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    Good read on "Lemon" Guns

    Not so much the article which covers the basics, but the reader comments get into particular makes and models and their experiences.........little dated, from July 2016.

    You guys had any "Lemons"...........

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    Re: Good read on "Lemon" Guns

    Taurus and Chiappa come to mind! I think if you squeezed them you could make lemon aide!!

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    Re: Good read on "Lemon" Guns

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Al1 View Post
    Taurus and Chiappa come to mind! I think if you squeezed them you could make lemon aide!!
    The only lemon I wouldn't mind owning is a S&W "Lemon Squeezer".............

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_...ety_Hammerless
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    Re: Good read on "Lemon" Guns

    Only had a couple of "lemons" so far:
    First one was an inherited Taurus PT-51 in .25ACP. that broke firing pins due to a poorly machined slot; got bored of the cheap, unreliable bugger and ended up turning it down for destruction.
    Second one was an inherited J.C. Higgins 31 .22LR semiauto rifle; stashed away decades ago due to jams and FTEs, I found the issues (Undersized extractor slot kept breaking this part when it came to "rest" inside it, and a dented chamber due to excessive dry-firing), repair them myself, got a replacement and made it run as good as it should.

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    Also bought a Zastava .22LR bolt action rifle (Sold as "CZ-99" in the US) knowing that it would be unreliable out of the box without some tweaks properly documented online by other owners. Reshaped the extractors, cleaned and then LIGHTLY polished the hard grease-tacked chamber, adjusted the trigger assembly, lubed all moving parts, polished the poorly-finished stock, cleaned and lubed the magazines (And tweaked their springs and followers a tad) and ended up with a great, fancy-looking, reliable and pretty accurate rifle.

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    I've had to repair other used guns in various degrees, but that has been due to mishandling and poor care from previous owners rather than coming with manufacturing issues.
    Currently buzzing over another "almost NIB lemon" (Actually more a matter of OCD than an actual production failure) but that might take a couple of weeks to unravel and the subject of a new post

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    Re: Good read on "Lemon" Guns

    I had a 700 in .223 that wouldn't shoot two inches. And a No 1 in .243 that shot about the same. Had a Walther P 22 that was reliable but inaccurate.
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    Re: Good read on "Lemon" Guns

    Had a SquiresBingham .22lr when I was a kid that was really accurate and I wanted to like it but it wouldn't fire more than three or four shots in a row without jamming. That was the reason that a friend sold it to me cheap but I couldn't fix it.
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    Re: Good read on "Lemon" Guns

    Got BN36 that took some time and patience. Stiff bolt and action, with crappy mag springs. Had to
    call them 3 times to remind them to send the springs. The muzzle brake was less than worthless.
    Gas system wouldn't cycle rounds, with it in place. Removed it, now the rifle shoots aces. A muzzle
    break on a 30 cal, really? But it shoots great now, just took some time and attention.

    Most problems weren't inherent, but abuse from prior owners.
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    Re: Good read on "Lemon" Guns

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Chief View Post
    The only lemon I wouldn't mind owning is a S&W "Lemon Squeezer".............

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_...ety_Hammerless
    That's funny, I thought I was going to read about "Lemon Squeezers" also. Oh well still a good read, thanks.
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    Re: Good read on "Lemon" Guns

    I bought a first run CZ RAMI 9mm that I already knew was a jam-o-matic, after being warned by bullsi's experience with a .40S&W. But, it was a good price, so I thought I would tinker with it and fix it. I replaced springs, polished rails and feed ramp, etc., but couldn't make it dependable with hollow points, so I sent it back to the factory. They did a heavy duty factory 'fluff and buff,' removing a lot of material from the feed ramp, and it fixed it. It turned out to be an amazingly accurate double-stack sub-compact that I love.

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    Re: Good read on "Lemon" Guns

    1970s vintage Colt Combat Commander. Wouldn't even cycle with ball. It was satin nickel. Pretty thing. Pretty useless. I had two other Colts, one full size and one commander, both blue. The nickel one wouldn't cycle. Lots of peening on the barrel lugs. Gunsmith sent it back to Colt and gave me my money back.
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    Re: Good read on "Lemon" Guns

    I had a Ruger P90 that sometimes refused to go into battery fully without help. Should have sent it back in, but it so huge, it became trade fodder.
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