Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Firearm PSA

Something to remember...when you are using a firearm, there are immense pressures being released inches from your face. Even a relatively low powered round, like .30 Carbine, can have a pressure of up to 40,000 psi. Always inspect your ammo, and think long and hard before you shoot non factory produced ammunition. My general rule of thumb is that I will only shoot handloads from someone I trust with my life, because that's in effect what you are doing.

If you are going to be stupid and shoot handloads from someone you don't know, you really shouldn't shoot them in a Garand, a firearm with a gas system that must use specific ammunition, so much so that even most standard commercial .30-06 ammo will cause damage to the rifle if fired in a Garand, abeit non-catastrophic damage.

What happens when you don't follow these simple rules?

You get to thank God you're only out a $1000 rifle and some pain in your hand.

Yes, that is in fact what's left of an M-1 Garand (Springfield Armory reproduction, thankfully, although they still used many USGI parts). You should really follow the link and read the whole thing, as the other pictures are even more incredible. The force of the explosion was enough to blow sections of the handguard 35 feet to both sides of the shooter.