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New Gun Break In Period

Breaking in a new gun (break-in) is the process of conditioning the gun by giving it an initial period of use, usually shooting it under light loads, then sometimes under normal or heavy loads. This allows the moving parts of the gun to rub each other and to wear down imperfections and irregularities and produce minor shape adjustments that will settle each part into it's final stable working configuration.

  
  

Glock 26 Pistol
Glock 26 Pistol

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New Guns Need To Exercise

All new guns come with imperfections including machine tool marks and a few sharp edges. These are an unavoidable result of manufacturing. In the more expensive guns many of these imperfections are polished out, even when new. In most cases, these tool marks and sharp edges will be worn down and smoothed out with ordinary use.

In some cases they may interfere with the ordinary function of a gun. These usually include feeding or ejecting problems. The new owner should allow the gun a "break in period" before considering it trustworthy and reliable. The normal break-in period is generally considered to be about 200 rounds of standard factory ammunition. This period also allows the owner to become familiar with his gun and to learn how to operate it safely and correctly.

 

 

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MIKE COVIELLO is a former aerospace engineer, now Web Designer/SEO Consultant. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammunition.

 

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