Does anyone find torture tests useful?
I mean some are, but I find that I there are very few that actually gives me any sort of useful information. Here's what I mean...
I remember when I was looking for a new carry gun and after holding a VP9, and the SK, I decided to do a bit more research on them.
I don't recall who the "youtube personality" was, but they shot thousands of rounds through the VP9 SK, then dunked it in water, buried it in dirt, sand, then whipped it against the concrete a handful of times and continued shooting it.
I guess it's entertaining, but where those kinds of reviews fail for me, is putting thousands of rounds through it without cleaning. At most, I'll have 500 rounds through a gun before I clean it, and only if I'm putting that amount through in one range session.
Personally I feel a better example would be to take a freshly lubed and clean gun, dunk it in water, and then shoot it. Then clean it, dunk it in water and throw it in some sand, dirt, or mud. Then shoot it. Does it run? How about cleaning and lubing it, dropping it from a reasonable height and then shooting it. Does it still run? Great, because those are the only possible scenarios that I may actually run into with my EDC.
I maintain my firearms very religiously. If I shoot it, it gets cleaned. I shoot competitively, and have put 600 rounds through one of my expensive limited guns, but immediately after coming home, I cleaned it. It ran great and didn't have a hiccup during those 600 rounds. Had that been a two day match, at the end of the first day, I'd have cleaned it.
I just think that many of the torture tests we see are pretty unreasonable. Test it along the lines of what most of us will experience carrying day to day. Stuff some lint into the slide rails after cleaning it. Does it run? Awesome.
Whipping the gun onto concrete multiple times does nothing for me, just as extremely high round counts and then adding dirt, sand, and mud into the gun don't.
That's just my take on it. This is why I tend to like Hickok45. He shoots the gun as it came out of the box, with an initial clean and lube. It would be nice if he tested it as I mentioned above, but he needs to send those guns back so that they can be sold so there's only so much he can do.