Ussually new built guns might be a little tight but after a session of shooting thing will wear and mate to their new rebuilt condition. You are right in that if we do not take out out the 1919 it seems like we are missing something. It just is not as much fun. We can have HK's, AR's, AK's, M-14's and they just do not give you felling of exhileration like a 1919 with Emory's crankfire. It is definitely one of my favorite guns! Also I have become very knowledgible about it so minor problems barely get to me.