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Scared myself last Saturday.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by CharliesHammer, Sep 17, 2019.

  1. CharliesHammer

    CharliesHammer Member

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    Went to the range Saturday to Shoot some 9mm, some 38's and brought a Glock 22 to keep my competency level up as the gun serves a defensive role at home.

    I shot my 22 second and racked a round in. When I shot my first round hit about 6 inches right and didn't eject the round. I'm not a great shot by anyones standard but like many people my first shot is often my best. I was surprised because I'm not sure I can ever remember that gun not cycling cleanly and I have owned it since 1992 and have shot it allot.
    I'm sure some of you can guess where this is going. I reached down and picked up the spent casing and to my surprise it was a 9mm and split to the base. I'm surprised it chambered and fired even more surprised it was on the paper.
    Somehow I loaded a nine in last on top of the 40. A wake up call for me to pay closer attention.
    Not proud of my idiocy, just a reminder at my expense that things can go wrong fast.
     
  2. Coyote3855

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    Went to the range with a friend who couldn't understand why his Glock 19 wasn't cycling and splitting cases. Turns out he had disassembled his 19 and his 23, and put the 23 barrel back in the 19. Yup, important to pay attention.
     
  3. unclenunzie

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    Glad nothing really bad happened.

    This comes to mind: "I do one thing at a time, I do it very well, and then I move on." - Major Winchester
     
  4. skeeterfogger

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    Maybe it's a good idea to make sure all your calibers are different enough not to be able to confuse them even on accident. Just sayin.
     
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  5. Trunk Monkey

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    Pretty good argument for only stocking one caliber.
     
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    My buddy kept telling me his 9mm Glock was jamming regularly. I told him thats nearly impossible. Turns out he was using a .40 magazine.....
     
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    Glad you weren't hurt.
     
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    I realized my need for reading glasses a few years ago when 2 or 3 out of six rounds in my SRH 44mag sounded and felt weak. Closer examination of the split brass revealed they were 41 mag.
    As with 9mm in a 40 s&w the only damage done is to brass and pride.
     
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    Glad you weren’t hurt and nothing was damaged.
     
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  10. CharliesHammer

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    Thanks to all, I was fine, I immediately broke the gun down, no visible damage. The gun was really clean, figured I'd get allot of soot or unburned powder, neither. I also inspected the chamber and barrel. I could see no issues, finished off the box no problems.
     
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  11. CharliesHammer

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    I'm near sighted, far sighted and have a nasty astigmatism. Needless to say I change glasses many time at the range.:cool:
     
  12. 460Shooter

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    Whoops. Good reminder and thanks for the honest post.

    I shoot a lot of different cartridges. Gotta stay focused.
     
  13. entropy

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    I find those occasionally at the range, as well as .308 with the shoulder blown out from being shot in a .30-06.
     
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    I picked up a unfired round at the range one day and didn't ck the caliber. Assumed it to be a 9mm and loaded it only to find it was a 380. It wouldn't chamber so when I ck'ed it I found what it was, stupid me.
     
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  15. climbnjump

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    Not quite the same situation for me, but years ago when I was a young punk, an uncle of mine took me under his wing for deer hunting. I really, really, for some reason, wanted to buy a 7mm-08. But I knew he shot a .308. And I just knew there would be times when it would be possible for those two similar rounds to be picked up by the wrong person, so I went with a .308 also. That was almost 40 years ago. We have hunted together for all but 2 or 3 of those 40 years, and there has ever been a situation like the one I was concerned about. So I probably should have bought that 7mm-08. Maybe yet someday...
     
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  16. Ignition Override

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    CharliesHammer: That's easy to do with a .380 rd. in a 9x18 Makarov. Very hard to read the tiny inscriptions.
    My commercial Russian Makarov is chambered in .380 (designed for export to the US), and I still owned EG and Bulgarian Makarovs.

    Some very experienced rifle shooters at our large private shooting club hadn't been around Enfields, 8mm Yugo Mausers or Mosin Nagants.
    The vast majority of members know their way quite well around some modern guns.

    Various .303, 8mm and 7.62x54R ammo looked the same to them, and I never again left two different guns on the bench if allowing somebody to try an unfamiliar gun.
    Also, some later Enfields (1950s?) were chambered by the British in NATO 7.62. Maybe they never appeared in the US?
     
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  17. Tallball

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    I misremember whether my shooting buddy loaded his 40 caliber magazine with 9mm's, or his 9mm pistol with 380's.

    It fired once and then jammed up pretty bad. He had to stick it back in his range bag and take it back home to get it disassembled.

    Now he only keeps one caliber of ammo out on the bench at a time.

    It didn't hurt the pistol any, but he was embarrassed.
     
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  18. Plan2Live

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    Back when I was teaching CWP classes we called that a Forty-Niner.
     
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    Been there,done that..Thanks for admitting it.

    But it was the Springfield XDs that I owned in .45 ACP & .9 MM.

    Was shooting the .45 ACP version and my Glock 23 at the same time and put a .40 in the .45 --- yes it fired but did eject,so I hand cycled it and FIRE ANOTHER ROUND.

    When that did not eject I looked at the cases and VIOLA = wrong round in wrong gun..

    I am VERY,VERY careful to keep all ammo off the bench UNLESS shooting that caliber and ONLY that caliber. ,
     
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  20. Jack B.

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    I've always been told to only have one caliber gun and ammo present at a time weather you are working on the gun or ammo,reloading or you are shooting. I have always followed that advice and fortunately have never had a mix up. Some of these stories here have convinced me that's the way to go.
     
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    I only have two calibers of handgun, and there is no possible way to chamber a .38 Spl. in a .45 Auto, or vice versa.
     
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    Several years ago I bought a Kimber 1911 from a co-worker. We did the transaction at our departmental firearms training, so I grabbed a box of Federal 230gr. American Eagle straight out of a case and loaded several magazines (while talking and not paying attention). I fired two magazines...it wouldn't shoot better than a 12" group at 10 yards and wouldn't cycle. "What kind of P.O.S. did you sell me?!"

    I looked at the remaining magazines and noticed that they contained .40 cal. rounds. WTH?

    We went back and pulled more boxes out of the case and they all had .40 caliber FMJ loaded into .45 boxes/trays from the factory (it was a fresh case that we just opened at the range). And not paying attention, I didn't notice the rounds felt different while loading the magazines.
     
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  23. Trunk Monkey

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    Did the factory misload the entire case?
     
  24. milemaker13

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    Thats crazy. But monday mornings and friday afternoons are a real thing!
     
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    Didn't think that was possible.
     
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