Thursday, November 13, 2014
A friend of mine sent me this photo of a Glock. It has apparently suffered a cataclysmic internal explosion. The original caption said it was the result of reloading ammo. I suspect that is true. Som people who reload ammo have little or know idea about the kinds of pressures that can build up in a bullet. Unless you know a lot about ammo, reload to factory specifications. Better still, use only factory ammo in your duty guns, even for practice.
This exploded gun is a Glock, but this happens to all kinds of guns, even those without any plastic in them at all. This is one reason why we always wear eye protection at the range, even if someone else is shooting. An explosion powerful enough to blow this gun apart is powerful enough to send bits pretty far to hit your eye.
I have even been wearing eye protection on patrol. A traffic collision may result in glass in your face. A shooting on duty might result in a need for eye protection. Wear quality eye protection to insure it can take a hit from something like this; that's what the SGT Says.