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Posted: 4/8/2001 7:50:25 AM EST
[Last Edit: 4/8/2001 7:50:21 AM EST by Dean Speir]
Three months to the day after the spectacular catastrophic of Chris Comer's Springfield Armory M1A (M14), we have a scientific report [url]http://communities.prodigy.net/sportsrec/gz-762r.html[/url] on the causes of this horrifying kB!, complete with 50X magnification photos. Special acknowledgement must be made of Clint McKee and Fulton Armory's funding of this invaluable metallurgical report. • Dean, jus' visitin' from [b][url]http://www.TheGunZone.com[/url][/b]…
Link Posted: 4/8/2001 8:08:18 AM EST
Link Posted: 4/8/2001 12:39:53 PM EST
According to the article there were no markings on the barrel,so the identity of the maker is unknown. According to the metallurgist, the Springfield Armory receiver was not responsible for the failure. Unless it was a Springfield barrel, I don`t see how they can be faulted. Just my thoughts.
Link Posted: 4/8/2001 1:06:28 PM EST
HOLY SH*T!! Horrendous is an understatement.
Link Posted: 4/8/2001 1:06:56 PM EST
Wow; That M1a turned out bad! alot worse than mine! my barrel gave up about two and a half years ago it was a CM barrel, it to split the receiver at the 6 oclock in the barrel threads and the barrel split at 9 & 3 oclock and about 10 inches down the barrel.
Link Posted: 4/8/2001 1:51:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By Keith2222: .... my barrel gave up about two and a half years ago it was a CM barrel, it to split the receiver ....
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What is a CM barrel? It's good to finally get to the bottom of this. I remember when I first saw the article about the incident. It would be nice to know where the barrel came from.
Link Posted: 4/8/2001 2:35:31 PM EST
CM is chrome moly.
Link Posted: 4/8/2001 3:22:55 PM EST
I doubt it was a SA barrel. SA uses GI barrels for the standard model and these are well marked. The medium-weight barrels are marked by SA (Geneseo,Ill .308 Win). The report stated that the barrel was likely kept at too high a temperature for too long during heat treating.
Link Posted: 4/10/2001 9:04:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By [b]Paul[/b]: Was this the stock SA barrel that the rifle was shipped with? I'm wondering if this was a bad batch of barrels and there are others, like time bombs, waiting to go off. Has Springfield Armory comment yet? Could be a big issue...
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To the best of our information, this was not an SA barrel, and so there would be no reason for any of the Reese boys to comment. But your comment about "time bombs" is now uppermost in the minds of many! I gotta admit that I had always felt that anything this catastrophic… [img]http://communities.prodigy.net/sportsrec/images/762d15-sm.jpg[/img] …had to have been as a result of a non-standard round. (And no, I'm not one of the AL-BVD crowd who immediately suspected the impossible [C-4] had occurred!) I mean, after all those rounds and all those years of service, who'd've suspected the barrel?!? Don't overlook John Kepler's sidebar, however… like the dopers say, "know your dealer!" • Dean, jus' visitin' from [b][url]http://www.TheGunZone.com[/url][/b]…
Link Posted: 4/10/2001 10:41:16 AM EST
Originally Posted By Keith2222: Wow; That M1a turned out bad! alot worse than mine! my barrel gave up about two and a half years ago it was a CM barrel, it to split the receiver at the 6 oclock in the barrel threads and the barrel split at 9 & 3 oclock and about 10 inches down the barrel.
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What happened when you contacted SA, assuming you did? What serial number range was your rifle? Mine is 012XXX. My barrel is marked Geneseo Ill at 6 o'clock in front of the gas tube and NM at 12 o'clock 2" behind the front site.
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