George Oakes Posted January 11, 2007 Share Posted January 11, 2007 Hey guys, fairly new poster here, been shooting for several months now. the other day I went to a USPSA local match, and was shooting on the squad from my gun club, it was a nice day in Florida in December and warm and breezy 75 degrees or close to it. I was shooting my 1911 in L-10 and after shooting I would pick up my live round I just ejected when clearing my weapon. I also saw a .40 S&W and it was new, so I grabbed that one too. I have an XD-40 as a back up gun, and love to shoot that as well. So I figured I would put that round in the bag for use with my xd-40. Murphy's Law not being the total stranger to guns, and competitions, decided that the .40 cal bullet would look better sitting in my box of .45 acp ammo. On the last stage I was talking and joking around with the guys on my squad and refilling mags for the final round. completey unaware that Murphy's Law had invaided my gun bag, and ammo, I put the .40 cal round on the very top of my first mag in my belt. I did not notice any difference in ammo, and was not paing attention. I got to the stage, inserted the mag, loaded the weapon (yup the .40 cal round will go into the .45 barrel nicely) holstered the weapon, and when the buzzer went off, I drew the gun, flipped the safety off, and fired the round at a steel 50ft. away. Ting I hit the target, good now to the next targer. The RO did not see anything wrong with my gun, I did not feel anything different and the next round, a .45 was chambered nicely. Ah but what happened was the .40 round did not extract, instead the .45 round pushed it into the barrel and when I pulled the trigger... BOOM Power was all over us, brass was sticking out the end of my barrel and the slide would not go forward. The RO and I deduced that I had a slight problem. We dropped the magazine, tryed to force the slide forward and using pliers tried to remove the .40 cal case from the end of the barrel. We could not and decided it was time to take the gun off the line, and send it to my gunsmith. The gunsmith was able to remove the barrel, and check for other damage, which there was none. He charged me 50$ for a new springfield barrel and I was shooting again the next day. Moral of the story... Never pick up live ammo, unless you know its yours! Always keep different ammo locked up and away from what you are shooting. And pay attention to what you are doing off the range as well as on the range. Murphy has a way of showing up in the weirdest places. Peace and happy shooting G Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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