My first handgun broke badly. My 47 year old Walther P38 did what I feared it might some day do.....cracked the slide hardcore where the locking block locks up. I think I am going to retire it to a case and just get a new one in the next few months. I coud get a new slide assembly but the gun is still all number matching. I curse the goddamned french made slides........they just tend to crack over the German slides. Beretta had the same problem with them. They are hard as a rock but they can crack. But mine made it throught the German Police, atleast 3 people, and then me. I put atleast 7k rounds through her before she broke.