"breaking in" a pistol

"breaking in" a pistol

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    "breaking in" a pistol

    im pretty sure that i will be purchasing my first pistol this evening
    i have decided to go with the kimber aegis simply because the springfield EMP too difficult to get around here. anyways. i was wondering how everyone suggests breaking in a new pistol. any certain type of ammo i should use, etc.
    ill let ya know how i like it soon


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    I would use Winchester White Box FMJ for the first 250-500 rds

    1 It is cheap

    2 Should feed easily and function reliabily
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    When you get home , clean it , re lube it with break free or whatever . go shoot 100 rounds , re clean and lube . do this till your groups start to shrink then you can extend the cleaning and re lube out to where it will get sticky . allways clean and re lube after a range session tho no matter if one round or 1,000.
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    Do this:
    1. Read the manual
    2. Clean and lube the gun
    3. Buy your self 300 rds. of WW or American Eagle
    Full Metal Jacket and 200 rds of Speer Gold Dot , Winchester SXT ,
    Federal or Remington Golden Saber.
    4. Go to range and fire 200 rds. of FMJ's
    5. Go home clean and lubricate gun
    6. Second session fire 100 rds of FMJ's and 200 rds of the good defensive hollowpoints.

    If everything goes well you have "broken in" your gun and its working reliably.

    My policy is 500 rds before I trust my life to a gun.

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    Yeah, what they said.

    I would stick with white box ammo for 500 rounds and then at least a box of carry ammo to ensure no feed/function problems before I trust it to carry.
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    IIRC Kimber suggests a 500 round break in period, some Kimbers need more.

    Follow the above instructions, good info up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    IIRC Kimber suggests a 500 round break in period, some Kimbers need more.
    And some shooters need even more than that to break themselves into a new gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by semperfi.45 View Post
    And some shooters need even more than that to break themselves into a new gun.
    Quite right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by friesepferd View Post
    im pretty sure that i will be purchasing my first pistol this evening
    i have decided to go with the kimber aegis simply because the springfield EMP too difficult to get around here. anyways. i was wondering how everyone suggests breaking in a new pistol. any certain type of ammo i should use, etc.
    ill let ya know how i like it soon
    Congratulations on your first pistol.

    Doesn't take much to break in the machine, others have already spelled out that you're looking at about 500 rounds.

    What does take time, money and dedication is getting man and machine ready to work in harmony. You need to spend a lot of range time, try different ammos/holsters, take training, practice worst-case scenario drills before you strap it on and go outside with it.

    You'll want to be absolutely sure that your gun is dependable, that the carry ammo you are using hasn't failed, even once, over hundreds of rounds. That's expensive, but cheaper than your life.

    There isn't a magic number of hours spent at the range before a gun is ok to carry, you'll know when it happens.

    Have fun getting there, keep us posted.

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    Congrats on the new gun! The first one's memorable. Sounds like you've made a good choice.

    Quote Originally Posted by friesepferd View Post
    i was wondering how everyone suggests breaking in a new pistol. any certain type of ammo i should use, etc.
    Shoot it with a variety of ammo until you can't shoot any longer, then add 100 more rounds for good measure. Seriously, for me it's typically 500-1500 rounds with a variety of ammo, just as much to break in the gun as to find that specific, sweet ammo that works best with the gun.

    For me, a carry weapon (particularly semi-auto) isn't proven reliable until it has had 1000 rds of a given type through it without malfunction. For my CZ P-01, I shot ~1700 rds over a couple months, then sent it off to the gunsmith for an action/trigger job. Before sending it off, it was perfectly reliable. When it came back, it was perfect and reliable. After that point, I knew I could rely upon it for my very life. After about 700 rds or so, it was effectively broken in, but my regimen takes it far beyond that.

    That's about how I break in a new gun. YMMV.
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    3 step process

    Buy it
    shoot it
    clean it

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    Clean and lube it then shoot since its a kimber 500 rounds of ball or so if no problems then try you fav JHP

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    Just shot my new Aegis on Monday and Tuesday this week. First, clean it and follow manufacturers lube requirements.
    I shot a combination of PMC, WW, Remington and CCI Blazer factory, plus, 100 rounds of 115gr HP's reloads. First Kimber I have that has gone all the way through a session without a hiccup. 400 rounds down.

    PS, if you are new to firearms, READ your manual. These things are tricky to take down and put back together if you are not used to them. The bushingless models and that little takedown tool are different to say the least. Pay attention to what you are doing. Luck on your purchase, good choice.
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