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I've shot for most of my 55 years of being on this planet, even before I could hold the firearm by myself and I've only had one go KABOOM.

It was a friends 10mm Glock. The third round (or so) and the whole thing shuttered in such a way that was "just not right" and was much louder than normal. Then my handle kind of went numb, not bad and not long. The Glock tried to work normally but blew the extractor of to "somewhere" and over sized the entire breach area. It cracked the frame in a couple of spots as I remember, but ultimately no body was hurt.
I had always heard that the 10mm was too much cartridge for any pistol, guess they where right.
 

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You just had to go and say Kaboom and Glock in the same sentence, didn't you? Now all the anti-Glockers will jump on the band wagon.

It happens. Many reasons why something like that happens, not just because it's a Glock. If it was a real problem with a particular weapon, there wouldn't be so many of them out there.
 

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Never said I blamed the Glock, or that it was it's fault. Actually, I'm very appreciative of the Glock design, it is probably the biggest reason why I was not hurt. It very well could have been the ammo, I never asked the fellow about that, so I have no idea... I do know that the 10mm has a very destructive track record anyway and the Glock to my knowledge is the only firearm to stand up to it as well as it has... I'm not sure why it went KABOOM, fact is it did...
I'm primarily interested in other peoples experiences with KABOOM's...
 

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I have a double barrel 12 ga. that went KABOOM on the skeet range, it didnt blow up just fired both barrels at the same time,I started hitting more clays that way but I still fixed it.
 

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I've seen several revolvers go kaboom but never a pistol. Usually the problem with the revolver was a hot load.
 

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I have a double barrel 12 ga. that went KABOOM on the skeet range, it didnt blow up just fired both barrels at the same time,I started hitting more clays that way but I still fixed it.
That's funny. I guess it would still count. I bet your shoulder was sore the next day.:image035:
 

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I've seen several revolvers go kaboom but never a pistol. Usually with the problem with the revolver was a hot load.
Saw a Ruger Super Blackhawk in a gun store where the top strap and the top 1/3 of the cylinder was gone. The salesman said it was from too fine of powder that developed too much pressure too fast... I don't know if that was right or not, but I would have hated to have been the one that pulled the trigger or even a semi close bystander regardless.
 

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I've had one go Kaboom (revolver), but it didn't crack and/or come apart... but it wasn't a Glock. LOL.

Years ago I shot both barrels off on a 12 ga magnum load and didn't have it in my shoulder right (or well) , that hurt for a couple of weeks and was black and blue.
 

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Here's a good reason to wear hearing protection, even with .22s!
I was next to my friend who was shooting his Marlin model 60, our best guess is that it fired out of battery, the entire rear half of the case blew out and since I was standing to the right of him my left ear was almost deaf for an hour. My only personal experience with a Kb..
 

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Wow, slam fire... Good reason for eye protection too... Did it do any damage to the rifle?
 

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Nothing against glock. They go kaboom as good as any other pistol :image035:

No kaboom experience knock on wood.
 

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Nothing against glock. They go kaboom as good as any other pistol :image035:

No kaboom experience knock on wood.
Agreed. Under the right circumstances, any firearm can KB. It's those circumstances that I find interesting.
 

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Where you shooting factory ammo? The only experience I have seen was shooting in a match when a fellow shooters S&W 1911 style in 10mm. went KB.
He was shooting reloads using so called "once fired brass" that he bought on line. we figured it was from over used brass and a double feed of powder wile he was reloading. He is now very careful. All other KB that I have heard of usually is a result of bad reloading.
 

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I do not recall ever hearing, or asking. It could have been. I was very surprised at the lack of damage to me and to the Glock. It was ruined, no doubt, but I have seen far worse. This incident happened several years ago, wish I would have taken a picture.
Could have been the ammo. Could have been a slam fire, but that seems unlikely being a Glock. Could have been just one too many rounds of 10mm too, that was and is my impression as to the cause. Unfortunately, we'll never know. I'd never own a 10mm pistol after that.
 

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the 1006 was a beefy 10mm that can eat up hot 10mm loads like a champ. I'm sure there are others. I wouldn't be very trusting to polymer pistols chambered in 10mm though.
 

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You may be and probably are right but that thing scared me and I ain't afraid of anything...:gah:
 

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It sounds like you had a case failure. Lucky the breech was strong enough not to catastrophically fail. Stress crack failure is better then structure failure. If you didn't get shrapnel then count your blessings. It shouldn't turn you away from a particular brand or caliber though. **** happens ya know?
 

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ya, I know. I might go with a pistol like you suggested if I was in the market, but I've never been a big fan of hand canons anyway. I'll stick with my 9mm's and .45acp's even though they have probably had more catastrophic failures in the long run simple by the shear numbers of them out there...
I do feel lucky that I was not hurt and it did make me appreciate Glock, if nothing else that it contained most of the parts and piecies...
 

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Most Common Causes

Two common causes of the KB! Phenom..... Squib Loads followed by trigger pulls and the bullet seating too far back in thier case.
Squib Loads are easy to diagnose as the barrell will be bulged or split due to the obstruction.
Pressure can increase because when autos cycle the nose of the bullet contacts a feed ramp. Occasionally this will force the bullet deep into the case, this increases chamber pressure when the round fires. If the pressure is too high it can blow the gun. The Glock and other Polygonal Rifled weapons are more suseptable to chamber pressure as lead fouling also increases chamber pressure. These two factors are why Glock invalidates the warranty if you use handloads.
In revolvers, very rarely the powder burn from a fired cartridge can ignite a cartridge in an adjoiniing chamber causing a usually catastrophic ignition of multiple rounds at once.
I am a twenty year Firearms Instructor for Police and Corrections and I have seen all of these. If the gun malfunctions in any way on the range, keep it pointed away from you and wait a least 30 seconds before trying to clear the gun. A slow burning primerin a shotshell almost cost me my right hand once....didn't get hurt...stupid way to learn.
 

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This was not a squib load for sure. Although it did appear to feed the exploding round, I would not know about if the bullet was seated too deep. I could not tell you when he had clean this pistol either, as it wasn't mine.

If you shoot a gun much at all, sometimes things just are not going to go right. That's the very reason good habits can and do save lives.
 
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