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Old 08-21-2014, 09:09 PM   #1
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Default Interesting happening at the range this morning...

I went to the range with my buddy this morning and one of the guns I took was my Heritage Arms .22 revolver. This revolver is relatively new with only about 100 rounds through it. I fired the first 6 rounds, then a 2nd 6 rounds, when I started on my third cylinder... on the first trigger pull, saw a big(ger) puff of smoke and the loading gate was blown open, leaving a nice powder stain on my trigger finger.

I knew immediately that something was wrong. I began to unload the weapon and found two expended shells and four unspent rounds. As I started to remove the cylinder so I could double check the barrel, I noticed that the pin that releases the cylinder rod was damaged, I also noticed that this pin was directly in front of one of the chambers in the cylinder.

Both spent cases were split - one almost from top to bottom. Granted this ammo has some years on it (don't know how old it is) but showed no external signs of any issues. I took the gun to a gunsmith just for a professional opinion, and he said that he could see NO reason the gun would have caused this.

I am in the process of contacting Federal to get their input. The gun seems to be in safe operating condition except that I need to replace the release and it has a "scar" where the pin contacted the frame.

Thought I would share here for any input that ya'll might have....


RJ



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Old 08-21-2014, 09:23 PM   #2
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What about the two case heads? Do both have firing pin indentations?

Sounds as if one cartridge had a double dose of priming compound which may have led to ignition of the second cartridge?

Any lead smears?

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What about the two case heads? Do both have firing pin indentations?

Sounds as if one cartridge had a double dose of priming compound which may have led to ignition of the second cartridge?

Any lead smears?

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Only one case had a firing pin indent... Not sure what you mean by "lead smears".

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Only one case had a firing pin indent... Not sure what you mean by "lead smears".

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Traces of lead from where the bullet skidded past the base pin latch or along the frame or barrel.

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Traces of lead from where the bullet skidded past the base pin latch or along the frame or barrel.

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None that I could see, looks like it only hit the release pin...

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Just to be sure I am with you - did 1 trigger pull result in 2 empty shell cases, one of which had no primer strike??

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From what I would surmise, the first cartridge fired from the firing pin impact, and the case head let go, the escaping gas cutting, and firing, the round in the adjacent chamber. The first bullet went merrily on its way down the bore, while the second shot the base pin latch.


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Just to be sure I am with you - did 1 trigger pull result in 2 empty shell cases, one of which had no primer strike??
Merc... you have an excellent grasp of the incident...


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From what I would surmise, the first cartridge fired from the firing pin impact, and the case head let go, the escaping gas cutting, and firing, the round in the adjacent chamber. The first bullet went merrily on its way down the bore, while the second shot the base pin latch.

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I guess that makes sense Bob... what do you think Federal will say about it?

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Rev. Jammer said: I guess that makes sense Bob... what do you think Federal will say about it?
Well, hard to tell. Federal will sure do the right thing, I know, but was it the fault of the ammunition, or the fault of the gun's chamber? My guess is that they will give you a couple hundred rounds of ammunition, maybe a new base pin latch.

I had some bas .32 H & R Magnums from Federal a few years ago, and they sent me about 200 rounds of ammunition for relacement. No damage was done to my gun, though.

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How old is the ammunition? 1970's?



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