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So today I went to the range to put a few hundred rounds through my newish (2006 Production Year) Taurus PT-92 AFS. To date, I have put approximately 3000 rounds through her since I bought her almost exactly 1 year ago (I bought it 12/22/06), and I always clean my firearm thoroughly after every 200 rounds.

Anyway, everything was going fine for the first 99 rounds and then all of a sudden, I had a Failure to Extract on my 100th round of the day. :mad: So I drop the mag, point it downrange, and try to pull the slide back to see if there's a round in the chamber still. It doesn't budge... :mad: :mad: After checking the extractor to make sure an active round isn't in the barrel, I proceeded...

So then, I engage the safety, and click the disassembly button and latch, and proceed to field strip it. I get the upper barrel assembly off of the lower, no problem. I then removed the recoil spring and guide, no problem. Then, I try to press the locking-block plunger and it doesn't budge. :mad: :mad: :mad: Then, I work it a little, and see that it's cracked! :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: Then, it pretty much falls apart in my hands. Needless to say, I was pretty pissed off. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

I was using range ammo which I purchased at the range - Fiocchi 9mm Luger FMJ 115gr. This, along with Winchester (red/white box), are the only two types of ammo I've ever used, and I've never had any problems before.

Anyway, here's some pics.

barrel 1


barrel 2


barrel 3


inside of slide


target at 10 yards


lockblock 1


lockblock 2


field stripped


So I'm gonna call Taurus on Monday morning and see what they say.

Do you guys think they're just gonna replace the locking block, or are they gonna repair the cosmetic damages too? Look closely at the pics - the cracked locking block shaved some metal in the areas I've circled in Red - is that a big deal? Is that chip in the barrel 1 picture serious? Is Taurus gonna do some sort of testing on it to make sure this doesn't happen again? Finally, does anyone have any theories as to what happened?

Thanks for your feedback guys!

Cheers,

~V~
 

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I bought some extra parts including the locking block for my Beretta 92 b/c I heard this happens even on the Beretta sometimes.
 

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hard to say, i would think they would repair the barrel and slide as well..

i've heard locking blocks should be changed every 5000 rounds.. but i dunno..

the original beretta design the blocks are suppose to last at LEAST 5k rounds.. most lasted 10-15k
they redesigned the block and the newer ones are suppose to get 25-30k before requiring a replacement.

i'd day 3k mark falls far short unless maybe you was firing +P OR +P+ which you was'nt.


i have a AFS as well, but you was able to take the gun apart with the safety on? i can't move my slide with it on.

also i notch you have pachmayr grips, any problems?
i bought the same type and 1. could not fit the screws threw them to grip/thread.. i had to send them back for repair.
2. they seemed incredibly tight and took every once of strength just to line the holes up on both sides, did you have any problems getting yours on?
 

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joe - to answer your questions, i typo'ed when I said that I engaged the safety, then disassembled... I meant to say *dis*engaged the safety then disassembled. My bad!

And yes, I had a very difficult time getting the Pachmayr grips on - it took me about 3 hours of constant straining to get the holes lined up. I had no problems with the screws fitting though... I just used the original screws and they fit in the Pachmayr holes just fine. It was nearly impossible getting the screw thru the grip and lined up with the holes correctly while stretching the grip at the same time... My hands were red and sore for hours after. But after I got them on, it's like a different gun altogether - I love these grips; they're perfect for my big hands.

jwc007 - THANKS! Just to confirm, the new-style Beretta 92fs locking-block with the radius relief cut will fit in my Taurus PT92AFS? Can you please link me to the place where you ordered yours from, as well as where you ordered that Wolff spring from?
 

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The 15 pound "extra-power" recoil spring I recommend can be ordered directly from Wolff Gunsprings. http://www.gunsprings.com/

As for the Beretta 92 locking blocks, my source has gone out of business, but I would seek one for the older Beretta 92 Pistols, and I have one in my Taurus PT92 that functions perfectly! Make sure you get one that has the Radius Cuts and the improved metallurgy!
 

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Finally, does anyone have any theories as to what happened?
yes, things brake...;)

3K is not a lot, but it's not shocking that the locking block broke...

Looking at your photos the block looks like older beretta style, I'd get a new Beretta one.
 
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