Question of the Day: What’s the Most Embarrasing Gun You Own?

After changing his position on a particular political issue of the day, a critic of Abraham Lincoln accused him of being two-faced. To which the rail-splitter responded, “Do you think that if I had two faces, I’d use this one?” Yes, we can extend this little parable to guns if we stretch reeeeal hard – and that’s just what we’re gonna do!  Most of us have bought a gun we later came to regret. Then again, it’s the gun we have. And the gun you have is always better than all the guns you don’t. But it’s the kind of gun that, if you had two, that embarrassing thing would most likely assume a position toward the back of the safe and stay there. So whether you carry your little embarrassment every day or hide it when you open your safe for your friends, what’s the most regrettable gun you own? Or owned?


  1. avatar Rabbi says:

    AMT 380

    1. It was a 380 (most embarrassing)
    2. It was an AMT
    3. It was a jam-o-matic

    History is a cruel mistress. My only excuse was that I was an ignorant youngin at the time. Please don’t judge me 🙁

    1. avatar spymyeyes says:

      I got one even better than ignorance, love!


      I wanted to impress my wife with a gun she could handle (she is a 100lb. woman at 5′) so I picked up a little taurus 25. automatic with rosewood grips and gold colored trigger, slide, and buttons.

      Pretty little gun right out of the box brand new with a spare clip and has a flip up barrel for single shot firing.

      Everything was great until……..

      She could NOT rack the slide!

      massive FAIL followed….. 🙁

      1. avatar Mike OFWG says:

        Isn’t the flip up barrel supposed to allow the chambering of a round without the need to rack the slide?

        1. avatar spymyeyes says:

          @mike OFWG,

          yes it does. and that was the worst fail of all.

          I got it for her so she could carry concealed at her place of work and be safe, but with the ability to fire ONE 25. round. That is just going to piss off an already angry man/woman. And then you have to push the button to flip the barrel up, pull the round out of barrel if it does not eject, then put another 25. round in, close the barrel, then go bang again.

          The AB-SO-LUTE

        2. avatar Gossven says:

          You know that if you load the one round in the chamber and then insert the magazine like on any semi-auto it will cycle normally right…

  2. avatar Hawke says:

    I know all of you Glock baby’s out there are going to flame me for this but, my Glock 26 is the worst purchase I have every made. When you have palms that are 5 inches across you should not own a compact or sub compact pistols or cars. Plus it is just uncomfortable.

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Mega dittos.

    2. avatar 7350livin says:

      XXL hands + G33 (.357 SIG) = no fun. It lasted about 6 months.

      I hope we get to brag about our best gun soon.

  3. avatar caffeinated says:

    I had a hi point. It ran 100% despite all the haters. I still have a Davis 380 someone gave me because he couldn’t get it to work. That was two years ago. I still can’t bring myself to waste money by putting 380 ammunition through it.

  4. avatar Elliotte says:

    Maybe I’m lucky, maybe I just have too few funds to have made a mistake, but I don’t have any that I’m embarressed of.

  5. avatar tdiinva says:

    I have no guns that embarrass me. I embarrass my guns.

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  6. avatar Bill Baldwin says:

    I don’t have one that embarrasses me, but apparently embarrassed it’s previous owner. It’s an AG Galesi .25 Cal. for the price of one box of ammo, I got two and the pistol.

  7. avatar IndyEric says:

    It’s not mine, but my wife has a Glock 34 Gen4 which has an NIB-X coated slide, and a ceracoated bright purple frame with white flowers. I can’t be near her when she pulls it out at local competitions.

  8. avatar Bpjester says:

    A gunsmith recommended to me that I could build a decent 1911A1 Frankenstein with an Essex frame and slide. The frame had a reversed taper on the rails which would cause the slide to wedge itself open at full recoil and not return to battery. The slide cracked twice in the recoil spring tube area. My gunsmith apologized and swore that he would never build another pistol using Essex parts. A dealer gave me $150 in trade towards a Ruger 22/45.

  9. avatar cmd says:

    Not so much as embarrassed but glad to sell it off, a Beretta 92FS. I was in the Navy when we shifted from the 1911 to the Beretta 92. I just never liked it. My hands are too small to reach the safety without changing my grip. I bought my 92 to practice qualifying. Seemed like a good idea at the time. I sold it right before I retired.

  10. avatar Tim McNabb says:

    I have a Jimenez .380. It’s reliable enough, but man is it ever cheap. It’s like a moped, OK to ride, but you don’t want your friends to see you with it.

  11. avatar virtualjohn says:

    J.C. Higgins bolt-action 12 gauge shotgun that I got in a trade probably 35 years ago. I’m sure some folks really like bolt smooth-bores. I don’t. I love buying guns. I hate selling them and with this one, I guess I’m just too embarrassed to drag it to the show to sell it.

  12. avatar Matt in FL says:

    My Mossberg 500 Persuader pistol grip 12 gauge. I bought it because a friend had one, and it was fun to shoot when I was out on his property. It was the first firearm I ever bought. It’s had less than 25 rounds down the tube. I’m going to put a stock on it at some point to make it more useful.

    1. avatar Van says:

      I never even bothered to fire mine with the pistol grip. I bought a synthetic stock immediately.

  13. avatar brigo05 says:

    Every Taurus I have ever owned.
    PT24/7 Take down pin would work its way out every 25 rounds of .45
    PT940 Barrel Split down the middle like a hot dog in a microwave
    T85 Blew apart on factory round .38 wadcutter, actually only one person lost thumb meat on that KB.

    Oh I had a Ruger P89 that I had to tie a string around its internal magazine safety and hold it down while I slid the slide forward and off. No string? Spring would snap back when you let the slide forward, no matter how gentle you are. Maybe I’m picky? I love my GP-100 4″!

    1. avatar Jeff says:

      I had the misfortune of being talked into a Taurus TCP (.380)

      What a piece of crap. It would jam on the first round, no matter how many rounds were in the magazine, unless it was racked less than a minute or so before the first trigger pull. I never did figure what exactly was happening before the slide literally went to pieces in my hand.

      Taurus did replace the slide (and about half of the rest of the gun) and I traded it for reloading supplies.

      I’ll just stick with ol’ faithful (S&W Airweight) on the hip and a Bond Arms (.410) in the pocket. And a Ruger LCP in the boot. And a North American mini-revolver. You’ll just have to frisk me to find the rest. 🙂

  14. avatar Paul says:

    Lets see, oh yes I currently own a, no I sold that one. Maybe it’s the, nope good shooter that one, perhaps the, nah I had that one with me when a bad guy thought he wanted what was mine, oh I have it now, it must be the one that I don’t carry very often.

  15. avatar Jay says:

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned the Jennings J-22. I have one, and as embarrassing as it is, this one shoots pretty well and has been very reliable.

    1. avatar Kelly in GA says:

      I have one, too. My grandma offered me one of her old pistols, and I knew she had an old Smith .38, so I said yes. She came downstairs with a Jennings .22 in a box from the 70s or so. I took it so she wouldn’t try to use it. It’s been in an old gun locker ever since.

  16. avatar Van says:

    I’ve sold 2 guns that I thought were keen at the time of purchase. To say I was embarrassed by them is a bit of an exaggeration. They were fine weapons in their own way, they just didn’t turn my crank like I thought they would.

    1.) Beretta PX4 Storm in 9mm. I never liked the DA/SA trigger. My master plan was to buy the CX4 Storm so I could share magazines between the two.

    2.) Ruger LC9. Trigger dislike (again).

  17. I had a near miss. At 18, an acquaintance had a Ruger 9mm that she needed to sell. I decided to look at it.

    It shot decently, but the slide was loose. As in I could hold the frame in one hand, and the slide in another, and twist back and forth. It had centimeters of give between the slide and frame.

    I paid her too much for the ammo I had shot, and said no thanks.

  18. avatar Derek says:

    I don’t have any that I’m down right embarrassed of but my NAA mini gets a lot of “WTF?” looks when my 6′ 250# self pulls it out at the range lol.

    And what’s wrong with bolt action smooth bores virtualjohn? 🙂 My Marlin Goose Gun is a machine. Clays, geese, pheasant, ducks, deer… it does it all.

    1. avatar virtualjohn says:

      Nothing really. It’s just me. I can crank out a second shot on muleys, elk, prongs, yotes, whatever just fine with the two bolt guns I use most; a 700 Win Mag and a Sako Forester .243. I also love my Marlin 1895G in the dark timber, but I’ve never gotten used to that bolt on ducks or geese. Like I said it’s me. I guess what bothers me is having a gun around for so dang long and never firing it. I really should let it go to someone who could use it.

      1. avatar bontai Joe says:

        I have a Marlin bolt action 12 ga slug gun with adj sights that throws Remington slugs with excellent accuracy. Have you tried slugs or buckshot in yours? Might make the gun a whole new adventure.

  19. avatar DrewR55 says:

    The first pistol I ever purchased was a Blue Thunder 1911… It was a cheap piece of crap but by gawd it worked. Ate everything I fed it.

    My father purchased a Jennings 9mm once. I was so ashamed when he showed it to me, I thought about changing my name.

    1. avatar Not Too Eloquent says:

      My Kel-Tec Sub 2K in 9mm. Plastic junk. Lot’s of fan boys for this weapon though.

  20. avatar Grant says:

    S&W J-frame .38 revolver.

    It was a great gun, but I embarrassed myself whenever I tried to shoot it further than about 10 feet. I don’t shoot revolvers well in general, but the J-frame in particular is an awful fit for my oversized meathooks.

    I eventually sold it. I won’t own another revolver, unless I happen to inherit one.

    1. avatar spymyeyes says:

      Hey Grant,

      Why not try a full sized revolver, like a raging judge or a super hawk or an alaskan?

      They ALWAYS go bang when you pull the trigger.

      1. avatar Grant says:

        I’ve shot several full size revolvers, and I just don’t shoot them as well as I shoot autos. And my Glock always goes bang, too.

        There are a couple of very nice .357’s in my family though. Guns with history. If I inherit one of those I’ll never sell it, even if I don’t shoot it as well as my plastic 9’s.

  21. avatar Mike OFWG says:

    Mine was a trifecta. I bought two Jennings, a .380 and .25, and a WMR .22 derringer (unknown manufacturer) from my cousin for $175 just because he wanted to get rid of them. Gave them to the MIL for the same price.

  22. avatar shazbot says:

    Bernardelli P-8. So many safeties it was dangerous, slide bite every time I shot it, ergonomic grip that made it impossible to carry without printing, and the single most inaccurate pistol I’ve ever shot.

  23. avatar SPEMacl618 says:

    Well, at one point in time, a chubby, un-cool seventh grade version of me saw a Jennings .22 pistol in the pawn shop. Being that it was a school day, and he was tired, and probably delusional, and had just seen the object of his seventh grader heart’s complete affection walk buy on the bus ramp, he wasn’t thinking to clearly. And, he didn’t have his classes on, so it kinda looked a PPK. And he then proceeded to bust his butt earning the $120 dollars to give to his father. Several months later, his father took pity on him and “traded” him a Ruger P-95DC for it.

    Still got that P-95, Pop’s still has “his” Jennings.

    Currently, though my Norinco ’97 clone is embarrassing.

  24. avatar Bill F says:

    An Armalite .22 AR-7. Bought it in the early 70’s from a disgruntled owner. When it wouldn’t feed right, I traded it for a motorcycle helmet. The new owner “needed” it for a survival gun to keep in his plane. The gun never got off the ground though. The pilot/new AR-7 owner elected to sell it after he shot a hole in the floor of his new pickup while struggling to chamber a round.

    1. avatar Martin Albright says:

      I owned an AR7 for many years. It is the only gun I’ve ever owned that I was able to completely disassemble – every screw, every pin, every spring removed – and then put back together and have it work. Talk about a simple design! Overall quality is rather cheap, though – metal parts are rough castings and the non-metal parts are cheap spongy plastic.

      1. avatar Bill F says:

        When I first saw one with the barrel and receiver stowed in the stock I had to have it. But either it was a lemon or maybe the previous owner had monkeyed with it. It got traded around the neighborhood for a while, then quietly vanished. I’d forgotten about it until I saw one at Bud’s–now called the Henry Survival Rifle. Thinking……..

  25. avatar SIGCDR says:

    A Taurus PT-22 bought new and discovered it was the ultimate Jam-o-matic. Traded it to an FFL dealer at one of those evil Virginia gun shows that Hizonner loves to hate on for a brand new Colt Mustang Pocketlite. I still have the Mustang but it now stays in a climate controlled safe as it was replaced for EDC with a Sig P220 Compact SAO most of the time including home carry. I love ergonomic single actions and safeties.

  26. avatar Chris Dumm says:

    Long ago (the Statute of Limitations has long since expired) I bought a Jennings .22 Jam-O-Matic *and* a Llama 9mm 1911 in the same year. The Jennings shot surprisingly well…for about the first 50 shots before dying. The Llama was perfectly reliable with FMJs but jammed with anything else.

    Fate smiled on my youthful indiscretions; I sold the Llama for $25 more than I paid, and I made a $5 profit on the Jennings when I ditched it at a California gun buy-back.

  27. avatar Charlie says:

    One and one only, a Wasr-10 bought at a Peak Obama price. Overpaid by about $200. Fine rifle aside from the plywood furniture

  28. avatar Barry says:

    Easy…S&W Sigma .380. Looks and feels like an ugly little toy, plus the added bonus of nasty muzzle flip when I squeeze one off. I truly don’t know what I was thinking when I bought it, but it’s now the “tool box gun”.

    On the plus side, it has never failed to operate, such as it were.

  29. avatar Kuli1911 says:

    My Phoenix arms .25 caliber raven. It was cheap but what a joke. If some one shot me with that and I found out, I’d be really pissed. It can barely cycle. So one shot then throw it at your attacker.

    1. avatar Low Budget Dave says:

      I also have a Raven in the back of the gun safe. I bought it to shoot some milk bottles. Never did jam, but never hit anything either. My friends remarked that if someone comes at me with a milk bottle, I better run.

    2. avatar M&P 9 L says:

      Of course youll be pissed…..because youll be on the ground suffering from a GSW and probably entering shock

      What you think, youll just wipe off the mark on your skin and rush em?

    3. avatar M&P 9 L says:

      @Kuli Of course youll be pissed…..because youll be on the ground suffering from a GSW and probably entering shock

      What you think, youll just wipe off the mark on your skin and rush em?

  30. avatar bontai Joe says:

    I guess I have 2 embarrassing guns. One is a Remington bolt action single shot .22LR that the previous owner(s) did some amature gunsmithing on when mounting a scope. It came to me as part of a 8 gun package, and was certainly the “runt of the litter”, but it shoots ok, so I’ve kept it. Just ugly as sin to look at. The other one was given to me by a friend that inherited it from his dad and didn’t want it. It’s a 9 shot .22LR revolver from maybe the 1940’s +/- and the cylinder and barrel are steel, but the rest of the gun seems to be cast “pot metal”. Who ever said, “They don’t make good stuff like they did in the old days.” wasn’t looking at this revolver. I have never shot it as even with the lowly .22LR, I’m just a touch afraid of the thing not staying together.

  31. avatar colin says:

    Calico M100 9mm. Lots of feed problems, hard to find parts for it, cheap construction.

    My friend had a tek 22 that we called the “bang-click-shit” gun. I know he regretted that purchase.

    1. avatar Gabba says:

      wasn’t the M100 the 22lr?

  32. avatar Jeff Stevens says:

    My two “winners” were an AMT BackUp and a Grendel P-12. The Grendel wasn’t nearly as bad as the AMT. Never had to worry about a ND with the AMT, as it’s trigger pull must’ve been 14-15 lbs. I unloaded both at a pawn shop. Good riddance.

  33. avatar Aharon says:

    I have never owned a gun that was embarrassing in relation to itself or to other guns. I have owned guns that were not a good fit for me and/or owned other guns that provided me with better value in terms of the benefits I received. The gun that was the least good fit for me was a semi-auto handgun and a Glock in particular. Glock is a fine gun for the right person, just not me. The second least good fit for me was a Ruger single-action .22 cal/.22 magnum. Like the Glock, it was reliable just not optimal based on my actual and potential usage.

  34. avatar NDL66 says:

    Kel-Tec PF9. It’s my Rodney Dangerfield gun. Purchased as an affordable emergency backup to my Glock 26, it’s the gun I carry when I know I’m going to have to leave my gun locked in my car for an extended period of time. I’ve put 300 or so rounds through it, with no malfunctions, and I don’t regret the purchase, but lately I’ve begun calling it my “George Zimmerman Special.”

  35. avatar HSR47 says:

    None of my firearms embarrass me in any way whatsoever. Perhaps this is because I’d rather buy a good gun secondhand than a junk gun new?

  36. avatar Greg says:

    Years ago I picked up a used Beretta .22 Short and well fun to shoot at tin cans
    it was nothing I would write home about. Ended up trading it for a somewhat beat up Ruger 10/22 and I definitely got the better end of the deal. Put on a new stock and cleaned it up and it shoots like a champ.

  37. avatar Stant says:

    Hi-Point C-9

    If only because it’s so darn ugly. Don’t get me wrong it is a shooter and has never jammed on me but man it is ugly. Well that and everyone hates on them.

  38. avatar Ralph says:

    A 638 with pink grips.

    Don’t ask.

  39. avatar JJHunt says:

    Hmm… None? Every gun I’ve bought had its purpose. I wouldn’t carry my P-22 for self defense, but I sure do love it for cheap trigger time. My .380’s? they are meant to be carried and not seen. I know they could be considered underpowered for self defense, but some power is better than no power at all. There is one gun I regret, but I am not embarrassed by it. PT-111pro 9mm… I suppose it is good for what it is… but I really have gown to dislike it over time. Until I trade it in, it will sit far behind the rest of my line up, including my 380’s… Accuracy is more important to me than the fire power… 99% of the time.

  40. avatar Martin Albright says:

    I would have to say the Taurus M94 I bought in 2005 because I wanted a .22lr DA revolver. Pretty poor quality overall, although it does shoot. I eventually got tired of the diminuative frame and bought a gorgeous early-70’s manufactured S&W M17 with a 6″ barrel and target sights. So much nicer to shoot that the Taurus hasn’t been out of the safe since I got the Smith.

  41. avatar KYgunner says:

    Hi-point C9. Ugly, cheap, and FTEs and double loads aplenty. Problems mostly fixed after feed ramp polish, but still ugly. Sold it for what I bought it for, minus sales tax though. But it was all I could afford at the time, and my 10/22 would only piss off a robber, so it served its purpose.

    1. avatar Charles says:

      I disagree. 10 rounds of .22 LR fired rapidly center mass could be very effective in stopping someone. You can empty a 25 round magazine from a 10/22 with or without a red dot in a matter of seconds at 15 yds and have a giant hole the size of a baseball. Seen it done. Also, because the .22 LR round is so light it tends to deflect off of bone and leave the body at an entirely different angle of trajectory causing more damage than a neat clean hole. With a reliably feeding gun and an extended magazine, I consider .22 LR a perfectly acceptable self defense round. And now I wait for everyone to call me an idiot.

      1. avatar Matt in FL says:

        You’re… an idiot?

        I dunno, seemed like something I was supposed to do.

        What you said goes against “accepted knowledge,” but hell, I’ve never shot anyone, with any caliber, so who am I to call you wrong?

      2. avatar caffeinated says:

        Plenty of people die from 22lr rounds every year. The problem is it usually takes a little longer than say, after getting shot with a centerfire caliber with good ammunition.

        If that’s what you are good with and all you are willing to carry, then a 22lr is better than a 45ACP if you can’t make hits with the 45. Only hits count and you can’t miss fast enough to make hits.

      3. avatar counihan says:

        You may be an idiot, but it’s not because of this. .22lr can be very effective for man stopping. It’s all about shot placement, as they are so fond of saying. Plus a 10/22 is a pretty handy and fun firearm. I love mine to death. It’s probably the only gun in my collection that I would never even think of selling.

      4. avatar MadDawg J says:

        .22LR has been used by the US military for short range sniping and suppressed pistols, and has been a favorite of mafia hitmen for years.

        It has a habit of following bones since it cannot penetrate them and does not tend to sharply deflect. I have seen reports of people shot in the leg having an exit wound in the shoulder because the bullet travelled up the leg. The downside is that there is not the blood loss of a larger hole, which will take someone out of the fight.

    2. avatar M&P 9 L says:

      Do you mind if I piss you off a little bit? Just 5 or 10 rounds?


      Yeah, I expected that. 22 is a LOT more potent than many think

  42. avatar KC says:

    Yup, Jennings J-22 I bought back in the late 80’s. And yet I can’t convince myself to sell it either…I’m sure it’s not worth much and I’d be embarrassed to sell it anyways so it might as well just grow old with me.

  43. avatar Matthew says:

    I own an RG model 14. Yup, the same model of pistol that John Hinckley used in his Ronald Reagan assassination attempt. It was given to my Mother for self defense.
    It is the epitome of cheap. I understand that they could be bought for 10-15 dollars in the 80’s. It still fires most of the time and has the worlds worst double action trigger pull.

  44. avatar Phrederick says:

    Cobra Patriot 9mm, I sold that piece of crap the day I quit Cobra Enterprises of Utah. Avoid all Cobra Enterprise weapons like the plague. I bought mine at dealer cost because I was an employee at Cobra in Shipping and Receiving. I was originally in support, but asked to move departments when two different handguns (a 9mm derringer and a .380 auto) both KBed and the derringer shredded the top of my index finger. Then quit altogether when another S&H employee put two rounds through the table next to me because he assumed the .38spl derringer that just got back from the test range was empty.

  45. avatar Mojomike says:

    The only embarrassing firearm I own is a Hi Point .45. It is a beast! But the price was the selling point at the time. It actually shoots pretty good too…

  46. avatar Michæl says:

    My Hi-Point C9 was my first gun… now it hangs out in a zip-lock baggie in my spare tire compartment because I’m embarrassed of it. But it’s honestly the most reliable gun I own, not counting the Mossberg pump-action. I WISH my carry gun was that reliable.

    1. avatar caffeinated says:

      Probably time to invest in a more reliable carry gun.

      1. avatar Michæl says:

        I KNOW. I’m carrying my wife’s (S&W 637) temporarily while mine (Kel-Tec PF-9) is being serviced—hopefully they’ll figure out what’s wrong with it. I love carrying it because it’s so light/thin, and I point and shoot really well with it, so I’d hate to find a new gun—but the past couple months I’ve carried FMJs because I just can’t risk it not cycling correctly. And I have an issue where the magazine pops out maybe once every three or four times I fire.

        The Hi-Point has never choked on a single round, ever. Too bad it’s so big and heavy.

  47. avatar Steve says:

    Davis derringer in .22 LR. Bought it at a gun show on impulse because it was so cheap around ’95. About half the shots key holed and I could barely keep it on paper past 5 yards. I’ve kept it only because it’s so worthless it is not even worth the effort to try and sell. Maybe I’ll take it to a gun buyback someday and trade it for a home depot gift card.
    However, it is more reliable than the Beretta 21 in .22LR that I had. I traded that POS for a real gun as soon as my funds allowed. I don’t know if that Beretta was embarrassing to own but I bet it would have been worse than embarrassing to try and defend myself with it.

  48. avatar Matt G. says:

    My first handgun purchase was a Taurus 92-AFS at bass pro. The beretta copy. It was a decent gun and never had any problems, but it isn’t exactly high speed. I sold it to a friend who isn’t serious about shooting so it’s a win-win.

  49. avatar TDavis1338 says:

    Mine was a Smith 559 (2nd model with the ears on the rear sight). The ergonomics of a brick and about as heavy. It was my first handgun and I bought it because it was the only US brand that did well in the Army’s tests for a new service pistol to replace the 1911.

  50. avatar Mike Taylor says:

    I was so excited about my heavy barrel AR project that I was literally shaking as I took it out of the case at the range. My anticipation had grown so uncontrollable that loading the magazines was next to impossible. The targets were hung on the stand with care and the distance paced for accuracy. The sun was shining, there was no wind, I peered through the 16x setting and dialed my laser sighted zero just over the blue tape down range. Yup, it was good to go…
    I inserted the loaded magazine into the well as my friends watched with equal enthusiasm. A quick and decisive pull sent a live round into the chamber and I reacquired the sight picture…
    Breath in…
    Release and squeeze.
    One pretty little hole in the low right portion of the tape. About an inch down from center and over to the right. Okay, do it again…
    Manually rack another live round, flukes happen, and reacquire…
    This hole was drilled about a quarter inch to the dead right of the first. (Graph paper is wonderful like that) Squeeze again…
    My friends shook theirs heads and murmured…
    I could write out the entire one hundred and twenty rounds of this maddening nonsense, but you get the idea. The rifle was not feeding a new round and would often fail to eject the spent round. I had managed to build up an outstandingly accurate single shot AR.
    Magazine? I tried several different 20 and 30 rounders, no dice. Ammunition? Mil-spec 5.556 and several variants of .223, not ammunition related. Gas block/tube obstruction? Nope. Alignment? Checked and re-checked. Dirty bolt? Brand new, cleaned multiple times at the range that day.
    Out came the allen wrenches and off went the gas block. Indexed and realigned I clamped it all back together and set back to shooting…
    Same result.
    Right now the rifle sits beside my desk as I scratch my head and just wonder what I ever did to piss off the fates in such a way.
    This is my embarrassment.

    1. avatar Dex says:

      did you make sure the gas rings on the back of the bolt are not aligned?
      I had the same exact issue and looked closely at the rings and realized that was the problem.

      1. avatar Mike Taylor says:

        The gas rings are staggered. I worked on it again last night (polished the bolt, ensured everything slides and rotates, re-oiled, etc…) and discovered that there is a scraping sound as I cycle the charging handle. Me thinks the machine work of the upper receiver may not be the highest quality…
        I put a shorter recoil buffer spring (one coil) in it and have designs on some range time to iron out more details.

        1. avatar caffeinated says:

          Contrary to popular to popular belief gas ring alignment is negligible. Check to make sure the hole in the gas tube is drilled correctly (on the gas block end). I’ve come across a couple that were not and just needed a tweak with the Dremel to get them up and running 100%. The other thing to check is that the carrier key has the proper sealant underneath prior to application and staking.

          A properly built AR will typically run even without gas rings. If you are having issues with FTE’s with the gas rings being aligned, then your rifle is under gassed. Check your gas port sizes and gas tube hole alignments.

  51. avatar Mogg says:

    The second pistol I ever bought was a Raven .25acp
    It was supposed to be a cheap, disposable, weapon for travel.
    It was a comfort to have it at hand in many a creepy rest area
    along lonely highways.
    It started out reliable, but they are made of zinc, and they do not wear well.
    If you leave them loaded, the top round in the mag will dent the
    underside of the slide over time, which will hurt the reliability.
    I still have it, but I’m not sure it’s safe to fire.

    I also have a cobray derringer, in .45/410 caliber.
    I used it for years as a critter/snake gun, a use for which it was
    well suited, and in situations where limited penetration was a good thing,
    such as hotels.

    It’s a bomb proof design, but I am missing a split ring from the safety,
    I replaced it with a similar part from a hardware store, but it’s larger
    than the factory part, and much more cumbersome.

    I have since replaced that one with a bond arms derringer, and relagated the cobray to the bug out bag.

    I must say, the Bond arms derringer is really nice. I should have upgraded
    years ago, but the cobray, even if it is heavy and cumbersome, just kept working,
    no matter what abuse I heaped upon it.


  52. avatar flim says:

    my first shotgun was a JW-2000 side by side 12 gauge with external hammers. both hammers would jam halfway to the pin and i only ever got it to fire once. the safety wouldn’t engage all the way forward so i couldn’t use it. it was a train wreck.

  53. avatar chewcudda says:

    A few things:

    1. I have owned a colt AR that was an embarrassment. factory stainless BB, carbon fiber handguard, Bipod. would not fire more than 5 rounds before FTF or FTE. took to a reliable gunsmith. cleaned in and out chekced over the tolerences. looked it over top to bottom. too it to the range. FTF and FTE. tried diff mags. FTF FTE. tried diff ammo(softpoint, FMJ, hollowpoint) FTF FTE. Milsurp ammo, handloads factory REM ammo. no change. Traded it for an AK and a pistol at a gunshow to a guy.

    2. I have been shot with a .22. it tunnelled a nice sized hole trough my neck…definaly good weapon to kill if you know what you are doing.

    3. I know someone who was headshot with a .25 auto from 2″ and took the gun away from the person and pistol whipped them with it. Not a good self defence round.

  54. avatar James says:

    Why are people embarrassed by the looks of a gun? Stant says the Hi-Point is ugly but works every time. Isn’t that the purpose of a tool? Has anyone ever had a conversation about the aesthetic qualities of a 3/4 open end wrench? If looks are a criteria the AR crowd should never show their faces; these are the ugliest guns on the planet. They look like Madonna with a barrel. All evil black rifles are ugly.

    But that isn’t the point, is it? Of course not; the point of the evil black rifle is to make the shooter look good, to make a statement: look at me, I’m bad. Huge waste of time.

    The best looking weapon ever made, to my mind, YMMV, is a 1911 with a 5″
    barrel. Just the right balance of proportions, barrel to grip. Just the right balance of volume. It looks just right, which is why everyone has one, right? But in the end it is still just a tool.

    Most medical equipment is very unattractive, even frighteningly ugly. When it saves your life, though, that puts a different slant on it.

  55. avatar TheSav says:

    KelTec PF9.
    Had to smith it myself after 300 rds.
    Thought at the time about a Kahr, but said an extra $150 is too much. I blew it.
    H&R cheapie 870. It is built to last, but it shoots sideways. My hold over with slugs at 25 yds is two feet left.

  56. avatar Shaun L. says:

    Not being a fan of AR platform rifles I didn’t own one…. UNTIL the government started trying to tell me I shouldn’t be ALLOWED to own one. Now I have most of an AR without the budget or parts availability(ON a budget) to complete said BRILLIANT idea.

    I’ve also been the not so proud owner of a Jennings 9mm, Bryco .380 that had a near catastrophic malf, Tek .22, a couple H&R toppers, as well as half a dozen or so random saturday night special style revolvers that were a “great deal” at the time.

    My all time favorite WTF moment was when I bought a Crossfire MKII. It was without a doubt the most idiotic piece of manufactured garbage I’ve ever held in my hands. Designed to fail, uncomfortable to use, impossible to maintain…. it ticked all the boxes…. but it looked like such a cool idea that I had to have it.

    It was like owning a boat, the best 2 days were the day I got it and the day I got RID of it.

  57. avatar kurtkurt says:

    TECH 9
    Thought it looked cool, didnt know much and had no ideah what it was otherthan it was a hollywood looking gun. SO HAPPY to have sold it. No I just put a 30 round stick into my glock if I wanttthose results….

  58. avatar Shawna Mcmenamin says:

    Jennings 22 & 380. If I ever had a pair of intruders I would have to “pick one” and the other one would just have to wait while I fight to in jam the damned thing. The 22 was a practice toy. I spend .most of the practice time in jamming it. In case I need this skill with the 380. 8-/

  59. avatar TxGal says:

    I’v never been embarrassed by any gun I’v owned, other other hand a couple of them may have been embarrassed by me.

  60. avatar dalton1861 says:

    Absolute worst was a Glock 22 2nd gen. Never fed correctly and was always dropping the mag out without hitting the release. I wasted a lot of gas and time running it back and forth to Smyrna. I know folks swear by them, but no way will I ever own a Glock again. Strictly S&W for me.

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