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Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Boats, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. Boats

    Boats Not Assimilated

    Dec 22, 2002
    Somewhere in Oregon
    We've all heard the expression, "Every maker puts out a lemon once in awhile," or something similar.

    This seems to be true. There have been tales of individual pistols and other firearms that had "gremlins" that even the factory couldn't solve, to the point of replacing the gun.

    But does the opposite end of the spectrum also exist? Is it possible that despite "all being made the same," that a pistol could come off the line with a happy convergence of parts that work so well together that the rare pistol far exceeds the norm for the model, particularly for accuracy?

    I find myself asking this because a $400 pistol, a 9mm Beretta PX4F, is the most accurate handgun I have ever owned. That covers some 60 "duty caliber" handguns I have had pass through my hands, from high end 1911s, to a HK USP, to a SIG P226, and others that cost hundreds, or even a grand, more than this eerily accurate Beretta.

    I have even had about a dozen friends shoot it over the last three years who agree that it is rather uncanny how easy it is to make tight groups with it.

    It's only supposed to be "combat accurate," coming with no guarantee of doing great things down range, it just does. It also outshoots a PX4 Constant I have in the same caliber, which is identical in its lockup details, but has a slightly different trigger feel.

    So, do you believe the "anti-lemon" exists and sometimes, a lucky buyer gets way more than he or she bargained for?
  2. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    As the painting instructor on PBS used to say "Happy little accidents"

    I suspect, just a hunch, that occasionally it may also be a case of bumping into the right load or ammo with rifles. In my collection I have a couple of older rifles, that were never though of as particularly accurate, that both turned in back-to back (I HAD to shoot second groups) sub 1" groups with factory ammo when I was just trying to see if they had a bullet weight preference.

    I still will not discuss the groups I got, repeatedly, with my SOCOM16 @ 100 yds with HTM "Tactical" loads. I think the shorter barrel and the slight changes to the gas system helped my particular assembly of parts, as it were,

    I have found a couple of accurate guns in brands that are bashed but I just think the bashing was undeserved, not that mine are anything rare.

  3. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    This is my 1858 conversion revolver with some old 45LC ammo I had. Best group I had all day.
  4. 1gewehr


    Mar 22, 2006
    Mid TN
    I once had a Jennings J-22 that worked flawlessly. It amazed everyone who saw it. Finally, after several thousand rounds, it decided it was done, and started to fall apart.
  5. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    If accuracy is a product of exacting tolerances it would stand to reason that in a process that allows a wider range of tolerances statistically there should be some guns that have tolerances on several parts that are all close to whatever is the perfect set of tolerances.
  6. poodleplumber


    Apr 23, 2009
    What BruceM says makes a lot of sense.

    I once owned an Arminius revolver that was extremely accurate. It was so long ago that I'm not even sure I am spelling it right, but that was a really inexpensive handgun that just came together right for whatever reason.

    Good reports on the Beretta PX4 line are pretty common. Yours may be above the cut, but my daughter has one that is very impressive and easy to shoot well, and lots of other people say similar things.
  7. jimNeb


    Nov 5, 2012
    You spelled it correctly. I have a .44 magnum that was my dads. It is surprisingly well made with good accuracy and a good fit and finish.

    They usually don't bring a lot of money when you can find them for sale.
  8. Not sure the question pertains to mechanical accuracy or to user accuracy.

    User accuracy is usually helped by a longer sight radius, lower recoil, and a light trigger :)

    Two guns the same, better user accuracy will probably happen with the one that has a lighter trigger. In my opinion.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  9. DonD


    Dec 21, 2001
    Central TX
    In the high performance car world they talk of cars that just accelerate noticeably faster than is typical. They're called "factory freaks".

    I believe this happens with cars, why not guns? All the tolerances, as Bruce M said, stack up in favor of accuracy.
  10. 8-Ball

    8-Ball Old SoulSoul

    Aug 30, 2004
    You said exactly what was going through my head, only in better words than I could have. :wavey:
  11. Boats

    Boats Not Assimilated

    Dec 22, 2002
    Somewhere in Oregon
    It was my point that this otherwise unremarkable 9mm DA/SA pistol, without tremendous precision in the trigger in either mode, has outshot everything else I have ever owned regardless of the other pistols having better sights, longer sight radius and lighter, single action only triggers.

    It was not just about this pistol out shooting its sibling. It was about it delivering more accuracy than I had a reasonable right to expect.
  12. TKM

    TKM Shiny Member Lifetime Member

    Two X5s.

    Maybe I just got lucky twice? :dunno:
  13. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    I had a series one Kimber Custom that met that definition. It didn't look or feel like anything special. It had fired many thousands of rounds. Yet it shot tiny little groups with boring regularity, fed every type of ammo from any decent magazine, and hit exactly to point of aim. Everything just came together right on that pistol. The only handgun I've ever owned that outshot it is my Les Baer Premier II, and the difference isn't great.
  14. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Thanks As I wrote it I wasn't sure if it would make sense:wavey:

    Maybe words are like big boxes of gun parts. You reach in and grab some. Once in a while you get lucky and grab the right ones:supergrin:
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012
  15. Sounds like a keeper. Not sure how you would Gunbroker those qualities anyway :)

    What size groups does it give from the bench? Sounds like it must be getting under 2" at 50 yards.
  16. Where I hear this phenomenon come up most often is when folks talk about Mosin-Nagants. Of course, there were the officially acknowleged anti-lemons that were turned into the sniper varients. I also hear folks talk about occasional amazing accuracy from their standard surplus Mosins.