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Old 02-09-2020, 07:37 PM
magazineman magazineman is offline
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Every Safe Queen I've ever owned. Never making THAT mistake ever again!
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:40 PM
brveagle brveagle is offline
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Universal M1 Carbine. Still can't get it to load right, even after replacing all the springs.
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:52 PM
Chris1971 Chris1971 is offline
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Originally Posted by Striker2237 View Post
Keltec RFB, absolutely horrible no function just would not run

STI 2011, same as above plus brass to face

LCP1, stoped extracting

Century arms AK74, tires to fire out of battery and kill the user

Volquatsen .22 target pistol, very very very disappointing gun. I was going to review it but I don't want to let my personal dislike show through. It just doesn't shoot how it should and has random things wrong with it, my stock Mk4 22/45 is a better gun.

Nighthawk Predator II, constant errors requiring it to be send back 4 times. Still don't know if it is going to work when it comes back again

Nighthawk T3, doesn't make it through my carry testing. Tired 3 times but just can't quite do it, other than that fantastic gun even if the barrel is fit really badly

Kimber ultra diamond 9mm, doesn't like certain ammo

Kimber CDP custom external extractor, utter trash never worked

Para double stack, failed to feed

Springfield loaded, Traded for Wilson

Springfield TRP, failed to feed and broke parts

Canick TP9, trigger linkage failure

Colt 1911, fail to feed

Colt gold cup, Traded for Wilson

Berreta 92fs .40, failed to eject

Glock 23, just unimpressive

S&W 1910 .38 spl target, blew up

NAA .22 mag mini revolver, broke the hand thrice and hammer spring once

S&W 686-7, broke hand

VZ58, works perfectly but has abnormally heavy recoil in my opinion. To me clear I love the gun but it hurts to use

SIG P210a, again a great gun but I was expecting more considering the legend in terms of accuracy. I love how well it's made but I did have functional issue with it at first.

DB9, broke the trigger linkage and also broke the frame. Still have not gotten my new gun and it's been nearly a year

STI Escort .45, only likes certain mags and ammo, I don't like this in a carry type gun and I'm very disappointed that STI is kinda hard to work with to get it fixed. They just tell me to use stuff that works........

M1 carbine, not as reliable as I would like since it's mag sensitive

SCAR 16s, absolutely fantastic gun but I'm disappointed since I never use it even though it does everything my LWRCs do while being 2lb lighter. Mainly due to fear of breaking it and being screwed on replacement parts

DDMV11pro-3gun, kinda heavy in a not good way and the factory trigger failed me with light strikes ruining my faith in the gun. Factory brake is tuned wrong, the gun doesn't stay neutral it actually recoils downward and if you place it on a full auto lower it will walk into the ground. Also didn't withstand full auto without some small failures to extract, that was fixed though with a new extractor pivot (factory one was too tight and under full auto it overheated and bound). Still a great gun but it honestly put me off the brand since I paid nearly $2000 for a gun that is objectively is not as good as a $1450 LWRC DI, probably the single most disappointing gun on this list

My 100 year anniversary colt, though to be fair this gun was bought specifically because I knew I would not have to live with the honestly in my opinion shoddy construction and finishing work. Post correction it is one of my favorites and in my opinion my nicest gun visually tied only by my supergrade and python and then not really.

Ruger 10/22 archangel stainless, shoots a 2 inch group at 25 yards with gold metal match.......aka useless

I will think of some others after a while........I have went though many guns
Interesting read regarding Volquartsen. I bought an LLV upper and was totally unimpressed with it from every aspect and sold it. My buddy has a friend who has a Scorpion. It shoots just okay and is totally unreliable. Volquartsen has failed to fix it correctly to date. No excuse for feeding issues when you spend that kind of money. They built me a Classic which with CCI copper plated shoots 1/4” 5 shot groups at 25 yards. But the front sight is very mediocre and custom and two replacement fiber optic front sights failed to fit. One was too loose and didn’t stay put and the other was too tight and did not fit. Customer service seems to be hit and miss. I have a Volquartsen 10/22 that shoots insane so there is that.
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Old 02-09-2020, 08:08 PM
Electricmo Electricmo is offline
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I have a Ruger 10/22 target rifle with the hammer forged barrel that just isn't as accurate as it should be. It's heavy also. No real good use for it so it will go away.
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Old 02-09-2020, 09:00 PM
Bowdrie Bowdrie is offline
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Short list for me, all involving rifles.
Bought a new Winchester 70 in '68, in .300 WM. No matter what factory ammo I tried, or any one of dozens of handloads, I could never get that rifle to do better than 3 rounds in 4in at 100yds.
Kept it for many years, always hoping to find the "magic load",, never happened.
Had one of the very first Marlin 1894SS models for Cowboy Action,, it was a disaster.
Massive/unrelenting problems with feeding and jams that would lock-up the action.
A good gunsmith finally, (with a lot of work,) got it going,, it was timing issues with the cartridge stop and lifter.
After that it ran ok, but was always a loose rattle-trap, and the empties would just dribble out,, not suitable for high-speed competition use.
The two Rossi 92s,, jeepers, hours of stoning and smoothing, while making them run good, could not overcome the inherent problems of excessive headspace, and oversize chambers that ruined brass and caused blow-back.

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Old 02-09-2020, 09:31 PM
crh crh is offline
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Sig P938: Lots of feed issues until the mag release was replaced, and the mag followers modified to work with it. Up for sale now as pocket carry is not my thing.

As for Rugers, I currently have five, from a 1958 Standard .22, to a 2019 Gunsite Scout. All are fine, trouble free guns.

Edit: Actually, I have six. Forgot my AR556!

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Old 02-09-2020, 09:39 PM
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Of course sometimes viewing a gun as a disappointment can come back to bite you in the ass later. I bought a Polytech Legend AK-47S during the AWB years for a pretty high price ($975), as I thought it would probably be my one and only chance to have an honest-to-Mao milled receiver AK-47 clone. Turned out the novelty wore off pretty quickly when the accuracy proved lackluster, and once I grew bored with it I sold it off at a slight loss. Today that rifle is worth several thousand dollars to its current owner.
Avoid the temptation to replace everything on your brand-new 1911 just to make it "better". Know what you're changing out and why. You may spend a lot of money fixing things that weren't broken to begin with. Shoot at least 500 rounds through it first, then decide what you don't like and want to improve. Regarding vintage 1911s, pre-1970 pistols are highly collectible in original, unaltered condition and should NEVER be refinished or modified as it completely ruins their monetary value.
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Old 02-09-2020, 09:49 PM
Pale Face Pale Face is offline
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I guess I'll unburden myself in this confessional. I bought a near-mint Steyr GB in the late '80s because it was, like, so cool and held 18 rounds in each magazine in a time when 15 was considered high-capacity, and it didn't look anything like a Beretta or, worse, a Glock and nobody else I knew had one. I learned there were good reasons for that. Several good reasons. When I finally unloaded it, I took a $100 loss just to get it out of my sight.

The one time I specifically bought a gun on a budget, it was an AMT .380 Backup. Would gall even no matter how it was lubed, and accordingly it simply would not run reliably even with FMJ ammo.
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Old 02-09-2020, 10:38 PM
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Fed Ord Ranger lite (Looong story)
Kimber TLE II 10mm (I thought these were supposed to be High Quality)
My first 3 1911 builds (But I learned a hell of a lot)
You may know a thing and it is not true. But in understanding that thing there can be ONLY truth. And to understand, you will need contrast. NOT adherence to a single idea. The truth is in the contrast.
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Old 02-09-2020, 11:09 PM
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4 out of the last 5 Ruger single action revolvers I bought have had problems right out of the box. Love the guns, but .
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Old 02-10-2020, 07:33 AM
AZ Gunrunner AZ Gunrunner is offline
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SA XDS .45acp 1st Gen.
Very accurate but would not fully return to battery consistantly enough for me to call reliable. We just did not get along.
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Old 02-10-2020, 08:28 AM
Big Pete10 Big Pete10 is offline
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S&W Model 24 in the 80s, was a special run. several factory defects, S&W not willing to correct it.
Taurus .40, would jam for no reason. at least once in 50 or 60 rounds.
Glock 19, eats my trigger finger.
SKB 585 shotgun, face kicker.

I still have the Glock..................................Gonna try a glove.
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Old 02-10-2020, 09:43 AM
philk philk is offline
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Wow, am I the only one here that bought a Solo ? LOL
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Old 02-10-2020, 09:58 AM
jr24 jr24 is offline
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Can't say I've been truly disappointed by any guns I've bought. Sure I've moved on from a number of them but there's always a reason and all of them have worked fine.

I guess if I had to choose...

Probably my APX Centurion, bought it to be the Glock 19 killer but it just never really clicked with me. Holster choice was too limited, slide is too fat on the rear and bulges and I just don't quite shoot it as well as I'd like. Ended up buying the Glock 19 anyway, probably should have just done that in the first place.

Still it was cheap and it's nice backup if I ever need one, or to bring with when I travel.

Honorable mention is the CAI RAS47 I bought before I fully researched all the issues with them. Mine is perfect, is quite accurate (holds 2 inches fine @100 and 1/2" @ 50 with Wolf or Tula ammo) with a very nice trigger. Shows no signs of the bad metallurgy yet but I feel the need to detail inspect it after every range trip.
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Old 02-10-2020, 10:03 AM
bigd63 bigd63 is offline
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NIB Dan Wesson Valor 9mm. Accuracy was terrible, DW customer service was worse.
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Old 02-10-2020, 10:03 AM
imjb1911 imjb1911 is offline
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Beretta Nano and Ruger LC9s. Both jam-o-matics, both sent back to the manufacturer and both came back still malfunctioning.
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Old 02-10-2020, 10:17 AM
Pale Face Pale Face is offline
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Originally Posted by imjb1911 View Post
Beretta Nano and Ruger LC9s. Both jam-o-matics, both sent back to the manufacturer and both came back still malfunctioning.
Was that even with 124 grain ammo? I know the Nano has a reputation of not running well with 115 grain loads and was intended for only 124 gr and heavier, but they didn't seem to think that was important enough to put in the manual or in the catalog specs.
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Old 02-10-2020, 10:37 AM
lashlaruhe lashlaruhe is offline
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1. Marlin 39TDS very inconsistent shooting. Bought as so many said Marlin were very accurate. My stock 10-22 shot groups around half size of the 39TDS at 50 Yards
2. Ruger REDHAWK, 3 (slow learner) All 3 of them 1. 5 1/2". 2. 2 each 7 1/2" shot left with rear sight cranked as far as possible to the right, not only for me all that shot them. Had Magnaported and helped, but still shot to left.
3. Ruger SR1911 Night Hawk, had barrel feet beat to death and Ruger said they would fix at some point when broken. Customer Service rep said looked bad to him, but tech said lifetime warranty and when breaks, they will fix. SAD CS

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Old 02-10-2020, 10:42 AM
bradsvette bradsvette is offline
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Two Keltec 9mms. The first one had a horrible trigger, was unreliable, and then the frame cracked. Several years later a friend talked me into another one. That one was just totally unreliable. Got rid of both of them.

My 30 year old Para-Ordinance P-14 has had some feed issues that I haven't resolved. It just lives in the safe. A gunsmith destroyed a new Colt LW Commander many years ago, and so I sold that off at a big loss. I've made numerous stupid trades over the years also. My stupid trade list would look like Striker's broken gun list.
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Old 02-10-2020, 11:11 AM
The War Wagon The War Wagon is offline
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Norinco 1911. P... O... S... right outta the box, new.

Began to jam (FTF) on hardball, on the 2nd mag. The one pistol I will NEVER regret getting rid of!
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Old 02-10-2020, 01:22 PM
SwampDawg SwampDawg is offline
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Para Warthog. Never got through a magazine without a malfunction of some kind. It was better at ejecting the magazine (after firing a round) than it was ejecting brass. Returned it two or three times and finally asked Para to keep it and send me an Officers Model in even exchange. To my amazement they did, and I got a great gun in the deal.
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Old 02-10-2020, 01:31 PM
Snapping Twig Snapping Twig is offline
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Never again!

FTRB every 80th round or thereabouts.

Other issues too, but water under the bridge at this point.

Sold it with full disclosure.
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Old 02-10-2020, 02:31 PM
soverystout soverystout is offline
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Every FNH pistol I owned. FNP-45 and FNS-9. Couldn't get rid of them fast enough.
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Old 02-10-2020, 03:00 PM
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As a long time Colt fan I always wanted an Officers model, but the reliability was always an issue with some of these guns, but when I had the opportunity to buy a Defender, from a previous small town Police Chief, I jumped on the chance. I realize many Defender owners have had great luck with this gun, but unfortunately I could never get it to run reliably. Two trips back to Colt and one to a local 1911 smith never got it to be reliable. To my great disappointment I had to let it go. I really wanted that one to work out.
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Old 02-10-2020, 03:34 PM
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Ruger No.1 V in 25-06. It would have flyers.
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