This is a discussion on It's a question of reliability, really. within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; To put it simply, I'm looking on opinions of what is considered the most reliable example of a compact-service-full size pistol or revolver. I have ...
To put it simply, I'm looking on opinions of what is considered the most reliable example of a compact-service-full size pistol or revolver.
I have what I consider the most reliable sub-compact firearm all ready in possession, a j-frame smith.
I have what I consider the most reliable semi-automatic intermediate cartridge rifle in my possession, a VZ-58.
Now there's another piece of the puzzle missing, everything mechanical will fail eventually, what do you all believe is least likely to fail in this category of handgun?
The Glock guy's will be here soon....lol
Well, if you want reliability (OK = dogpile me now) a med or large frame wheel gun in the .357 range' if your body aspects can hide it. Double/single action is a must. Just my opinion. I grew up on Semi-Auto Pistols, and carry an M 1911 full barrel, as I am large and can get away with a comfy IWB. But there is nothing better than a wheel gun that you do not have to take a safety off, or carry with the safety off (as for my choice with my M 1911). This is just my opinion. Note: Almost all my engagement experience in the military has been with my service rifle, which I always carried 'off Safe'. It is just one less thing to do before you need it to make noise. And it/they have never gone off (over two plus decades) without me pulling the trigger........................ My opinions only!
If you are trained, safe and know the weapon, inside-out, you will never have a problem!
Glock 19, or 17 or 17/23. I've never had a Glock fail on me, but other than some bad ammo, the same can be said
for my past and present CZs in 9mm/380/40/45 , with the exception of the early first-run P-07 Duty.
(My current B series gun seems to be running fine)
I named the CZ P-01 for CZ, and have found them to be utmost reliable.
If you love your VZ58, then a P-01 or PCR would be great additions.
Then there are other gun like the XDs, and Kahrs, SIGs, ect.
Plenty of choices and the fan boys of each brand will attest that they are the most reliable.
"I am a soldier
And it's love that I'm fighting for
I am a soldier
And the battle belongs to the Lord
I suppose I should have mentioned that I was wondering what design is least likely to have a hang-up, what makes a semi-auto better than another? Wouldn't steel grip framed pistols benefit from the added mass to aid in the slide cycle? Tilt barrel is probably better than fixed, and as far as magazines are concerned I'm thinking Glock has the best design on those. Are they more likely to fail than a good old revolver?
My initial thought was a Glock or some big old honking revolver, but I'm not so sure why one is better than another.
The less parts to break the better, but that may be completely counter intuitive here.
A good DA revolver is quite reliable. A full sized auto can also work very well. Hard to beat an HK USP for reliability.
"When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis
“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” - Naguib Mahfouz
3rd gen s&w autos are built like a tank. Very accurate as well.
Glock is extremely reliable. However you asked for the most reliable. The ultimate in my book would be a full size service revolver. Prime example Ruger GP 100. Reliable simple shares the manual of arms with your J frame and both can shoot .38 specials. You give up carrying capacity and speed of reload. Where do these factors appear in your continuum of desirability?
I've had a couple of Ruger Blackhawks and an H&R revolver, have a Glock, two S&W 3rd Gens, and a CZ-82. They're all reliable. I've never owned a firearm that wasn't. It amazes me how many people can't buy one that works.
Retired USAF E-8. Curmudgeon at large.
Lighten up and enjoy life because:
Paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
I would vote the Glock 17 or 19. However, there are a lot of other pistols that would fit this bill.