Handgun manufacturers to avoid?

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by DesertGator, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. DesertGator

    DesertGator New Member

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    I have several rifles but I have never owned a handgun and would like to purchase a revolver for home protection and an automatic for weekend trips into the desert. Which handgun manufacturers should I absolutely avoid and why?

    Thanks for your input.
     
  2. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    First go by the new members page and introduce yourself, it helps members understand you and your firearm experience. Best to provide detailed info concerning your firearm expereince and requirements of a firearm.

    After that you should express your budget for each firearm and a more descriptive expression for the use. It takes some effort to get a reasonable answer. Welcome to FTF sorry I can't give you a quick answer.
     

  3. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    The only one that comes to mind right now is Taurus. Some people have great taurus guns with never a problem(like me), but I have read several posts where people had mechanical problems with their taurus' and had very poor customer service.

    Please do what WDB suggested. :cool:
     
  4. squirrelblaster

    squirrelblaster New Member

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    taurus and rossi come to mind id also stear clear of charter arms....
     
  5. Moss99

    Moss99 New Member

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    I'd stick to the big three. Colt, Ruger, and S&W. But that's just me.
     
  6. Franciscomv

    Franciscomv New Member

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    I wouldn't completely rule out Taurus revolvers. While they aren't up to S&W or Ruger standards, they are quite good for the price. Their customer service does seem to be a bit spotty, though.
     
  7. canebrake

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    High-point and glock:

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  8. slowryde45

    slowryde45 New Member

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    WHAT???? :eek: No PLASTIC-FANTASTIC???

    Dang, and I almost bought one of those. Just couldn't figure out where to stick the other 2 clips...errr...magazines ;)

    Slo

    To the OP - welcome aboard. Only problem I've ever had in handguns was also with a Block. On the other hand, I've had great luck with my Springfield XD's :p
     
  9. kdog

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    armatix smart gun

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    see for yourself

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3vkw9dRT_o]YouTube - Armatix smart gun goes click when it shouldn't[/ame]
     
  10. skullcrusher

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    Commanche. Ring-of-fire origin.

    Whatever you choose, stay American made. It is easier to talk to customer service personnel if they speak English. Jmo.
     
  11. yazul42

    yazul42 Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I'd suggest a Ruger for a first revolver. Their quality is very good, mine shoot well,they are reasonably priced for the most part, and they have a very good reputation for customer service. For a centerfire semi-auto,, a 1911,, you have a wide range of manufacturers to choose from, their are threads here discussing that also. Have fun shopping.

    Jeff
     
  12. Scrapper

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    I love my Taurus revolvers (I have 3). My 6604 is my daily carry piece.

    Hi-points are picky eaters, and they aren't really recommended to new handgunners. Or even many experienced ones. I have one and I like it, but you have to do some polishing to make them reliable feeders. Really straight shooting guns though.

    If you have the cash, S&W makes the best revolvers in the world right now. There is much love for the 1911 frames on this forum, and lot's of good-quality options.

    Rossi is tough. They used to be really crappy, but now that Taurus owns them, I expect their quality to improve dramatically.

    Raven arms are generally garbage.
     
  13. feedsasquatch

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    Taurus used to be crappy, but their recent revolvers are OK, and their PT1911's are really nice. Glock is good, not a single jam or issue from it yet after 500 rounds of FMJ and HP's (some cheap Russian steel rounds too). If you want a Revolver, stick with S&W, Colt, and Ruger. Pistol, Springfield, Glock, or a good 1911 (I'm still looking for one...).

    Oh, and stay clear away from Hi-Point, no matter who tries to sell you on one...
     
  14. SGT-MILLER

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    Stay away from any new Kimber models. They tend to rust in record time.

    P.S. If you want to know the facts about Hi-Points, send me a PM.

    P.S.S. I agree with canebrake...stay away from Glock. They work, but you overpay.
     
  15. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Would that be the ALL new kimbers? Or just yours ans spitinfire's?

    Maybe it's the blueing they put on it. Get a stainless kimber!! :D
     
  16. Viking

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    A couple of older weapons that are still floating around to stay away from, RG double action revolvers (made in Germany but are cheaply made) and Jennings pistols, I've seen two at a local gun shop that the front of the slides were broken off. What do you think that would be like in fire fight? You'd be dead.
     
  17. SGT-MILLER

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    Gojubrian, I say ALL new Kimbers. I never had issues with the slide rusting, it was just the barrel rusting which was a stainless steel brushed finish.

    If you gotta get a Kimber, get an older one. Better yet, get a Colt or Springfield.
     
  18. Freedom-1911

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    I bought two Taurus revolvers many years ago. One had to go back to the factory for repairs before I ever shot the gun. It was out 5 weeks and it cost me 50 to ship and insure the gun.
    The second gun dropped a frame screw while I was shooting it at the range. The screw would not go back in so I had to send it back. Another five weeks and another 50 to ship and insure. I was without either Taurus for two weeks. I was out 100 for the shipping and I lost money when I took them back to the FFL to get rid of them.
    I will never buy another Taurus for all the trouble I had with those two guns and all the money I lost in the few months I had them.

    Buy a HiPoint instead of a Taurus. They cost less and I have never had to send either of my HP guns in for repairs. They go boom every time I pull the trigger and they put the bullet where I point the gun.

    If I were looking for a good low dollar pistol I would first look at Bersa.
    The Bersa Thunder HiCapacity 9mm
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    The pistol in this picture was not wiped down all the way.
    I just bought mine for 340.00ish and it is a fine pistol.
    If you want something more mainstream I would suggest Springfields XD or XDm lines, and for a smaller package, the Walther P99 is great. It is small, lightweight and accurate.
     
  19. Freedom-1911

    Freedom-1911 New Member

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    Why was my last post held?
    I made a reply and it said the post was being held for review by a Mod.
     
  20. Freedom-1911

    Freedom-1911 New Member

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    Hay Sarg What are some other forums you go to?
    I have seen your posts some where else. You always have good info for people. Keep up the good and unbiased work.