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M1 Garand Explosion

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mamamia, Jan 2, 2012.

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  1. mamamia

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  2. nathan

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    Hot load maybe ?
     
  3. Nugilum

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    Thinkin' a sqib. AKA a .308" slug still sitting in the barrel.
     
  4. WNTFW

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    It is hard to tell just from video/audio as to the cause. Recoil, muzzle band and ejection seemed ok on previous shot.

    Hope the girl was OK.
     
  5. WNTFW

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    You know it kind of looks like she might have had a FTFire. Then ejects the round and chambers another. If so the bullet could have been a squib. It is hard to tell if she took out a complete round or case only. It also looks like she might have just flicked the round back into the chamber.
     
  6. Inebriated

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    I say Squib. You can watch her sort of flinch when it doesn't fire, she pulls the bolt and ejects the case, and fires again, causing the boom. And judging by the action and barrel separating, I'd say that the bullet wasn't far from the bore.

    Definitely hope she's ok.
     
  7. Tim the student

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    Wow. Hope that woman is ok.

    I think squib too. Pics of the remains?

    ETA - glad she is ok.
     
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    Notice how she rode the bolt forward after the defective round? I'm thinking it fired out of battery. Witnessed a similar event at the range with an M1 carbine.

    BTW looks like it was the clip she took out before riding it forward, hard to tell.
     
  9. MistWolf

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    Too much damage for out of battery. My vote is a bullet lodged in the barrel from the case that mis-fired.

    As soon as I saw her clear the mis-fired case, I knew the next round was going to be the explosion
     
  10. ultradoc

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    oh my gosh. hope the gal is ok.
     
  11. 303tom

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    She commented that she thought it fired out of battery & she was fine other than some splinters and bruising........
     
  12. nathan

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    Could be cast receiver by any chance ?
     
  13. Averageman

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    That definatly looked like the cartridge that misfired left a bullet in the barrel. When she hand cycles the round out of the action and cycles the next round it is impossible to see the condition of the cartridge she ejected.
    I would guess, the round had a primer, but little or no powder and left the bullet lodged in the barrel. In the heat of the moment, it didn't appear that she inspected the weapon or the expended cartridge closely.
    That could have been much worse for her.
     
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    Here's a comment posted in the original by the girl who was firing the Garand;




     
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    That was quite an impressive explosion. Poor old M1
     
  16. MtnCreek

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    I assume M1's were designed to not fire out of battery when functioning properly, correct?
     
  17. Jim Watson

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    A stuck bullet will normally rupture the barrel, not the action.

    Cutting the gun in half like this is usually from a blown case head or a gross overload. I don't know what is meant by "newer ammo."

    I don't know about "firing out of battery" which seems to be blamed for a lot of operator error. Several of the guns I have checked, the hammer will fall with the bolt out of battery but the firing pin was guarded or blocked so it would not actually FIRE. But then a misfit M1 firing pin will not necessarily be blocked. And a rifle with a chronic seventh round jam - a known fault of early Garands - might be out of spec in that area too.
     
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    If it jams "all the time" and it was not taken care of, it's operator error right there :(

    Jeez, folks, tune your rifles to work or don't play with them :banghead:
     
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    you think that a case head separation could cause all that? if so that is terrifying.

    ive seen case heads seperating before but it was just a lot of smoke and fire @ the operator end of the rifle.

    that is scary for sure.
     
  20. Slamfire

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    In theory, as published in a 1961 American Rifleman Magazine article, the hammer cannot touch the firing pin without the hammer nose entering a cam cut out under the bolt and rotating the bolt closed.
     
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    Well, glad she's ok.
     
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    Yes, absolutely glad she is OK. Too bad about the M-1 though.
     
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    That is the first M1 I have ever seen blow up in quite so dramatic a fashion!
    They can handle a LOT of overload pressure and to blow one with enough force to split the stock apart takes some doing.

    Glad to know the girl wasn't hurt worse than she was.
     
  24. plexreticle

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    Wonder if this was a re-welded receiver.
     
  25. Carolina Kalash

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    ruined a perfectly good M1 Garand...
     
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