A take down pin should be considered part of routine maintenance. It takes a constant pounding until the stress forces it to break. I change mine out on a regular basic,. I just toss the old one in the trash along with the old springs. I have said before, maintain the gun, expect 1000 reliable rounds. Ruger seems to have changed the LCP now roughly every three years. I think they know that is the business they want in the marketing of the gun. I think they know most will shoot the gun in that time 1000 rounds or less and be ready to get another when the new product is upgraded. Sell a product cheap and make the money on reoccurring revenue. Ruger puts these guns out like Krispy Creame doughnuts, millions of them. I bet their cost is around $50.00 to make one gun.