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Backwards Primers. It Happens.

Hand Load. Primer in Backwards. 9mm

I was working on some timed drills yesterday. Pretty standard stuff on steel. Had a friend along who is a big-time reloader. He brought his favorite carry pistol a FNS 9. On his first shot with his reloads, misfire. Click! No Bang! He tap racked pretty quickly and moved on.


When the sequence was over, we examined the offending round. The primer was pressed into the pocket backwards. Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen such a thing. The all the other times were with factory new match grade precision rifle ammunition.


My friend informed me that every once in a while, his Dillion press will do this. Can’t recall what model number press he is referring to. But I suspect it’s a tube feed blip. Typically, he loads single stage precision loads. It’s just one of those things that a user needs to watch out for.


Pro-tip: It’s always a good idea to place your reloaded bulk pistol ammo bullet down in the boxes to check for this very thing. And frankly, it’s a good habit to get into even with factory new, carry hollow point ammunition too!




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