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The .45 that blew up in my hand

Postby Dadamungo » Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:46 pm

Yep, for real this gun blew up one day on the range while firing it. Three shells went off at once (or within a second of each other).

I use to reload my shells. I'm not sure exactly what happened although I'd guess at a double load of very hot powder. I'd just upgraded to police issue gun powder. Another suggestion by a gunsmith was that there might have been some oil/powder on the shells which sparked the other 2 shells. So I fired and a split second later, I hear another bigger bang (the 2 shells). I had some residue fly back and hit me in the face, but somehow I did not get hurt at all. My first reaction was to look at my hand, still in shock but looked like all my digits were still there, so I ran back to the truck and looked in the mirror, nope, no blood... huh, not even any marks. Although I think it took some time off my life!

Another thing the gunsmith said. "You're lucky you bought a good gun, if you had a crappy gun, you might not be here talking to me. Or, you wouldn't have that hand."

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Postby ReD NeCKersoN » Sat Jan 27, 2007 7:54 pm

Scary stuff. I sure am glad you didn't get hurt. 8O
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Postby =Chico= » Sat Jan 27, 2007 8:58 pm

yep, all it takes is one second to end your life. I'm glad you are ok.
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Postby hika » Sun Jan 28, 2007 11:52 am

Dada, your story is frightening.
Hopefully, you are OK, physically, but it may be quite a shock ... even for your little son ?
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Wow

Postby ChainLightnin' » Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:57 am

Wow, not " a failin' common to that model!" My Dad lost some fingers in a similar deal years ago. Glad you didn't! Is that an American Gun? My replicas are Italian made. Blackpowder can chainfire, but cartridges??
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Re: Wow

Postby Dadamungo » Tue Jan 30, 2007 5:05 pm

ChainLightnin' wrote:Wow, not " a failin' common to that model!" My Dad lost some fingers in a similar deal years ago. Glad you didn't! Is that an American Gun? My replicas are Italian made. Blackpowder can chainfire, but cartridges??
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It was a Ruger Blackhawk .45. I would have to agree that chainfiring seemed less likely to me as well, but make me feel like less of a dumbass than loading a double charge of powder :D
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Chainfire

Postby ChainLightnin' » Tue Jan 30, 2007 7:33 pm

Oh, it certainly looks like at least two cartridges went off from the wrong end! I'm not sure if a double load would even bother a Ruger, anyway. :)
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Postby WTF BOOM » Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:28 pm

One of my friends had a similar experience with a shotgun, except he blew two of his fingers off. He had to go to the hospital for 2 months. The gunpowder exploded when he was reloading. Hes better thaly now. When I asked him, he said God was tere at that moment.
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Re: The .45 that blew up in my hand

Postby jorgea » Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:02 pm

That is another good reason to own a very nice gun versus a cheap model.
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