Walther PPQ KaBoom

Looking at these pictures, it is obvious this is ammunition related. Sources indicate the shooter was running hand-loads. At the time of this writing, it was not clear if the wrong powder was used or if it was a double charge?

Walther PPQ Catastrophic Failure.

Walther PPQ Catastrophic Failure.

Regardless, results were catastrophic. The KB (Short for KaBoom) blew the barrel apart at the chamber, shattered the frame; and from the looks of the picture, may have even bent the slide. But that “might” be a distortion of the image in the photo.

PPQ Failure. Notice the frame is blown apart as well.

PPQ Failure. Notice the frame is blown apart as well.

The real shocker is the report that the shooter was not injured. That is a real testament to the Walther brand actually. Nobody can make a firearm strong enough that’ll prevent users from turning them into pipe-bombs. User error. Not the maker.

 

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  • Brennen Munro

    I seem to be seeing more, and more pictures like this. Is it because more people are blowing up their pistols, or is just that it is being reported more now and people have been blowing up their pistols all along? I remember watching this guy at the range one day shooting hand loads, each one sounded just a little bit different from each other, and I was sure he was going to blow his rig up. He did not blow it up, but rather had a squib and blocked his barrel. I really think that that was the best thing that could happen to him, as that squib ended his shooting day before he had something much more catastrophic happen to him, and maybe others as well.
    Munro

    • Mikial

      I think it is probably that we get more reports because of the internet. Instant news. Instant postings. I’m sure people have been making mistakes for a long time.

      • They have. This is nothing new.

        –Marky

      • Outlaw

        Yeah, my brother from another mother blew a Taurus 85 cylinder in half back in 84-85 (sometime in that general timeframe anyway) with a handload. Never figured out why it happened but it did. Taurus even replaced the cylinder FOC.

        • Squib or Double Charge most likely.

          There is a rare phenomenon where if you seriously undercharge a round, it can Kaboom as well. I don’t claim to much understand it so I can’t explain it. I just have heard about it. So that is why they say you should load within the specs in the books. Don’t go over, but also don’t go under. I was always shocked by that last one. –Marky

  • Paladin

    I’ve reloaded 35 years, all the way from Lee Loader (mallet type) to progressive presses. Multiple guns, multiple calibers (10 rifle, 11 handgun). Had a (very) few non-fires (bad primers), a few pfft rounds (less than 3) where a bullet was stuck in barrel and promptly removed but never had this happen. You should not encourage persons to be afraid of reloads they put together themselves using good data and proper components and good reloading practices. A visual check (with flashlight if need be) of each loaded case is preferrable and this is why progressive presses give me some concerns.

    • You had me until you typed this, “…You should not encourage persons to be afraid of reloads they put together themselves using good data and proper components and good reloading practices.”

      I have no issues with reloads and in no way stated, or inferred, that reloads were something to be afraid of. You are mistaken.

      Depending on where I am shooting or working, I have to follow different rules on reloads. Typically the tightest restrictions I have to operate under are “no reloaded pistol ammo” for staff per our insurance.

      Hell, I shot “hand-loads” this weekend for pig hunting. Hot stuff too. 270 Weatherby Mag.

      Marky
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      • Paladin

        No detriment intended, Marky. My comment was directed, not at you specifically, but the firearms community at large. In this day and age, and political environment, conscientious reloading is more important than ever. Again my apologies if you felt I slighted you.

        • Understood.

          But your comment is actually probably more accurate. Look at the average gun person below a certain age and they avoid hand loading as if it’s The Clap!

          😉

          Marky

  • Mikial

    Glad the shooter wasn’t hurt, but . . . wow! Could have been bad.

    But I think it’s fair to say that stuff happens even with factory loads, although they’re more likely to be a squib than a KB. My (fortunately now) ex once blew up her little Kel Tec P32 by shooting another round after a factory round squibbed. She pretty much tore up the little gun, but didn’t suffer anything more than some numb fingers for a while. The ammo manufacturer paid to have it completely rebuilt and even reimbursed us the cost of the box of ammo.

    I shoot some very hot bear loads through my .357 Desert Eagle, and sometimes they are a bit inconsistent too. Food for thought.

    • Food for thought indeed.

      Marky

    • Paladin

      I gave my younger brother (an Army lifer, interested in the Civil War) a Christmas present of a cased repro 1860 Colt Army blackpowder percussion revolver some years ago. IIRC this was before Panama (as he was stationed at Ft Huachuca – he was in Army intelligence as Spanish translator/interrogator.). Some time later he wrote that he had blown the barrel up so I had him mail the barrel to me. Sure enough the barrel was bulged – indicating a stuck bullet and subsequent round fired (although he had removed them). I returned barrel (and story) to E.M.F. in California and they provided a replacement barrel free of charge (KUDOS!).
      After my brother was killed in the Operation Desert Storm his widow sent me back the cased revolver and In the case were carefully constructed reloads consisting of round ball and conical glued paper-tails containing powder. I believe the use of this type of reloads, which he obviously constructed himself, was the original cause of the obstruction, but at the same time I am glad he was “into” the revolver enough to go to such lengths to employ it.
      I relate this story as it is imperative that a shooter, no matter their familiarity with frearms, be aware of each round fired (or not-fired in this case).

      • Wow. I am sorry for the loss of your brother. If you wish, maybe you could send me some photos of the revolver and the tale? I think our readers would find it very interesting. Do you have my e-mail address?

        Marky

        • Paladin

          I believe I have some photos or my boys do of me firing the pistol, I will takr some of the pistol and case.

    • Paladin

      When you say inconsistent – are your referring to velocity or accuracy? I would review loading practices and/or components if wild swings in velocity was the issue. On the other hand not every projectile is happy and gives best accuracy with any and all powder type/charges fed to it.

  • Gary Tompkins

    When I saw the headline I thought oh-oh, because I’m thinking of picking up one of these this week. Then I read it and said ok, the shooter didn’t get hurt. Still plan to get one.

    • I’ve been eyeing them too. I would still buy one. This is user error.

      Marky

      • Gary Tompkins

        Paid for and picking it up on Saturday. Ill let you know if I don’t like it. Hahaha.

        • Run some drills with it and see if you have any issues with the magazines falling out under use.

          Marky

          • Gary Tompkins

            Do you know if they had the m2 (button) or the m1? Mine will be the ppq m1 in 9mm. The magazines are different, and not interchangeable from what I understand. But I have been wrong before.

          • I do not know as of right now. I would bet it’s US style setup just knowing these this group.

            -Marky

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