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    I'm leery of any manufacturer who requires a break in period for their guns. That is a cost the consumer shouldn't have to burden to ensure a reliable gun.

    But, any gun new to a shooter should be put through its paces with say a minimum of 200 rounds to ensure it functions properly. Revolvers, heck just shoot 5 or 6 to make sure things are in order and I consider it "broken" in.
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    I’ve never subscribed to “breaking in” a gun. A gun either works or it doesn’t. It’s not my job to spend money to get a gun to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty222 View Post
    I'm an precision/inspection gauges maker,so I can tell you for sure,that different people make different quality,also they make different qualities on different days.

    Now I have something to do,but be back in a few hours.


    I get this, same thing with bras! Different quality made by different people and on different days. If they are in a bad mood they may make the straps too tight
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sister View Post


    I get this, same thing with bras! Different quality made by different people and on different days. If they are in a bad mood they may make the straps too tight
    And here I bet most of us thought Duluth Trading's men's underwear commercials highlighted the only case of things being too tight!
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    Of all the guns here that were purchased new, I never had one that needed a break-in period, in spite of any words to that effect in the instruction manual. I think the biggest break-in effort lies between the owner's ears - learning how to run the gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty222 View Post
    "If you're still in doubt, buy a Glock."

    How about a Browning?
    Which Browning, all "Brownings" are not created equal. Got rid of a jam-o-matic Buckmark, have had a Hi Power for 35 years that has never, not once, jammed. Most accurate out of the box non-target pistol I have ever owned. Swore at one Browning, swear by the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    And here I bet most of us thought Duluth Trading's men's underwear commercials highlighted the only case of things being too tight!
    Need to watch out for that beaver that bites,, Not good atall ; ) PS Break in period is BS
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    I'd say, PITA.

    The FNP9 I purchased new had to be broken in due to a really strong recoil spring that caused most standard velocity ammo cases to stovepipe. Only my hotter handloads and +P/+P+ factory ammo functioned reliably in it for the first 200+ rnds... Now it functions reliably with everything I feed it.
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    I clean all of the factory gunk off, lube, and shoot. Break in period my fourth point of contact.
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    When I get a new semi-auto handgun that is planned to be a carry gun, I shoot 200 to 300 rounds of full metal jacket ammo through it to check for infant mortality. I then shoot a box or two of various self-defense ammo through it to check for ammo sensitivity. I usually have 400 to 500 rounds through it before I trust it as a carry gun. If it is a revolver that is planned to be a carry gun, I put a box of my favorite ammo through it. Trust, but verify.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    Of all the guns here that were purchased new, I never had one that needed a break-in period, in spite of any words to that effect in the instruction manual. I think the biggest break-in effort lies between the owner's ears - learning how to run the gun.
    Perhaps you have something there.

    It's less about breaking in the gun as it is about breaking in the new owner.
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    I always do an initial cleaning to remove whatever the manufacturer coated the parts with. Every piece of metal that has been machined will have microscopic burrs (unless the manufacturer has polished it). When the bullets are fired, they will leave residue on those burrs and bend them over. The residue and burrs need to be removed. I fire 50 rounds then thoroughly clean the gun again to remove the residue/burrs.

    I don't understand what the big deal is with properly cleaning/maintaining a firearm. No offense to anyone but there sure seems to be a awful lot of BS bravado when it comes to this subject.
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    One of the great joys of gun maintenance is in field stripping a new Glock and seeing that purty gold colored lube the factory puts on 'em.

    And one of the worst experiences in life is getting that gunk on the furniture by not paying attention!
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    If a gun manufacturer recommend a a certain usage to break in the piece, I will not even consider purchase. I passed in 9mm Kahr some years back because the break in was supposed to be 200 rounds. That was a no-go for me. I expect a gun to be ready to go out of the box.

    However, I do believe that a gun should have a reliability test. Fir me that is 250 rounds in one one session wit rapid fire. It is not an accuracy test. It is a reliability test. You need decent ammo in the gun not cheap crap ammo. I put 250 JHP through any gun I buy in about an hour. If it works without failures I begin to feel secure with it. Just my opinion, but I live by it.
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    My 2 cents worth, no sarcasm intended.

    I've never owned a gun that "required" a break in period. Any gun that doesn't work right out of the box is defective. There is a difference between a gun working reliably and a gun with which the trigger improves with use. Yes, usage improves trigger/sear surfaces and the like, but those items should be "functional" from the factory.

    Establishing reliability confidence may require some individually determined mythical number of rounds fired, but it should not require any such number of rounds to BE functional. One mag, 50 rounds 200, 500, an entire ammo dump for a few, whatever it takes one to feel comfy with a new gun is on them and should not be a requirement to be "functional."
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