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Old 08-25-2013, 07:05 PM   #1
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Default Squib Round in a P229!

...fortunately no kaboom.

Remember the principle's of dealing with a misfire... Or a "perceived" misfire.

A good friend and fellow vet was handling the P229 in question when he experienced what he thought was a misfire or "dud" round.

He correctly kept the weapon pointed down range for 60 seconds, then cleared the stoppage and INSPECTED the cause. He rightfully "expected" to extract a live round with perhaps a light primer strike... but instead found and empty shell casing?

Hmm... Didn't feel any recoil? So... Where did that bullet go?

Moral of the story is to understand that even factory ammo can get out with no powder charge in the casing... and that most primers alone produce enough expanding gas to lodge a bullet in the barrel... So... don't just clear the stoppage... Inspect it.

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It's good that he immediately recognized there was a problem.
Some people have a squib load and proceed to rack the slide and squeeze off another round, thinking it was a FTF or light primer strike.



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Yep... Especially with it being someone else's gun!

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The nice thing is if the case lacks powder, most of the time the bullet will not get far enough into the barrel to allow a subsequent round to chamber.

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The nice thing is if the case lacks powder, most of the time the bullet will not get far enough into the barrel to allow a subsequent round to chamber.
True... But this one would have.

Once back to the house and with the squib still lodged, I dropped a live round into the "disassembled" barrel. It dropped in and fully seated.

Been preaching this potential for years now... just happy the example that proved my point occurred in the hands of a fellow vet who knew better than to blindly rack the slide and pull the trigger again.

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