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    Are the Alfa 209 primer pistols dependable?

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    Mine has been for the several years since they came out.

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    OOOPS!!!

    I made a mistake. I was thinking Gun X but you wrote Alpha. I have had two Alpha pistols and they both died after about a brick of primers went through them.

    I was talking above about the Gun X. It has been reliable. Alpha not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howard N View Post
    Mine has been for the several years since they came out.
    I agree with Howard. I have shot over 5000 primers and never had a misfire. Love it.

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    I don't know where I heard it, but, it was something like, "It seems that if we each use our own blank pistol everything works fine. If a gun is left at a station for all to use it breaks."

    I think it's true.

    I've heard various comments on Alphas, a couple friends "used" to have them.

    If you're buying a gun save some headaches and buy a GunX.
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    I've seen a Gunx that wasn't ever cleaned misfire terribly in the field as well. Alfa is a good product as long as it's maintained, but it has to be maintained. No different than any other gun.
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    I bought mine shortly after they came out with them and it had been very reliable until just a couple weeks ago. Now I am getting failure to fire, cylinder won't rotate, cylinder locks up and won't release. I am still troubleshooting it so hopefully I will be able to get it working again. Deb Anderson

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    I much prefer the GunX.
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    I have both an Alpha and a GunX. Have had to have both repaired. GunX did it for the price of shipping. The Alpha cost as I had to have a local gunsmith repair it and he was not really confident that it would stay repaired. I use it as a back up. The comment about others using your gun certainly is appropriate.

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    The Alpha is poorly made in comparison to GunX. The design of the Alpha is such that when fired, the burnt powder is chanelled in a way that will cause clogging if not cleaned regularly which is not the case with Gun X. Also, the mechanism and quality of the metal is inferior to Gun X.

    The Gun X is a simpler design, better quality metal and less prone to failure.
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    I replaced my Alpha's with GunX. Nuff said.
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