Thursday, April 29, 2021

Kentucky Ballistics

This is a gun blogger I follow. He normally posts lots of good stuff. His YouTube channel is Kentucky Ballistics

I'm posting this because he had a catastrophic failure of a .50 caliber rifle. Multiple injuries including one that was immediately life threatening. Here's him telling the tale.

WTWT

12 comments:

Borepatch said...

"I shot a round that I thought was Mil Surp but may not have been. Or maybe it was. I dunno."

Oooooh kaaaay then.

JB said...

SLAP wads fouled your barrel

ASM826 said...

JB,

That was my first thought. Some part of the previous round had been left in the barrel and the next shot was obstructed.

Gorges Smythe said...

Wow!

Glen Filthie said...

I am a fan of Scott’s. He ain’t right in the head, but he’s a good kid.

I think the eggplants or the T-Rex sabotaged his rifle. He does some really nasty stuff to canned industrial nacho cheese and gravey too...🤢

He shoots all kinds of artillery - incendiaries, armour piercing, tracers... I wish I knew more anout that stuff. A google search is in order...

David aka True Blue Sam said...

I read a warning long ago that armor piercing rounds from WWII would sometimes shed the jacket in the bore of your rifle while the penetrator would go on. It is possible that the sabot of the SLAP round left behind an obstruction. He's a very fortunate fellow to have survived. This makes me think cautionary thoughts about the sabot varmint rounds marketed for 30-06.

The Freeholder said...

This thing is going viral (rightly so). I got it from a friend last night. His comment was that shooting ammo of unknown provenance is risky. I agree.

Didn't know the info about the sabots or armor-piercing ammo. Good things to be aware of.

Murphy(AZ) said...

I hope he won't waste his money buying lottery tickets. I think he's used up all his supply of luck.

Goober said...

The barrel was not fouled by a SLAP round.  If you watch the video, he fired a silver tip immediately prior to firing this SLAP round, and the silver tip definitely cleared the barrel without leaving anything behind, because he found that bullet in tact.  


He was having troubles with those SLAP rounds prior to the detonation.  My guess is that the powder solidified/degraded.  I've had old rounds when the powder was hardened up, and they overpressure really badly when you fire them.  My good friend shattered the action on his 03-A3 Springfield with a round where the propellant solidifed.  When shooting old surplus rounds, or just older loads in general, it's a good idea to shake them first to make sure your gunpowder hasn't become a solid billet inside the case.  


In this video, he explains that A piece of the lower broke off and penetrated his neck, hitting his jugular and collapsing a lung.  The guy is insanely lucky to be alive.  


I'm guessing SERBU is looking into this failure very closely, also.

Old NFO said...

Definitely freak accident, thankfully he survived.

Chris Nelson said...

It's not a freak accident if you are firing high power ammo of unknown provenance and condition. It's a miracle that he survived.

The Lord was truly looking after this fool. Thankfully he had the trauma training to go with the blessing.

lee n. field said...

Ian at Forgotten Weapons put out a video yesterday, a half hour long, talking about this incident, gun ka-booms in general, how they happen, and gun design features to minimize the danger.

https://youtu.be/71OGayW7CnI