This is Why We Shoot with Glasses, Eh? – Canadian Edition

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WARNING – Image with blood shown. Those with weak stomachs should not click!

Despite being the most friendly people on the planet, weapons can still be mean to Canadians. This time, a Savage Axis beat up the shooter during an out of battery detonation as the shooter was attempting to clear a stuck cartridge testing the rifle prior to a scheduled hunting trip.

The .30-06 was not going into battery and when attempting to yank the round of out of the chamber, the firing pin caused the primer to rupture with the lugs not engaged. The catastrophic detonation sent brass, copper, and lead fragments from the breach, hitting the shooter above the right eye and peppering him in other places.

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Fortunately, the unlucky shooter was following all the safety rules.

“The barrel was pointed away from me. It was quite a moment. The gun went one way and I went the other,” he said.

Per the victim:

“My ears are still ringing, I’ve still got a friggin’ headache, but the main thing is I’m still around here to talk it about I guess,” he said. “It could be worse, I could be blinded or whatever, right?”

Due to either luck, or a pair of safety glasses, his vision is A-OK. I personally prefer not to rely on luck. Wear your glasses!

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Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • DIR911911 .

    chicks dig scars

  • Gary Kirk

    Here we go “again?”

  • JT303

    Didn’t we recently see a similar incident with another of these rifles?

    • Gary Kirk

      Was the same one..

      • JT303

        I thought an American had a similar incident a couple of weeks ago. I suspect I’m imagining things though.

        • Gary Kirk

          Nope, was the same guy, assuming the same time.. If not, this guy’s really edging for a Darwin award..

        • Josh

          You’re right. I remember it to.

      • Dougscamo

        Doesn’t that share the same bolt design as the 10/110?

        • Gary Kirk

          Don’t know about the internal works of the bolt itself, externally they are similar. However the action of the axis is much more shrouded than the 10/110 with a small port for loading

          • Dougscamo

            Among all the other brands, I have a Savage 116 and a Model 12 Predator….open top both of them…think the port is the problem? Or am I incorrect in thinking that crud may be the problem?….just by looking at the few photos provided….

          • Gary Kirk

            I think there’s a small difference in the way the firing pin is retained.. A 1 piece vs 2 piece setup in the saint. Some sort of collar that if worn or broken can fail to retain it while still out of battery.. Oddball circumstance, but apparently it can happen.. To be clear I’m not 100% on this info, would recommend you do further research on your own.

          • Dougscamo

            Lt M posted a link to the original post that you spoke of above and found out it is NOT the same as the 10/110 bolt in the sear engagement….I can now breathe a sigh of relief. Thanks…..

          • Gary Kirk

            Np brother, not a real pro on the savages.. Was just trying to help you out by memory on the previous article

    • Art Nickel

      Don’t know, but I’d like to see a post mortem done on that rifle.
      Was it a rifle malfunction or a dirt problem?
      Is there a problem with the feed ramp?
      Was it store-bought or reloaded ammunition?
      Did it fire out of battery or did it fire because the guy was banging on the bolt to get it to close?
      Why didn’t the round feed properly???
      There are a lot of questions…
      Until Savage addresses some of these questions I can’t recommend their rifles to my students…yup, I teach Basic Rifle courses…

      • Dougscamo

        Yes, these questions need to be answered though in Lt M’s re-posting it was identified as factory ammo….but to dismiss all Savage products? Or just the Axis? The New York State Police Rapid Response Team uses a Model 10 FP and the Model 110 has been in constant production for around 60 years….longer than the Remington 700….

  • GregD

    While, yes, I’m sure that an out of battery detonation is frightening, the guy really didn’t get as hurt as the sensational picture might suggest. It looks like a small wound above the eye and another near his chin. All (or most of) the rest is just blood that the guy for some reason didn’t wash off.

    • Dougscamo

      If I was getting ready to visit a tort lawyer about suing a manufacturer, I’d want photos like this…..before I’d clean up….ain’t advocating….just sayin’….

      • iksnilol

        Found the lawyer… or somebody you’re closely related to is a lawyer.

        • Dougscamo

          I’m crushed…. :{ ….I thought you knew me better….

          • billyoblivion

            Hey, don’t feel bad. Most people are related to a lawyer one way or another.

          • Dougscamo

            Yes….most….but how many claim them?…..

          • billyoblivion

            “Claim” and “Acknowledge” are two different things.

          • Gary Kirk

            Depends on if you need to make a claim..

          • Dougscamo

            LOL…..

    • noamsaying

      Head wounds always bleed a lot.

      • throwedoff

        Also, all the blood on his cheek and chin was smeared there from the small laceration up and behind his right eye and the small pin hole on his chin. He’s been working at keeping the lacerations open causing the neckline of his tee shirt to be saturated in blood or a blood water mix because it appears he began to wash his face at one time then though better of it. “Eh, my gun blew up. I’m gettin’ paid, eh!”

    • JSmath

      He probably decided immediately to drive himself to the hospital, then stopped to take the picture after getting a good distance.

  • John L.

    An excellent advertisement for eye protection. The gent got very lucky.

    • uisconfruzed

      And a great advertisement for Ruger/Sako/Winchester.

  • Dougscamo

    I would imagine that his “eh?” rate will be multiplied exponentially until his ears stop ringing….

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “The gun went one way and I went the other,”
    – Lee Harvey Oswald

    • USMC03Vet

      Dat ass
      – Andrew Jackson

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        “Can I get some fries with that shake-shake boobie?
        If looks could kill you would be an uzi”
        – Barbara Bush

  • Greg Beals

    What did Savage say? Did he contact them?

  • GD Ajax

    What don’t more people wear gloves and shooting glasses? It is because it’s not “manly” or do they have wrong headed mall ninja believes? Trust me, you are not as a good as shooter as those boys you watch on the Youtubes.

    There is no such thing as too much safety when it comes to expensive machines, such as firearms.

    • iksnilol

      I dunno, I can’t see crap through safety glasses.

      And gloves, well, I find them unecessary.

      • billyoblivion

        Then you need better glasses.

        • Rooftop Voter

          At my local range, hearing protection is ‘recommended’ and eye protection is ‘mandatory.’

        • mbrd

          no argument there…

      • mbrd

        i’ve got that problem too (the spectacles). gloves suck all around.

    • Edeco

      I don’t wear gloves, like to feel my machine, rawr. Similarly I like driving barefoot.

    • Mike Lashewitz

      I have large hands. with gloves I would not be able to shoot at all. Eye glasses cause enough problems shooting with a scope, adding safety glasses makes it much worse. Then there is the fogging as well. I must admit I never wore them in combat.

  • iksnilol

    What would’a eyepro done there ? I mean, he got screwed up beside the eye.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      It’s a reminder to wear eye pro, in case it happens to one of us and a shard flies towards our eyes. He was lucky, we may not be.

  • Dougscamo

    I’m going to have to be stating the obvious…..there’s something more to this incident beyond the story line….

  • Dougscamo

    Thanks for that Lt M! I was out of town hunting when that was posted and missed it….and it answered some questions that I had posed about the bolt. Well done, sir!

  • JSmath

    I actually didn’t see that one, so I don’t mind this one.

  • bthomas

    Just found this. The Savage is a bolt-action. Unclear how a bolt-action rifle can have a out of battery discharge when one is extracting a round. Have been firing BA rifles for over 30 years. The Savage is a cock-on-closing design… so in extracting the firing pin would not have been under any pressure. Could see a problem if the firing pin was jammed forward due to some sort of problem inside the bolt and the round was being chambered with any sort of normal force. In reloading during a string of rapid fire, can see how a round might go off out of battery. Just in general cannot see how this happened in extraction. Sincerely. bruce.

  • jim

    I was more disturbed by the quad-chin.

  • uisconfruzed

    I want details as to HOW the Savage released the firing pin out of battery.

  • Old Vet

    Yes, kiddies, wear those glasses. I shot all my life without eye protection until one day an out of battery detonation in a semi-auto handgun took my vision in my right eye. Still have a fragment sitting on my optic nerve that can’t be removed without the destruction of the eyeball itself. No vision left, destroyed my retina almost completely. Lawsuits provide no relief in the end.

  • Bill

    “You’re bleeding.”
    “I ain’t got time to bleed.”

  • Mike Lashewitz

    Count your blessings!

  • Never shoot without safety glasses!
    Never.

  • RA

    I’ll just repeat what others have asked. I would like to know what cause this to happen.