AR-15 Kaboom

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

1098cya wrote about his Kaboom experience at

From there, we took it apart and used my cleaning rod to push out the broken spent shell case out of the chamber. Needless to say, no more shooting that rifle. We surmised a possible “squib load”, double load. But, if you look closely at the damaged spent shell casing, the end is pretty clean and the rest is fouled. RSO said that the round wasn’t fully chambered.

When the firing pin made contact, about an inch of it was also fouled. The gases went straight from the chamber, down into the magazine well and blew out the bottom of the magazine. You should have seen my face, as I fired off that round and heard and felt something different. Looking down, I saw the bottom of the magazine all blown out and seeing the magazine spring hanging out too!

[ Many thanks to jdun1911 for emailing me the link. ]

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Lance Lance on Apr 07, 2010

    Steve are you shooting your reloads again???? LOL

  • Michael Michael on Apr 08, 2010

    I won't get angry but I will state that in the 30 years I've been rolling my own I've not once forgotten to powder a cartridge or double charged one. And the reason this is so is that first of all I load only slow burning powders, meaning a double charge isn't possible without powder spilling every where no matter what cartridge is in question, second is I inspect each case prior to seating the projectile to be sure I didn't skip a cartridge powder charge. I only powder load with a scale not volmetric devices as well so my charges are exact and I mean exact to specification ( within 1/10 th of a grain if I'm in a sloppy mood ). Most hand loaders, and I do mean most load for economic reasons of which is the last thing on my mind. I do it only for performance thus the heavy charges of slow burning powders whcih as well produce nice consistent pressures, rather high velocities, and most importantly accuracy unmatched by the economic methods most hand loaders focus on.

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