Can a firearm backfire or explode in your hand ?

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    Can a firearm backfire or explode in your hand ?

    I seen it in a movie once....but can it really happen?

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    Yes...it is commonly refered to as a "kaboom."
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    Its a Glock thing....
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    Bad gun, wrong ammo (.50 cal in a 12ga - DAMHIKT). Otherwise no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryball View Post
    Its a Glock thing....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MNgunner View Post
    Harry, help me out here, where is the dislike button situated at?
    LOL, look on youtube for glock kaboom....
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    It is most commonly due to an ammo issue (i.e. a hand load that is over-charged). Do a google search or a search of this thread. Many pictures of kabooms out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nydru90 View Post
    I seen it in a movie once....but can it really happen?
    I've seen a couple of "explosions." One guy reloaded double the powder in his .45 1911 round. The other one had no powder in his round and managed to 'shoot' the bullet to the pipe and shot the next round ... Then there are the weakened barrels and too much powder/wrong bullet combinations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nydru90 View Post
    I seen it in a movie once....but can it really happen?
    It depends on the movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nydru90 View Post
    I seen it in a movie once....but can it really happen?
    Yep. As you are starting out, and sticking to factory loads, the likelihood of a kaboom is small.

    I've had a case split in my model 29 .44 mag. The ammo was range reloads - typical reloads that many ranges buy.

    I've never had a kaboom with first time factory loads.

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    It CAN happen, but the likelihood is very low.
    Last edited by Rock and Glock; July 8th, 2012 at 08:57 PM.

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    Another huge advantage of using factory loads is that if a round does cause your gun to explode, you can sue the manufacturer for damages - a new gun, medical injuries, emotional trauma, post-traumatic stress, loss of consortium, and punitive damages.

    And possibly the seller of the ammo. This is why it's better to buy your ammo on-line - you'll never have to look your local gun seller in the eye and feel a loss of dignity as a result.

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    Yes, it can happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MNgunner View Post
    Harry, help me out here, where is the dislike button situated at?
    Well you can close your eyes and hit "like" and then hit "unlike" if it gets it out of your system.
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