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    Kaboom, a tale of woe

    A friend of mine had been looking to buy a 2011. As I was shooting open at the monthly USPSA match, I offered him the use of my homebuilt limited gun (.40 S&W). He took me up on it, used his own ammo. He's been reloading for some time, thousands of rounds, and never had a squib... Until that day.

    I happened to be ROing him on our second stage when we heard an obvious and odd sounding squib. He stopped immediately, before I said stop. Tried to clear it but it was locked up tight. Took the gun downrange and tried to get it open on a target stake with no luck. So we bagged it and went to the safe area. Pounded on it some more and noticed the bullet near the muzzle, with an odd bit of jacket.


    What we heard was the next round after the squib. The squib sounded normal to everyone, me included.
    A local gunsmith came over to help, with his box of tools and parts. He struggled for a few, then noticed a hairline crack in the barrel. We also found the guide rod was missing.



    No choice but to bag it and put it in the truck. (I removed the MSH, just in case there was a live round chambered) My friend felt really bad. Said he'd buy me a new barrel. I was not upset. Poopy happens. He'll make it good.
    Well, I got home, hit the shop and drilled out the slide stop lever so I could knock it's pin out and remove the slide. What I found inside was disturbing.


    It took more than a little finagling to get it out. working the two halves back and forth till the top half finally slid out the front.
    What I got out was the two halves of the barrel, an empty case in the chamber, and the second bullet, which was surrounded by the first ones jacket.






    I was afraid it may have killed more than the barrel but the slide to frame fit seems ok. No cracks but I think the slide bowed out ever so slightly.

    I had it re-barreled in less than a week. Runs like a sewing machine.

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    The best part , nobody was hurt.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
    The best part , nobody was hurt.
    Thanks for sharing.
    +1 on that pic. It would be challenging to detect the squib during a timed event in time to hold off on the following shot. My older brother split the barrel on my first 870 40 years ago doing the same thing. The dope had "borrowed" the gun without permission and used ammo that wasn't good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
    The best part , nobody was hurt.
    Thanks for sharing.
    I second + this.

    And thank you for sharing this and posting the pics. This is a great service to people on this site who are new to the world of firearms and may not be aware that something like this can happen and how it can happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pic View Post
    The best part , nobody was hurt.
    Thanks for sharing.
    +1 on that. Replacing a barrel: easy. Replacing a hand: not easy.

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    That was not a normal squib load. I.E. not enough powder. A squib load won't cycle the action for another shot. The danger with squib loads normally lies with revolvers or untrained individuals who hand cycle semi-autos to fire the next shot.

    That appears to be a jacket/core separation. IOW a bullet problem.

    I once had an unusual kaboom. No bullet left in the barrel. Split barrel. Brass left in the chamber. 1911 locked up tight. The round sounded and felt absolutely normal except the action didn't cycle. Brass was in good enough shape to reload, yet you could see the splits in the chamber etched on the brass. Strange things happen sometimes.

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    Wow. Lucky your friend didn't end up with the slide in his teeth. Glad you got it up and running again.

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