Sitting behind the counter at West Coast Armory’s Indoor Range has given me the opportunity to see a lot of people use a lot of guns. The ones I’m most familiar with are the ones that live behind the counter with me: our rental guns. These poor firearms get rented to person after person after person, the more popular ones get 300-2,000 rounds a week (giving me 18,600 – 124,000 rounds a year) through them without a stretch of the imagination. These guns get beat up. Some of these guns have now been behind the counter with me for over a year now and I have a fairly decent idea of their reliability.
One stood out a little bit earlier this week when we tore it apart to clean it: The Sig Sauer P226. This is probably one of the most popular rental guns in the case, and this week when one of my co-workers pulled the gun apart to clean it we realized how much this gun could actually take. The gun was filthy. Now we try to clean our rental guns every week, perhaps two at most, so the fact the gun had gotten so dirty in such a short amount of time really makes a statement to how much use it gets.
There are a lot of guns in the case we have problems with, they end up in the gunsmith or sent back to the company every month or two. This Sig, despite the dirt and grime of popularity and abuse, and despite having grip screws stolen out of it, has continued to function flawlessly. I cannot recollect a time when I have had to help someone with the gun jamming through their misuse or through a problem with the firearm, making it not only reliable but easy for novice shooters to handle. It makes me wish I had an exact count of how many rounds people had put through the poor thing.