Will’s Self Dismantling Gun

From gunblogger Where There’s a William…

A new-to-him wheelgun in the exotic Scandium let Entropy suddenly take-over while test-firing.
Ka-BLOOEY!

Nobody was injured.


I think that would have gotten my attention with a great deal of adrenaline.

A segment of frame blew out to the shooters right into the stall partition, while the barrel flew up into the lane sound baffle material and fell back into the target distance-setting motor mounting metalwork ( a u-shaped sheet metal construction located directly above the lane’s shooting table) and was surprisingly hard to hunt down afterwards, but we were eventually successful in rounding all the bits back up:

After some phone-tree tag and such…

UPDATE Friday, 1/14/2011 ~2:00pm: Just finished speaking with Joe Marcoux of Smith & Wesson. Told him briefly what had occured, he requested I send him a picture via email, he took a quick look and took down my details to send me the appropriate shipping label with instructions by return mail. Quick, efficient and, including the wait on hold, the whole transaction took maybe 8 minutes tops…

Dang.

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6 thoughts on “Will’s Self Dismantling Gun

  1. Will,

    Thanks for the info.

    Seems odd to me that the .45 would do this, as it's typically a low pressure cartridge, and not prone to high peak pressures like the various magnum cartridges. Still, impressive result.

    No, my 627 is a Taurus Tracker in titanium, and though it's not led much of a volume of shooting in its life, it has seen some hot factory stuff go through the barrel, and has been back to Taurus once to resolve a loose cylinder problem. Short of it is that it came back to me as if nothing had been done to it except, and as noted on the invoice, that the center pin had been replaced, hence my apprehension with firing it…pretty much ever again sans a true fix.

    My best guess is that the crane axis pin (whatever it is, I'm not interested in the technical name) is either stretched or has become eccentric in some way. The end shake is noticable and seems way out of spec, even to my untrained eye.

    Hope you get some kind of restitution from Smith on your piece, or at least a decent answer for what the problem really was.

    Cheers.

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  2. FHB – Hey yeh I saw that, Victor is around the corner from here at the Hoover institute, and down the road near Fresno on CA Hwy 99, “The Pearl Harbor Survivors Memorial Highway.”

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  3. irratablearchitecht,

    The 625-10 is a limited-run production of .45acp revolvers commissioned by Lew Horton Distributors in 2003. My particular gun was apparently actually built in 2004. As far as I can determine, it was a display piece at SHOT Show 2005, was bought by a distributor immediately afterwards, subsequently purchased from them by a local dealer here in Tyler, TX from whom my FFL bought it in turn. It has mostly resided in his gun safe (or his pant's pocket – it was a really neat carry piece) ever since

    The ammo fired was 5 (of 6 total) rounds of Remington Express 185gr JHP new (as opposed to a hand load) from a freshly purchased box, but the gun had had ~100 rounds of 230gr FMJ fired from it over it's lifetime.

    If your 627 isn't a scandium alloy frame, none of this should be an issue for it. Keep or trade it as you think best, but not as a result of my mishap (which seems largely unique to scandium guns).

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  4. I'm assuming, without reading the link, that this is one of the J-Frames in .357 that did this; Wow!

    What load was being shot, curiously?

    This kind of thing I've seen with a bit more regularity than I'd like with the small and/or light guns in the more potent calibers, mine included. Kinda makes me rethink the mass trade-offs that might be worth the extra effort in baggage.

    I might just send the 627 back to the factory 'smith after putting some softball stuff through it and say, “still no joy,” or something similar…then trade it off when it returns from getting, “fixed.”

    My next revolver is just going to be Ruger GP100.

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  5. Funny thing is, neither of us can remember any difference in sound or percieved recoil between any of the shots – particularly the last one. Only thing we can figure is that the bullet left the barrel before the frame metal finished splitting away and the barrel taking it's ride to the sky.

    JM was nice and all, but next time he calls me. 🙂

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