or more through a pistol. An all steel 1911 might go to 200k while an aluminum 1911 might only go 25k-30k. With blast welding an aluminum frame would approach the steel frame. A torture test on a 9mm XD ran 25k rounds without repairs. Some minor parts broke but the pistol kept firing.
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There is no way anyone can predict reliably how long a handgun will last. I've little experience with autos, but nearly all of my revolvers have in excess of 10,000 rounds fired, one approaching 20,000 rounds. I've had very few malfunctions. Much depends on conditions; freezing temperatures, dust, sand and grit, interval between cleanings, etc. Also the ammunition in use; light, mild stuff and the gun goes on and on, elephant stopping stuff, and the gun gets battered more.

When I was in the Army, I observed that most weapons were unservicable due to over zealous cleaning than to firing. And, No, these were not Mississippi rifle muskets! (They were M1 rifles)

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It occurs to me that i did consider, at least in the abstract, the potential life of the alloy frame of my former Bersa Thunder .380 versus the steel frame of the similar cz-82. IIRC, i decided the lil pistol wouldn't end up with a very high round count due to its status as a non-plinker.
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Good idea but there is too many variables don't you think?
When a airplane is made (engine) there is a good idea how many hrs/miles it will be used in a given amount of time.
Give two guys the exact same gun one may shoot every day, the other once every 6 months or not at all.
Course i guess it could be figured by round count?
But then theres maintenence - Ouch- headache from thinkin
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The average service life for a firearm is 6-10 seconds.

That is, the length of time that a bullet (cumulatively) is traveling through the bore.

In practical terms, you are unlikely to LIVE long enough to completely wear out a well made firearm- or have enough money to buy THAT much ammo.

I'm still shooting a SMLE with a 1915 date stamp, and a .22 revolver with an 1885 (yeah that was EIGHTEEN EIGHTY FIVE) patent date. Some rifles, such as .220 Swift COULD be hard on barrels at max loads- they were still shooters, but dropped from 0.5 MOA to 2 MOA.
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I've yet to wear one out...
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Most modern firearms are built to pretty tough standards. I always go with a well known manufacturer, with a proven platform and expect the gun's lifespan to exceed mine. Most makers have good warranties on their products so if you get one that slipped through their QC, give them a chance to make it right.


The handguns I bet my life on, and that of my family are; Smith & Wesson (x4), Springfield (x2), Sig Sauer, and yes, two Taurus revolvers. I own other brands, but these are the ones I carry, or keep for home defense. It would be fun to be able to buy the newest, popular, trendy, tacti-cool wonder guns when they hit the market, but I prefer to keep my money and trust what I already have to launch bullets with total confidence. I've purchased unproven models in the past and have been disappointed by some of those.

My experience and opinion, your mileage may vary.
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Aircraft engines were probably not the best example to use in the scenario.
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