I bought my wife her 1st gun a S&W .380 w/laser was a S/A D/A. she HATED it. To make it worse she then went and took one of my .45’s. She buys her own guns now I told her unless it’s that .380 she has to go buy a new one.
A Rohm RG-22LR, the original Saturday night special. I took it in on a trade for some ham gear. Went out in the desert that afternoon to see if it would shoot, and it was the most unreliable piece of pot metal I’ve ever had the misfortune to own. It actually fell apart after the reload. I think I sold it for $5.00.
Anything that is a Glock. Never cared for Glocks at all. I have friends who own Glocks I’ve tried them and never care for the ergonomics of them.
I’m going to be a bit cheeky here. A Jennings Bryco Model 38 .380 with the firing pin spring in front of the firing pin.
My least favourite gun was a Star 380acp, that my Dad won in a raffle back in the early 70s. It was a small 1911 style pistol that could not hit the side of a barn. Always worried it was going to blowup in my hand. It jammed constantly with any ammo…rough as a corn cobb
My tale of woe regards a Makarov double-stack in 9x18.
I simply had to have it because of its size and somewhat good machining. I purchased it at a gun show in the 1990’s along with a couple of extra magazines and some ammunition.
Being a Russian military handgun I bought a case of Wolf ammo as a logical match.
It never fired three consecutive rounds without jamming. If used in a war, results would be disastrous for the trigger-puller; the recipient, not so much.
I was delighted to get rid of that dog in favor of a sharp stick for self defense.
SCCY 9mm hands down the worse gun I have ever owned. Well, was given. The damn thing blew to pieces in my hand. I spent days with a very sore hand trying to figure out why it blew apart while firing. A Police Officer friend took it to the station and had one of their forensics & weapons specialist look at it. As he gave it to him, he immediately looked at it and said “I don’t need to look this over. Didn’t your friend research this gun?”
Come to find out, this is not uncommon with SCCY 9mm’s. I tried to speak to SCCY Industries, LLC in Daytona Beach, Florida, who would not discuss this with me. Told me I had not cleaned it properly. I’ll never fire a SCCY again.
That’s called damage control over reputation. Funny they made that video. Wonder why!
Only seen weapons blow because of bad reloads, wrong ammo & blocked barrel.
We did. We bought a 380 with the long trigger pull and only fired it a few times and sold it to get one that had a short trigger pull. My wife liked the light trigger pull in the store but didn’t like it at the range.
I get that it’s less expensive in the long run to reload your own ammo, but yeah, it seems very risky. Not only do you run the risk of overloading a round or 50, but you’re keeping all that explosive material around when a simple mistake can take you from a nice house to a smoking crater. OK, maybe a bit of hyperbole there, but still. Maybe I’m foolish or paranoid for that opinion, but then am I paranoid for carrying a concealed weapon?
In the same paranoia, I don’t want to work around fireworks, don’t want to manufacture gunpowder or dynamite or nitroglycerin, nor any of a dozen hazardous substances. I don’t worry all that much about the gasoline in my car’s tank, as I don’t drive a Pinto, but I would not want to carry and deliver gas, either. I don’t have the hazmat endorsement on my Class A for a reason.
One mistake. One. That’s all you get, and you don’t even have to be the one to make it. Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll spend the money for factory loads.
The worst pistol I ever had (for me) was a Bodyguard .380. Nice pistol, well made, but I couldn’t hit a barn door with it. Lots of opther folks do very well with it. Not me. I am very comfortable with Glocks, and quite accurate out to 75 ft. Everyone is different, try before you buy when possible.
My least favorite gun and mistake. I hate to admit this. A Davis P-380. I still have it. Haven’t shot it in about 35 years. First, I bought it as a summer concealment piece, it will fit in my back pocket. So in that sense, it worked. A .380 is the smallest caliber I believe to be OK for self defense, obviously any firearm is better than no firearm (maybe I got smarter the older I got). At the time, I spent a fair amount of time alone and my job had me working in the not so good side of town and often troubleshooting equipment at night. I am 6’ 3" and normally carry a Govt. 1911, so this was to be a summer conceal carry piece. the rest of the time it was my 1911.
The Davis has a trigger pull of about 11 1/2 pounds. It is extremely small in my hands. It has real small sights on it and if you install the firing pin backwards, it won’t go bang (before you laugh, it fits both ways and there not much difference and I only did it once). Other than that, if you take your time you can hit Coke cans all day at fifteen feet, but it takes effort to control because of the trigger pull. Defensive accuracy at defensive distances isn’t to bad, but there was no way to clean up the pull and the gun’s action, even after 500 rounds, feels gritty. It doesn’t weigh enough to be an anchor either.
I would love to trade you even up for the Colt. In the for what it’s worth category, most of us have an assortment of holsters as well, many stay in the box of ‘extra stuff’ we have, because they didn’t work as well as we thought they would.
With a 25 I once had an old leather bike jacket I was getting rid of due to being worn out. At an est 20’ rounds got stuck in the leather
Kel-Tec p32. Long pull. Is it ever going to fire?
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Older Mini 14s were terrible like that. Mine was very sloppy. I hated everything about the mini 14. High cap mags were either crappy or deadly to the wallet. Any repairs had to be done at the factory. No repair kits like they have for AR and AKs. It was a good gun if you only planned on shooting vermin and not fire mag after mag. But my sits in the gun locker unloved and unwanted.
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