Depending on what comes out of the first batch I may be in next year. Hoping these are graded conservatively like the Garands and prices drop as they move through the supposed 100,000 they will be selling.
Some (not all) of the 1911s I shot or carried in the USMC back before the Berettas were adopted were way worn out and unreliable. Don't recall specific reasons for frequent malfunctions, but we had knowledgeable armorers who I assume would have fixed the fixable issues, like springs, extractors, etc. Of course the Marines never throw away anything so the guns probably had been shot for decades. If I was going to go after a CMP gun, I probably would look for the later models, unless the purpose is to get a wartime collectible and not shoot the gun.
If you think about it, you can come up with such examples from all the back to the present day, and not just with defective firearms. Like 4 dead pilots due to inadequately maintained O2 systems. See link. But the firearms screwups are a regular thing.
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