Lemon Gun Stories

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Nib-XG26, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. My worst:
    1. Taurus 94 .22lr Revolver - cylinder would bind up, effectively jamming it.

    2. Olympic Arms K9GL Carbine - every type of malfunction in the book despite 4 trips to the gunsmith and 1 back to Olympic Arms. A client was shooting it and it almost blew up on him. I sold it to a gunstore who said they would fix it and resell it. It sold and then was back on their shelves 2weeks later.

    3. Mossberg 500 Home Security .410 Shotgun - would not work with .410 handgun rounds(although it should have) and then would not work with regular .410 shotgun loads(pump action would seize up).

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  2. The only guns I had issues with were el cheapo pocket guns from the early 1980's. One was a Jennings 22lr I got new for $49 and a excam .25 bought used for $20. I sold or traded them both off. I told myself only buy quality name brand stuff and pass on the cheap crap that was good advice.

  3. Not 1 but 2 separate Gen3.5 G30sf's that wouldnt stop ejecting brass into my head. Real stinkers those were.
  4. Sure does. That $99.00 sale price was what made them so tempting to us. They had really nice fiberglass stocks which were probably worth almost the cost of the whole rifle.
  5. Haldor

    Haldor Retired EE

    At least is saved you a gym membership.

    I bought an AMT backup 380 for my wife about 20 years ago. Never got as far as the trigger pull, she couldn't pull the slide back. Small blowback pistols are not fun guns to shoot especially for anyone who doesn't have significant grip strength.
  6. Haldor

    Haldor Retired EE

    That is totally grip related. Hold onto the grip firmly and it won't dump brass on top of your head. I found this out when I was trying to make my G26 jam from limp wristing (I was concerned about weak hand shooting reliability). No jams, but I was really glad I was wearing a hat.
  7. Haldor

    Haldor Retired EE

    I have that same Jennings. Idiots at Jennings put the wrong spring in the magazine catch (kept dropping the magazine while firing). I replaced the spring with one out of a ball point pen and now it works fine. Amazingly it has been totally reliable for me ever since. I keep expecting it to puke on me, but it keeps working.
  8. Haldor

    Haldor Retired EE

    My all-time POS is a Charter Arms AR7. I bought it for a car gun and it was ok when I first bought it. However weird self inflicted stuff just keeps happening to it. After a month or so the front site decided not to stay in the dovetail. I sent it back and this is the factory repair I got back. Now that is some fine craftsmanship there.


    Next the front of the magazine well fell off (while it was stored inside the stock). This is kinda important because with this piece is what prevents the magazine from moving forward during firing. If this happens operation is just a bit impared. The receiver is made of cast zinc, so there is no practical way to repair it (super glue and epoxy were useless). The gun can be fired, you just have hold the magazine in place.


    After that happened I just tossed it in the back of the gun safe. A few years ago I noticed that there is some kind of evil chemical reaction going on inside the stock. It is bubbling up like there is something hot in there, I have no idea what is really going on in there and to be honest I don't really want to know. It is hard to photograph, but here is one of the bumps in profile.

    #28 Haldor, Feb 19, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012
  9. Colt Python I bought around 1978 or 79 . Nickle plated 6 inch bbl. Beatiful gun but you could only put 3 rounds in the cylinder - the others were rough. Triied to get it fixed but Colt was on strike.
    #29 Glockaround the Clock, Feb 19, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2012
  10. I traded my Jennings 22lr to a friend (he knew it was cheap)
    but liked it, or maybe liked the size .About 20 years later I asked him what happened to it. He said it just stopped working after about 10 years I did not get any details. What can you expect from a $49 gun.
  11. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl


    Enough said.
  12. Bought a very early S&W M-59 that would only reliably feed FMJ ammo. It had issues feeding JHP ammo. I swapped it for a WWII era 03-A3 rifle. Cool. I had a gorgeous looking .22LR COLT Trooper revolver that would routinely fail to fire at least once on a cylinder full of ammo, regardless of the ammo used. I swapped it for a S&W 17-2. That was a very good deal for me. Excellent revolver. Very way cool. I've had good results with all the other firearms I've owned.
  13. A Glock 36 for me, had multiple FTF's every 50 rounds. I had a half a dozen people shoot it, including the local so called "Glock" expert at the range. Everyone had the same issue. Got rid of it, life is to short to deal with a defective weapon.

  14. How does a gun almost blow up?
  15. Haldor

    Haldor Retired EE

    Perhaps it went all Yosemite Sam on him.

    #35 Haldor, Feb 19, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012
  16. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Dan Wesson stainless 4" .357 Magnum. :puking:
  17. Smith 22S. Back to Smith and still Crap with a capitol C.
    More recently, Kimber...yes Kimber, Solo 9 Carry. It's presently back at Kimber for the second time. First time was for two months, who knows how long this time. I LOVE the size of it for concealed carry 9mm, but hey, it has to work, right?

    Conversely, my Smith 3913NL and Walther PPS, and my Beretta 90-Two have been absolutely flawless. And apparently my wife got lucky with her 870 Express. Flawless.
  18. bustedknee

    bustedknee Curmudgeon

    It sounds like your injectors are gummed up.

    Go to the nearest auto supply and ask for some "injector cleaner".
    There once was a product, I think it was called, "Gum Out" that worked really well.

    If it works on your injectors it will also work on your ejectors.
    Just pour a little down the barrel then run it hard.

  19. A jammed shell casing lodged in the barrel. This thing would put jammed, misshapen shell casings anywhere inside the chamber/receiver, etc. When the shell casing didn't pop out, I told him to put the gun down immediately.
    #39 Cambo, Feb 19, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012
  20. Thanks for the reply but the gun is brand new and before shooting it I cleaned it thoroughly, its just a lemon I guess.
    I have old Coast to Coast cheap 12gauges that work flawlessly so its just a chance you take.

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