Anything That Can Happen, Will

On the range for USPSA yesterday. One of the other shooters finished a stage. The R.O. gave the instruction to unload and show clear. The shooter removed the magazine and pulled the slide to the rear. As the round came back it struck something and detonated in the open chamber. No mistakes, just the chance meeting of the primer with enough force to set it off.

The case exploded, sending brass fragments in all directions. One piece embedded itself in the forefinger of his right hand, others cut his left hand. He maintained control of the pistol until the R.O. took it for him.

Immediate first aid was to remove the brass from his finger and control the bleeding. He left the match to get the injury assessed and it took eight stitches to close the wound.

I had only heard of this happening, never been there to see it before.

Assume nothing. Wear your eye protection. Demand that everyone on the range wear theirs. Given enough time, anything that can happen, will.

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3 thoughts on “Anything That Can Happen, Will

  1. What kind of firearm? I have heard of two glocks doing this…one in .45 and one in .357 sig/40. but no other types.

    Not trying top bash 'em here, but wondering if there is a pattern.

  2. Springfield 1911, .45ACP, stock gun. The gunsmith I talked with told me it can happen when the extractor fails to maintain it's grip on the round. The round slips down, still moving to the rear, and the primer impacts the ejector instead of the rim.

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