Last week I experienced my first squib at the range.
I was shooting my old Ruger P90 with Cabela's Herters 45 ACP (probably rebranded Tula or Wolf ammo). I have shot a lot of this stuff through my P90 because I can't afford to shoot more expensive brass ammo through my 45. I also have figured that the P90 is such a tank that it can handle the steel cased ammo.
I had fired off 41 rounds and then I heard that weird shot sound. Something automatically sounded wrong, I can't really explain the sound but for those who have experienced a squib, you know what I am talking about.
I dropped the magazine and locked the pistol open. Because of the lighting and the angle in the indoor range, I couldn't fully tell if the barrel was obstructed or not. I tried with my finger but couldn't determine whether their was an obstruction or not. I thought about just continuing on firing, but I just had a bad feeling about this one.
I quickly field stripped the gun, pulled out the barrel and there it was, a 45 bullet firmly wedged in the chamber. My next shot probably would have gotten me a place on that Ka Boom photo gallery. Thank goodness I was smart about it and didn't carelessly carry on shooting.
I did right by being safe and not harming myself or my pistol, but it is still a great reminder to always follow basic gun handling rules and to stay safe.
The guys at the range were able to force the bullet out which I will now keep as a reminder for gun safety (and using better ammo).