Is she OK?
I work for a department of corrections, and one of the new officers was in training for the GLOCK, and she was fireing a model 22 (.40 cal.) and it exploded. I do not yet know exactly if it was the gun or the cartrige, but Id be willing to bet that it was an overcharged cartrige. man, I just ordered a model 17, and I have plenty of faith in it, but I keep hearing about these .40 cal glocks exploding, so I would suggest staying away from these model of glocks.
Is she OK?
Glock barrels do not provide full case support. This chamber design flaw has been determined to be the primary cause for Glock explosions.
Rationalizations of "there are a lot of them out there" has all the merit of saying that "Explorers are the most popular SUV, some will rollover."
I've had my Glock 23 for eight years, only about 8,000 rounds through it, but, I've never had an issue. If I ever have the need to remove the round in the chamber, I don't continue to cycle it through.
Man's got to know his limitations.
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Of course, one reason you hear about more Glock .40s exploding than anything else is that it is by far the single most popular law enforcement gun in America.
The officer is fine. a few minor burns. she actually came back and qualified with another glock later that day.
"fixing" the unsupported chamber would likely affect reliability though. If it were easy as reshaping the feed ramp, I'm sure it would have been done already.
yah, you may be right, but i'll bet it could be done without sacrificing reliability. I just suspect that glock won't admit thiers a problem.
I have never heard of a 9mm doing that yet.....but like some said.....lots of 40's....
I also hear of it mostly happening in the .40 cal. probably because of the higher than average pressure of the round when it ignights.
I've had a KB in my G17. A few years ago--shooting out of a box of 'Enforcer' factory re-manufactured 9mm. Case slpit, burned the top of my right (shooting hand) and ejected the magazine. There---you happy now? I've got one 50 round box of that ammo left---don't know if I'll shoot it or not.
well, I guess that goes to show that its not just the .40 cal. thats the first 9 ive heard of doing that. glad it didn't serously hurt you. I wouldn't shoot that ammo if I were you. actually, I wouldn't shoot any remanufactured ammo out of a glock if I were you.
I own two Glocks in .40S&W and so far, so good.
If you take the total number of "kabooms", and subtract the ones that were ammunition related, (overcharges), you've got a better chance of being struck by lightning, than having your Glock explode. Judging by the photos I would say this was a direct result from an overcharged round. The way the entire top of the chamber is blown off would suggest it's definitely ammo related. Bill T.
I don't quite understand your analogy regarding GM vs. Ferraris. But if enough instances of a problem surfaced with a particular GM model (say failing brakes for example) for it to become fairly well known, that model would very likely be recalled to correct the issue. It would have nothing to do with comparing how many are on the road versus Ferraris, Bentley's or whatever.
In any event, all I'm really saying is if a gun blew up in my face I would not be inclined to buy another one. If, as you say, you see this as much to do about nothing, then I suppose you would. I've heard of enough instances of Kabooms from others that I would not be inclined to buy one to begin with. You obviously feel differently and I respect that. It's all good.
the ammo was factory and brand new. I believe it was winchester white box.
With all of the ammunition recalls lately, I think I'd trust reloads more! Bill T.
why is the 40 more popular than the 357? i would think the 357 is a better cartridge for LE?