Post #27 beat me to it.
This is a discussion on top 5 pistol manufacturers within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by 357and40 How about 5 worst gun MFGs? See post #27...
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Smith & Wesson
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You stole my list so I guess I will do another one.
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Ok Ok Ok....Top 5
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The "classic" list
Smith & Wesson
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“No possible rapidity of fire can atone for habitual carelessness of aim with the first shot.”
Theodore Roosevelt, The Wilderness Hunter, 1893
Walther (non S&W)
I don't even own a Glock yet, but the last 3 semis I bought - PPS, PPQ, M&P 45 - all started with wanting a particular Glock and ended up being barely nosed out. So I have to give them credit for being consistently at the top. IMO, of course.
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Sig P238/Sig 1911 Ultra/FNH FNS-9
3. See #5
4. See #3
5. Everything else
That's my top four based on guns I have personal experience with. I've owned lots of other brands that I wouldn't trust my life to, and therefore don't make the list at all. Those guns range from super cheapies(jennings) to midrange(taurus) to higher range(kimber).
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Glock 17, Dale Fricke Archangel, Wilderness Tactical belt.
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5.) Hi-Point (yes I said it!)
According to the criteria the OP mentioned (safe, reliable, goes bang everytime) Hi point made my list. For all you haters out there, my 9mm carbine has never had a FTF or a FTE. This is after thousands of rounds & it is extremely accurate. I have not ever had one of their pistols, but on youtube there is a video where they put a C9 through a torture test that IMHO no other pistol would have survived & it stayed functional through the vast majority of it! No sir, Hi point gets my vote
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