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    I m talking one that wont jam and will shoot cheap ammo from Walmarts to reloads you buy at the gun show. I bought a S&W 9mm which frequently jams and catches the ejecting shells. I bought a Tarus .357 revolver that will not fire when trying to shoot rapidly because the bullet rim hits the frame.
    Is their a damn gun that will shoot at aleast MOST of the time without fail? Any ideas on whats the most reliable shooter? Obviously you can't have a gun that is going to jam when you need it most.
    I've owned about a dozen autos over the years and more then three dozen revolvers. I have learned to stick to the name brands. Ruger, Sig, S&W, Beretta, H&K.

    My 226 has well over 15K rds through it. I can't honestly remember the last time it jammed. My SP2022 has around 5000 rds run through it and i hasn't jammed since the second mag. I have a ruger GP100 that has never given me any issues and I run any old crap I can find through it.

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    Plenty of manufacturers make very reliable guns. However, even the very best have sent a turd out the door. It happens. They all have Customer service numbers for such issues.

    I think that Steve 1911A1 might be on to something about your technique. Either way, it's worth eleminating. Have an experienced pistol shooter have a go with and see if the problem persists.
    Ammo: If your talking Wal-Mart Federal, I found it to be on the mild side, & not especially accurate. However, I never had any functional issues with it. Spring for at least Winchester White Box, I found it to be noticeably better.

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    My HK USP and my Ruger GP100 357 The best...I do have to say my previous Glocks were very good but my HK kicked them out....

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    I'm just now getting into pistols seriously. I've shot rifles and shotguns a lot my whole life and some pistols but not as much as the other. I've gotten me and my girlfriend Beretta px4 .40s. Both subcompact. I've never had a problem with either one. Plus my cx4 mags will fit in them too. Big plus.

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    The most reliable handgun is probably a Ruger revolver. I prefer S&W revolvers but if you buy the S&W you will probably have to send it back to the factory at least once for something but it will go bang every time you pull the trigger. Whatever you get, shoot it a bunch to prove it works.
    With the revolver even with a misfire you just pull the trigger again and get a fresh round. I would steer clear of the Taurus/Rossi revolvers, their quality varies a lot.

    Remember, there are 2 kinds of semi autos, those that have jammed and those that are going to jam.

    I would steer clear of "gun show reloads". You don't know what you're getting.

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    I don't own a flock but of everything I've ever heard about them the word unreliable has never been used. If I didn't have specific features I was looking for in my CCW I'd go with a Flock in a heartbeat.

    Beretta 92fs is one I've handled and shot plenty. My old man has one and it has never malfunctioned. It is too large to CC easily but it is a real pleasure to shoot.

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    The 92s are a great piece and mine has never puked,but I haven't hit the area where the locking block will go yet.From what I've owned and researched,I'd say HK is the best bet in the auto class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pistol Pete View Post
    ...Remember, there are 2 kinds of semi autos, those that have jammed and those that are going to jam...
    That statement shows both bias and ignorance, and should not be presented as a statement of fact.
    One might also say that "there are two kinds of revolvers: Those that are out-of-time, and those that are someday going to be out-of-time."

    Some semi-autos are unreliable due to poor design. That's true. But the same is also true of some revolvers.
    However, most semi-autos are reliable until they are either fed sub-par ammunition, or are fired by people who don't know how to hold them properly.

    Most revolvers are reliable, at least until they are handled by ham-fisted fools who try to emulate the way Bogie slammed his revolver's cylinder shut.

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    Head to head, w/ no cleaning or maintenance intervals the Beretta M9/92FS would be hard to beat in the reliability department, at least as far as several military trials and testing for reliability is concerned, no other pistol manufacturer on earth can claim that distinction. Not to say other pistols may be just as reliable, but the M9/92FS has reliability testing credentials above all others. An average of 21,500 rounds before a single malfunction is very impressive.

    http://www.americanrifleman.org/vide...a-m9-25-years/
    Last edited by denner; 04-27-2012 at 12:49 AM.

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    IMO Bersa Guns and Glock Guns are extremely reliable. Without a doubt!

    That being said, revolvers are most dependable, however I have little experience with revolvers.

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    I have 2 Bersa's that have been excellent.


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    If you want to really depart from the "main stream" and buy a gun at a very reasonable price, one which refuses to malfunction, and is built like a tank, pick up a Makarov (a real Pistolet Makarova made in the USSR, East Germany, Bulgaria, or China). They fire the 9x18MM Makarov cartridge, which is mid-way between a .380ACP and a 9MM Luger. "Commie gun" though they may be, they can't be beat!

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    As far as auto's i prefer Sig... Revolvers Ruger is great but my most fun shooter right now is a Rossi model 68 that I bought from someone after he did a trigger job on it and I have yet to find any handgun that shoots smoother and yes I would trust my life on it as a matter of fact my wife wants to keep it for herself

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    My HK P2000 has been 100% reliable through 2000 rounds, most of them American Eagle 115 grain FMJ.
    Check this out...Project: Break my P2000

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    Whats the most reliable handgun?
    A well-maintained M1911.

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    Springfield XD's, have 3, XD9SC, XD9Service and XdD40Service.

    Not the first problem for fail to fire, fail to eject, fail to feed through a total of close to 4,000 rounds of whatever we could find to shoot, including steel cased Russian ammo.

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    My HK usp 9mm, Glock 17, and my CZ-75 are all great, never a problem. I like the weight and sights of the CZ the best, but I like the grips on the HK the best. Never a jam on any of them though.

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    IMHO, there is no most reliable handgun. They are all subject to failure at some time under certain circumstances.

    Some are better engineered and mass produced than others. But, as long as the human race has a hand in the matter, it's all speculative at best.

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    I own a FNH FNX, a Smith & Wesson M&P, a Springfield XD, a Sig SP2022, and a Colt Government. All function flawlessly for me. Personally, I think FNH is very underrated when it comes to handguns. They're known primarily for their rifles but their handguns are great too.

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    if you want actual documented tests
    the 1911 has been the most reliable and trusted by the military from 1911 to 1985 when politics entered the picture
    the army tests were really torture tests to failure
    the winner was the beretta 92fs and the sig 226
    the sig 226 actually won the gun tests but the second part of the contract was regarding maintenance et al stuff and sigs costs were higher so beretta won the contract
    then there are the glock torture tests of well over 100,000 rounds
    these 4 semi autos are the best IMO
    revolvers - stick with the best ruger, S&W, and colt

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