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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

2,000 Round Challenge Begins Tomorrow

I have come to the point where I am reasonably confident in the Beretta's ability to function properly if clean and lubricated. So now it is time to step it up a notch. Tomorrow I will official start a 2,000 round challenge. It will probably take me at least a couple months to get 2,000 rounds downrange. December will be a very slow shooting month with Christmas and other family related activities. If all goes as planned though, hopefully by the end of January or mid-February I will be at 2,000 rounds without a single drop of oil. (fingers crossed)

4 comments:

  1. I can certainly understand wanting to see if a Beretta, let alone any pistol used for self-defense (or, for that matter, competition) will run for 2K rounds without malfunction. It's a good, common-sense test. However, I'm uncertain as to what the point is to do so without periodic lubrication-ESPECIALLY for a tightly fitted/tolerenced gun like a Beretta 92/96. As Todd Green and Larry Vickers have documented and established, both personally, experientially, and ancedotally, these guns quite simply need sufficient lubrication-both initially and periodically reapplied-to properly function. While pretty much any autopistol will run for a magazine or two without sufficient lubrication, to expect continued success for anything but, for example, a Glock or HK (primarily due to a combination of both design and minimized metal-on-metal slide/receiver contact/bearing points) is, in my opinion, simply positioning yourself to invite failure. If nothing else, I suspected that extended use without proper lubrication will significantly accellerate wear. While I commend you for conducting a 2K test, I strongly encourage a proper lubrication protocol be adhered to during it.

    Best, Jon

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  2. If I were trying to get indefinite use from the gun, then I would certainly agree with your logic. The purpose here though is to find the designs limit. I said early on that I intended to run the gun as hard as I could afford for that reason. It will also offer another point of comparison against current polymer designs that seem to pass the 2k round challenge with little trouble.

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  3. All I'll say is: this should be interesting...

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  4. Unfortunately, work kept me busier than expected Thursday and so I have pushed the start back to Monday. Hopefully.

    Hope to hit the 500 round mark by the end of the week.

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