1911 Quality II – Short guns & other calibers

More 1911 Suckage

More 1911 Suckage

Back in my original post about 1911 quality, I looked at full-size 1911s in .45acp.  I received questions about Commander & Officer-size 1911s, as well as 1911 performance in other calibers.  Well, here is the data.

Same guidelines as last time.  I went through every issue of Gun Tests from 1996 to the present, and tracked every 1911 they tested.  A gun would be judged as “broken” if it stopped working, shed parts, or physically disintegrated in some way.  A gun would be “unreliable” if it had failures to fire, feed, extract or eject that were not attributable to a documented problem with the ammunition.  I decided that an obviously defective part like a single bad magazine would not render a gun “unreliable” if the manufacturer’s regular magazines worked when the bad magazine was replaced like-for-like.  Note, many of the reviews of 1911s had to use Wilson/McCormick mags for the review guns, regardless of brand of gun.  The reliability numbers for 1911s are overly-optimistic, in other words.

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Liberals = Low Gun IQ

Warning Label

Warning Label

Another article decrying the ignorance of liberals on the gun issue.  Well, among the many other issues they have no clue about.  Which would be almost all of them.

http://spectator.org/archives/2011/01/17/gun-hazy

Part of me enjoys pointing out their absurd beliefs and willful stupidity.  I once directed a local reporter to the “pro-gun political party” LemonParty with considerable glee.  (If you don’t know what it is, don’t google it.  What is seen cannot be unseen.)

But part of me worries that we will educate them enough to make their next sweeping gun-control measure more problematic to gun owners than the 1994 ban.  Let’s face it: there were plenty of loopholes in that law.

New Blogroll Addition – Forgotten Weapons

I’ve been reading the Forgotten Weapons site for a couple of weeks, and I’ve been remiss by not adding them. They’re posting lots of interesting articles on obscure firearms, many of which I’ve never heard of.

Steyr – The Other Austrian Handgun

Steyr AUG

Steyr AUG

Admit it: when you hear the name Steyr, you think of the AUG.

That’s only natural.  It is Steyr’s most memorable gun.  The AUG cuts an instantly-recognizable profile, and it screams “COOL” and “HIGH-TECH” at equal volume.

But Steyr’s history of military & civilian gunmaking goes back to the late 1800s, and they were a player in the handgun game until World War 1.

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Mossberg is Releasing a Tactical .22LR

Mike at One Inch Group writes that another Connecticut gun company, Mossberg, is releasing a Tactical .22LR which looks like a very reasonably priced AR-15.

From the press release:

Mossberg International’s new lightweight Tactical .22 combines the look and feel of today’s AR-style platforms with Mossberg International’s reliable and affordable .22 autoloader. Taking cues from the proven 702 autoloader, the Tactical .22 matches an 18” barrel to a quad-rail forend, giving any shooter the opportunity to easily customize the Tactical .22 with lights, lasers or any number of AR accessories currently in the marketplace.