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mikecnorthwest
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Posted: 3/1/2013 5:57:56 PM
Read this and give me your thoughts. Not real clear what happened but sounds like they're trying to say a round just went off on its own when it was ejected. Hmmm.....

Officer's round "explodes"
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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:00:17 PM
Probably he covered the ejection port with his hand while unloading.

This traps the round preventing it from ejecting and allows the primer to be driven against the ejector, detonating it.

This also sends hot shrapnal into the hand.

Not a good way to unload the roscoe.
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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:00:55 PM
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This is an easier story to feed to the public than one of their "protectors" being negligent.
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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:04:24 PM
Originally Posted By wootizzle:
This is an easier story to feed to the public than one of their "protectors" being negligent.


If a round fired while outside the chamber, it would be a VERY easy thing to prove. Conversely, if it fired inside it, it would be just as easy to prove.
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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:05:43 PM
Another uncanny instance of first post being spot on.

Containing am ejected round looks cool, bending down to pick it up from the ground looks uncool but is still cooler than a trip to the hospital.
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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:05:58 PM
In before someone doesn't read the story and asks if it was a glock.
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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:06:54 PM
Rounds just don't go off....
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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:08:36 PM

Originally Posted By theblaze:
Probably he covered the ejection port with his hand while unloading.

This traps the round preventing it from ejecting and allows the primer to be driven against the ejector, detonating it.

This also sends hot shrapnal into the hand.

Not a good way to unload the roscoe.

I have witnessed this happen with a S&W99 40cal.
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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:10:50 PM
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Was it a Glock?

Had to.

ETA : read the story after my post just for fun.
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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:10:51 PM
This is an issue with many .40 pistols. 1911/2011 platforms and combat autos. Ask anyone who regularly shoots USPSA and there are many instances of it happening.
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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:14:48 PM
Originally Posted By Aeain:
Rounds just don't go off....


They go off if the primer is hit. And that doesn't require a specific firing pin.
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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:21:18 PM
The article said he was with a reserve officer and the reserve officer was hit by a small piece of shrapnel in the leg. If that shrapnel was from the shell casing then it would prove the officer's story.

I am surprised as hell that this happened. I had always laughed at people who said ammo could explode if you dropped it and something hit the primer just right. Apparently it is possible.
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Posted: 3/1/2013 6:37:30 PM
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There have been cases of ammo where they bang together with an object and discharge, it is possible for a round to hit something, ejector or something else, and go off outside the chamber.

For some unknown reason my photos aren't posting, here is an example of what I'm talking about, this cartridge was in a box of cartridges which was dropped and hit the rim of another cartridge, causing it to discharge.

http://www.wingman26.com/images/shooting/ad1.jpg

http://www.wingman26.com/images/shooting/ad2.jpg


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Posted: 3/1/2013 7:15:40 PM
Originally Posted By arashi:

Originally Posted By theblaze:
Probably he covered the ejection port with his hand while unloading.

This traps the round preventing it from ejecting and allows the primer to be driven against the ejector, detonating it.

This also sends hot shrapnal into the hand.

Not a good way to unload the roscoe.

I have witnessed this happen with a S&W99 40cal.


Maybe someone should drop them a note and explain this so it won't happen again?

From the story it seems like they think it exploded for no reason and they have no idea it could happen again.

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