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Discussion in 'Legal' started by JasonMD85, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. JasonMD85

    JasonMD85 New Member

    Jun 12, 2006
    I am still learning, so please don't laugh:uhoh: ! I had a some older rounds that I leave in my room that used to be for SD and got traded out for JHPs. They have since been used more for decoration then anything else since they were old, dirty, oily and basically in bad shape. Anyway, I bought a new mag for my Bersa, and decided to use these old rounds to make sure I didnt have any feeding issues with the new mag before taking it to the range. After I was done, I noticed some of the rounds were .. pushed into the case.. is the only way to describe it. After looking at them for a little while, I remembered my second trip to the range, and having one of the rounds jam and ended up looking like this. A man came over, threw the round away, and said it would have been a bad experiece to fire it. So, I decided to disassemble 8 of the old rounds and use the cases as snap-caps. After I got the bullets out, and the gun powder cleaned out I loaded my mag. Now, I always just "ASSUMED" (assumptions are bad things, arent they?) that the primer simply made a large spark and ignited the propelent, gun powder, or whatever it is that they use now a days (Hey, I said i was still learning :) ). So, I go to dry fire, keeping the gun pointed in a relativly safe direction at a small hill behind my house just beyond the pool and BAM. M88 Silver Salutes x5. Now, at first this seemed pretty fun. Nice bang, nothing HORRIBLY loud, and no debris went flying, So I loaded 2 more and again kept the gun pointed in a safe direction. Thats when it hit me. I quickly packed my gun in its case with all the evidence and ran inside. I live in MD, with scrict gun laws, and DO NOT have 100 yards between houses. Its a suburban development in Central democratic MD.

    My question is simply the legality of it. Now that I have been thinking about it, I am quite sure that it would be classified as a Negligant Discharge if I would have been caught, but I thought I would ask anyway since I have around 6 more cases with primers and cannot think of another way to safely discharge them besides at the range. I have 3 cases for dry firing now, which is more than enough, but if it is legal it may be a good way to get my GF into shooting since shes more afraid of the sound than anything else. Thus, I get her used to the sound of my 380 and bingo, shes a shooter. Obviously this isnt worth going to jail for though.


  2. Phetro

    Phetro Member

    Feb 1, 2006
    Blowing a primer alone doesn't fire a projectile, so it would be out of the question to call it anything harmful or illegal by anyone with more than a room-temperature IQ.

    Wait a second...you're in MARYLAND???!!!
  3. Spot77

    Spot77 Senior Member

    Apr 1, 2003
    Like Phetro said, "You're in Maryland!"

    I don't think you did anything illegal, but you certainly don't want to be the one to test that theory. Unless you've recently inheretid a boatload of money. :eek:
  4. griz

    griz Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Eastern Virginia
    Give them to a local reloader. He will be happy to take them off your hands. With that many, you might be able to trade them for some good ammo.
  5. Roadwild17

    Roadwild17 Participating Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    By cases,do you mean "big boxes of rounds" or "individual shell cases"?

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