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Old 12-12-2011, 03:01 AM   #1
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Typically, if a handgun is maintained properly, how many rounds should a handgun be able to fire before parts would need to be replaced? 5000 / 10000 / 20000? Do price & durability go hand in hand....generally speaking? Hear things about Glock durability & crazy high round counts & made me wonder how durable my Rugers & Sigs are.

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Old 12-12-2011, 03:38 AM   #2
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Lets make my opinion as shortest as possible. "Glock is the Best" IMO

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If anybody tells you your sigs are inferior to glocks they don't know what they're talking about or are glock fanboys,or as I like to call them "glocksuckers". There's nothing wrong with a little genuine Swiss. Before anybody thinks I'm hating on glock I'm really not I've Just ran into a few to many ignorant people who swore their glock was the end all be all of handguns and that my inferior handguns filled no roll their precious glock couldn't. That said I'd love a g19 if I don't end up with walther ppq.

You have to understand that for everything you get in a gun you give up something else,in the glock you gain rugged durability and simplicity but you give up features and (to most people) aesthetics.No gun is perfect for any one person,but if you value reliability over all then glock may be for you. As for me,ill keep my SA/DA hammer-fired 15+1 .45,with its decocker and actual safety,I feel it gives me something a glock doesn't,but that's just me.

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Typically, if a handgun is maintained properly, how many rounds should a handgun be able to fire before parts would need to be replaced? 5000 / 10000 / 20000? Do price & durability go hand in hand....generally speaking? Hear things about Glock durability & crazy high round counts & made me wonder how durable my Rugers & Sigs are.
Any machine subjected to heat and stress will have parts wear out or break from fatigue, handguns are no exception. Generally speaking the better you maintain them, the longer they will last. Typically a replacement of all the springs and possibly the extractor every 5,000-10,000 rounds are all that is required to refurbish back to a near factory condition. Frames and barrels are good for 20,000+ rounds depending on the quality of the steel, ammo used and the type of rifling.

Rugers and Sigs are the workhorses of the gun world, I wouldn't lose any sleep worrying about their durability.
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Yeah I wouldn't worry too much about your pieces versus a Glock. Ya Glocks are great an all, but they lack that... WOW.. I guess. I've seen handguns go 10,000 rounds without a single hickup, and then again I have seen some crap out after 500. It really depends on the make, model, service, maintnence, ammo used and features of each individual handgun. A Hi-Point may poop out after a few hundred as a custom 1911 may last 12 or 13 thousand. It really varies so much.

Long story short. Your sigs and ruger will do just fine for a good amount of time. And like the previous posts, a spring or two might be the only thing you need to throw another 10k through it.

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Also depends on if it is Semi-Auto or Revolver Revolver normally doesn't need the spring replace.

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Yeah I wouldn't worry too much about your pieces versus a Glock. Ya Glocks are great an all, but they lack that... WOW.. I guess. I've seen handguns go 10,000 rounds without a single hickup, and then again I have seen some crap out after 500. It really depends on the make, model, service, maintnence, ammo used and features of each individual handgun. A Hi-Point may poop out after a few hundred as a custom 1911 may last 12 or 13 thousand. It really varies so much.

Long story short. Your sigs and ruger will do just fine for a good amount of time. And like the previous posts, a spring or two might be the only thing you need to throw another 10k through it.
One thing is clear to me, you don't have much experience with Hi-Point. I have personally seen them shoot over 5K rounds on multiple occasions without a hiccup and they have a no questions asked warranty that will cover anything including sprint replacement for free if and when its needed. They might be the ugliest, heaviest, and cheapest, but by far are highly dependable, and have absolutely the best warranty anyone can offer regardless if you are the 1st or 20th owner of the gun.
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As with any other product, life expectancy is considered when a firearm is designed and built.
Most 1911a1's from WWII were rebuilt because they were considered passed their life expectancy.
Some of the military Berettas are being rebuilt.
Police change out firearms for the same reason (even if carried a lot, shot a little).

Exact time length cannot be given. A competition shooter may wear out a firearm in 1 year, a casual shooter may never wear out a firearm.
I have a Springer I bought new in the 80's and have rebuilt it at least twice.

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Not a Glock basher, they just don't fit me well and I prefer metal over plastic. JMHO.

If you are worried about Sig, don't. Check and see what many of our Special Ops units carry....you will find Sig. If its reliable enough for those guys, it works for me.

I have owned the P245 and currently have a P239 & P226. I put 2k to 3k rounds through the P245, never a hiccup. I have over 2k rounds through the 239, same story. The 226 I have had for just under a year and have @1500 rounds through it. Properly maintained, you shouldn't see much wear. I plan on replacing springs aroung 5k rounds just because it seems like the thing to do.

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One thing is clear to me, you don't have much experience with Hi-Point. I have personally seen them shoot over 5K rounds on multiple occasions without a hiccup and they have a no questions asked warranty that will cover anything including sprint replacement for free if and when its needed. They might be the ugliest, heaviest, and cheapest, but by far are highly dependable, and have absolutely the best warranty anyone can offer regardless if you are the 1st or 20th owner of the gun.
First of all, don't ever tell me what expirience I do and don't have. I've probably had more guns in my hands now then you ever will. Second, on the Hi-Point matter, agree to disagree. You have made it blatantly obvious that you love those sh!tty handguns, so good for you. I was just trying to make a point more or less..
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