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    Here are some pics of the most violent kaboom I've ever witnessed. The gun is devasted, but thankfully the hand it was in is intact. Both cases are shocking. The chamber opened up three inches, the bbl split all the way to the muzzle in three places. The slide was bulged and the top front of the ejection port was peeled up and back, 3/4". The trigger group disintigrated (last pic), guide rod broken, backstrap plug blown out, mag lips mangled and frame rails bent inward.

    This was not my gun, but that of a shooting buddy. It was a 22 in .40 S&W. The bbl was Storm Lake.
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    Glock perfection and reliability. "Tough gun" LOL

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    Handloads? Or a double from the factory.....

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    Any idea what happened? Based on the level of damage, maybe a double charge or obstructed barrel?

    Quote Originally Posted by azchevy View Post
    Glock perfection and reliability. "Tough gun" LOL
    I'd say the fact that the shooter's hand is still intact after having a barrel blow up on him is an indication of how tough the gun is.

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    Here's a KKM barrel - shooting buddy. Three years ago IIRC and squib followed by another round!!! Similar story re the gun's demise but shooter was OK.

    It does seem most occurrences I have come across affect 40's - which also I seem to recall have the greatest percentage of unsupported case.


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    Looks like a squib followed by a live, don't think a dbl charge would do that to a glock, might break it but wouldn't split it open that bad.

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    Storm Lake barrel. Good thing I don't have an aftermarket barrel. At least his hand was OK.

    Double charge or obstructed barrel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackeagle View Post
    Any idea what happened? Based on the level of damage, maybe a double charge or obstructed barrel?
    You cannot get enough powder into a cartridge to do this much damage, so double charge was ruled out immediately. Glocks, 1911s and others are able to withstand a double charge. Short of a double charge AND a major flaw in the bb, bbl obstruction is the only reasonable explanation. Even metal flaw in the bbl would not explain the damage to the slide. My hypothesis was a primed, uncharged cartridge. The primer going off sent the bullet into the bbl and the subsequent rd did the deed. The owner of the gun was observing the target (10yds) and swore he saw all prior shots hit. No one will ever be 100% certain.

    The shooter was terrified and immediately went into minor shock. Thankfully, I had a thermos full of ice water to apply to the hand immediately. He had no surface wounds and xrays showed no bone trauma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackeagle View Post
    I'd say the fact that the shooter's hand is still intact after having a barrel blow up on him is an indication of how tough the gun is.
    Agreed.

    And as already mentioned, it was not a Glock barrel.
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    Glad to hear all are safe.

    Always have to be careful with those little explosions we do right in our hands.

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    Right now, I'm feeling extra special about the Storm Lake barrel I'm awaiting for my G23.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azchevy View Post
    Glock perfection and reliability. "Tough gun" LOL
    Yeah, except it wasn't a stock barrel. Kind of hard to blame that on the gun manufacturer.

    Also, years ago when the .40 was starting become popular in LE (Mid '90s), there was a concern of .40s breaking guns, & it wasn't just Glocks. I've seen that happen to a Sig .40, but it was handloads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    Right now, I'm feeling extra special about the Storm Lake barrel I'm awaiting for my G23.
    Not to worry. That was not that bbl's first day at the range. IMO that would have happened no matter what bbl happened to be in the gun. Yes, the hallowed glock bbl too. It had nothing to do with the gun. It had to do with load and caliber.
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    LOL, you shouldn't be showing me those kind of pictures just as I'm trying to wean myself away from my 1911s a little and I have a Glock riding on my hip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnimalKracker View Post
    LOL, you shouldn't be showing me those kind of pictures just as I'm trying to wean myself away from my 1911s a little and I have a Glock riding on my hip.
    Happens in every gun from every manufacturur.

    I see more guys in matches having Malfunctions and parts breaking with 1911's then any other pistol. 3 guys last night had misfires and malfunctions last night in a IDPA match I shot in.

    My buddy split the frame last night on a 1911 he just got.
    After 8 shots. No Kaboom no bad loads just cracked right next to the beaver tail safety.
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