Nostrum Damus SASS #110702 Posted December 12, 2022 Share Posted December 12, 2022 At Thunder River Renegades' annual match this past Thursday-Saturday, a shooter took his first shot with his first pistol and nothing happened. Or so EVERYONE thought, including the shooter, the TO, all three counters, the brass picker, and all spectators. It seemed like a failed primer or light strike. But when he tried to cock the hammer, the cylinder would not turn. The cowboy declared a broke gun and finished shooting that stage. I was watching from and overseeing the unloading table and had thought the same -- bad primer or light strike -- until the gun was obviously locked up, a very different problem. When I inspected his gun (which still had four live rounds in it), it was immediately clear that a bullet had traveled just far enough to bridge the cylinder-to-forcing cone gap, thus locking the cylinder in place. NOT A SINGLE PERSON HEARD OR CALLED THE SQUIB. I was able to loosen the bullet from the forcing cone but was unable to push it fully back into the cylinder as the case was still inside that chamber. Complete disassembly of the front end of the gun was required in order to remove the base pin so that the cylinder could then be wobbled after the bullet was partially backed out. I repeat: NOT A SINGLE PERSON HEARD OR CALLED THE SQUIB. Had the bullet traveled a half inch further, the next pull of the trigger would have been disastrous for at least the gun, and possibly the shooter and other humans nearby. The cowboy assured me that it couldn't be a light or missing charge because he double checks all his cases to verify that they are charged and not double-charged. Later in the match, said same cowboy had a squib in his rifle; this second time, everyone heard it and the TO stopped the cowboy before he took the next shot. This time, after we cleared the barrel, I asked him to think about his reloading setup, reloading procedure, reloading bench area, and everything and anything that might be distracting him when he reloads because -- clearly -- something is getting in the way of achieving 100% reliability in his homemade ammo. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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