Top 5 Most Reliable Guns

What a hard list to make, but one that is requested constantly. In this video we discuss five firearms that we believe to stand out among their peers as being exceptionally reliable, choosing a pistol, shotgun, SMG, bolt-action, and a self-loader to top it all off.

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– [Voiceover] Hey guys, it’s Alex C. With TFBTV, and today I’m going with a topic that I get asked all the time in YouTube comments, and that is, “What are the most reliable guns?” This is a tricky one, because if we’re talking about absolute Hell and back reliability, then less and less moving parts are better, basically, the list would be dominated by single shot rifles like the Rolling Block or Ruger #1s, so I’m going to try and pick one firearm from each category, that is to say, one handgun, one bolt action, one shotgun, one submachine gun, and one self-loading rifle.

So on with the list.

For the handgun I’m going with the Glock.

No surprise here, really, while I’m not a Glock guy, this isn’t because I dislike them, rather I just find them boring, shooting a Glock is like driving a Toyota Camry.

Both serve their purpose extremely well and won’t let you down, but I wouldn’t get behind the wheel of a Camry for recreational purposes.

It’s an appliance or tool to me, like a Glock pistol.

Glocks are simple and easy to use, they’re affordable, no frills pistols that require very little instruction to operate, and while shooting any handgun is easy to learn, yet impossible to master, I do recommend that many people who ask what to get for a first firearm send their money to Glock Inc.

Reliability’s very good, and while early 40s and 10mm guns did have a tendency to, well, there’s no sugar coating it, explode, they have fixed that issue.

The 9mm pistols have a great record, and don’t just take my word for it, check out any of the numerous Glock torture tests all around the web.

While Glocks aren’t superguns, and I have seen them malfunction, most of the malfs I’ve seen were the result of the owner modding them, or bad ammunition that would not function in any pistol.

So these things aren’t necessarily the most accurate pistols, the most comfortable, or the best for your specific need, but they sure do run.

Next we have the subgun, the Uzi.

The Uzi is incredibly simple, and has one moving part, the bolt.

Uziel Gal’s creation is one of history’s most enduring subguns, and at least some version has been in production since 1950.

While the Uzi is not my favorite SMG, the most accurate, or the bestselling today, all titles belonging to the MP5, it is the most reliable one I’ve encountered in all my years of handling, shooting, and owning countless SMGs and pistol caliber carbines.

Uzi receivers with millions of rounds through them are not uncommon, and the only part that has ever given me trouble has been the top cover.

The covers themselves can bend up over time, and that may cause the gun to have runaways.

I have countless thousands of rounds through Uzis, and I’ve seen two main types of malfunctions.

Light ammunition that short strokes them, as they really like hot ammo like the Israelis use, and an interesting one where a reload that may well have destroyed a lesser gun bowed up the top cover and out the extractor.

The fix, and I’m dead serious, was bending the top cover back with a hammer, and bending the extractor back to shape on a table.

The gun ran perfectly for the rest of the day.

While the MP5’s a beast, and I would say definitely a better gun, it is complex, and there are a lot of moving parts.

You have the bolt head, carrier, rollers, hammer, locking piece, firing pin, et cetera, all reciprocating, while the Uzi jovially laughs at the complexity of its Teutonic competitor as its singular moving component goes back and forth.

The other main issue with the Uzi is that it’s an open bolt firearm; while this isn’t a big deal for a civilian shooter taking one to an MG shoot, in the harsh environment of Sinai, sand, dirt, and debris getting in the action is a problem.

However, most Uzi operators carry the weapon on safe with the bolt closed.

Or sometimes in a purpose-built Samsonite briefcase.

For the bolt action, the obvious answer is the Mauser 98, the most produced and copied gun in all of history.

While many mistakenly believe this accolade belongs to the Kalashnikov family, of which about 100 million guns have been made, 100 million 98s alone have been made.

If we include the Mauser family, it dwarfs the AK, and if we include variants and copies, Mauser production numbers tower over a Kalashnikov production.

The Mauser 98 was so influential and credible that it not only influenced warfare, but the company that made the rifle was so influential that it was used internationally to implement German ideology around the world.

The entirety of South America, China, and much of Europe was influenced by the Germans, because whoever arms a nation’s military back in those days had an incredible amount of political influence.

Imagine that for a second.

A rifle was so brilliant that it allowed the nation where the factory was located to have political power.

For a rifle to accomplish this, it has to not just be good, it has to be the best.

The Mauser 98 is the result of its inventor’s life experiences.

Paul Mauser spent most of his life trying to design a better and better rifle, and the smokeless era led to the 89, 91, 93, 94, and eventually the 98, which was his masterpiece.

The 98 features every little improvement Mauser could think of, a flush-fit five round strip clip fed magazine, front lock in with a large receiver ring, cock unopened, brilliant leverage provided by an easy to operate bolt handle, an optimally angled receiver bridge to provide perfect camming action for optimal primary extraction, controlled feed with a large claw extractor, and much more.

But the 98 action is about as flawless as you can get when it comes to small arms design.

As a testament to its quality, look at the nations that adopted it, or the countries like the USA, Japan, or England who copied its elements in their own designs, or you can simply go to your local sporting goods store and see guns like the Remington 700, Ruger M77, or Kimber 8400s that are often cheapened copies of an action developed in the late 19th century.

Or you could simply buy a new Mauser from Mauser themselves, as they are still in production.

Reliability is and was the key to the gun’s success.

Next up we have the shotgun.

This is a simple Remington 870, configured with a short barrel and a longer magazine to it than usual.

Really, this is a cop out, because I could put a Mossberg offering here, as they are just as reliable, but the 870 is what is more familiar to me personally.

I prefer the safety on the 870, and the release lever, but it’s simply a matter of choice.

The 870’s been in continuous production since 1951, and is an extremely popular gun for military and law enforcement.

But it’s hugely popular for hunters and sportsmen the world over.

I’ve taken 870s hunting and clay busting numerous times, and one has yet to let me down or fail in any way.

They work brilliantly, and 10 million made is a testament to that.

What more can you really say about this gun? I’m sure most of our viewers either own one or have at least shot one, and your firsthand experience is better than what some esoteric Internet gun douche has to say.

Last category we have is the self loader.

Yeah, this is going to be a divisive one, because every self important gun guy has himself planted firmly in one of the many camps out there, because, you know, it would be too hard to just get along and enjoy other rifles, but no, we have to align ourselves with one rifle or another, because…

I don’t know, really.

It’s like the people who argue which video game console is the best, but with a slightly older bunch of people and many more options.

That said, the correct answer is the Galil, and if you disagree, you’re wrong and you should feel bad.

But really, the Galil is an improvement of the AK platform, and we all know how capable the AK is.

They run in heat, they run in cold, they run in sand, they run in snow.

The damn things just work when you want them to, and that’s that.

So why the Galil? Well, the receivers are heavy duty milled steel as opposed to the stamped receiver AKMs.

The bolt and carrier are of exceptional quality, and the IEF soldiers I talked to about it, while they may prefer other weapons for various reasons, have all said that the Galil is more reliable than Old Faithful.

Criticisms I hear usually relate to the weight, which is valid, but that, of course, has no effect on the rifle’s reliability.

The guns run just fine, and in all my years of shooting, I’ve never seen a Galil malf.

I have seen other AKs run into various problems, but a proper Israeli Galil, not a kit gun or Century contraption, will run like scalded ape.

There’s a famous test that the Alaskan State Troopers performed to see which kind of rifle would suit their needs, and while guns like the G3, AR-15, FAL, and Mini 14 failed, the Galil in both 762 and 556 experienced no malfunctions.

During Swedish military tests in the 1980s, the F&C and a modified version of the Galil called the FFB 890C were the only rifles that remained reliable, and again, the Galil beat out the Sig 540, AR-18, HK33, Steyr Aug, Beretta AR70 and the M16.

While the F&C was ultimately chosen by the Swedes for reasons unbeknownst to me, it is a great gun.

The Galil has proven reliable time and time again, and even today, an improved version is in production that I can’t wait to test as soon as I buy one.

Hopefully it lives up to the legacy of its predecessor.

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  • Sermon 7.62

    This is a post of outstanding insolence.

    To credit that Israeli abomination instead of the real thing must be a result of some kind of clinical hatred or fear of Russians, projected onto all things that Russians made, but, isn’t that substitute of AK something more than just a bad rip-off of the Finnish gorgeous Valmet M76?

    • Lee

      Of all the fanboy arguments ive seen on the firearms blog….glock versus everyone else, ar versus ak, acr versus scar, m1a versus fal….

      I think a galil versus valmet would be the most very interesting.

      • Sermon 7.62

        That’s copper versus gold kind of argument.

      • randomswede

        “I think a galil versus valmet would be the most very interesting.”
        Not really: it’s quite clear the Valmets are better in every field; except for this year’s production numbers.

        Safety label: This post contains humor, all Valmets and most Galils are excellent weapons and if I had to go to war I wouldn’t feel naked with any of them.

    • Anon

      The Galil came before that rifle, so it’s no more of a “bad rip-off” of the M76 anymore than an AR-15 is a “cheap aluminum POS” because some moron fired .300 Blackout through a 5.56 rifle.

      • andrey kireev

        Except RK-62 is where galil borrows lots of the features from, not M76

        • Anon

          Yes, exactly, not the M76, and I don’t know why this Russophile would say that it’s a “bad rip-off” anyway, because if it works very well, how is it a “bad rip-off”?

          • andrey kireev

            ehhh… I think there’s credit where it’s due… AK was the original platform where these rifles evolved from.

          • Tritro29

            The Galil had a lot of issues initially, especially the very bad implementation of the sight on the dust cover and metallurgy issues.
            Plus it was meant to be lighter than the Fal, ended up being as heavy.

        • Sermon 7.62

          That is correct sir.

          It should have been “a rip-off of Rk 62 and a bad analogue of M76”, as intended, but I hurried being distracted and messed it up.

    • Kivaari

      Valmet RK62, using the milled receiver. The first 1000 Galils used Valmet RK62 receivers.

    • Bob

      Fear or hatred, or simply his experience as he mentions in the video? He states he has seen other AKs malfunction, but not the Galil.

      • Sermon 7.62

        US is full of counterfiet AK reproductions.

        • Bob

          No true Scotsman?

          • Scott P

            No, fact.

    • AirborneSoldier

      Take it easy Francis

  • Rick O’Shay

    Really can’t argue with that list. As mentioned, the Mossberg could just as easily taken the place of the 870 (and I’d actually argue it should, given Remington’s reputation for QC issues over the last decade or so), but I agree.

    • Richard

      I second that opinion. My brother in law has a Remington 870 tactical and it gets covered in rust if you leave it in the truck overnight

      • Anon

        I’ll have to stop you right there, because it’s spelled “Rustington”. 😉

      • Redfoot

        I agree with the 870 comment. I have 3 personal experiences that make me think that the 870 mentioned in the video should be a “pre 2000: variant or a police model. Failure to extract, magazine dimples, crappy finish, tendency to rust, picky on ammunition, etc. Older models may be awesome, by the current crop may get you killed if you are not using high brass ammunition. The formally “rattle pack” Mossberg is a better, cheaper, more reliable buy right now. Or perhaps the Turkish 870 clones.

        • john huscio

          The norinco hawk is head and shoulders above the 870 right now (for a fraction of the price)

          • Mikial

            I’ll second that. We got a Hawk for my wife and she loves it.

    • It’s depressing and disgusting to see such a storied American icon laid low by incompetence and greed, but Remington has definitively joined the list of firearm brands that need to come with an asterisk to indicate whether an individual gun was made before or after the company was bought out by bottom line chasers. Just like Marlin, AAC, DPMS, and Para, I wouldn’t buy one used nowadays if the ad doesn’t indicate that it’s pre-Freedom Group.

      • Justin Roney

        I agree 100%. A good friend of mine bought a new 870, and had all kinds of problems with it. Took a trip back to the factory, a new barrel, and a new milled extractor to finally get it working. Certainly not the old Remington reliability.

    • Anonymoose

      Given the choice between Mossberg and the Freedom Group, I’d pick Benelli, Browning, or old, American-made Winchester.

      • Swarf

        Whatchoo got against Mossberg shotguns?

        Damn shame what those FG weasel farts did to Marlin. I sure would like to buy more lever guns, but I’ve seen new Marlin 336es in person, and that’s a no.

        • randomswede

          I’m assuming Mossberg suing smaller manufacturers over patent infringements for products they’ve been shipping for years has something to do with it.

        • Anonymoose

          I prefer the push-button safety of the Remington and Benelli over the Mooseburger’s tang safety, especially when using a pistol-gripped stock. I also like that the Supernova is lighter, handles 3.5s, and recoils less than the 500. Also, the Winchesters and Brownings have slicker actions.

          • Machinegunnertim

            The location of that safety is probably the my biggest issue with it too.

      • derpmaster

        +1 to Browning. They are heavily slept on because they aren’t $300 Wal-Mart items, but the quality and ergonomics are leaps and bounds ahead of either Remmy or Mossberg.

        I subscribe to the four B’s of shotgun sports – Beretta, Browning, or Benelli, or bust. The tacti-cool crowd tends to poo on actual sporting arms, but if that’s what you are after, I think my advice is pretty sound.

      • dltaylor51

        The model 12 Win.has them all beat,the more rounds they have had run through them the smoother they work,buy the one with the least amount of blueing on it with no signs of abuse or neglect and you will throw rocks at everything else.Another plus is the trigger has no disconnected so just hold back and run the slide back and forth as fast or slow as you want and it fires every cycle with no harm done to gun and is perfectly safe to do.With a little practice you can get pretty good at slide firing.

  • Malthrak

    The Uzi is great…but as noted, has a great bug huge opening due to being open bolt that allows stuff to get into places that will stop it dead very quickly. It’s a fundamental issue with open bolt guns and the Uzi is no different. If an Uzi is in ready to fire condition with the bolt open and gets dropped on its right side or if its windy out in sandy environment, or some similar issue, the Uzi will squelch real fast. That would keep me from putting it on a list like this.

    Likewise with the Galil…if we’re going with that over an AKM just because it has a milled receiver (despite that having little or no real influence on reliability, accuracy perhaps, but not really reliability) why not just go with a type 3 milled receiver AK? It’s not like milled receiver AK’s weren’t made by the tens of millions, and are still being made in places like Bulgaria. Not that I think the Galil is a bad choice, but one might as well just go with a generic “milled AK’s” at that point.

    • Sermon 7.62

      But it’s not Israeli! It’s Russian. There’s an order of precedence here that has to be observed.

  • M

    I think a pick of the most reliable auto loading shotgun would have been very interesting

    • Paul Epstein

      I really think that depends on what sort of ammunition you’re considering. 100% reliability with high brass buckshot or slugs isn’t uncommon, and a lot of military/police shotguns are specifically designed to use those rounds and nothing else.

      It’s when you start lowering the power of the ammunition that reliability starts changing dramatically from one model to the next. But… if it was never intended to use any of the lower power options, and the manufacturer specifically said not to, is it actually unreliable? Or are you just being ridiculous?

      Because any autoloading weapon that doesn’t rely on an external power source will fail to cycle when given sufficiently underpowered ammunition. In that sense, chainguns and miniguns like the M134 are the ultimate statement on reliability- the gun will eject and reload a new cartridge even if fed dummy or blank rounds, a feature you simply do not get without switching back to manual operation.

      • andrey kireev

        Except there’s external power in M134… it’s powered by an electrical motor. Just saying =)

        • Wiggins


          • John

            So simple, so concise…copying it…thank you very much.

        • Paul Epstein

          Right, that is what I was saying. Guns without external power sources *need* the round to have a given amount of either recoil or gas pressure to cycle, but the M134’s electric motor is entirely separate from that. Bolt/lever/pump/revolver action weapons are externally powered as well (by the shooter) and have the same advantage of requiring no specific powder charge. Well, as long as the round doesn’t squib, that’s bad for any gun.

  • Richard

    What do you think of the L2A3 sterling sub machine gun?

  • borekfk


    • Christian Ray Herring

      I wonder how many readers of TFB have watched Upotte.

      • Roy G Bunting

        It’s like an anime Glocky and McColt! 🙂

        But I think that Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C³ is better.

        • lol

          All tfb comments will eventually go full hentai. Ar15 is the most reliable auto loader. Receivers with millions of rounds where the pressed trunions in a receivers puke in the thousands.

          It is the undeniable truth. No hand built, riveted, and welded gun should be on this list when we have forged aluminum.. might as well give it to the grease gun.

        • Anonymoose

          Too bad airsoft is not /k/.

          • borekfk

            Kind of disappointed Stella C3 didn’t get a second season but oh well. I do prefer Survival Game Club a bit more however.

        • gunsandrockets

          Heh heh heh

          • Roy G Bunting

            That show needed more world development. but it was interesting…

      • Anonymoose

        Not enough. :

    • randomswede

      I’m still arguing that Tennoji (the author) got Galil and Valmet mixed up, Valmet should be the well adjusted one and Galil the perverted and domineering one.
      I am happy Fem has entered the stage however, doubt we’ll see much of her though.

      • borekfk

        Maybe the author heard about how violent Finland was in it’s past and based Sako off of that.

        Or he thinks all elves are violent rapists, who knows?

  • Dickie

    Alex where can i buy a new Mauser like you said? And are they just as good as the surplus variants?

    • iksnilol

      New Mausers are expensive. Like, “brand new car” expensive.

      Also waaaay higher quality but that is given since you are paying a kidneys worth for one.

      • ostiariusalpha

        That’s for all the goodies on a heirloom quality gun, like a jeweled bolt, patterned metalwork, and expensive walnut with custom engravings. Still, even on the bare bones polymer stock M12, you’re looking at an MSRP of $1500; and that’s for a push-feed! Yikes!

        • iksnilol

          Push feed Mauser?

          I am sad now, what a disgrace.

    • Tassiebush

      I think voere and zastava are two makers for new 98 Mausers. CZ is possibly still making full size ones and does still make their mini Mauser.

  • Hilltop

    Within the limitations of the round, a Ruger 10/22 is as reliable as any of these.

  • Tritro29

    Haha, Galil with its feeding issues, zero holding and weight more reliable than rifles like the AK, Rk 62 or AK-74…

    Also, haha, Mauser fanboy talks about number mythology…We still don’t know how many AK’s were GOST stamped, let alone the unmarked stuff from the late 60’s. Also the Chinese alone have upward 70 million reference numbers…for type 56’s. Yeah, not sure the G98 comes close to that.

    • Sermon 7.62

      Gewehr 98
      Designed: 1895
      Number built: ~ 5,000,000

      Karabiner 98k
      Designed: 1935
      Number built: ~ 15,000,000

      Designed: 1891
      Number built: ~ 37,000,000

      • Dave

        Uh, I have a stable of Mosins and no Mausers… Even so:
        Afghanistan: Mausers? Um, well, pretty much everything. Mosins? Sure.
        Albania: Mausers? Yep. Mosins? yep.
        Algeria: Mausers? Yep. Mosins? nope. Kalashnikovs and SKS carbines tho’.
        Angola: Mausers? Yep. Mosins? Yep.
        Argentina: Mausers? yes. Mosins? no.
        Australia? Mausers? Uh, well, some P14s. Mosins? no.
        Austria: Mausers? Ja. Mosins: nein.
        Azerbaijan and Armenia: Mausers, no. Mosins: yes, Russian empire.
        Bangladesh: No and no.
        Belgium: Mausers? yes. Mosins: no.
        Bolivia: Mausers? yes. Mosins: no.
        ex-Yugoslavia/Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, etc.: Mausers: Yes. Mosins: no, not really.
        Brazil: Mausers? yes. Mosins: no.
        Bulgaria: none of the above until Soviet proxy state…
        Canada: nota.
        Chile: Mausers? sî. Mosins: no.
        China: All of the above.
        Colombia: Mausers? sí. Mosins: no.
        Cuba: all of the above.
        Czechoslovakia: Mausers.
        Ethiopia: Mausers and Mosins oh my!
        Finland: as an ex-Russian dependency? Mosins.
        Germany: See Mauser. DDR: ja, Mosins.
        Greece: odd-ball rifles, but bought Mausers before Italy invaded.
        Guatemala: Mausers.
        Iran: Mausers.
        Israel: some Mausers. No Mosins.
        Japan: locally tweaked Mausers.
        Mexico: Mausers
        North Korea: Mosins
        Paraguay: Mausers
        Peru: Mausers
        Poland: Mausers until Soviet proxy state
        Portugal: Mausers
        Romani: Both, started WWII with VZ24s. built M44s after.
        USSR/Russia: Mosins.
        South Africa: M1893 and M1895 Mausers until defeated by UK
        Spain: Mausers
        Sweden: Mausers
        Thailand/Siam: Mausers
        Turkey: Mausers. Had some captured Mosins in WWI, but insignificant.
        USA: Roosevelt’s Mauser M1903
        Uruguay: Mausers
        Venezuela: Mausers
        Vietnam: All of the above

        • Sermon 7.62

          This is a pointless comment.

          The list of users for Mosin-Nagant is 2 times longer than for Gewehr 98 and Karabiner 98 combined. The list of wars it was used in is 3 times longer for Mosin-Nagant than for Gewehr 98 and Karabiner 98 combined.

          • Dave

            If one holds to the 8mm/7.92x57mm Kar98k, then yes. But if for users one looks at military institutions that were, *ahem* “free to choose” as it were, then Mauser variants were fielded by many, many more national armies than Mosin-Nagants. Just sayin’.

            The idea that a rifle designed in 1891 and essentially never modified and manufactured until 1948 in the “mother rodina country”and thereby is in some sort of “list of wars” greater than the Mauser is specious. The Mosin-Nagant’s longevity has everything to do with the industry of the USSR and the emergency of WWII. The “list of users” is former states comprising the Russian empire or the USSR, or those warmed over copies made in proxy states or allies until… Um, the 1950s, except for Albania where there were a handful cobbled together when ol’ Enver “Prepper” Hoxha broke with the USSR but hadn’t got on the China band-wagon just yet.

            FN Herstal, Mauser sold Mauser rifles widely. The USSR supplied Mosins to national liberation movements along with SKS carbines and PPSh41 SMGs. Why do you imagine we in the U.S. of A. can buy 1891/30s pretty much anywhere, but the M44 carbines dried up? Because the 1891/30s were scrapped postwar. The M44 soldiered on in Africa and Asia.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Not true.

            List of users includes countries from all regions, from Europe to Africa, from Americas to Asia. Belgium, Indonesia, Laos, Finland, Philippines, Thailand, Israel, Montenegro, UK and US. Not some “proxi” states.

            The rifle was in production in countries like Finland and the US of Merica, plants like Manufacture Nationale d’Armes de Châtellerault, Remington, New England Westinghouse, and the design had upgrades and about 10 models existed.

            The same can be said about the rest of accusations: all false.

          • Dave

            What is not true?

            Finland was once a Grand Dutchy of Russia. Until 1917. Hence the Mosins. Finland has never produced Mosin-Nagant receivers, but certainly made quite a few very nice rifles with the French-made, U.S.-made, and Russian-made base rifles.

            Albania? Enver Hoxha. Ultimately had T53s from the Chi-coms. Mausers before that…
            Belgium? Service rifles were Mausers.
            Bulgaria? Warsaw Pact… See “proxy state.” Mannlichers prior.
            Estonia? See Finland–once part of Russian Empire.
            Hungary? Warsaw Pact… Widely used in, oh, 1956… See proxy state. Mannlichers prior.
            Austria-Hungary? Beutegewehr, captured Russian rifle. Like the Carcano.
            Czechoslovakia? Mausers. Post-1948 see Warsaw Pact/Proxy State
            East Germany? Used alongside Mausers. And StG44s. replaced by SKS and Kalashnikovs. Like other Warsaw Pact members.
            Romania? During WWI… troops chased into Russia… After WWII? Warsaw Pact member.
            Spain? The Ejército Popular de la República Española, 1937 and 1938. Supplied by USSR.
            China… Mauser user. VZ24, Standard Modell “Generalissimo” you-name-it… Mosin-Nagant after communists win.
            Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, North Korea… See a pattern here?
            Any nation that has “stan” in its name… Former Soviet Republics.
            USA? Um, yeah, those Polar bears in 1919. And a bunch of drill rifles. U.S. Magazine rifle, cal. 7.62mm Model of 1916.
            Cuba? Used to use M1903s and M1s. Soviet-supplied Mosin M44s for the Militia.
            Nicaragua and Grenada. See Cuba. See proxy state.
            Show me a non-communist national liberation movement or post-independence regime that acquired Mosin-Nagants.

            Delusion won’t change the veracity of what I posted.

          • Sermon 7.62

            The same could be stated about all of the proxi states of the US, or UK Empire, or Nazi allies, and that’s stupid.

          • Dave

            Well, yeah…

            As for your assertion: “The rifle was in production in countries like Finland and the US of
            Merica, plants like Manufacture Nationale d’Armes de Châtellerault,
            Remington, New England Westinghouse, and the design had upgrades and
            about 10 models existed.”

            Russia couldn’t produce the rifle, so MAC in France built them. Then, during WWI, Russia still couldn’t produce enough, and had lost a whole bunch what with Tannenberg and so on… So there were contracts given to, yes, Remington and N.E.W. The same can be said for the P-14 at Winchester, Remington, and Eddystone. Winchester sold the Russians M1895 lever-action rifles. Britain shipped them Japanese Arisakas. Japan shipped them Arisakas. France supplied them with arms. So too even Italy. When the U.S. entered WWI, with just 600k M1903, uh, Mauser-derivatives. True, the Mosin-Nagant was employed as a drill rifle–so too sticks of appropriate length and Krags. Does this constitute “U.S. use?” Really? And when the AEF went to France, 2/3rds of them carried M1917s, e.g. the P-14 in .30-06 *not Mosins.* But there were those Polar Bears in 1919, right?

            Models of Mosin-Nagant?
            Uh, carbine with 20 inch barrel, ponderously long infantry rifle at 50+ inches, and a “Dragoon” length of just 48-inches. Post-Bolshevik triumph, just Dragoon length rifles are to be built. But this is commissar-led industrialization, so it takes a while. Eventually Stalin and his five-year planners decide that certain production short-cuts can be made… Hardly an “upgrade.” Then, in the late 1930s with the army modernizing and adopting motorized vehicles, the carbine with a 20-inch barrel comes back… And, finally, after even more production short-cuts, producing huge quantities of 91/30s, the very bestest Soviet Mosin is finally adopted in 1943-4: A 20-in. barrel carbine but with a bayonet permanently attached so it can’t get disposed of or thrown away. There is mechanically no difference in how a Mosin functions, nor were any significant changes made to the design. But people like to deride the MAS Mle. 1936 as the “last bolt action rifle design adopted by a major power…” And insofar as a Mosin 1891 is a Mosin 1891, in the technical sense, they are correct.

          • Sermon 7.62

            That’s horrible. Please, tell me about Mauser now. It should be great and fascinating.

      • The_Champ

        Mauser states on their website that they have manufactured about 100 million 98s to date. The 98 is in fact still in production. Add up all the pre 98s, and all of the mauser copies not produced by Maurer itself (Czech, Polish, Yugo, etc), plus all of the ‘near’ copies that Alex mentioned, and I think you will find that the Mauser is more prolific than the Mosin by a long shot.

        Your Wikipedia numbers on two specific military variants don’t really tell the entire story.

        • But…. but… Wikipedia!!!!

          • Bal256

            You mean he’s using Wikipedia for his argument stating 37 million mosins built [citation needed] (maybe about half of them during WWII) across over 7 variants, by several nations, with a total population multiple times that of one nation, and arguing its design superiority by comparing those production numbers against one specific variant used by one nation. Legitimately not sure if bait or troll

          • Scott P

            Life of Boris isn’t pro-Slav. More like a harmless mockery of Slav culture. He is more like the Stephen Colbert of Slavdom if anything.

        • Sermon 7.62

          Mauser states this on their English page, but doesn’t state this on the original page. There is no reference, no sources to confirm that. And Mosin on their site list all the numbers by plant and period, and it gets to 37.5 million.

    • Ben Loong

      On that note, it’d really be interesting to see an in depth side-by-side comparison of the non-Combloc AK derivatives: Rk.62, Rk. 62 76, Galil, Vektor R4…the Zastava M70 too, now that I think about it.

      • Tritro29

        One of those is a commie gun (the original M70 was milled on Soviet tooling, and the stamped ones were done as well on RPK pattern). What Yugoslavia should be remembered is for the M67 and the Muzzle grenade capability.

        Also Rk’s are a league of their own. Galil’s pre-83 (Lubnani) aren’t really all that, post 83 the kinks were ironed bar the zero issue overtime.

        IMO the R4 is better than the Galil because of some details. Better firing pin design, better front post design, double springs for the trigger mechanism (hammer/trigger), has a different gas tube so the handguard mechanism doesn’t activate during prolonged firing, the stock is longer. Sear is different. etc

  • Kivaari

    I’d agree. I had all of them, and should have kept them.

  • Joel

    Glocks are actually very accurate for rack-grade service pistols. The issue is that they are not easy to fire accurately. But it can be, and has been, done.

  • guest

    AK is the King and Glock is the Queen.

    Every other gun is an attention seeking pleb, backed by their pleb fanboys and users.

    • Anonymoose

      *Tsar and Tsarina

      • Green Hell

        But “Ц” isn’t exactly “Ts” eather, as “Ш” not “Sh”, but whatever, sound interpritation is a sucka blyat.

      • Sermon 7.62

        The rulers of Russia used to be called “prince”, so it’s rather “prince and princess”. Tsar is a transliteration of the Roman “caesar” and was used to refer to the King in Serbia and Bulgaria, and in Russia the Tsar was called Emperor.

        • Green Hell

          Not correct, both the rulerls of old Ruricovich dinasty and Romanov’s of Russian Empire were always called Tsar’s, at least by common folk, this is basicly a Russian word for “King”, only western rulers were called “Koroli”, which i think is the word from Sweedish.

          • Sermon 7.62


  • gunsandrockets

    Another non-authority (me) list of most reliable

    Pistol: 7.62mm TT-33

    SMG: 9mm Owen

    pump action shotgun: Mossberg 590

    bolt action rifle: 7.5mm MAS 36

    assault rifle: 7.62mm AK

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    • Sean

      Damn firing pins on those break easily.

  • Renegade


  • Lance

    I’d say AK, M-14, M-500 shotgun, 1911, M1903 Springfield

    • retfed

      I like the 1911, and the 1903 is one of my favorite rifles. But the 1911 isn’t all that reliable, and the 1903 Springfield is such a close copy of the Mauser that Mauser sued for royalties, and got them. Between world wars, Mauser licensed the 98 all over the place. You could say the Mauser 98 was the AK-47 of its era.
      I would agree with the choice of the Glock and the Mauser. My pump-shotgun experience is almost all with the 870, so I can’t compare it to anything else. The other categories are out of my ken.

    • Are you perpetually drunk? The 1911 and M14? Really dude?


      • Anon

        Just think, if it weren’t for politics, we wouldn’t have the M14 fanboys.

      • Richard

        The 1911’s reliability is dependent on who made it. I have fired three of them, a colt commander, a Remington r1 carry, and some sort of bastardized auto-ordnance. The colt couldn’t get through a magazine without two or three malfunctions but the Remington had no issues, and the only problem that the auto-ordnance had was that an AMT magazine kept falling out when I was firing it. I’ve handled an M1A but never fired one so I can’t say much for them.

      • Cmex

        He can’t be perpetually drunk — he has to drive to the liquor store sometime. 😉

      • iksnilol

        1911s aren’t that bad (if you get a loose example) but M14s? Goodness gracious.

        • MeaCulpa

          you can have both a reliable and a precise 1911! You just have to buy two guns.

          • iksnilol

            Same applies to Glocks as well one could say.


      • DW

        Lance operating operationally

      • Nashvone

        Even though I love my 1911’s, when the zombie apocalypse happens I’ll be grabbing my Walther PPQ. It carries two less rounds than my Glock BUT it’s more accurate. They are pretty well matched for reliability.

    • Wolfgar

      I love the 1911 but it fails more than any other firearm I have witnessed while competing in practical shooting. The M-14…….try again. The 1903 Springfield is a Mauser action.

  • Dave

    Hmm. For guns I actually own…

    1. Ruger Speed Six stainless revolver. .357 mag. I’ve seen the Glock torture tests, however.
    2. SMG. I don’t have one. For me, the closest equivalent would be the Beretta Cx4, which ran very, very well. The only glitches were induced malfunctions to see if I could clear them… Until I left the metal feed ramp insert out one day… Then it balked until I fixed it. If forced to choose a full-auto SMG, with “reliablity” as the only criterion, I think it just might be either a Swedish Carl Gustav m/45, an Australian Owen, or maybe even a PPSh41 with stick mags Shpagin… But only from what I’ve read.

    3. self-loading rifles: It’d have to be a Chi-com Type 56 SKS for me. On the other hand, I’ve not had too much trouble with my M1 garand. My sense is that the French FSA 1949/56 might be in the running.

    4. Assault rifles: I don’t own one, but I’d be inclined to opt for the milled receiver Kalashnikov or something like that… Maybe one of the newer rifles on the scene. It’d take some research.

    5. Remington 870 pump-action shotgun.

  • Joseph Goins

    I think any discussion of reliability should exclude Glocks and AKs because they are always going to win without exception.

  • Swarf

    So an Uzi is the most reliable except if you run in… the outdoors. Got it.

  • Wolfgar

    I shot many rounds out of my Galil and didn’t realize the ammo was out of spec till I shot it in an M-16 which jammed up immediately. The Galil eats it up like a fat kid in a candy store. My friend has a Golani ” Galil” parts kit rifle that wont feed reliably. Alex gets it right again, not bad for a young pup 🙂

    • iksnilol

      Have y’all checked the chamber on the reliable Galil? Not that hard to get guns to feed crappy ammo, just need a sufficently lose chamber and good extractor.

      • Wolfgar

        The Galil was one of the most accurate rifles I owned when new. The long stroke, over travel and weight of the Galil’s bolt carrier feeds incredibly well. No other 5,56 rifle I own will feed that ammo. I’m not despairing other 5.56 rifles but Alex is correct when he stated the Galil is reliable, not to mention well made. The bolt carrier is silky smooth when racking and is of the highest quality of manufacture. Heavy it is, but they are a pinnacle of manufacturing in the Kalashnikov family.

        • Sermon 7.62

          I doubt it can be considered a member of the Fam, since it is a second-hand and product inferior to the original and to the variant it was based upon also. The best of AK are the modern ones, made in Russia, and from the classic ones, the M70 and M76.

          • Wolfgar

            Product inferior????? Not a Kalashnikov action??????
            Second Hand???????
            Have a nice day.

          • Sermon 7.62

            FN FNC, Daewoo K2, INSAS and more all have AK action, it doesn’t make them a part of AK Fam.

          • Wolfgar

            The Galil is a Kalashnikov. The bolt, bolt carrier, receiver, trigger assembly, etc are exact copies. The examples you stated are not. You sound like a white supremacist who just got his DNA report stating he’s 65% non white yet refuse to accept it LOL. The Russian, Finnish AK’s are beautiful rifles, every bit as reliable as the Galil. You have no argument from me, but to state the Galil is second hand, product inferior is disingenuous at best. Your bias is definitely showing. Maybe you shouldn’t comment till you mature a little more. Just a thought!

          • iksnilol

            He explicitly said those that he mentioned have AK action but aren’t part of the AK family. I don’t wanna take sides but seriously, reading comprehension.

          • Wolfgar

            They are modified AK actions not exact copies like the Galil. Anyone with any experience with these firearms would not be confused. I stated this very clearly. Reading comprehension right back at you.

          • iksnilol

            Still, he said “FNC, etc. aren’t part of the AK family” Then you say they aren’t exact copies like the Galil. Well, I’d *dare* to assume that if something isn’t a part of a family that it isn’t an exact copy either (mechanically speaking).

            And I wouldn’t call it an exact copy considering the proprietary parts it has. Not many but there’s a few ones.

          • Wolfgar

            , Once again the Galil bolt, bolt carrier, trigger group etc are exact copies of the AK. The others mentioned like the FNC are not. The FNC uses a long stroke gas system and camming rotating bolt similar to the AK but it was executed differently. Who’s family it belongs with is opinion based which means nothing. The Finish Valment is considered by many a highly refined AK. The Galil is no different. Using certain peoples logic the Finish Valment, Chinese, Hungarian, East German etc AK rifles are not in the AK family since like the Galil have some proprietary parts. Believe as you wish.

          • Sermon 7.62


            You can consider it a part of Valmet Fam, or a derivate of Valmet and it is, but being asa variant of a variant it stepped to far from the original to be considered a variant of it. Ergonomics are inferior, sight are inferior, mags are inferior. I think it makes the rifle inferior. Like I said: a bad analogue of M76.

            KAC and M4 rifles have parts that are not interchangeable, but KAC is still a part of the AR15 Fam, right?

          • Wolfgar

            This was an article about reliability not ergonomics, sights, mags, etc. The Galil’s weight alone would make me prefer a lighter rifle if I was actually using a rifle in a military situation. Stating the Galil was poorly made and unreliable tells me you have no experience with one. The Galil is still the most accurate out of the box rifle I have shot with open sights. This was not uncommon experience back in the 80’s. Like I stated before, believe what you wish.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Your personal experience doesn’t count here.

          • Wolfgar

            So,” in your opinion”. owning and shooting a Galil for over 30 years doesn’t count especially when the author’s experience matches my own, got it. The problem is, I missed the part where I should give a sh– what you think.

          • Sermon 7.62

            It’s all relative and comparable. Your experience is limited, and bad manners don’t help it.

          • Wolfgar

            Easy now, you need to calm yourself. No need to get upset, I still think your special.

          • Sermon 7.62

            The thought is incorrect.

            First of all, I have friends in Israel and I heard from them that in IDF Galil has a reputation of being inreliable and that it gets no respect from the users, it is considered a disgrace to be issued this rifle. Second, it doesn’t have the same receiver as AK. Don’t know about the bolt, but like I said it doesn’t matter since other designes have borrowed from AK too, and it didn’t make them a part of the Fam.

            Galil was based on Rk 62, and Rk 62 was based on AK. Regardless of how reliable these rifles are, it’s a common knowledge that this comes from the original AK design, and it is a matter of how well its properties were assimilated so that a derivate might inherit the original’s character. It was done well by the Finns and not so well by Israelis, so the credit must go first to the AK Fam, and then to Valmet’s Fam.

          • Wolfgar

            Did you mean unreliable not inreliable LOL? The Galil is unreliable, you heard from some IDF friends. If I only had a dollar every time I have listen to this type of reply during a firearm debate, “gag”. I have listen to the same BS about the M-16 for many decades. You are correct the Galil was based off the Finnish rifle but was very well executed. You don’t care for the Galil and consider it unreliable, but love the Valment, we got that already. I guess Alex and I must have owned the only well made Galils.

          • Sermon 7.62

            You both haven’t owned a well made AK, that’s for sure. And as for those “some IDF friends”, that I mentioned, those men had some combat experience and some had professional career, so I think I can trust their opinion, more so because not all of them know each other and all of them expressed a similar kind of disgust, being asked about that thing. It’s not AK and not as good as Valmet.

          • Wolfgar

            What condition were the rifles, age, amount of use, etc. Firearms wear out. According to Machine Gun Las Vegas the AR platform is more reliable and longer lived than any stamp receiver AK. Yet I still love AK’s, especially my Chinese legend series. I have shot Valments and many other AK’s, Russian, Egyptians, Hungarians and liked them very much. Opinions are like certain body parts, we all have one. This was Alex’s experience and opinion and I concurred with him because of my experience with the Galil. I have never had a malfunction with my Galil and that say’s a lot to me. I know vets who have completely different opinions about the M-4, M-16, M-14 etc This proves nothing.

          • Sermon 7.62

            The point is that even if Galil is reliable, it’s reliable because it inherits from the original rifles.

          • Wolfgar

            So the Galil could now be reliable because it inherited it from the original rifles meaning the Valment which is a Kalashnikov which means the Galil is now a Kalashnikov action but is not in the Kalashnikov family ? You should work for the DOT, they make as much sense as you do.

          • Sermon 7.62

            You should have a head check for IQ

          • Wolfgar

            Said the little boy on psychotropic drugs!

          • Wolfgar

            Just joking, seriously ——-chill!

          • Wolfgar

            The way you constructed your last sentence tells me who needs the IQ test.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Too complicated?

          • Wolfgar

            Poor grammar!

          • Sermon 7.62

            Learn Olbanian, ignoramus.

          • Wolfgar

            That explains it. I’ll ask chuck Norris to decipher it for me next time.
            I may have more in common with you than you might think. Later.

          • The IDF guys who never used the Galil always seem to have quite a lot of negative hearsay about it. (Incidentally, this is also true of the Uzi, where they told me it’s “not drop safe”.) The few IDF guys I’ve spoken to who HAVE used it really rather liked it, especially the SAR variant. Remember that your average IDF conscript only handles one or two rifles in their entire service, they’re not going to be connoisseurs of the entire history of IDF service rifles.

          • Sermon 7.62

            One of them is a shooting instructor. In the IDF there are 2 kinds of conscripts, one goes to combat platoon and the other goes to support. Those in the combat platoons shoot all rifles except sniper rifles. You are correct about Uzi.

            Uzi is said to be unpredictable and dangerous, it is given to truck drivers.

          • Wolfgar

            So your saying the IDF truck drivers are more responsible and capable than the combat platoons since they are given the highly unpredictable and dangerous Uzi? More millennial logic.

          • Sermon 7.62

            The logic is that Uzi is issued to the people that never use it.

          • I would posit that it’s very likely that your shooting instructor friend probably never shot a Galil in his life, let along carried one. I haven’t heard of them being used in the IDF for a very long time… the guys I talk to are old-timers.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Shooting instructors shoot even Uzis.

  • John

    I would only make one small change to article. I would change the title to “MY Top 5 Most Reliable Guns”

  • Oldtrader3

    I have to break ranks here. The glock may be the young Fanboy’s favorite but many of we older folks, prefer the Colt Mustang in .380. Single action, carry condition one is something that is or becomes second nature. You don’t even have to look or think about it!

  • The_Champ

    Reliability is a good catch all phrase, but I think one could break it down into at least 3 separate categories. I would suggest:

    Reliability: How well a firearm functions and fires in a normal range setting
    Durability: How often a firearm experiences parts breakage
    Elemental Resistance: How well it functions when faced with dust, mud, water etch

    Just a thought because I feel some firearms might do really well in two of the three above categories, but many not so well in all three.

    And sadly many firearms can’t even do norm range setting functionality well.

  • gusto

    browning BPS>over any other pump action shotgun

    heck from the ones I have personally owned or tried out , the win1300 felt way more of a gun than the rem870/moss500

  • MeaCulpa

    The patriot in me requires that the k-pist M/45 be on this list instead of the Uzi!

  • Pete – TFB Writer

    “That said, the correct answer is the Galil, and if you disagree, you’re wrong and you should feel bad.”


    Good list.

    • Bob

      I cracked up at that. ;D

    • Sermon 7.62

      That dude Alex wears heel boots. Where is your sombrero, Alex?

  • Simcha M.

    Dear Swede,

    Yes, you are correct about politics being the reason for not selecting the FFV, but your analogy of it looking too much like the Evil Empire’s AK is WAY off the mark. In fact, you are not even hitting the paper, much less the target.

    The reason is good old-fashioned anti-semitism. NO, the Swedes aren’t particularly anti-semitic, but they ARE rabid Leftists and that means that anything Israeli is verboten according to Leftist canon.

    The army wanted to try out the FFV knowing full well that it wouldn’t be chosen.

    Thanks for including the link to the Forgotten Weapons article, I must have missed that one when it originally appeared.

    • Sermon 7.62

      Best comment.

      Speaking of a rifle, managed to pin the libel of Evil Empire to the Russians and to blame Swedes for “anti-semitism”.

    • truthsayer

      Forever victims, never perpetrators, right?

    • randomswede

      How would you define antisemitism?
      I thought you could be uncomfortable with the policies and politics of a nation without being opposed to their state religion.

      But I was only making assumptions, you have appear to have fact driven proof for you standpoint.

    • iksnilol

      Swedes antisemitic? You mean those people who let everybody adapt their country to their needs is anti-semitic?

      i feel like you have a persecution complex.

      Also, why was my other comment removed? Oh, sorry, “pending” indefinitely.

      • Sermon 7.62

        Nope. Deleted.

  • Vellan

    Owen submachine gun is the most reliable, in WWII Americans traded crates of Thompson for one, such was their esteem. It’s reliability in the jungle, one of the harshest environments was legendary. But it’s weight, cost and vertical magazine kept it from being adopted by anyone after the war.

  • VF 1777

    Yeah, only ‘gripe’ from an internet schmuck would that that if you’re just talking ‘pure reliability’ only, you didn’t include a revolver (or revolver category).

    I also think the variance in “reliability” between the Galil and some other ‘AK variants’ would probably so nominal as to be too difficult to measure – and the same would be true for other bolt actions as well. But I guess you had to pick something 🙂 Always enjoy the vids, Mr C.

  • Spade

    If the top cover on your uzi gives you trouble you hit it with a rubber mallet until a feeler gauge check shows it back in spec.

  • Georgiaboy61

    Alex, not a bad list, but no love for the HK91-G3-CETME family of SLRs? They are stone-reliable and never break. They are built like tanks and utterly soldier-proof – and will function wet or dry, clean or dirty, hot or cold – and never miss a beat. The ingenious roller-delayed blowback system is self-compensating, and unlike the AK-47/AKM family of weapons, there is no gas system to foul. They’ll also eat anything you feed them, as long as it is in the correct caliber – from the most substandard ammunition to the premium stuff. Even people who hate the HK91 are forced to admit that it works – period.

    • Scott P

      Have you seen the gas system of an AK? The tolerances are extremely generous that it is practically impossible for it to foul from both the size of the gas port and gas tube alone. AK’s are overgassed for a reason. I myself having owned over 10 AK’s in my lifetime and never experienced a problem with the gas system even from well-worn, barely cleaned examples.

      That is not to say the G3 is not a reliable weapon as well.

      • Georgiaboy61

        Nor did I mean to imply that AKs were anything but remarkably reliable. I just thought the CETME-G3 family of designs deserved some credit. Some would argue that comparison wouldn’t be apples-to-apples, since the AK is an assault rifle and the CETME/G3 a battle rifle… but I digress….

  • Tassiebush

    Good video. I reckon the only switch i’d make is a double barrel shotgun with two triggers or a single mechanical trigger and extractors.
    Makes me think too that it’d be interesting to see an AK derivative like the galil with added shrouding sufficient to endure an InRange TV mud test.

  • Sermon 7.62

    It is, like I said. But it doesn’t mean it’s still AK. It is based on AK. But is too far from it to be considered one.

  • nova3930

    WTF is my Jimenez 25?

  • Amit Nachman

    There really is nothing more pathetic than fan-boyisem and the bizarre culture of “this product is the best everything else is garbage”. People who’s self esteem depends on their firearm/car/computer/whatever being the best, and as a result are blind to the relative advantages and disadvantages of other products. Most times, these are people that have zero experience with other systems that do the same job.

  • Sermon 7.62

    So. You conform that it is unreliable, except for “earlier guns”. You confirm that it might be considered less ergonomic, though it depends on a “personal preference” and unless one is a fan of the thumb safety and peep sights its ergonomics are inferior to AK. You confirm that people in the IDF it is a rifle of the non-combat units, and as such is considered a disgrace. You admmitted being a fan of M16.

    Thanks for the comment.

  • AirborneSoldier

    Nice vid, good choices.

  • Wolfgar

    I’ll tell my friend about Hillbilly firearms, thank.s for the tip!

    • Simcha M.

      You are most welcome, I’m happy to recommend a reliable gunsmith!

  • 2ThinkN_Do2

    S&W 686+

  • Sermon 7.62

    It is always good to see a smart person like you come up and sort out all of the confusion that regular people like me get into because of the comprehension problems.

    Thanks again, habibi, exellent comments.