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This was a 1st for me, but maybe not for others.

I was shooting at the range this weekend as usual. The guy two lanes to my right was blasting away with a short barreled single action cowboy shooters gun in some very very loud caliber. :mummy: I was basically getting used to the intense blam, blam, blam when I suddenly heard blam, blam, shwing, clank, bonk, "oh crap". :scratch: Apparently the spent case ejector rod assembly below the barrel of his gun went fyling all over his shooting area including into his forehead (the spring or something thrown by that spring) which he was rubbing fiercely when I went to check on him. We found all the parts and he was OK except for a very nice knot forming on his forehead. :grumble:

From the look of that knot on his head I was still very glad that the "whatever" missed his eyes which at least were protected in some way. :cool:

I have seen parts fall off of guns before but I had never seen them do the sharpnel flying thing until this weekend. :hrm:

Anyone else see or experience the gun part sharpnel thing?

Oh, I intentionally put "shooters gun" in the title as I did pick up a used gun in the range shop one time and had the sights fall off onto the counter, much to the salesperson's and my suprise.

Be Safe, Shoot Well.:rock:
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Only thing I can think of is someone had a .50 BMG rifle and when he shot it the muzzle brake went flying about 25yds down range! :biglaugh: That thing was loud though, and it certainly got everyone's attention. I thought it was funny because it was only a 100yd range.
 

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I had someone with a BP rifle next to me kaboom it.
It looked like he wasnt paying attention when loading it, and a piece of the rod stayed in the barrel.:mummy:
He was a little bloodied up on the face and a bit suprised, but OK.
I still dont know what(part of his rifle) went whizzing past my head.:scratch: :mummy:
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My first time shooting a 1911 the slide came off

I was learning to shoot in the Marines with an old GI .45 - about the third shot the slide came off and slowly flew past my right ear and hit the ground. The DI gave me a new .45 and I finished the day but developed a pronounced flinch. This flinch caused me to fail qualification and I went into the remedial shooters group. I finally passed, was so embarrased by my poor showing :mummy: that I bought a Browning High Power and went for pistol training at my own expense. I ended up when I got out to Camp Pendleton, CA, taking a "Combat Pistol Course" taught by a Marine Gunsite grad, ended up shooting high expert at my next qualification and getting selected for the Regimental Shooting Team - and we won the silver medal at the Division match! I now regularly score 300 out of 300 on the State Dept qual course - so I guess it was a blessing in disguise!

I ended up selling the Browning and getting a retired Marine armorer to build a MEUSOC .45 on a Springfield 1911. That pistol didn't make it back from Pakistan:bawling: , and I bought a HK USP Compact .45,:scratch: which I just traded in (plus a rifle) for a Colt Gunsite CCO, :cool: which arrives tomorrow!:biglaugh:
 

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I was shooting my Springfield Armory MIA, it was an early model, when the bolt cracked. Several pieces of bolt and springs flew in different directions. It happened so fast I did not have time to flinch. Sent the rifle back to Springfield with what parts I could find and they put in a new bolt and returned it at no charge. A few months ago traded it for a Scout Squad MIA. Since then I always wear shooting glasses.
 

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Glock kaboom

About 6 months after getting a hi-cap Glock 22 back in '94, I figured on trying some reloads. Classic kaboom, extractor flew off, magazine shot out the grip and my hand buzzed. The frame held up, and no injuries. Glock repaired at no cost, even after fessing up about reloads.

Lesson learned, always watch for a double load.

Another funny to see video is working its way around the internet, but I can't recall the source. The video clip (claims to be a 500 S&W) shows a rather large gentleman aiming what appears to be a scoped stainless T/C Encore , down range with one hand, they joke a little and he grabs with two hands. He shoots and the gun flies back out of his greasy hands, barely missing his head and clanking back on the concrete, way behind him. The end of the video.

Bet his buddy regrets letting Bubba eat a bucket of KFC before letting him shoot his pride and joy.

Good Luck,
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My story, back in '96 or '97 I was shooting my new Kimber Classic Custom 45ACP and my own reloads. I set up my Oehler 35P chronograph and starting shooting. All loads recorded around 850 to 865fps until the 325th and last round at 1275fps. I blew the case head off, the case stuck in the chamber, grips blew from the gun, the clip flew to the ground, flames shot down the trigger onto my shooting hand-burning the hair off, sending brass shrapnel into my face and forehead and the slide wouldn't move. I don't remember other shooters coming over to see if I was ok. Blown gun and damaged ego. Went to a hospital and when I told the doctor it was gun related the police came!!! Had a hard time explaining it was my fault to Barney Fife and Gomer Pyle.

I loaded the rounds on a Dillon 550B, Winchester 231 powder, Federal 150 primers and Starline cases. I discovered a bur in the primer pickup tube that started to flip the primers upside down and I would load those primers inverted. I started watching for this by slightly lowering the handle again and accidently raised the shell plate too far hitting the powder funnel and sent more powder into an already charged case. Nearly doubling the charge. I took the rest of those reloads to Hodgdon Powder here in Kansas City to see if they could figure out what happened; not their powder - no liability. Mike Dailey took apart some and chronographed some with their equipment and wrote a report that all rounds were loaded with 231 at 5.0 to 5.1 grains and came up with 850 - 865fps (inline with reloading data) and by my chronograph tape concluded it must have been a double charge. I sent what remained of the gun, the Hodgdon report, chronograph tape and my admission to Kimber.

Kimber rebuilt the 45 with a new Match Grade Stainless Steel barrel, hammer, trigger, sear, disconnector, new clip and grips. My cost zero! They wouldn't accept a check I sent them, it was return by Express Mail.

Lesson: I have learned to watch for the inverted primers as they are first come out of the priming tube and never reraise or lower the handle during reloading. Oh, by the way I have a cool x-ray of my head showing all the brass shrapnel.
 

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mitrod3,

Similar thing happened to a friend some 20 years ago. We were at Davis indoor gun range. We noticed that something fell on the floor in front of the shooting benches. My friend started making smart ass comments about another shooters gun, "what a piece of junk". My comment was "hey John that came off your gun..."

I am told that you should check the screw on the ejector rod assembly to make sure its tight. I use the low strength purple loctite on my single actions.

I was told by the range master that it happens occasionally.

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vacquero:

i hear ya. i went home and checked the screws on my guns after that one.

PART 2 on this one:

i was back at the range yesterday afternoon eating up vacation time and shooting. the same gentleman came in again with that same gun just as i finished shooting. i asked him how things had turned out with his gun. apparently the piece holding the screw (with the screw still in place holding the ejector outer assembly to that piece) had itself snapped right out of the front off the underside of the barrel. he had taken it to a local smith and had just picked it up and was back at the range to try her out.

we talked a bit and he then went on into the range. within a few moments he was out again with those same pieces back in hand, but this time they (he and his buddy shoot together) did not find the spring. the weld or glue (guy was not sure which had been done) by the smith had not held and the piece went flying off again again during the 1st five rounds out of the gun. this time nothing whacked him in the head for which he said he was greatful.

he just shrugged and said he would take it back and see if they would make it good. this guy definately has some patience.

be safe, shoot well.:rock:
 

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ss-gar said:
Another funny to see video is working its way around the internet, but I can't recall the source. The video clip (claims to be a 500 S&W) shows a rather large gentleman aiming what appears to be a scoped stainless T/C Encore , down range with one hand, they joke a little and he grabs with two hands. He shoots and the gun flies back out of his greasy hands, barely missing his head and clanking back on the concrete, way behind him. The end of the video.

Bet his buddy regrets letting Bubba eat a bucket of KFC before letting him shoot his pride and joy.

Good Luck,
ss-gar
That's actually a 700 nitro pistol. I've got a couple clips of it.

I think if I shot it, I'd drop it as well.

If you look, it's one of the rotating lock type rifle caliber pistols. I don't think an encore could hold up to a round that big.
 

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Tim,

I think we are refering to different video clips, I've seen both from emails and and video clip sites. Are you thinking about the Arab guys in the lab setting or the big guy at the covered outdoor range/ The latter video clearly shows an "Aim every shot" sign. Looks like a ss T/C to me, with a muzzlebrake.

The 700 Nitro looks to be about 4" long, like a mini cannon shell. Too big for the Encore for sure.

Either way, OUCH.

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ss-gar said:
Tim,

I think we are refering to different video clips, I've seen both from emails and and video clip sites. Are you thinking about the Arab guys in the lab setting or the big guy at the covered outdoor range/ The latter video clearly shows an "Aim every shot" sign. Looks like a ss T/C to me, with a muzzlebrake.

The 700 Nitro looks to be about 4" long, like a mini cannon shell. Too big for the Encore for sure.

Either way, OUCH.

Steve
I've seen some of their videos. I wish I still had the site's name.:mummy:
Absolutely pee in your pants, spit beer all over the computer funny.:biglaugh:
Eric
 
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