Ian S. experienced quite a shock when his FNP tactical exploded.

FN Tactical blew up on me today. Appears to have not been completely in battery so either really dirty or a high primer. Hands are burnt and really bruised but not bad considering. Also, +1 for eye pro.

Eta: I guess I should have detailed the ammo. These were reloads run by the thousand on my progressive. Looking at the rest of the lot, there were a few with high primers so this is where I got this theory. This lot was at the bottom of the data range and even a double charge would not have caused critical pressure so something else went wrong. Chamber is to spec and checks out with headspace gauges. Also, last round was a hit so it wasn’t a squib.

I saw a few comments posted poking fun at the polymer frame. The majority of the blast was funneled down the mag well and out the bottom with almost zero damage to the frame. You can see where the mag release split and shot between my fingers, but the magazine body contained the rest. I’m fairly confident that the results would have been the same in a steel frame gun, with the exception of the slide and fcg lifting out of the frame a little

He did not experience any major injuries and was quite lucky.

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  • SickandTired

    Wow! Interesting Catastrophic Failure!

  • Porty1119

    That’s a unique case failure mode.

  • Black Dots

    Looks like FN can compete with Glock after all.

  • Black Dots

    I never would have guessed that reloads could blow up a gun. Who knew?

    • Blake

      Wow, two totally not cliched sarcastic comments that I’ve never seen before on the internet! How do you do it?

      • Black Dots

        It’s hard, but I make sure to hydrate, eat my vitamins, and say my prayers.

        • Klaus Von Schmitto

          But do you lift, bro?

      • Vitsaus

        It makes little economic sense to risk replacing a an $800+ dollar gun to save a few bucks per 50 rounds. It seems like 99% of Ka-Booms occur using reloads and yet people still don’t learn.

        • Drew Coleman

          Depends on what you are reloading for. Reloading lets you churn out ammo cheaper, per round, to allow you to shoot more. You can also tailor your ammo to your needs and your gun(s). You can also handload to get the most accuracy from your guns.

          • iksnilol


          • Dougscamo

            Now that’s funny….I don’t care who you are…

          • Drew Coleman

            Hey that’s the bear’s problem, not mine.

          • Vanns40

            As long as the bear is well done and you eat it what, exactly, is your problem?

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          Some people shoot in super high quantity, to the point where the price of the gun is very small in comparison to the ammo they run through it. That being the case, $3/50 rounds could have recouped most of, if not entirely, the cost of that gun.

        • Porty1119

          The worst malfunction (I believe it was an overcharged shell that swelled up and jammed terribly) I’ve ever encountered in a firearm happened with factory ammunition.
          We’re also talking a lot more than “a few” bucks. If you cast, try a quarter the cost of factory stuff.
          Progressive presses and the ensuing possible lack of quality control are different story.

        • AJ187

          Anyone dumb enough to believe that doesn’t have the mental fortitude to reload in the first place. Plenty of factory kabooms on the internet you might want to check out when you’re not busy confirming you bias.

          • Gunner4guy

            You’re right. I had a factory 7x57mm Mauser, 175 gr JSP, fresh out of the box, blow in a relatively new Remington. End result: approx. 5 pieces of stock and a barreled action with assorted metal bits and pieces which may or may not ever become re-assembled into a functioning rifle. To date I’ve never had any problems with any handloads or reloads for handguns or rifles.

        • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

          When reloading my .458 SOCOM, I save over $60 per 50 rounds.

          Yeah. It’s worth it.

        • Laserbait

          What “seems”, does not equal “is”. I reload because I was tired of poor QC from the commercial ammo. I have seen/been near three KB!’s in the past 15 years, and they were all commercial ammo.

          Personally, I have loaded over almost 300K rounds of ammo, and never had a KB!, so it’s made more than economic sense, it’s also been safer than shooting commercial ammo.

          Someday, people will learn that commercial ammo is not any sort of guarantee that your gun will not blow up.

          • Dougscamo

            The only KABOOM I have ever witnessed was with factory ammo….though, as a reloader, I must sheepishly admit that I have had 1 KABANG….

          • datimes

            I got started reloading in 1971 while in college. A year later I bought a used Star progressive from the local PD. I used it to make great money loading low pressure .38 wadcutters for the local gun shop. I have no idea how many 100’s of thousands or cartridges I’ve reloaded. I now use a Dillion and do about 12,000 a year. I do it for relaxation, my own enjoyment, and satisfaction. Never had a kaboom.

          • stephen

            How come when people talk about their reload totals its always a whole number?


          • Laserbait

            Because we record how many we make, more often than how many we shoot. I 6000K at a time of 223. I don’t bother to count how many I shoot, as I start reloading again when I have only 2 .50 cal ammo cans full left. Same for 9mm, 45 ACP, 308, 44 Mag and 357 Mag.

          • HR Pufnstuf

            Because most reloaders don’t load half a round?

        • Vanns40

          Well, you’ve just proved at least one thing, you’ve never shot serious competition before. Occasionally it’s better not to say anything and let folks think you’re ignorant than open your mouth and prove it.

        • Art Nickel

          I cannot disagree more, and it is more than “a few bucks” to start with. Accuracy in today’s manufactured ammunition is not all that good, nor is the accuracy with it. At least when you reload you can spend the time inspecting everything and verifying everything. Properly done, reloading is far superior to anything you will get from any manufacturer unless you are buying top-of-the-line target loads.
          The worst gun “disassemblies” I have seen–all thankfully post event–have involved factory ammunition.
          In this case it does NOT look like a high primer problem, but rather firing out of battery. It doesn’t matter one bit about the ammo, the gun should NOT fire out of battery.

        • Gunner4guy

          Only kablooey problems I’ve seen/had were with factory ammo in firearms which were well within chamber specs.

          Seen quite a few high primer rounds from the factory as well as some which needed multiple firing pin hits… way more than with any reloads(I have a Remington 7×57 in approx. 10 pieces from a Remington 175 gr JSP which blew on me).

          • Dougscamo

            OW! That had to leave a mark!….

          • Gunner4guy

            Yeah, actually it did some. Powder tattooing on my right cheek, ears rang for weeks(even with earplugs and headmuffs), the bolt release embedded in my left cheek bone. All this just a week before I flew to SEATAC to go to SEAsia.
            Remington had me send the remaining rounds in the box direct to HP White Labs & they said it looked like I’d fired the only bad round since all the others met specs. Kept the parts thinking I’d have the rifle rebuilt but….. probably never will.

          • Dougscamo

            Man, that blows! Glad it wasn’t worse but, if it were me, I probably would have developed a permanent flinch. Glad it wasn’t worse…saw a guy lose a thumb to a premature discharge on a 1917 30-06 Enfield….factory ammo….

          • Gunner4guy

            Any flinch I had went away…. With 105’s, 155’s, the 8 inchers popping off fire missions, incoming B140’s(or whatever they were), it doesn’t matter after a while. Since part of my hearing in the high ranges is long gone. On the range, once I insert earplugs and put on a heavy-duty set of muffs, I’m in my own little world. Bought a pair of electronic plugs for hunting and they make a difference. Either way, I can concentrate on the trigger and sight picture.
            Wow! Model of 1917 Enfields are strong actions not prone(as far as I know) to weak heat treatment & the civilian version by Remington, the Model 30, were built up till the mid-1930’s(I think) which they probably wouldn’t have if there were any major problems.
            Sooo, premature discharge = high primer or a firing pin that hadn’t retracted(gunk in the bolt or a broken FP spring)? Losing a thumb is bad… but it could have been a hand. Bad enough when it’s your own damn fault but when it’s beyond your control…smh.

          • Dougscamo

            From what I was told later….not first-hand knowledge….broken firing pin spring….so you nailed it…

          • Gunner4guy

            Older weapons, even a few newer ones can have that happen… also could have been a broken firing pin too. Had that on my SAFN49–luckily I could find newer OEM pins from FN that supposedly fix that so I got several.

            I’ve replaced the springs in all my older arms as much as I can with new NOS springs just in case. Trouble is…. for a couple of them there aren’t any available even from SARCO or Numrich so for 2 I had to have a gunsmith make new ones. Price you have to pay tho if you want to shoot them.

          • Dougscamo

            Roger that…I have an OLD (as in rode hard and put up wet) 12 gauge Remington 870 that I have replaced the firing pin in 2 times and the springs, 3….and yes, I have shot it that much….pretty much the reason that many of my sentences begin with “What?” and “Huh?”….and that doesn’t count all of my other toys that go “bang”….
            Funny…I don’t remember that many people using earmuffs or even plugs in the ’60’s…

          • Gunner4guy

            The old man was WW2 & Korea USN and was a bug about ear protection…. guessing cause of all the shore bombardments/assaults/etc. his ship was a part of so earmuffs at least for target shooting was a must. When I got sworn in the winter of 1970 as a deputy sheriff I added the earplugs when we went out to qualify… & just decided to use both as a habit.
            The Army had been issuing the plugs since I don’t know when but they began issuing the earmuffs in addition around 1980 or so for the tactical vehicle drivers and cannon-cockers among others.
            Been using the electronic muffs for the range and hunting for maybe 12-15 yrs but switched to the electronic plugs for hunting when they came out at a price I was willing to pay. Has made a BIG difference – now I can HEAR the deer I miss as they didi….LOL!

          • Dougscamo

            First set of muffs was in 1971 so my damage was done…and use hearing aids now to hear the deer. Amazing difference! Only use occasionally to hear people…
            I put 31 1/2 years as a Deputy Sheriff/Sheriff…just got too old (Get off my lawn) to deal with the crap….
            When I had my KaBang with my 7mm Magnum, I fortunately was wearing plugs and electronic muffs…fortunately.
            Amazing how loud a load that produced a velocity through the chronograph 350 fps faster than the baseline sounds!

          • Gunner4guy

            Understand. I plink with some .22 shorts behind the house and even those can be loud now. Anything else & it’s off to the range and the dual noise protection goes on.
            I retired 2 yrs ago after a total of 37 or so of civilian, military, federal and then state LE. Took a ground level fall and ended up with both shoulders being rebuilt and a new knee(courtesy of an 82mm mortar shell). Time for the youngsters to put up or shut up….soooo, pulled the pin 2 yrs ago. Driving the wife nuts…..heheheheh!!!!!

          • Dougscamo

            Roger that! Hope it wasn’t one of our mortars! Not that the shells can tell the difference….

          • Gunner4guy

            82mm, fired by little guys with red stars on their helmets. 82mm so they can use both theirs AND any of our shells they can capture. But….. that was a long time ago…lol

          • Dougscamo

            Uh, duh, I am so sharp sometimes….you did say 82mm….duh…..ever read something and just assume? I read it and it didn’t ring through that we used 81’s….geez…..
            Long ago and in a galaxy far, far away….missed it by 1 year….and though I’ve been shot at 11 times down through the years….all misses…I can assure you I’m glad I didn’t have to go…but thanks for your service. And I mean that deeply…

          • Gunner4guy

            Understand, I’m fighting chemo-fog from a little lung cancer, courtesy of presumptive exposure to AO, among other agents, which also can seem like…. a brain-fart. Other than that little ‘mishap’ with the mortar, I’ve had an OIS but have lucky…. I’ll pass at being 9 down from you!
            I knew pretty much what I was getting into since I come from a Navy family…. but I enlisted anyway…hehehehe!
            And you’re welcome. I’m proud of my service and proud of my Service(MP Corps)

          • Hasty

            If you’re not using a semiauto, or don’t mind manually cycling the action, I recommend CCI Quiet .22lr. They’re only going 710 fps, and are about as loud as a commercial pellet gun; in fact, I’ve heard CO2 pellet guns that are louder than this stuff out of my Ruger 96/22 levergun, which has a bit of a short barrel, at least by my standards. Out of a single shot with a longer barrel it’s almost silent.
            Do use hearing protection if you’re putting it in a revolver, though, as it’s still loud enough to do damage then.

          • Gunner4guy

            If I’m using a suppressed wpn I wear eye protection but for anything else I add ear protection plus with any centerfire then it’s dual ear protection.
            Haven’t checked the dbi of .22 Federal ‘Hi-Speed Shorts” out of a rifle but they’re certainly loud. I use some older earplugs when plinking with them & for hunting squirrel or rabbit with .22 LR or .22 mags. Seems to be a nice balance between noise reduction and hearing game.
            The CCI Quiet is a new one on me – I’ll have to look around and locate some.
            Congrats on having a 96/22 – last one I saw at a local gunshow the seller wanted an ‘arm, a leg and a first-born girlchild’ for it plus it looked well-used(as in beat to hell…) !

  • Markbo

    How would a high primer cause a case failure like that if it were fully in battery?

    • Blake

      It wasn’t, that’s the point. The high primer kept it from fully locking, that’s what he’s trying to say.

  • AmmoMFG (Drew)

    Interesting, looking at the pic of the barrel and slide, it looks like a high primer might be to blame the gun is clearly not in battery. It also could have been a round that had a case that was too long, or other debris built up that kept it from fully locking the way it was supposed to. Either way, not a good feeling for sure.

  • JoshCalle

    Yikes, does FN’s warranty cover shooting reloads or are you out like 800 bucks?

    • Andrew Miller

      Pretty much every manufacturer says “using reloaded ammunition voids every warranty”.
      Because they aren’t going to give you a new gun just because you loaded your ammo wrong

      • CS

        Hi-point will cover you in the event your handloads explode the gun.

  • Joseph Goins

    This is why you always wear eye protection.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    That blows, dude.

    • Joseph Goins

      What would really blow is if this was his only gun during a Hillary presidency.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Hopefully not since shes likely going to win.

        • Ambassador Vader

          Never give up, never surrender! lol elections not over yet.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I cant vote for that red headed buffoon.

          • Joseph Goins

            It’s not red! It’s orange like a goldfish. Seriously, google it.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Its really less about the hair and more about his clownish ignorance.

          • Hermann Göring

            That, and the fact that you h e e b s are all super liberal

          • Paul White

            So it’d look better underwater…

          • Joseph Goins

            http://cdn . smosh . com/sites/default/files/2015/08/donald-trump-looks-like-sushi.jpg

          • Trump is our only choice

            Remember who pushed the Assault Weapon Ban? You better fall in line with Trump unless you want Assault Weapon Ban 2.0

          • Gregory

            A non-vote for Trump IS a vote Clinton. Suck it up and do what is best for our nation. Who is worse, someone that says stupid things or someone that believes she is above the law and repeatedly violates it, lies about violating it and destroys the evidence of it?

          • OBlamo Binlyen

            Then you are voting for losing the country, congratulations.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            So be it then.
            I didnt force the RNC to put the lunatic fringe in the drivers seat.

          • Ambassador Vader

            then don’t vote for him for his personality, vote for the supreme court seats. Otherwise this site might be a memories site.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Why? So the SC can be filled with people I cant stand just as much as him?

          • Ambassador Vader

            I could care less if I like them personally or not as long as they don’t futz with the gun rights. I’d put Justin bieber in there as long as he upheld my rights.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Thats all fine and good but unfortunately the President is responsible for a lot more than not banning your guns.
            There are a thousand different ways an idiot like him could cause a major catastrophe.

          • Ambassador Vader

            So voting for hillary is going to result in less catastrophe? It will be the same catastrophes just without guns.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            Unfortunately yes, thats what this election has come down to: Who is going to f-ck things up less?

          • Ambassador Vader

            Exactly, and if they are going to f* things up anyways; might as well have guns during the fallout.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I will, no matter who wins.

          • Edeco

            I don’t value them. The checks and balances have been overrun, to my mind for over a century. Better to have it be a barbarian rampage over the bulwarks than something insidious, cure people of the illusion that they’re OK for now, that there’s something special about the status quo, that there’s something to left to save. People are worried about what they’ll lose, it’s a maladaptive frame of mind.

          • HR Pufnstuf

            I can, but mostly because he’s NOT HILLARY. And that’s who I’m voting for: NOT HILLARY!

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            I get it, she’s not great but he is an actual psycho.
            I’d like to vote republican but unfortunately there isn’t one on the ballot.

        • Joseph Goins

          Sad but true. Trump already dug his grave. He keeps combined anti-establishment anger with his own signature form of “idonotgiveafuçkbecauseiwilldomyownthing”-itis. That was a bad mix and people bought it hook, line, and sinker. I guarantee you that the Republican Party will pass some sort of morality rule where you can’t be the nominee unless you have a favorable background check after this election cycle.

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            The republicans screwed themselves in numerous ways over the last eight years. Number one by encouraging the far right, birther loonies. So now those chickens are home to roost and they have nobody to blame but themselves. They should have been focusing on issues and cultivating serious candidates.
            Well, just because they out it on the plate doesnt mean im eating it.

          • Mike

            They could have embraced the TeaParty and looked to shrink the federal leviathan but alas, they could not give up any power just like their democrat bedfellows.

            Oh well, coulda been nice.

          • john huscio

            Actual violent civil conflict in this country in the not so distant future is inevitable…… writings on the wall…… buy cheap, stack deep, carry everywhere, head on a swivel and all that jazz…..

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            God, I was really hoping to enjoy middle age. Read more, maybe see some theater. Now I gotta worry about this pair of clown shoes cratering the nation.

          • You just had to break the primary rule no politics!

        • Phillip Cooper

          I sincerely hope not, though I can’t say with any sincerity that the American voter is smart enough to vote against her.

          • Joseph Goins

            If you listen to Trump, you don’t have to worry about it because she’ll die from sickness or because “the Second Amendment people might…I don’t know.”

          • TheNotoriousIUD

            We might want to all stay drunk because Trump isnt going to do anything he is promising right now.
            Anyone who thinks a wall is going up from San Diego to Brownsville needs to go see a doctor.

          • iksnilol

            It would breathe life into the biga$$ wall industry again. It sorta died out after the Mongols stopped threathening China.

          • Ambassador Vader

            Yea but china put up a wall and they have almost no Mexicans.

          • Dougscamo

            Hadrian had to use subcontractors apparently….

          • iksnilol

            Bloody shame I say.

          • Trey Heldmann

            Not quite on the same scale, but the Berlin Wall must’ve helped that line of work some. That’s what’s wrong with the world today, no “Big A $$ Wall” industry ?

        • Tiru Maru

          She has already won. They just haven’t told us yet….

    • Billy Jack

      FN’ A right it blows.

  • flyfishr

    So is everyone saying this gun will fire out of battery? If true that’s a design failure.

    • Phillip Cooper

      Did you read the article?

      • flyfishr

        Yes I did, and I asked a question to clarify a questionable statement.

    • Premek Marek

      Lots of guns will fire a little out of battery (less than a milimeter as is the case with most high primers), that can in turn mess up the timing (not fully locked – lots more pressure when unlocked). Tolerances in manufacture, reliability issues, plain mechanical reasons etc.

    • Woland

      I would argue that the way the gun diverted most of the pressure away from the shooter speaks quite well to the quality of the design. Ian’s assesment of a high primer preventing the gun from entering battery is probably correct.

      I’ll check my fnx45 tomorrow to see if i can duplicate this with a inert high primer and a properly seated inert primer. Dispite the firing pin being able to travel it shouldn’t be able to travel far enough to set off a property seated primer when out of battery.

      • flyfishr

        A gun that will allow you to pull the trigger, disengage the firing pin block and release the firing pin while out of battery is a poor design. High primer or not, the gun by design should not have fired. A quality design, will not fire out of battery. The trigger of my 90s era USP goes dead as the action starts to move but before the barrel unlocks and goes out of battery.

  • Brandon Whosville

    High Primers can slam fire. Its an ammo failure not a gun failure. God Damn y’all are dumb.

    • TechnoTriticale

      re: High Primers can slam fire.

      Yes, they can, but this one has a firing pin dimple. That suggests a firing-pin initiated discharge out of battery, and the “last round was a hit” statement is consistent with that.

      There are, of course, a variety of ways to kaboom with reloads, but the more popular ones are probably double- or over-charges, and squib loads followed by almost anything but another squib. I have no theories on this one.

      • Kivaari

        Yep, a double charge.

        • steveday72

          If you’d read the article you would know he was loading low-pressure loads. So low in fact that even a double charge would have still be within safety spec.

          • Kivaari

            I read it as said BS. That is a case head blown out by excessive pressure. Pure and simple. Unsupported and weak .45 brass is easily blown out from over charges.
            I don’t know of a reliable load, that functions the gun, that can be doubled (or tripled) that wont be over-pressure. Just because the shooter said he used a light load that he thought could be double charged safely without blowing out the case, doesn’t mean it was safe.

    • Steven Alexander

      Nice language! You eat with that mouth?

  • Gary Kirk

    Are we sure there was no .300 blackout anywhere around??

    Serious note.. That sucks..

  • Slvrwrx

    One of the improvements on the FNX-45 series was a more supported chamber. Now that probably wouldn’t have helped a great deal if a high primer was the cause of the KB!

  • Sasquatch

    Here comes the Glockanazis with the, “if it would of been a glock this would never have happened”.

    • Wyatt Earp

      I have a Glock 32 that jams every third round unless it is fed a specific brand of factory loaded ammunition. With re-loads I meticulously re-load, it will go two rounds max. (This is with the factory barrel.)

      Glock says there’s nothing wrong with it, but it is clear the chamber has more volume than it should. I bought an aftermarket barrel and it works fine.

      But. then, no one would even remotely call me a Glock fan, much less a “Glockanazi.”

  • CS

    The good news here is, that you dont have to spend another $1k on a new FNP Tactical. This is because the non-tacticool version has 100% parts interchangeability with the tactical version. Anyone who owns a non-tac FNP can buy the slide and barrel and convert themselves in to instant tacticool for a few hundred dollars.

    Basically, what im saying here is. Go buy a standard FNP and re-use your old barrel and slide.

  • Kivaari

    Classic look of a double charge.

    • TechnoTriticale

      re: Classic look of a double charge.

      We might be able to deprecate that possibility with info on the load used.

      So far, all we know is that it was a progressive machine, which likely requires more diligence to eyeball every case for powder level, compared to single stage, where staging usually results in a tray of filled cases, and doubles or material overcharges are obvious at a single glance at the whole batch.

      Super cautious reloaders may base their powder selection, in part, on the charge filling more than half the final free space in the case, as an extra (if minor) safeguard against overcharges.

      • Bob

        I have a progressive press, and I LOOK in each case!!
        I also GAGE 100 PERCENT with a wilson case gage when done loading and while doing this, I LOOK at the primer to see that it is SEATED. Been reloading for 37 years now and have not had a “kaboom”. ONLY have the ONE powder on the bench. NOTHING else out there.
        when I do reload, I don’t do anything else. No radio, NO TV, NO TEXTING, NO talking etc. Pay attention. Wish people would do this when they DRIVE TOO!!

        • Lo Andy Kruth

          And you are a vegetable?
          You have a point but no radio man?
          Come on,,,,,

          • De Facto

            If you’re paying the proper level of attention, a radio is an irritating distraction. When dealing with explosives the task at hand should encompass every last shred of your attention.

  • tb556

    bummer, those guns are huge but awesome shooters – expensive mistake.

  • Diek

    I will never fire reloads…more power to those that do, but I’m not a ammo manufacturer and i dont trust homemade ammo. Sad they he lost he .45.

  • Title should be “RELOADS DESTROY ANOTHER GUN”.

  • Mick Blair

    You may have had a detonation due to a low amount of powder in the Shell. The powder explodes instead of burning. Seen this happen with a 9mm. Double charge wouldn’t do this.

  • ??

    There needs to be more data to come to any real conclusions here. What bullet, what powder (how much)? what primer? What was the taper crimp set at? what was the oal? There are a lot of variables here. High primers don’t seat them selves. This looks like a double charge of fast powder like Bullseye/Titegroup/Clays (take your pick). Or bullet setback and fast powder.

  • Oldtrader3

    Good eye protection!!! I never fire handloads for semi’s, only revolvers. This does look like a detonation?

  • jng1226

    The naysayers about reloading are talking completely out of ignorance. I’ve reloaded on Dillon progressive reloading presses since 1993, have shot over half a million rounds of 9, .40 and .45 in my competition career, winning numerous championships along the way. It’s saved me thousands of $ and enabled my guns to perform their best (accuracy, reliability and cleanliness) for the sports I compete in. Yes, I have blown up a gun with a bad reload. That was in 1993, a few months after I started reloading on the notoriusly easy-to-blow-up Glock 23. Learned my lesson about the reloading process, modified my techniques and haven’t blown up anything since. If you’re serious about shooting and training to be as good as you can be, and don’t have a trust fund or winning lottery ticket, then reloading is the only way to go. My match ammo is better in my guns than any factory ammo because it has been specifically tuned for my barrels while making the power factor required by the sports I play in. I use Vihtavuori powder and jacketet, copper plated and/or Hi-Tek polymer coated projectiles with Federal primers. These are better individeal components than you’ll find in many high-$ factory devensive loadings

  • Lo Andy Kruth

    Exactly the same thing happened to me on my glock 17.
    Only thing that broke though was the magazine.
    Guess i was lucky.

  • 3of11

    Why reloading is over-rated, except for match and obscure rounds.
    Yeah, you’ll save 23.76 cents a shot, after re-couping your $1200 layout, and then factor the cost to replace $1,000 worth of gun (factory ammo blowing up a gun = free new gun). Then theres the time value of money.

  • TexTopCat

    I would sure like to see the gun returned to FN and have their explanation. Most designs will not allow the firing ping to move forward if the slide is out of battery for any reason.

  • JayHu

    Man, glad you didn’t get seriously injured. I won’t make any comments on reloading, as I’m not a reloader, but as a FNX 45 T owner, I sure hope it wasn’t anything with the gun and that can be clarified.

  • Doug Baskin


    U left your Burris on ‘ON’

    Still ‘ON’

    Still ‘ON’

    Still ‘ON’

  • Jalen Byon

    I can’t wait to see how many people ignore “I shot reloads” and still try to blame the gun because they’re upset they can’t afford one themselves

  • Leigh Rich


  • Old Vet

    1911’s are not strangers to out of battery problems, I can assure you of that, and it doesn’t always require a high primer. In this case it appears he may have had both mishaps in one discharge???

  • No politics guy——

    • Froghill

      You got it Phil W since by the timeline I am the one that started it pfffft


  • Professor X

    Key word, “reload” but let’s blame the pistol everyone. You see this time and time again, gee it couldn’t have been the reload.

  • Professor X

    Yes, you can get a kaboom from factory ammo. Though a high percentage of the time that it happens reloaded ammo is involved.