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    do pistols need to be broken in?

    Hey guys I don't own a pistol yet so I am in the process of asking all sorts of stupid questions. I know most people think it is a good idea to "break in" rifle barrels. Do handguns need this as well and if so what purpose does it serve? Thanks

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    You don't have to break in a pistol barrel (there's also some debate about breaking in a rifle barrel). Some semiautos do require a break in period to ensure proper function, however. Kahrs and KelTec pocket guns are probably the best examples of these.

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    Just to let you know that my Glock didn't need a "break in" period. Works like clockwork out of the box.

    It may depend on the brand.

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    Thanks guys. That makes me feel better b/c I will probably be buying my first pistol at the next show I go to assuming I can find what I want at a good price. I just wanted to make sure that I didn't have to worry if the previous owner properly broke in the gun or not. That being said I know you still need to check out the condition of the gun as thuroughly as possible. I am still researching options but for now I think I have my eyes set on a H&K USP Compact. Still trying to decide on caliber though.

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