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Old 02-10-2009, 09:37 PM
Abunai Abunai is offline
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Ever had a slam fire?




I was talking to a friend last night, and learned that he had a slam fire in his SIG 226. A pretty shocking experience - but thankfully he had the gun pointed in a 'safe' direction and the round went through the floor into his basement.

I've never had a slam fire, and in fact always thought it was really rare. Now, maybe not. Loading my pistol and chambering a live round is a whole new experience. . .

Question - have you had a slam fire, and if so, what kind of gun?
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:46 PM
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I had one with an SKS before.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:11 PM
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I had one with an SKS as well, but it was entirely my fault. Had one shell that didn't feed. Instead of feeding it from the mag, I put it in the chamber and let the bolt fly. Bullet went into the ground down range about 10 feet in front of me. I've always been very aware of where the muzzle is pointing, but something like this really drives home the importance of it.
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Old 02-11-2009, 12:12 AM
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Recently had one. A VERY reputable smith did a trigger job on my XD but, unfortunately, did not leave enough clearance between the mag and the safety bar. I unserted a fresh mag at the range, racked the slide, and BOOM. Fortunately, it was pointed downrange but scared the mess out of me.

The gun is now a Springfield getting the trigger job redone.
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:16 AM
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Being that the 226 has a firing pin safety, I don't think it was a slam fire.

I saw a guy drop a round in the tube and drop the slide on it in a SA Compact and get a slam fire
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:10 AM
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Whats a slam fire.............
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:11 AM
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Whats a slam fire.............
You drop the slide to chamber a round and the gun fires.

I usually point my guns into a bucket of sand while loading. Probably overkill, but I don't want any holes in my floor.
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:17 AM
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thanks.......I never had this happen. If it did I would have to fix a whole in the floor though.
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:34 AM
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Old 02-11-2009, 04:52 PM
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P226's have a firing pin safety......A Slam-fire is impossible.
Glad no one was injured.
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Old 02-11-2009, 04:58 PM
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Someone I know told me that holding the trigger down when releasing the slide prevents a slam fire. Didn't really see how that would help but he does it when releasing the slide.

Is there any truth to that or is it even worse?
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:40 PM
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The Model 1897 Winchester Shotguns will Slam-Fire if one keeps he Trigger depressed while actuaing the Pump mechanism...normal and correct for the Arm, and handy if needed as a mode of Fire...especially if firing from he Hip.


So...in my experience, other than intentional Slam-Fires in '97 Winchesters, I have not ever had one happen oherwise.


I do believe however, that any Autoloader should be pointed 'safely' when allowing the Bolt or Slide to close, just to be polite.
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:50 PM
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My dad had an old Remington 700 that slam fired on him. Remington fixed it at no charge.
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:56 PM
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Someone I know told me that holding the trigger down when releasing the slide prevents a slam fire. Didn't really see how that would help but he does it when releasing the slide.

Is there any truth to that or is it even worse?
It prevents the hammer from bouncing of the sear and dropping. It's not the safest thing to do. Better to hold the hammer back when dropping the slide.
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Old 02-11-2009, 06:57 PM
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Question - have you had a slam fire, and if so, what kind of gun?

Yes, an AR-15. Service Rifles don't have firing pin springs and are susceptible to this, particularly with soft (Federal) primers.
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:05 PM
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You drop the slide to chamber a round and the gun fires.

I usually point my guns into a bucket of sand while loading. Probably overkill, but I don't want any holes in my floor.
I've never had one, but I've been warned...I point into an 18" box full of magazines that's in the closet, when loading and unloading, it was a suggestion from one of my instructors.
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:11 PM
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:13 PM
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Once in my Bushmaster M-4.
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:17 PM
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Not sure why a firing pin block makes a slam fire 'impossible'. It clearly happened. Maybe the firing pin block was defective on that particular Sig?
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