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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Bullet Design and Semi-Auto Pistol Reliability

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Some emails that I receive pertain to pistol reliability problems. This is one of the countless topics where I have opinions but no expertise. Of course, there can always be a mechanical problem with a pistol or its magazine, but the overall cartridge length and bullet shape can be contributory. Some pistols are forgiving while others are finicky. What you feed them can make a difference.

CLICK HERE for the best article I have yet read on the subject.

Although posted on his 38 Super website, this Brad Miller article is NOT specific to the .38 Super; it addresses issues pertaining to semi-automatic pistols of all calibers. It is well worth the read for any pistolero.

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2 comments:

Glenn B said...

I don't have the time now and hope I remember to come back later to read the article but I will say this: No matter what design of bullet, copper jacketed, semi-jacketed, lead nose or whatever substance and no matter the shape - my Beretta 92 series pistols have fed the bullet reliably with very few (and I do mean rare) feeding problems. The next best in my expereince for feeding anything are the glocks but they do not come close to the Berettas.

All the best,
Glenn B

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Hi Glenn, thanks for peeking in. I don't have near your expertise of experience, but I also don't recall ever having a feed problem (with any load)with my Beretta 92 (sold long ago when I was poor and needed money), my Glocks, or (so far) my Sig-239. They sure are making pistols omnivorous nowadays.

Take care,

Zack