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Have you ever had a gun explode on you?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Justaman, Sep 18, 2006.

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  1. Justaman

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    I'm not talking about pushing the envelope in terms of reloading, but have you ever had a terminal failure in any of your weapons while using standard factory ammo?
     
  2. Jack19

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    Never; from the day my Dad first took me shooting, in 1968, until the date of this post.

    I have never, ever, had any weapon, of any type, "explode," or fail in any catastrophic way; whether due to the quality of the weapon, or the quality of the ammunition.
     
  3. AK103K

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    No handguns, but I did have a M1 Garand go grenade on me during a match. That was a treat.
     
  4. Geronimo45

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    You shouldn't have any modern gun explode on you - unless it's a manufacturer that makes the slide out of melted paperclips. Now, when you're getting very old guns, you might want a gunsmith to check them over for any problems. Check your new ones, too. Even a good manufacturer can have bad forgings. Check the little parts and the big ones. The likelihood of a gun blowing up is low. Keep it that way.
    Factory ammo - beware of SMG ammo, usually coming from China or Eastern Europe. It's loaded too hot for some pistols (particularly old ones).

    I haven't seen any exploded guns first-hand, don't intend to do so.
     
  5. 10-Ring

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    Not to me, but a guy a few stalls over from me says that his G22 blew up using factory ammo. His buddy packed up everything pretty quickly so I really couldn't see what they were shooting.
     
  6. Justaman

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    hmmm there seems to be a common thread with catastrophic glock failures
     
  7. Helstrm

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    Blow up no, I have seen a round stove pipe and the next round bulged the barrel, It was loud and scary. I was not shooting so I am not sure what it felt like. I also saw a FAL blow the magazine out, Always check head space before firing a used rifle. As a rule if something didn't feel right check your gun out.
     
  8. Cosmoline

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    Nope, but I favor massively overbuilt receivers and all steel frames.
     
  9. gaven

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    NOPE, DID HAVE THE WIFE BLOWUP AT ME ONE TIME . THAT ONE ALMOST TOOK MY HEAD OFF.
     
  10. spooney

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    I saw a friend's single shot shotgun blow up in his face one time with Remington Game Loads. It stuck a 2 3/8" piece of barrel in his arm, very gross.
     
  11. No_Warning

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    The only problem I have had is the other week I had a misfire with my Walther P99. I pulled the trigger and heard a "pop" and then saw smoke coming out from the chamber (round never ejected). The first thing to go through my head was "I just bought this gun!". After about 15 seconds I racked the slide and out came the bullet. Once I cleared the gun and picked up the bullet and it had no primer left and I could shake out the powder. Anyone else ever have this happen? I was shooting some Winchester 9mm. Never had a problem before that, and didnt have any more that day but bet your donkey I cringed for almost every shot after that.
     
  12. Onmilo

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    I have yet to blow a gun up with factory ammunition but I did blow up an EAA Witness 10mm with a bad reload.
    If you reload long enough it will happen to you.
     
  13. Axman

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    No blown up guns, I keep thinking of Bugs Bunny sticking his finger in Elmers shotgun causing the barrel to shred!

    I was target shooting on surplus ammo with my #1 MkIII Enfield once when the firing pin went "click". I thought it was a dud and reached up to open the bolt to eject the cartridge when the round fired. It was one of them delayed misfires. Lucky I didn't get to the bolt before it let loose.
     
  14. History Prof

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    When I first got into mil-surp someone told me to watch out for those. At first, I just kinda blew it off, but then decided "better safe than sorry." So, the first couple of times it happened, I just waited about 5 seconds and then ejected the round. The third time I had a "dud," it went off about 3 seconds after I pulled the trigger. I usually wait about 7 or 8 seconds now.

    Closest I came to blowing up a gun was back when I used to reload. I had a round with no powder in my .357 M19. Fortunately, my friend was watching and said it sounded kinda funny. I was about to cock it again when he stopped me. The bullet had gone just far enough to allow the cylinder to rotate. Man, I'm glad my friend caught that one!
     
  15. PinnedAndRecessed

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    No, but I ate some relish my mother in law's boyfriend made. My wife said when I was asleep it was like that sulphur moat in Shrek. Even woke the dog up.
     
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    Onmilo, please elaborate on 10mm kaboom

    Was it a over max load that blew up the 10mm?

    I've never exceeded the max specs for Blue Dot or Unique powders, but have read of some stompy loads in excess of manuals with no issues. Just curious.

    jeepmor

    BTW - no kabooms for me.
     
  17. Screehopper

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    None. And I hope never.
     
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    The common thread is quite limited in scope, actually. I have never seen or heard of a kB in a GLOCK 9mm. It's mostly a 40 issue, as the barrel and chamber are the same outside dimensions as the 9mm, and all 40's are basically +P, and there are a lot of GLOCK 40's.

    A GLOCK in 9mm will run forever.

    As to the original post, I have never had a gun blow up. A poll may be a good idea...
     
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    I've had two "blow ups" My first was a M2 .50 cal. I was having a very bad day on counter sniper duty in 67. Alpha Company, 4/31, 196th LIB was relocating from their old basecamp to a new AO. I was re-assigned from my 106 RR to the big 50 to cover the retreat. We had three snipers working us over. These are not highly trained guys, just NVA with 7.62 mm bolt actions. They try to hit the choppers. The M2 had its cover blown loose and ammo from the belt spewed everywhere. The top just lifted off the piece. I just scrambled around trying to reload and get a fresh belt started while the NVA took potshots. The hinge at the front held up. There was no damage to the M2 or to me. The only damage was to my ego. They got the better of me that day. Looking back on it the missed me repeatedly so I guess we're even.
    I "blew up" a G35 by firing a full power Rem 180 gr jhp right up the bore into a stuck round. The front sight disappeared, the mag blew out, and 360 gr of jhp went down range at one time. Recoil was heavy. The barrel was bulged into the slide. The brass case held up and barrel did too. Glock fixed it for free because the factory hull was stuck in the chamber. No damage whatsoever to me. The frame was fine also.
     
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    No handgun or rifle, but a shotgun blew once. Bad case and the follower and brass and plastic blew out the loading port.
     
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    I have not but, I was running the timer at an IDPA match and the shooter was using a 10mm Glock when it let go. It blew pieces of the mag out the bottom, blew out the mag release, bulged the chamber and blacked the shooter's hand. He laid the gun on the ground for a few minutes to make sure all the excitement was over. The best thing he could figure was a double charged handload or lead build up just forward of the chamber causing excessive pressure.

    Luckly he didn't get hurt but it scared the crap out of everyone.
     
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    I had an antique Kentucky rifle blow its drum out -- and almost blow my ear drum out, too.
     
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    gun blow ups

    [/FONTnever had in my 30+ years of reloading but at a state owned range watched a guy blow up his marlin 30/30.
    Fired first round and he had to sit on the ground and brace the rifle on his FEET to get it to eject advised him not to fire another round which he did and KABOOM luckily no one was hurt other than said dolt's ego
     
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    Series 80 unintential dis-assembly

    Nosir, but I did have a Series 80 Colt send its recoil spring plug, and firing pin in opposite directions.

    Does that count?

    salty.
     
  25. BrainOnSigs

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    I had a case split in a Sig P229 in .40 S&W. The pistol shot sparks out of all the wrong places and the mag rocketed out of the bottom. After counting my fingers and field stripping the pistol to inspect, I put it back together and it has worked flawlessly since. I was very thankful that it wasn't a polymer frame pistol that I was shooting at the time.
     
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