PSA: Subsonic Squib

Nicholas C
by Nicholas C

Hat tip to Bradley for sending us the link to this video. It is a public service announcement. Many of us have heard of squibs happening. Just like a DQ in a competitive match; there are two kinds of people out there, those that have had it happen and those that will. I only have a .22LR SWR Spectre II suppressor and I shoot standard velocity and high velocity loads out of it. So it never occurred to me that a subsonic load would be more susceptible to being a squib load. The scenario in the video was a stroke of luck for the shooter. Shooters should try to always be vigilant when shooting. Accidents happen when we get complacent. Just like this shooter. He has shot thousands of rounds. He felt something odd but continued loading another round and he kept trying. Had he been paying more attention, he would have acted on his initial observation and checked for the squib. It is hard though, to divorce yourself from the task at hand. We all do it. We get tunnel visioned into the target and forget to stop and check. Let this video be a warning to stay aware and pay attention to what is happening in your gun.

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  • AR-PRO AR-PRO on Oct 04, 2015

    A friend of mine (seriously, a friend) was trying to develop the perfect 6.8 subsonic round, he would load a couple rounds, open his walk out cellar door and just reach out and fire 2 rounds, each time he did this, he recalculated his load data and adjusted it as he felt he was close to that golden load, until he became so complacent that he opened the door, fired the first round, it was very quiet, and wasn't powerful enough to cycle the BCG, so he instinctively stopped, loaded another round with a larger charge, chambered the round, stuck his rifle out the door and promptly blew up his 6.8 AR-15. He didn't realize that the bullet never left the barrel. It split the barrel, separated the picatinny rail from the upper, shattered the magazine and destroyed the lugs on the bolt. He did suffer a few small cuts, but needless to say, he gave up on the idea of the perfect subsonic 6.8!

  • Cymond Cymond on Oct 04, 2015

    I had a squib with a 22lr revolver and didn't notice. It wasn't very accurate (sights are worthless, you have to point-shoot with it) so I just thought I missed. I stacked another 2 rounds behind it and discovered the problem with a bullet lodged between the cylinder and the barrel. The cylinder couldn't turn or open. I couldn't actually unload it.

    I figured the cheap revolver was totaled, so I had nothing to lose by trying to fix it myself. I beat on the cylinder with a hammer until the the bullet in the cylinder-gap sheared in half. Then I pounded the 3 bullets out of the barrel with a brass cleaning rod (which ruined the rod). In the end, the revolver was just fine, or at least no worse than before.