Pressure from the ignited powder then blew downwards through the magazine, disintegrating and blowing off the end cap and pieces, and blowing everything from the magazine follower on down out through the bottom of the magazine well, tearing the flesh of the distal end of my finger.
... I knew immediately that my firearm had failed explosively.
Agreed 100%, and no I don't see the owner blaming the gun at all.Nu_Agin_Shooter said:Back to the Kaboom at hand- I think the incident speaks well of the Kel-Tec 3AT. For the gun to suffer only minor damage shows that, in spite of the lightweight plastic, the gun is a well executed cutting edge design.
Forced to fail by an apparent double-charged reload, the gun did exactly what it is designed to do, thus no real injury to the shooter. The gun doesn't even appear to be terribly damaged. Even though this was certainly not Kel-tec's fault, they will almost surely inspect and rebuild the gun for free, in spite of the obvious violation of the owner's manual which should void the warranty.The bag of "gun show" reloads from which the suspected double-charged round came from.
Overall, this was a good, well documented, apparently accurate and informational report. It should also serve as a cautionaly tale. Always remember... Friends don't let friends shoot gun show reloads.Only use commercially manufactured ammunition, clean, dry and in good condition. Never use non-standard, reloaded or damaged cartridges.
Hey! It's a beautiful thing. I was just considering taking it down now that we are well past the season. Just for that, I think I'll leave it there for a while. Maybe all year.gordon11 said:TxCajun, that Saints banner is uuugly! ;D But they did beat the evil ones to win it so I guess it's ok.
Hi,What has to be 20% of the bottom of the cartridge exposed--this TOO much area to expect brass to contain 21,500 PSI, this is the SAMMI maximum pressure for a 380 load. That's a LOT of pressure for a steel barrel to contain and absolutely ABSURD to expect the exposed area of brass in a Kel-Tec to contain. I'm surprised that Kabooms in Kel-Tecs aren't a common occurance. Just my opinion.
Hey! It's a beautiful thing. I was just considering taking it down now that we are well past the season. Just for that, I think I'll leave it there for a while. Maybe all year.TxCajun said:[quote author=gordon11 link=1269623031/0#14 date=1269713135] TxCajun, that Saints banner is uuugly! ;D But they did beat the evil ones to win it so I guess it's ok.
GA Arms does have a pretty good reputation and they are not some guy in his basement quickly cranking out baggies of ammo to sell at the gun show.lop said:http://georgia-arms.com/index.aspx
I've bought ammo from these guys at a gun show. They are not a fly by night crew and I've never had a problem.