Lifetime Warranty?

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    Lifetime Warranty?

    Brand new to Combat Carry. Awesome website!! I am a newbie to concealed carry, etc. I plan to purchase a concealed firearm this month. I have heard rumors that some gun manufacturers have limited lifetime warranties.
    a. Is this true?
    b. If so, whom?
    c. Any recommendations? (Is this opening Pandora's box?)

    Thanks! Tom


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    Welcome,

    Check out some of the manufactuers sites and they will have their warrenty info.

    Taurus, Kel-Tech and S&W come to mind.

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    The firearm a warranty does not make. </yoda>
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    Welcome to the Forum

    Most firearms have warranties, soem for a year or a few years, some lifetime, companies with lifetime warranties include but are not limited to:

    Taurus and companies affiliated with them (Rossi)
    Smith and Wesson, and affiliated compaines
    I believe Springfield Armory, but I'm not sure.
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    Hi and -



    Subject to correction I believe also Ruger and SIG are at least close to lifetime - also Hi-Point supposedly.
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    Bersa extends a life time warranty to the original owner of their firearms.

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    Reputation more important than warranty

    The ideal situation is to buy a firearm that never needs warranty work.

    The best way to do this is to stick with brands and models of firearms that have a good reputation for quality. If you hang around forums like this one for awhile, you will start to get a feel for other people's experiences and the levels of quality in different firearms.

    I have owned or own more than 50 handguns over 40 years, and have only returned a handgun to a manufacturer once for repair. So I don't even concern myself with warranties when I buy a gun.

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    Llamma even has a limited lifetime warranty.

    I have a Taurus (Lifetime Warranty) that I have owned for 12 years, that has been back once for a very minor issue. This pistol has digested 25,000plus rounds trouble and failure free. For the little thing I had to send mine off for, I am very happy.

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    I can appreciate the comfort of a limited lifetime warranty, but I would place that low on my selection criteria. Kel-Tec and Taurus have good customer service reputations, S&W has declined based on recent threads, though my recent S&W purchase hasn't had any issues. If I may, spend some range time renting and borrowing before you buy anything, to find a gun that is enjoyable in caliber, style and size. Additionally, I would give considerable thought to the advantages of capacity and night sights for a primary defense handgun. Any gun that has widely reportedteething problems, limp wristing stove pipes excluded (operator), should not be purchased. Most PDs use Glocks, Sigs, Berrettas - a good barometer. I have several HGs to include thoose with the lifetime warranties, none of those are my primary carry gun because of numerous other considerations. Be cautious of the ONLY good gun is brand X or Y caliber. Take your time and find the right one. Depending on your range, if you take your permit class (you may be past this), before it arrives, may allow range use and rental. This is just one mans opinion, others will have other good and probably even better pointers.
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    There are also many smaller companies that have "unwritten" lifetime warranty's. Often they will have an expressed warranty but, if the problem is a quality issue, they will fix it forever. So don't allways go by the expressed warranty. Search around and see how they have delt with a few flaws or unusual situations. You might be suprised what they will do with non normal wear non abuse type of warranty issues. The reputation is often way more important than the written warranty. Heck, a lifetime warranty is almost worthless if its needed a lot and takes forever to get it back.

    I used to do a lot of work for a major Paintball Marker manufacturer. We had a 90 day warranty. But if something broke or did not work right, we fixed em for free and sent them back for free no matter how old they were. No questions asked. If we found that the owner had totaly buggered them up themselves we would discuss it with them when we got it. Often letting that slide if they were honest and nice about it.

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    Smith Wesson
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    Springfield Armory
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    and i think wilson

    Kimber is 1 year

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    The new Stoeger only has a limited one year warranty. I know the Cougar has been around for years, but not from this factory. The price is good, but there is no history of reliability with this new version or how good the repair service is.

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    This is nothing but excellent. Appreciated all the collective wisdom. Uh, what is "limp wristing" and "stove pipes"? I've grown up with guns but never carried. I work on a military base and carrying daily is out of the question. I lived and worked in DC for ten years and it is Mayberry RFD next to Tucson (I love Tucson, honest).

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    welcome. checkout the sites of the guns that you like. all the information will be there.
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