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Taurus .380 TCP Blew Up In My Hand

Discussion in 'Semi-Automatic Pistols' started by bigezfosheez, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    About 2 years ago I had a factory squibb in my Colt 1903, .32 ACP. Heard something not quite right when I fired. Dropped the magazine and ejected the fresh round, found a bullet lodged about half way down the barrel. Disassembled the pistol and pressed the bullet out with a vice padded with leather and a wooden dowel. To be fair to Remington, the cartridges I was firing had a price tag on them from a store that went out of business in about 1970.

    My experience with reloads was with a .243 Win rifle. Bought hand loads from a reputable gun smith. Fired two rounds and quit, as the primers were falling out and recoil was amazing. Analysis showed the cartridges had somehow gotten loaded with pistol powder.
     
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  2. cowboygraphics

    cowboygraphics Beaverton, OR Active Member

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    Well, that was certainly a valuable thread.
    I am guilty of purchasing reloads, but never again.

    GREAT news that TVF reloader did the right thing and a replacement was worked out for you bigezfosheez. More importantly that you weren't injured or maimed and we ... ok, I learned from your experience. Thanks for sharing it and rich comments everyone.
     
  3. DizzyJ

    DizzyJ Lost Active Member

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    I've bought factory reloads from two different manufacturers. Both had issues with their reloads.

    I decided then and there, I'll only shoot my own reloads (which I do by the thousands in competitions), or factory.

    The small amount of savings in factory reloads vs new Ammo on sale is not worth it IMO.
     
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  4. zeppelin

    zeppelin Benton County WA Active Member

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    I bought a .22 semi auto rifle from Taurus a few years back. Got it home and fired it twice (two rounds) before the feed mechanism was destroyed, with parts falling out all over the place. Took it back to Ace hardware, got a refund, and bought a Ruger 10/22. I would never even consider another of their products.
     
  5. Brooks1975

    Brooks1975 Denton, TX New Member

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    Did you check the chamber after the mis-feed. I have seen reloads separate at the base during ejection leaving the brass cylinder of the case still in the chamber. The next round tries to feed, jams and goes off outside the chamber. You don't really notice until you look for this failure. Reloads are always a question. How many times has the case been used, expanding and contracting in different size chambers. The only reloads I use are my own. I keep track of the number of times a case has been reloaded and keep the ammo sorted to same weapon. Not just the type weapon (Glock-S&W-1911A1) but the actual weapon. If a barrel wears out, all the casings and cleared reloads go in the trash.:( Sorry to hear about the injury. I recently had a friend push the safety up (two handed grip) on his Springfield 1911A1. The slide caught the top edge blowing the external safety into the web of his hand and releasing the back strap safety. I did not know you could move the safety as the round discharged, but the marks in the lower slide notch showed where it caught. Just for information on 1911 style external safeties. Putting your thumb under the safety can also cause an injury. For what it is worth.
     
  6. edwardo55

    edwardo55 Salmon Crick (Vancouver, WA) New Member

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    Thanks all for the heads-up, research, experiences and pics. Definitely learned a thing or two!! You can't learn too much regarding safety.:s0101:
     
  7. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I was given a S&W 386PD AirLite .357 Magnum and every time I've shot full magnum loads in it, my hand feels like it was holding an M-80 firecracker when it goes off.
     
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  8. KayDee7

    KayDee7 The Origional Vancouver ! ! ! Member

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    bottom line... these devices are made by 'man'. items made by 'man' fail. So, what can we learn from this Logic thread... ? plan for items failing, and be safe. so we all need to be careful with these guns of ours, because we also depend on them to protect us from evil doers... so the appropriate amount of self defense ammo being used through them before we rely on them is also required... its a jungle out there, Lets Be Safe.!
     
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  9. AMT

    AMT Vancouver, WA. Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Take that round, ammo box that you purchased, reciept and gun to Tualatin valley and see what they have to say?
     
  10. DizzyJ

    DizzyJ Lost Active Member

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    He already did from what I read.
     
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  11. bigezfosheez

    bigezfosheez Washington County Active Member

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    I dug through my safe and found another box of TV in .40s&w. I went through each round and ended finding about 12 rounds out of 200 with either a bulged case, blackened case, concaved case, or case with the aforementioned "glock smile". I'll probably still shoot the others though :D:D:rolleyes::oops:o_O:):confused:
     
  12. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Wanna sell it?
     
  13. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Really? You "blow up" a gun that is likely an ammo failure and yet you want to try more of their, admittedly by you, suspect ammo? I'm thinkin you should contact them and just get your money back...
     
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  14. bigezfosheez

    bigezfosheez Washington County Active Member

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    Haha I'm most likely going to dump them in water, or save them to barter with an a$$hol3 when shtf.
     
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  15. bigezfosheez

    bigezfosheez Washington County Active Member

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    I also ride around on motorcycles/dirtbikes/atvs after I got my leg blown off in motorcycle accident from a drunk driver hitting me head-on in his truck. Haha what's the odds it's going to happen twice right? ;p
     
  16. bbbass

    bbbass La Grande Well-Known Member

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    Without a brain bucket apparently. ;)
     
  17. bigezfosheez

    bigezfosheez Washington County Active Member

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    Had one of those. It sits mangled on my mantle to remind me how good God is.
     
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  18. bbbass

    bbbass La Grande Well-Known Member

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    In a revolver they should be safe enough, right? Right? Uh, no.

    KABOOM.jpg

    How bout a rifle then:
    kaboom1.jpg
    DSC00018.jpg
     
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  19. bbbass

    bbbass La Grande Well-Known Member

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    No, I meant that's how you go riding now. Just kidding.

    Guys I know in some pretty bad accidents are still riding... blows me away. I went down twice in my life and ran away from the habit like Michael was after me.

    I also know people that were flown on Lifeflight service and had to pay full freight cuz they had no insurance. Then didn't buy a $50 membership cuz it couldn't happen twice... it did.:(
     
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  20. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    I had a HSM squib . I didn't catch it as I was mag dumping and thats exactly what it did (dumped the mag) with the next round. Fortunately the squib was far enough down the barrel to be push out . I remembered the shot just before it did not seem as loud as the others (undercharged) but that was my first encounter with a squib.
     
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