How long will they last?

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    How long will they last?

    I've been reading different threads and posts here for awhile. Many have said "I've put 2000 (or 4000 or 10,000) rounds through my pistol over the years and still shoots like a charm". For as much as many of you get out and shoot that doesn't seem like much. How many rounds until you see some wear necessary to rebuild or retire the pistol?
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    Depends on the gun, how you take care of it, the type of ammunition used, where and how you carry it etc.
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    How many miles do you get out of a car? Way to many variables to give a answer. Things like the Manufacturer of the gun, materials the gun is made of, ammo used, SD or plinking rounds, FMJ or lead, maintenance done on the firearm at proiper intervals, exposed to weather and carrying conditions or is a dresser gun? These are just a few of the many variables that will greatly affect giving a solid answer to your question.
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    Sixto was typing as I typed, sorry for the repeat, but you get the idea.
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    Much to my regret, until I win a big lottery or wed a wealthy widow, I cannot afford to buy enough bullets [or range time] to wear out any of my guns yet.

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    Depends on the gun

    I saw the test on my Sig P220 where they shot 10,000 rounds through it while being test fired on a ranson rest every 500 shots and it grouped better at the end then at the start. The average shooter will never wear out a quality fire arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterBob View Post
    I saw the test on my Sig P220 where they shot 10,000 rounds through it while being test fired on a ranson rest every 500 shots and it grouped better at the end then at the start. The average shooter will never wear out a quality fire arm.
    Ditto! Sure, a few parts may have to be replaced on occasion (springs, etc.) but a well made firearm should last a lifetime.
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    I have a Colt issue 1911 that we shot so much the extractor wore out. The hook end was worn to a stub. No way to know how many thousands of rounds we fired, but it was a lot.

    Just replaced the extractor and the old gun is still running as good as ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffMRC View Post
    How many rounds until you see some wear necessary to rebuild or retire the pistol?
    Depends on the gun, as Sixto suggested.

    I've seen some old revolvers last a lifetime. Whether it's due to the type of steel in the gun, or the type of usage, or the maintenance schedule performed on that gun, who's to say.

    In my own experience, I had a Browning BDM with a round count that was approaching 40K. But the BDM isn't exactly popular with gunsmiths. Finding a 'smith to take it apart and freshen the springs was tough. So, I just kept shooting it. I had kept up with rigorous cleaning and lubrication, replacement of the obvious (recoil spring and rod, mag spring and follower, mags with dented/bent lips, and such). The barrel was in excellent shape. The slide/frame rails were perfectly smooth and tight. It just kept on ticking, getting more and more accurate as time went on. Ended up selling it, unfortunately.

    I've not shot any single gun anywhere near as much as that one pistol, so I can't speak to overall durability of any other guns.
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    Clean them regularly, shoot 'em hard, but just care for them...

    I hear that Glocks may require a part after 2,000,000 rounds, so stay away from those firearms.
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    The average shooter never even has to worry about wearing out a quality handgun. If you are a serious competiton shooter you may have to replace some internal parts, springs and maybe a barrel over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Clean them regularly, shoot 'em hard, but just care for them...

    I hear that Glocks may require a part after 2,000,000 rounds, so stay away from those firearms.
    Only 2,000,000 and they need parts. You know why they don't make replacement parts for the XD's----cause you never need them unlike the Glock that may only run 2mil of rounds.

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    I have 11,275 through one of my 1911's. It's just getting good. At 60,000 I expect to need a new barrel.

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    Buy guns with the lifetime warranty and shoot all you want,as long as the company dont go bust you have no worries, but seriously an average joe that shoots just enough to not forget how like I do will never wear a good gun out.
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