Browning Hi-Power Bullet Puller

Nicholas C
by Nicholas C

I am not sure what to call this type of malfunction. Yesterday, I went to the range with a co-worker. He brought along his Browning Hi-Power. On the last round, of a shooting string, this happened. He said he felt a pop and then mushy trigger. He looked at the chamber and saw the malfunction, which you can see in the picture above.

That is the bullet sitting pretty in the ejection port. Immediately below it is the empty aluminum casing. The ammo is made by Federal. I cannot wrap my brain around how this could happen. Is this a squib? But the bullet was not lodged into the barrel. There was enough back pressure to move the slide back and extract the casing and somehow the bullet hitched a ride and came back out with the empty casing.

Very strange indeed.

Here is a photo of the bullet and casing.

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  • Phil Elliott Phil Elliott on Aug 15, 2015

    Recently got a bunch of ammo that was bad, due to somebody spraying their guns with WD-40. All kinds of calibers, pulled the bullets (with a conventional puller),, there were a number of Alum. cases in the batch some with badly corroded cases ie: eaten up around the bullet. Plus there were two cases from "deleted" with no primer and no flash hole.

  • MidGasFan MidGasFan on Aug 16, 2015

    I've seen this happen in big bore revolvers and in 1911s quite a bit. Get a bad crimp and the reciprocating slide works the bullet out of the case while in the mag and when it gets up high enough, they separate so there is no pressure to push the bullet down the tube, the powder burns and just doesn't do anything.