Skip to comments.Excess Frugality leads to... A Range Mishap (1911 KaBoom)
Posted on 09/06/2004 10:41:57 AM PDT by TERMINATTOR
A short-sighted Gunsite student is now short a Series 70 Colt
Besides being an ugly gun (the only saving grace are the Novak sights...) and having something soooo retro - and unsafe - as a trigger shoe, the owner/operator of said Series 70 did - because he was:
...pick up from the deck a live round of ammunition, with which to continue his 350 class at Gunsite.
Unfortunately, while the pistol is .45 ACP, he picked up a .40 caliber round.
The 'Smithy says:
The .40 round apparently fired, and the case was left somewhere in the chamber. He pressed again and got a click. He applied immediate action... the .45 round pushed the .40 case into the chamber. He pressed the trigger. The .45 round pushed the case partially out of the barrel. The .45 projectile remained in the barrel. The .45 case remained in place against the breachface.
The force went down, splitting the Bar-Sto barrel and bending the dust cover.
I have always said that some people shouldn't have guns (especially lately - the increase in the number of incidents by students - who all have had exposure to guns, training and such - is rising dramatically) or cars, or children, or oxygen.
I do not permit students to bend over on the line unless i give them permission to do so. This has always been a safety issue. Bending down to pick something up means you are loosing situational awareness. I will permit retrieving magazines and such when the line is clear and I give the command.
But picking up ammunition????? How stupid is that?
This guy apparently was upset that his faithful (but ugly) companion of lo so many years was ruined. And for what? Saving a few cents?
FYI: I was not present when this act of frugality occurred.
You left off the "sarcasm" tag.
If you were not being sarcastic then either stay on your "private range" of sell your guns.
Anybody who does not inspect their ammo before loading it into a weapon is dangerous and should be unarmed.
Not a dangerous mistake.
Reduce cutting fluid to 1/4 normal coffee assistance and see what happens.
I'm just glad the guy's ok. Maybe he'll learn something from this and go on to teach others.
I would also add the practice of not using other's reloads and I don't buy surplus powder.
Actually, your coffee came up in discussion this weekend
at the Deer Camp.. as in "Why is Eaker feeling so energetic?"
I made coffee in the dark and mostly failed.. it had to be re-brewed.
The result was quite the enlivening beverage.
You brewed it twice, didn't you.
At least the stuff didn't come out of the nug howling and need to be put down.
Today isn't my day either.
I'm going to take my typos and hide now.
Those super-duper .38 Super loads are one reason I don't shoot anybody alse's reloads. I have a Series 70 .38 Super in near-NIB condition, and I love to run a box of factory ammo through it once in a blue moon. The .38 Super was the preferred caliber of the Dillinger gang, on the theory it would penetrate the body armor of the '30's.
Stay safe Eeeeek !
Stay safe !
Believe it or not, my stomach cannot handle chili or similarly spicy things.
But it CAN handle my coffee.
You guys have all the fun!
PS: Just to get even... Shot my new to me Smith Mod 25 in 45 ACP (vintage 1959) this weekend, got groups equal to my Kimber Gold Match. Some guy selling off his father's estate... 99%+ with cokebottle grips... $350.
I'm still doing the happy dance.
Sounds like an exellent buy my friend. One of my favorite little plinkers is a new 44 Bulldog Pug from Charter Arms I picked up a few years ago. Outstanding accuracy with GDHP Blazer ammo in 200gr recipe. Have fun with yer treasure !
Stay safe !
Since this is a GOP "no gloat zone" I neglected to tell about the vintage 1962 Model 27-2 I snagged from the same guy.
Snagged, likely at a good price...
You're going to have to get good images of them.
I have let a couple salesmen at various firearms establishments around town know that there is a "finders fee" for things I want. Just tuck it under the counter and give me a call. If I don't buy it, I still give them half. It works wonders.
Well, it was nice to finally get a good gun deal. I figure that I'm still well into the 4 figure range in the minus column. I'm just silly that way.
Yes, I'd be somewhat picky about that myself.