POTD: SPPD Arrest Man With Backwards Bullets

Thanks to Adam Scepaniak for sending this one our way.

According to their Twitter feed, St. Paul Police Dept arrested a suspect for pointing a gun. They seized his Bersa Thunder .380. To their relief the arrestee had loaded the bullets into the magazine backwards.



Now to give the benefit of the doubt, perhaps he was recreating H&K’s spectacular catalog? Or maybe he thought the Bersa .380 was really a Boberg XR-9?


  • In a world of compromise, some d’oh!

    I like how the rim of the first cartridge is all chewed up, presumably from the guy trying to stuff it into the chamber bacwards.

    • Darkpr0

      There’s something weird about it. The rim is chewed on like an old snap cap that’s been on the extractor too many times. But if he was ham-fisting it that hard to chamber one, you’d expect the front of the bullet to be equally mushed up, but it’s not. Plus the rim is chewed up on the forward edge as much as the rearward. If he was trying to shove it rear-first into the chamber you probably wouldn’t see nibbling like that except on the rearmost edge. Something very odd about those rounds.

      • Tom Currie

        Bersa is damn near the only single-stack where the front of the magazine is squared-off enough to make it even possible to force more than one round into the mag backwards.

    • Bob

      I would think it is more likely that he had all of this second hand and that round had been cycled many many times by someone who wanted to make sure things worked but had no money or opportunity to actually fire the gun. I mean, those look like extractor marks on the inside of the rim.

      • jerry young

        If your extractor leaves marks that bad on your ammo somethings wrong, I reload and have used some cases dozens of times without nearly a mark on them not only from my guns but from others too

    • c4v3man

      Enhanced Loading Serrations on the cartridges rim enhance handling and loading during battlefield conditions. Only the most operationally operational have the skills to use modified munitions like these…

    • JSmath

      Maybe he just liked to chew on the rims? 🙂

  • FightFireJay

    Any mention on whether or not he managed to get one properly oriented in the chamber? The gun would still have discharged once.

    My friend’s mom once loaded ammo backwards in her pistol mag. After realizing what she did, she exclaimed something like, “thank goodness I didn’t have to use it, I would have ended up shooting myself!”

  • Andrey Martim

    Thank God he was stupid. At least no one was hurt.

  • Ben Loong

    Found a news article about the incident: apparently this guy pulled a gun on someone who complained that he had parked his car in at a gas station.

    “After Dalu was arrested and his car towed, he told police that he
    pointed a gun at the 54-year-old because he felt threatened by him. When
    asked why he didn’t call police about the incident, Dalu answered that
    it was “church time.” Later, Dalu said it was because his phone died. He
    also told police he had a permit for the weapon, charges said.”

    Usually, when I read something like this, the title starts with ‘Florida man’…

  • RadicalizedModerate

    Pictures – I want pics of the perp.

    • Bob

      Well, my picture is awaiting moderation, but a quick Google search of “St Paul Police Department backwards” found a news article right away. Dude doesn’t actually look like a moron, but clearly he was not very knowledgeable about firearms.

      • RadicalizedModerate

        I followed you lead. I wasn’t surprised.

  • Maxpwr

    He also had a copy of the H&K 2004 Shot Show catalog with him at the time he was stopped. “Looks right to me”, he said.

    • ProLiberty82

      If he’d only sold that H&K catalog on Ebay/H&K forum he could have retired his life of crime in comfort, those are collectible, rare and pricey!

      • If that’s true, then damn.

        I used 2 of those as fuel for the campfire seeing it’s old and all.

  • Fred Sanford


  • Trey

    why is the back of mag notched by hand ? (poorly)

    • Bob

      to let the bullets out, one assumes.

    • Laserbait

      Custom hand fitted parts that you’d come to expect from the greats like Nighthawk, Ed Brown, and Bersa.

    • John

      Tactical speed holes to accelerate the bullets faster. It’s a Seal Ranger trick.

  • Bill

    We don’t usually catch the smarter ones without a lot of work.

    Proof positive that criminals are poor decision makers and not high-level thinkers.

    • You can usually spot those high-level thinkers in govt. sector these days…

    • Rock or Something

      Michael: “You know what I can’t figure out? How is it that all these stupid neanderthal mafia guys can be so good at crime, and smart guys like us can suck so badly at it.”
      Samir: “We’re new to it though.”

      -Office Space

  • JN

    whats concerning is that it looks like quality hollow point. Not your typical fmj.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    There used to be a blog post out there from some department or other (or multiples) that was a collection of the stupid things criminals have done to their bullets to, in theory, “enhance lethality”. Basically, carving them up and stuff.

    This would make a fine addition.

  • May

    I guess it’s like they say: carried often, brandished occasionally, fired never.

  • Nathan Alred

    Not sayin’ where – but he dropped it after being shot.

  • RadicalizedModerate

    Genius probably thought that the hollowpoint is the rocket end that makes the bullet go ZOOM!

  • Oldtrader3

    Looks to me like pliers on the rim is the culprit?

  • Jim Drickamer

    That mistake once saved my life. My partner and I were trying to wrestle a .380 away from a suspect, when he got his arm loose, pointed the gun at my nose from a distance of six inches, and pulled the trigger twice. The gun never fired. Once we had him handcuffed and checked the weapon, we found that the rounds were loaded backwards in the magazine. No round was in the chamber. I would suggest that instead of ridiculing thugs and criminals for making such stupid mistakes, we should be encouraging them to continue making them.

  • Laserbait

    By the looks of the rim, I’d say they didn’t work in his Glock Fortay either.

  • hikerguy

    This is an example of where someone doing something stupid saved someone else’s life. Still, he was rather idiotic for trying to shoot the LEO to begin with.

    • Bob

      If you hunt down the article it doesn’t appear he actually tried to use it, but simply surrendered and they took it at that point. If he had tried to use it they probably would have shot him.

  • Gary Kirk

    The case rim damage looks to me like an overly tight extractor, and someone using the pistol for carry or some other purpose daily. Then unloading it every night, without ever having fired that round or cycling the ammo around at all

  • Nathan Alred

    They were all backwards on this one.

  • Docduracoat

    Is no one going to comment on the Bersa .380?
    My wife took her Walther PPK/s back and bought me the Bersa as it is a clone of the Walther at one half the price
    I like it better! It shoots any ammo while the Walther was very finicky.
    Worked great with Golden Saber hollow points and Winchester wad cutter

    • My older Walther PPK does just fine. It is from the late 1960’s or so and blued. Carried it as backup or even a primary when working plainclothes assignments. It never failed me—–
      Nothing wrong with a Bersa though don;t get me wrong I’m not knocking the Bersa at all.

  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    Technically, the bullets are loaded correctly. The CARTRIDGES ( or AMMUNiTION) , however, are/is loaded in the magazine backwards.

  • Mmmtacos

    I only clicked on this article to see what the first H&K joke here was going to be.

  • IndyToddrick

    Holy $]-[!¥ that’s dumb. How…just how?

  • Dan Atwater

    I once had a customer bring in his pistol with a round stuck in the chamber. This guy not only managed to load up a full magazine with the rounds all in backward, but his attempt to chamber one was vigorous enough that I couldn’t tear the stuck round out with a pair of pliers.

    I did tell him that, for future reference, the pointy end of the bullet goes forward, but in his defense he told me “well, I did it right the first time.” So there’s that.

    He also brought his girlfriend in with him for some reason. Smooth.

  • smartacus

    i thought the headline was about reloads with backwards facing meplats!!!

  • valorius

    He must’ve been carrying an H und K.

  • Omario Rosario

    it is just as stupid to call the rounds – bullets
    one does not load the bullets into the magazine (forwards or backwards)
    magazine accepts ROUNDS of ammunition or cartridges (or even casings) but definitely NOT bullets

    • noob

      I’m told that at their inception in 1915, the British Mark I tank proved nearly impregnable to standard rifle fire. The first attempt at boosting the power of German infantry rifles was the “reversed bullet”. This utilized the same case and bullet as a normal round, except with the bullet seated backwards and more propellant added to the cartridge. When fired, the blunt end of the bullet hits the target first. The bullet does not break apart against armor plating like a normal bullet would. I may or may not have stolen that text from wikipedia.

  • Dixie Shooter

    He must be a democrat.

  • Kodi

    I’m noticing how rough and grooved the rim of the cartridge is. Someone has tried to forces this cartridge to do something it was never intended to do, repeatedly.