80,000 Rds Through 2 Glock 19's

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  1. Dom Pastore

    Dom Pastore dpast32

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    I have a Gen 3 17 that I had around 150K through it over 10 years when the left rear rail broke. The only other parts to break in that time, were two trigger return springs, one at around 90K, the second at around 120K.

    Sent it back to Glock when the rail went, and they replaced the frame, and rebuilt the rest of the gun, and sent it back. Cost me $25 to send it to them, and thats it.

    Im still shooting it weekly too. The only original parts in it now, are the barrel and slide.

    They did all that too, 9 years out of warranty (Glock only has a 1 year warranty), and with a stippled frame, which I was constantly told would void the warranty and they wouldnt fix it.
     
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  3. PennsWoods

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    This is one of the reasons I have a thing for Glocks. Apparently their service is like the old Sears/Craftsman socket sets. Wear one out, bring it in, get a new one and out the door you go.
     
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    Deputydave Millennium Member

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    There is a lot of comfort in the statement, 'boringly reliable'.
     
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    They are that. So are some of the others. Ive had good luck with SIG and HK too.

    Boringly reliable can have its downsides too though. What I discovered for working on the "malfunction" part of learning/practice is, using worn-out reloads/brass can work in your favor there. You get all sorts of random, unplanned malfunctions that will have you clearing things without thought in no time. :)
     
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    9x45 Millennium Member

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    80K is entry level. I have over 300K thru a 2 pin G17, and my oldest G19 has about 75K thru it, and one of my G21's went to about 125K. Still nothing, we had a Gen 1 G17 at the academy that had over 500K when I was there in 1998.
     
  7. cciman

    cciman Mr. Spock

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    That's only 40K per pistol.

    BFD, I probably had that 5years ago.
     
  8. Dom Pastore

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    Just off the top of my head, didn't the Austrian ammunition manufacturer Hirtenberger have an earlier G17 that was professed to have over 300,000 or 350,000 rds through it ? IIRC, it was exhibited in a display case at their Factory HQ ? Somewhere, amongst all my assorted reference is an Article & photo about it. And, again IIRC, the Hirtenberger 9mm load used in it was ruptured to be an 124 FMJ at 1,225 FPS, which isn't in the same league as say Winchester 'White Box'.

    Best, dpast32
     
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    Ruptured?
     
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    sciolist On the Border

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    Do you have an impression of the relative durability of frame rails between gen1/2/4 vs. gen3?
     
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    One thing I think is often missed with the high round count guns and when things go is, what it cost in $$ to actually get to that point and what actually costs more, the ammo. The gun itself is pretty cheap in the long, and actually, even in the short run.

    Just figuring on what its currently been costing me for my reloads at around $6.50 a 50 round box, that works out to be about $19,500 (over 10 years). That works out to be about 39 new Glocks, or 4 new 17's a year for what I expended $$ wise in ammo.

    And people get pissy when something has the gall to break at 125K! :D

    One thing cool about Glock though, they seem to be willing to fix/rebuild it at no or little cost to you, so you can drag out the agony some more. :)
     
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    Glocks are not the best guns available. They are certainly NOT perfect. But they are darn durable, reliable and affordable (if you ever need to replace yours with a new one).

    Unlike high volume competition shooters, “average shooters (myself included)” cannot shoot a Glock pistol to death by wearing it out within our life time simply because most of us do not shoot 100K or 150K rounds through one Glock. In most cases, we only need some replacement OEM parts, which are pretty cheap and completely user replaceable, to keep our Glock pistols functioning. In that sense, Glocks are really cost-effective handguns.
     
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    I only have Gen 3's and Gen 2's, but I like the Gen 3's the best. Pretty convinced quality of parts was much better back in the early 90's.
     
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    I think you're probably right. All my Glock stuff is late gen3, and I've never had a frame go longer than about 60k.
     
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    scio, what happened to the frame then? I've only put 7 RSA's in my 300K gun, and there is no sign of frame battering (minor floor loads).