It finally happened...the bulged barrel

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Thanks for posting the photo HotGuns.
    A classic "picture~perfect" bulged barrel.
    A spanky new barrel and bushing will fix er right up.
    You should also not reuse that barrel link or link pin.
    and...give your slide stop/release pin a good, careful, look-over though it should be fine.
    Ditto.
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    Same thing happened to me in 1988, except I pulled the trigger on one of my own handloads. It had no powder; primer only. I noticed the strange sound but without the big bang, I just assumed that it was a normal misfire, racked another round, and pulled the trigger. The first bullet was lodged in the barrel, of course. The second round pushed it out and I could see both bullets fly downrange. The barrel was bulged and ruined. That first factory barrel was the sweetest one ever, and I regret it to this day. I use this story as the "dumbest thing I've ever done" at the range story...

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    Wow!!!....that's something I've heard of but never seen and really glad I haven't witnessed up close and personal...thanks for sharing the experience and really glad nobody was injured.....

    the weapon can be repaired or replaced...family can't.....glad it all ended well in the long run...

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    The thing is, if all of us had been carefully sighting in on a paper target, we might have caught this one.

    As it was, we were all shooting steel B27 silhouettes and shooting as fast as we could and stay on target. All of them have a center flapper, that flops up when hit and they were at 15 and 20 yards. They were actually doing quite well for newbies.

    Since the two guys that were with me are pretty new in the world of defensive handguns, they were experimenting with new guns and control. With all the racket going on, a squib load can be hard to detect, especially for someone not so experienced.

    Oh well...it's just money.

    It could have been worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    The thing is, if all of us had been carefully sighting in on a paper target, we might have caught this one.

    As it was, we were all shooting steel B27 silhouettes and shooting as fast as we could and stay on target. All of them have a center flapper, that flops up when hit and they were at 15 and 20 yards. They were actually doing quite well for newbies.

    Since the two guys that were with me are pretty new in the world of defensive handguns, they were experimenting with new guns and control. With all the racket going on, a squib load can be hard to detect, especially for someone not so experienced.

    Oh well...it's just money.

    It could have been worse.
    A lot worse...
    Missing the extra shot on a target is pretty easy...even if shooting alone...glad no one needed bandaids.
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    Glad to hear the gun remained intact though, and no injuries. Also good that you went to clean it and found it.

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    Glad all are safe, (knocks on wood)
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    Well that pretty well sucks, but I guess with no injuries and only a couple of parts to get the gun back into the lineup you can't complain too much. It could have been a lot worse, and a lot more expensive to fix everything and everyone.

    Good thing is you got some more folks into the ranks of new excited and hopefully safe shooters. Maybe with a bit more experience they will be able to catch something like this next time.

    BTW, do you remember what kind of ammo it was so the rest of use can avoid it. Of course Gander here is usually way to expensive for me to be buying ammo from them.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    sheesh...one of my fears in shooting is having a squib and learning the hard way that I had one. Just reinforces to pay attention to every round fired.

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    Good News !

    One of my shooting/deputy buddies just happens to have a spare barrel with no gun attached to it that he is going to let me have !

    Woo Hoo! Got lucky...again...
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    What a grand gesture of friendship, congrats.
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    I'm sure it'll cost me something....eventually.

    But hey...thats what shootin buddies are for!
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    Ain't that the truth.
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    Wow...I call that a bonus!!

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    That pic really drives the point home.... scary
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