Ohio9 wrote:there was no visible damage to any of the parts.
Worn springs won't look any different from new springs.
If Glocks are so wonderfully reliable, shouldn't it have been able to handle a large round count and whatever "abuse" the prior user put it through? (At least short of deliberately trying to destroy it?)
You cannot say that it didn't do just that for years before you got it.
I didn't say it met my ideal standards. I just said it was the most reliable semi-auto pistol I've ever owned.
And for you own good, I'm telling you not to accept this as any sense of accomplishment. Raise your standards. Buy your own new Glock and go from there. Glock sells more guns to law enforcement than all other brands combined. Let that sink in a minute. More than all other brands combined. If that isn't an indication of overall performance, I don't know what would ever be.
That being said, I don't consider a low single digit amount of stoppages after firing several thousand rounds to be an "absolute failure"
By "few" thousand I estimate 3,000 rounds. At three failures within that range I would sell the gun, or at least make it a dedicated range gun. Any gun can develop an issue, I get that. If you develop an issue and repair the issue and then can't get 1000 rounds out of it without a failure it's just not fit for carry in my opinion.
I'm just going by what I have experienced, not what I want to experience
I understand. I hope it exceeds what your previous XD did. If it doesn't, pick up a Glock 19 and never look back.
I always test fire every gun before purchase, but it's impractical to test it with thousands of rounds
I agree completely. I used to recommend a minimum of 500 trouble free rounds through a gun before deeming it fit for carry. With the cost of ammunition being so high I realize this is no longer practical. It's still advisable, but not everyone can do it. I would still strongly recommend at least 200 rounds of carry ammunition through the gun prior to relying on it for carry.
Now that said, I make two exceptions. Glock and HK. I'll take either out of the box and shove it in my holster. I still prefer proper break in, but push come to shove I wouldn't hesitate to trust either out of the box based on statistical infallible reliability inherent with both brands.