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Interesting Shotgun Kaboom

Well…it may not be interesting for you, but it is for me. I have seen just about every kind of weapon come apart. Just. One thing I have never personally witnessed or experienced is a shotgun kaboom. The reports are this was NOT a 12/20 syndrome. But rather the use of old ammunition. Perhaps very, very, very old ammunition that …

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Marlin 45-70 Kaboom

This photo was sent to me by a reader. Looking at the photos, I am not sure what to think. All I know is if you shoot long enough, you’ll see guns come apart. If the rifle only has around 30 rounds through it, that does open up the possibility of a mechanical flaw. At least to my thinking anyway. …

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Freedom Munitions AR Kaboom

I’ve been seeing reports about this KB for a few days. As I understand it, the owner fired 2 rounds out of his magazine and the 3rd kaboomed. That “generally” eliminates the dreaded 300blk in the 5.56 syndrome. Not completely but it’s a valuable data-point. That leaves us with too much powder or the incorrect powder or possibly a squib? …

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Bolt Gun Kaboom

When I posted some images of the 300 Blackout in the 223 rifle Kaboom, one of the more common throwaway lines was, “That is why I don’t run automatics”. Ehhh…ok? So when these images crossed my desk, I figured it was time to bring this topic back to the fore. You can catastrophically kaboom any gun if you stick the …

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Know Your Reloader

A friend of mine keeps this in his shop. I don’t know where he got it, but the story is a man brought it in after a kaboom from gun show reloads. I am guessing he wanted to know what his options were as far as the shop fixing it? Replacing it? Warranty work? Yeah. Really. So now it sits. …

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Catastrophic AR Failure

We have a guest post by a reader named Josh. He shares with us his story about a catastrophic AR kaboom he had this year. It’s interesting to read how it all played out. But I also wish to add a datapoint of my own. Earlier this year, our local SWAT team had a Kaboom with factory ammo (Fiocchi) that …

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Another Strike Against The 300 Blackout

Our regulars know that, at least for the foreseeable future, we want nothing to do with the 300 Blackout cartridge. Yes, I am aware that it is the flavor of the day. Yes, I am aware that it’s optimal for suppression. Yes, I am aware many say it preforms like a 7.62×39 but in a AR. Sure. Sure. Which is …

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9mm Federal

This is one of those cartridge screw-ups you just have to laugh at because it’s so obvious in hindsight. Back in the late 1980s, Federal decided shooters needed a revolver cartridge that duplicated the ballistics of the 9mm Luger pistol cartridge. I don’t blame them—the 9mm was a hot commodity back then. Ballistically, there really wasn’t much one could gain …