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What is "slop?" and why would it make a gun more reliable?

I am really cheap. I like to spend my money wisely. One way is I buy used guns. I needed a gun for home defense (I moved into a bad neighborhood). So this guy who lost his job was willing to sell me an old gun with some ammo really cheap. The gun was made in Spain. It is a Star Model "B" in .38 Super. From the box it came in, I think the guy's Dad bought it in the 60's or 70's. Anyway, it is extremely reliable. It hasn't jammed yet, with any of the clips. Full metal jacket or hollowpont, no difference. It doesn't jam. Not too bad for a $150 dollar pistol. I once mentioned to the rangemaster that my gun was very reliable and never jammed. He laughed. He said "Of course not. Your gun was made with a lot of "slop," in the parts." What would that translate into, in normal American English? I have never heard of the term "slop." Does it refer to a type of steel or something? "Loose Tolerances?" "Tight Tolerances?" Huh? What?

Asked By: - 5/28/2010
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Answered By: Glacierwolf - 5/28/2010
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it means it is a cheap gun, like pig slop it is alot of different foods ground together. same with your gun, a lot of different metals combined to make it cheaper.
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Answered By: Hunter - 5/28/2010
 
It just means that there are cheap or mixed together parts in the gun. What I don't understand is why he said that in response to your statement that it never jams. Normally the time when a gun is insulted is because it jams. You seem to have a poor shooting society in California. Might I suggest that you try another... More
Answered By: Keyboard Commando - 5/28/2010
 
What it actually means is there is a lot of loose tolerances in the weapon, that it's got some slop in the mechanism, much like an AK has a lot of slop in the mechanism. Tight tolerances are prone to binding and jamming, especially if foreign material is introduced into the mechanism. A loose tolerance weapon, one with... More
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Answered By: Cane Toad Mutiny - 5/28/2010
 
Slop means that any moving parts or more correctly the contact points between most moving parts fit a bit loosely. While not having the gun lock up tightly does negatively affect the potential accuracy, it is also less likely for anything to bind up during operation. Put even simpler it means it won't be a tackdriver... More
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Answered By: ERIC - 5/28/2010
 
about slop,the precisely made guns of the germans,jammed in the frigid russian winter. the loosely made russian weapons functioned merrily on their killing way,nazis ,of course... More
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Answered By: Jessica - 5/28/2010
 
"Loose tolerances" means there is space between parts. The extra space jiggles and accuracy suffers since the parts are never in the same place when the bullet exits the barrel. But the loose tolerances also means that dirt and grime can be caught between parts and the gun will still function because the parts can... More
Answered By: eddygordo19 - 5/28/2010
 
Yep. It is all about loose or tight tolerances... More
Answered By: Bob K - 5/28/2010
 
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