Longevity of a semi-automatic pistol ???

Longevity of a semi-automatic pistol ???

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    Longevity of a semi-automatic pistol ???

    From your experience what is the life span or the longevity of semi-automatic pistols. I have read various things on various forums where it is claimed some makes and models will run hundreds of thousands of rounds, but that other makes and models are worn out with much much less use.
    I realize there are variables such as ammo used, care and cleaning, rate of fire, environment it is used in, etc., but all things being equal how many rounds can one expect to get from a semi-automatic pistol ?

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    Can't put a number on it, but a good quality modern firearm that is taken care of with normal routine maintenance should last you a lifetime. My CZ's are rated 30,000+ rounds.

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    I've never worn one out.
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    I guess it depends on what wearing one out means. I've had a couple of instances where I have had to replace the recoil spring and/or the rod. When these are available and inexpensive, this is no big deal. But when springs and replacement parts are not available or take months on end for the folks who issued the "lifetime" warranty to send them, then the gun is effectively--"worn out."

    I have one that I will soon stop using because it is a bit of a collector's item and another that I will likely sell in a couple of years because I don't think I will be able to get simple stuff like replacement springs. (I know about Wolf but last I checked they didn't make them for the model.)

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    My 1990 Springer .45 has 23K rounds down the pipe and is still going strong. Change the recoil and mag springs out yearly and keep it cleaned and lubed with Militec-1. My old SIG 228 has 18K+ rounds and it too is shooting great.

    I NEVER use +P rounds in any of my semi's. Don't need them IMO and will increase the wear on your weapon
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    Longevity of a semi-automatic pistol ???
    In my opinion, care and maintenance are like an extended warranty in that department.
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    Depends on the make and model. I've seen some with appreiable wear, cracked frames and so forth after as little as 5K rounds and some go over 100K without any noticeable wear except for finish and springs. The good news is that most quality pistols made today will outlive the average gun owner with a little tlc.

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    Two lifetimes. Replace springs every few dozen thousand rounds.

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    I carry my dad's Sig 226 sometimes, he since got a 1911. The weapon is as old as I am, 26 years. So I would say a quality arm well maintained will last to be passed down. Also we havent had to change out any springs, not even in the magazines. To date no weapon caused malfunctions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerriLi View Post
    I carry my dad's Sig 226 sometimes, he since got a 1911. The weapon is as old as I am, 26 years. So I would say a quality arm well maintained will last to be passed down. Also we havent had to change out any springs, not even in the magazines. To date no weapon caused malfunctions.
    26 years and no springs? Ya need to shoot that thing more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlyn3248 View Post
    From your experience what is the life span or the longevity of semi-automatic pistols. I have read various things on various forums where it is claimed some makes and models will run hundreds of thousands of rounds, but that other makes and models are worn out with much much less use.
    I realize there are variables such as ammo used, care and cleaning, rate of fire, environment it is used in, etc., but all things being equal how many rounds can one expect to get from a semi-automatic pistol ?

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    As it is not uncommon to see long-term tests that range from 60,000 to 150,000 rounds, you may want to ask yourself if you will ever spend that much in ammo. If we assume an average cost of $18.00 per 50 rounds, and extrapolate that out to one of these high round counts, you would expect to pay $21,600 to $54,000 on ammunition.

    My recommendation is that you look for a pistol with a good service department and a lifetime warranty so that you can have peace of mind no matter how long you have it or how much you shoot it.

    Recommendation: Smith & Wesson M&P

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    Glass, did you do the paint fill yourself? Looks very nice.

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    Merlyn, welcome from North Carolina. I have had autos and revolvers since 1948 and none of them are worn out. A good quality weapon that is maintained properly will usually outlast the shooter.
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