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With all the topics on this website about Sako Finnlights and S&W 629 44 Magnums self-destructing I thought it would make a good thread...
 
WHEN GOOD GUNS GO BAD
 
Has anyone seen or heard of any stories about guns (rifles and pistols) blowing up???
 
I got 2 examples. In the Firearms Safety Workbook you have to study to get your gun licence over here in South Australia, on one page it gives you 4 examples of guns that have blown up.
 
1. Rifle chambered in 25-06. Person using it accidently put in a .308 Win by mistake. Person suffered severe facial injuries, partial hearing loss and total destruction of rifle.
 
2. Rifle chambered in .375 H&H. Reloader put in wrong propellant in cartridge (AR2206 instead of AR2209). Miraculously not seriously injured. Experts estimated chamber pressure exceeded 135,000 PSI with a flame temperature approaching 2000 Degrees Celsius.
 
3. 12 Gauge Pump Action. Fired with a cloth patch stuck in barrel. Burst barrel. Shooter lost several fingers.
 
4. Single Barrel 12 gauge. "was accidently fired with a steel pin blocking the breach. Cartridge would not open". Burst barrel. Reportedly killed shooter.
 
Finally one of my own. Shooter at this club I was a member of bought a secondhand Percussion rifle. Thread on the nipple was cactus. You can imagine what happened at the range when he put a load in, capped the nipple and then squeezed the trigger. He wasn't seriously injuried thank God.
 
Anyone got that picture floating around on the net of that guy who went out and bought an expensive gun and scope but IIRC forgot to remove his cleaning rod from his gun before he fired it. IIRC the picture is done so it looks like that "priceless" Mastercard advertisment.
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Has anyone seen or heard of any stories about guns (rifles and pistols) blowing up???
You just want my blow ups orrrrrr??
remember a women killed at a br match quite awhile back with the cleaning rod
stop counting the instances of 38 super blow ups in IPSC
 
golden rule:
never but never shoot anyones reloads in their guns or yours-- let them shoot
it will happen to anyone that shoots alot, its only a matter of when and where, always use safety glasses.
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About eight or nine years ago I did a real stupid thing. The stupidest thing that I had ever done...... with a firearm, I mean.......( " regular " stupid stuff I do all the time...)  
 
We were living on the farm in Kansas and we always had an epidemic of skunks.  Mostly I used to grab this Remington 722 300 Savage and go outside and take care of all bad skunks, destructive coons or whatever.  Sometimes I grabbed a 22.  But for a centerfire, I always took the old Remington. 
 
One day some critter was doing something and I grabbed my Winchester Model 70 30-06 just for a change of pace.  Stare   Yep...........I grabbed the 300 Savage ammunition and loaded it up in my Winchester out in the driveway......Shocked
 
I hadn't closed the bolt yet....I was just kinda looking around for whatever varmint was out there---it was still daylight----and then I looked down at my magazine.  I thought:  why are those cartridges so short?
 
Holy Crap!!!  I dumped them out on the ground and really gave myself a talking to!!  I was so lucky I didn't push one of them into the chamber!! 
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Well Ed...Did ya shoot the dad burn varmint or not?!?!?!
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  Had a friend and his wife show up last week who LUCKILY stopped by my place before going to their camp.  He had bought a early 1900's (as near as I could tell) single shot .410 for $40 and had stopped at Wal-Mart and picked up a box of shells  This was supposed to be for his wife to shoot.  So he brings it in to show me and the D'd thing has no forearm.  He had no idea what what I meant until I showed him 2 junkers I had.  Tried the forends off them but FAT CHANCE.  Anyways,can we say COULDA been BAD? 
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Well Ed...Did ya shoot the dad burn varmint or not?!?!?!
 
No.  Never saw anything and I was so unnerved that I went inside and watched a Randolph Scott movie to calm down.   
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