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    firing pin breaking??

    Ok, I know that firing pins break. But have you ever heard of a pin breaking and causing the handgun to go full auto???


    ok here is the back story.

    My wife and I went to a rod and gun club that we are joining for an interview. Well we are being shown around the guide (and interviewer) told us that some one shot 7 rounds in the same hole full auto be accident when the firing pin broke. the rounds when through the floor and hit (and where stopped by a steel chair (that the club still has{no I did not see the chair}).

    What do you think??
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    Quote Originally Posted by EBC View Post
    Ok, I know that firing pins break. But have you ever heard of a pin breaking and causing the handgun to go full auto???


    ok here is the back story.

    My wife and I went to a rod and gun club that we are joining for an interview. Well we are being shown around the guide (and interviewer) told us that some one shot 7 rounds in the same hole full auto be accident when the firing pin broke. the rounds when through the floor and hit (and where stopped by a steel chair (that the club still has{no I did not see the chair}).

    What do you think??
    Sounds like a "Tall Tale" to me, or maybe a little (or a lot) of embellishment on an "accidental" discharge.
    While it is rare but possible for a mechanical failure to cause some guns to go full auto, the bullets would not all go in the same hole, each round would, due to recoil, go higher than the one before.
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    Sounds like a made up story to me too.

    However I can see an instance when a broken firing pin could wedge the tip in the forward position causing a slam fire of the remaining rounds.

    I've been shooting 1911's for many years now and have never had or heard of a firing pin breaking. There's just not that much stress on a firing pin.

    Extractors, yes. Broke one myself last year. Of course it most likely had 20,000 rounds through it at the time.

    Maybe that guide was just stressing that it is a very good idea to keep all firearms pointed downrange at all times.

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    I had a firing pin broke on a S&W 22a 22LR pistol and I got a slam fire when the bolt closed,I've shot several FA guns including a couple 22 converts,I doubt anybody had 7 rounds go thru the same hole especially if it wasn't expected.I call BS
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    BS!! I have heard of rounds being fired from a broken firing pin, maybe one or two. But not 7 and not through the same hole. Total BS!

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    lol that is what I thought, But I thought I better ask people with more knowledge then me. I thought is was BS. I will try to find the chair and get pics.
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    What they said....sounds like a fish story...
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    I'd call BS on a broken firing pin causing a gun to go full auto. I'm not positive, but I believe broken sear could cause it, since it would not hold the hammer in the cocked position.
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    I have had a shotgun and a 22 auto pistol, I think it was my Buckmark, go full auto from being extremly dirty. The bullets did not all go into the same hole.
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    a lot of surplus SKS will go full auto if the owner forgets to clean the cosmoline out of the bolt before shooting.
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    I had a Beretta 21A with a gummed up fire pin that would slam fire 2-3 rounds at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    I'd call BS on a broken firing pin causing a gun to go full auto. I'm not positive, but I believe broken sear could cause it, since it would not hold the hammer in the cocked position.
    Usually it's a worn sear,it has just enough surface to retard the hammer drop and allow a solid primer strike,otherwise the hammer would ride forward with the slide and not cause enough force on the firing pin to detonate the round
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    Usually it's a worn sear,it has just enough surface to retard the hammer drop and allow a solid primer strike,otherwise the hammer would ride forward with the slide and not cause enough force on the firing pin to detonate the round
    An inertia driven firing pin (common with many hammer/sear pistols) will also lessen the chance of this happening.
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    I've seen it happen, and now when I'm test firing a gun for repair purposes, I only load two or three rounds in it for the first test. Lots of things could cause it, but the one that happened to me was with a Taurus 24/7.

    If you've fired a FA of any kind, but especially a machine pistol, you'll see it's hard enough to control to hit a target when you're expecting it to fire a burst. Zero % chance of hitting a small group at all when it's a surprise.

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    had that happen to a friend of mine at the range. it started shooting 2-3 rounds at once. had another friend whose went full full auto (shooting entire mag like that)
    both 1911s. it happens
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