S&W 625-3 Catastrophic Incident

S&W 625-3 Catastrophic Incident

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    S&W 625-3 Catastrophic Incident

    When I arrived at the range today the range officers were all gathered together looking at a revolver. The story was as follows: One of the range officers was shooting his father's S&W 625-3 (45acp) revolver with non-factory loads. Apparently one of the rounds was loaded with an EXCEPTIONALLY hot load and the results are below. Thankfully there were no injuries. There is still a piece of the firearm that nobody could find.

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    Notice how bowed the top of the frame is. Notice the crack inside of the upper section of the exposed cylinder in the first, third and fourth picture. This nearly ripped a third section of the cylinder apart.

    THIS potential is why I always wear eye protection.
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    Oh boy.
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    Looking at the damage EXCEPTIONALLY hot load is somewhat of an understatement, glad no one was injured.
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    That doesn't exactly look like just a 'hot load'. That looks like a double charge.
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    Whew, thank goodness no one was hurt. It just goes to show that revolvers, while very reliable, aren't without problems too if you're not careful. Part of the reason I only fire .38 Special out of my S&W 586. No +P either.
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    His dad is gonna be ticked.
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    Amazing pics glad no one was hurt.

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    This is a prefect example of what drives indoor ranges to require the ammunition be bought at the range. With a powder like unique you can fit several charges in a casing.

    Often when reloading people get distracted or I should say allow themselves to be distracted. Just like the fire arms safety rules reloading has the same rules. When reloading I leave my cell phone out of the room I don't play the radio and I don't multi task.

    My opinion that is not a hot round loaded to any legitimate book published chart. That is a failure on the loaders part just as a negligent discharge is the failure of the shooter. Just because no one was hurt this time does not mean that was not a deadly mistake.

    Thanks for the post OP

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    That's too bad, hate to see a great gun ruined. Very glad no one was hurt. Bet that bang turned a few heads.
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    Same event occurred many years ago at a police range in downtown Houston. An officer was shooting his duty carry revolver a S&W Model 57 (.41 Magnum) with reloads...The overloaded round ripped the backstrap off the frame just forward of the sights. The cylinder blew apart sending a piece of shrapnel into the wrist of the sergeant shooting next to him...it was a mess.

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    So what do you do with it now? It is probably beyond repair. Turn into the local PD for destruction?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StripesDude View Post
    So what do you do with it now? It is probably beyond repair. Turn into the local PD for destruction?
    If you are a reloader, hang it over your reloading bench.

    If not, keep it for the "Hey, you wanna see something neat-o?" times (after the sorrow has abated).
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    Rather than a hot load, could this type of damage be caused by a second round after a squib round?

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    Don't think it was a squib. Don't see any lead around the forcing cone. Probably a double charge of a hot load. Never saw the point of loading hot loads to punch paper.
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