that is pure horse do-do! on the FN. cast was a cost cutting measure and they tried to spin it to something good.
no way a casting is as strong as a forging! if that was TRUE my impact sockets would be CAST! LOL!
i suppose a good casting should be strong enough.
but do a quick google and you will find a number of people complaining about cracked cast frames and slides.
i am a bit suspicious of castings myself. properly done they are fine but we should be comparing a rotten casting to a rotten forging with all the china sourced steel floating around!
i do have two pistols with major cast parts.
one is a small frame witness 40, the other is a witness match 10mm.--the 10mm has digested some pretty strong loads and i have put the 40 through some punishing 40s that were loaded to longer OAL. neither has shown any sign of breaking.
however a number of later witnesses with cast frames and slides have broke, esp the 10mm and 45 acp. could be just a bad batch of castings, could be that 12lb recoil spring, could be that cut down rounded slide. but lots of the newer parts have broke for whatever reason.Originally Posted by sh801