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Old 02-19-2001, 11:35 AM
Billy Ray Billy Ray is offline
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Texas, USA
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Blown-up Barrel

Folks, I would really apprectaite your thoughts. I was shooting my new full size Springfield Loaded yesterday. I only have 1,400 rounds through it. Here's what happened. I had shot about 200 rounds already. I inserted a new magazine. The first shot fire fine--no problems. The second failed to chamber properly so I did a tap-rack. The third round of the magazine chambered and fired fine. The fourth round chambered and I pulled the trigger.

There was a soft "pop" and smoke poured out of everywhere--the end of the barrel, the chamber, the bottom of the mag well, etc.

The slide cannot be racked. Short of using a mallet, it will not budge. The barrel is split at 3 o'clock and 6 o'clock (when looking straight into it) roughly 1 inch from the end. It is cracked but not split at 9 o'clock and 12 o'clock.

A buddy I shoot with is the armorer for a large police department. His assessment is that there was a squib in the barrel. Even though I'm certain that the round before the damaging one fired fine, I really do trust his assessment.

He recommended that I put a new barrel in it and not bother contacting Springfield. I agree that Springfield would keep my pistol for a few months and send it back saying, "Sorry, squib load." So, I'm getting a match grade barrel put in (I am pretty damn excited about that--it was a great shooter before, but now it should be a tack driver).

What say you experts? Squib?

Billy Ray
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