About anything and everything can go wrong with all of our firearms in the course of a
Yes, the 97 has a little reputation based on
failures more so than other SG's, BUT...
when you look at the percentages of 97
used in past years (when that reputation
was more obvious), and when you consider
the age of those 97's (mostly Winchesters of vintage age), and the abuse they were given BEFORE getting used in CAS, you can
understand why that reputation exist.
In recent years, when more folks have started using the SxS and the
87, I've started seeing more problems coming from the SxS than
from those using the 97..... atleast in this area.
My opinion: A lot of these SG problems, regardless of type, occur
because the owner tries to do their 'slick up' job theyowndangself.
They buy a cheaper brand of SG and then try to tune it up
to save money.
My 97's have withstood YEARS of abuse and are still running great.
Of course, I'm also shooting some of the better models of the IAC,
which are newer built, newer metals, etc..... BUT, my gunsmith
knows his stuff with the 97, and as Kid Rich stated, my biggest
gremlin in smooth feeding/ejections is from factory ammo.
I've seen SxS come apart upon firing. I've seen the forearms fall off
during firing. I've even seen RUGER firing pins break during a
big match down in Georgia a few years back.
Before making a determination about a certain firearm we
use (abuse), look at the percentages of folks using those
guns to help give a better indication of their quality.
And remember, we ABUSE our guns greatly, especially the
97.. For me, I treat my 97's like a rented mule.
Happy Holidays TJB