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.
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
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