Years ago, I had the "pleasure" of shooting a brand new fresh out of the box Colt .45ACP Series 80 Pistol. A beautiful looking gun, bought a fresh box of Winchester factory loads, and headed for the 75ft indoor range at this particular gunshop.
I had plans of actually buying a Colt .45 Gold Cup Match that day, had the money in hand in fact. At the time, that gun (Gold Cup Match) I think would've set me back about $850-$875.
The gun hung an empty every 2nd, or 3rd shot in the ejection port, and I'm saying to myself "WTF kind of crap is this"? Started making the excuse to myself that maybe cause it was never fired before, needed a bit of break in to settle down?
So anyway, I was dropping the magazine, freeing the empty case, adding a couple rounds each time to the Mag, then re-inserting Mag, racking the slide, and having a go at it again.
Over and over the gun was doing this, and again and again, following the same procedure of dropping the Mag, freeing the jam, etc.
On the third attempt, I'm putting the Magazine back in the Pistol, and lightly tapping it home with the palm of my hand, when the magazine fell apart into a number of pieces.
There went all the bullets, the spring, the Magazine Feed Ramp, the entire shebang all over the counter, and over the counter into "no man's land"..
Some more expletitives uttered, shook my head in a whismical disbelief, and took the gun back up the front counter of the store.
The owner of the shop looked at me like I threw his brand new gun against the wall, and asked what the heck happened? I told him, and when he asked where the rest of the Mag's parts were, I told him "Over the counter, and I hope you didn't expect me to climb over that counter at a 10 stall Range, with 6-7 other people shooting, did you?"
Upon closer inspection of the magazine, the two utterly tiny spot welds holding the bottom Strap to the Magazine failed.
He said "I've been shooting Colt Autos for 40 years and never seen this happen!"
And I retorted, "Yeah, and it only needs to happen once, when I desperately need that gun to defend my life!"
That was the day I bought this!
It's the upper gun in this pic, the Colt King Cobra .357 in Stainless Steel, 4" Barrel. Never once has this gun failed to go "bang" when I squeezed the trigger. It was at the time less than 1/2 the price of the Colt Gold Cup Match, and I think it was a wise purchase. This pic was taken only about a month ago.
As for the lower gun in this pic, my PPK/S Walther (Interarms), I wish I would've bought the Ruger SP-101 instead. Mark