Thursday, March 31, 2016

"Doctor, it hurts when I do this."

So, thus far, the Canik has fired 1,610 rounds with 26 malfunctions. That's one malfunction every 61.92 rounds. But we know it didn't like the CCI Blazer Brass 115gr, at least that particular lot, and so what would the numbers look like if we discounted the 160 rounds of that stuff and the malfunctions it induced?

Without the Blazer Brass 115gr, the numbers are five malfunctions in 1,450 rounds, or one in 290. There were ten rounds of Blazer Brass 124gr fired for the chrono. Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of them bobbled the extraction, so if we remove all Blazer Brass numbers, the totals are 1,440 rounds with four malfunctions: 1-in-360.

Then there was that 147gr Federal HST Tactical, whose combination of long cartridge overall length (COAL) and blunt nose caused two failure-to-feeds in fifty rounds. Pull that out, too, and you're left with 1,390 rounds fired with two malfunctions. One of those two was a questionable light strike on a Fiocchi primer, and the other was a failure to eject with the also-weak-but-not-quite-as-weak-as-Blazer-Brass American Eagle 115gr.

In other words, it's entirely possible that I could have come into this test with a case-and-a-half of warm Fiocchi or Remington ammo and a few hundred rounds of 115gr and 124gr JHP, and the gun would have fired 2,000 rounds with maybe one or two malfunctions and I'd be telling you this thing was the best deal since before Springfield started marketing the Croatian Sensation and it still cost $200 from some little importer in Knoxville.

Which brings us around to the big question: What does the difference in price between a TP9v2 and a Gen 3 Glock 19 get you?


Glock 19 went 2,000 rounds with one light primer strike on a round of Brown Bear, plus one bad cartridge from Sumbro that didn't count against the gun.