S&W Kaboom!

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    S&W Kaboom!

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    Wow. I'm guessing that would be covered under warranty, but the way S&W customer service has been lately they'll blame the ammo.
    I bet that scared the..... out of the owner
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    The guy that happened to posted it on my S&W forum and i was reading about it yesterday. So far general consensus is blame on the ammo...but who knows.
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    I am curious as to how many rounds were fired before this happened.
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    yes kabooms happen. Smith will make it right.

    Ruger had problems with the barrels shearing off the frames in large caliber revolvers too...and they where steel...
    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    If that was an ammo related failure, I'd expect to see cylinder damage.

    That looks like a topstrap failure. That particular model has one of those cheesy metal "shields" above the forcing cone. The shield supposedly protects the revolvers topstrap from flame cutting.

    From what I've read, from owners of those 329's, the shield periodically needs replacing.

    I'd guess that the shield on that one was cut through, not replaced, and the topstrap was flame cut to the point of failure.

    More "innovation" from the company calling itself S&W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 18DAI View Post
    If that was an ammo related failure, I'd expect to see cylinder damage.

    That looks like a topstrap failure. That particular model has one of those cheesy metal "shields" above the forcing cone. The shield supposedly protects the revolvers topstrap from flame cutting.

    From what I've read, from owners of those 329's, the shield periodically needs replacing.

    I'd guess that the shield on that one was cut through, not replaced, and the topstrap was flame cut to the point of failure.

    More "innovation" from the company calling itself S&W.
    no it looks to be a defect in the metal caused the failure. It is difficult to tell but I don't think it was ammo related. The featherweights are pretty robust (being the owner of 2) Not saying that they are perfect but if it was an ammo problem such as too hot the cylinder would let you know due to cutting rings. On that note they weren't really made to be a target shooter or fire off 50k or 100k rounds. The Ti cylinders are rated for 5k standard and 5k magnum rounds before S&W replaces them.

    In the pictures the cylinder looks fine. There is no detectable cutting rings (which they all get around the 1000 round mark) and there is no signs of flame cutting it looks to be a clean break. I would venture to say the cause to be a frame defect.
    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    Saw this one on S&W forum. It would be startling to have one's revolver disassemble itself like that. Smith & Wesson should have known better than to even build and market that model.

    In my view aluminum alloy is as loathsome as plastic when used as a component material for firearms. Guns should be made of steel and should have some weight to them. Light weight is overrated.

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    Yikes!!!

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    Big calibers make big kabooms...










    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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    Good pics, razor. Kaboom pics are fun to look at, but I would hate experience a such a dramatic failure.
    It would seem, from what you hear, that few serious injuries come from handgun kabooms. Rifles are a different story, I believe.

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    Wow. Most of those have Hot Reload written all over them...
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    I'm scared

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