Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Stop, Just Stop

If you're at the range and something goes wrong, stop. This video isn't new, but it captures something important. About halfway through, the shooter has a squib. I would guess that the projectile is just partway into the barrel and is still partially in the chamber. The shooter does not recognize what has happened. He manually ejects the spent case and inserts a live round. This is his opportunity to prevent what is coming. If he had paused to ask himself why the empty case had not ejected, even if he didn't notice the light response, he could have checked the barrel.

Instead he loads another live round and attempts to fire. The rifle does not fire because it is not fully in battery. He hits the forward assist, then ejects that round, checks his magazine, and loads another round. This was his second opportunity to fully assess the problem.

This round doesn't fully go into battery either. He strikes the forward assist again, this time managing to get the rifle into battery, likely by pressing the bullet back into the case, and pulls the trigger.

If you ever have a round that doesn't cycle the action, that is a clue.


David aka True Blue Sam said...

We keep weed whacker cord in the range bag for checking the bore with the barrel pointing downrange. The Mrs. has her first AR, and we have talked about scenarios just like this one.

ASM826 said...

I've never personally been there to see it in an AR, the most recent I saw it was last fall in a 9mm handgun. It was recognized as a squib by more than one person and the pistol disassembled to check the barrel. No damage, no kaboom.

Eric Wilner said...

Many years ago, I had a squib load in a revolver.
Didn't sound right. No, not right at all. Very much unlike a proper discharge. Also, nowhere near enough recoil.
Open cylinder, point muzzle at something in the bright sunlight downrange, look for light in forcing cone. Nope.
So I made a sad-puppy face at the rangemaster and asked for advice. Embarrassing, yes, but far less so than a kaboom would have been.