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Pay Attention. Had a Run Away to day

Discussion in 'NFA & Class III Discussion' started by ratski, Jun 7, 2015.

  1. ratski

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    I guess the big thing I want to say is "Pay attention to your weapon for the little things."

    I was out at the range today and a perfectly functioning firearm was giving me a few problems.

    Failure to feed
    Failure of the bolt to engage
    Failure to eject

    Then, I had a problem firing. I'd pull the trigger and nothing.
    Then the bolt would finish engaging and it would fire.
    Figured that I'd need to give it a good cleaning.

    I thought it was the magazine, even though I'd never had this problem before.

    Swapped magazines, pulled the bolt and released.
    half a mag fired off before I could drop the mag out.
    No, my finger was not on the trigger.

    Popped it open and found a 1/2 busted hammer pin was the culprit.
    One side was still in place, but the other side was missing.

    Fortunately, the firearm was pointed in a safe direction, but it could have been a very bad scene.

    So, the moral of my story is when a firearm that has never given you ANY problems in the past starts giving you a problem, it might be a good idea to stop and give it a thorough inspection. Not sure I would have found the broken hammer pin if it hadn't fallen out, but...

    Second, always have the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, you NEVER know what is going to go wrong or when.

    Dave
     
  2. MrShooter

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    Glad no one was hurt.
     
  3. colb

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    Safety wins again. Glad everyone is alright.
     
  4. mugsy

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    Glad to hear you (and the other shooters) are ok Dave. Was this at the SCRAP range?
     
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    Let me guess. This was on a 9mm M16, right? They are known to be hard on hammer pins. A ramped bolt and some KNS pins will help.
     
  6. bsmith918

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    This would be my guess. I have never heard of a broken trigger pin on any other AR caliber.
     
  7. SPDguns

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    That could have been fun if it was on purpose!!!! Glad no one was hurt
     
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    Good thing no one at a gun range reported it. Someone was prosecuted by the atf for that exact thing...
    Of course it was a stretch to repeat it, but they had all the time in the world.
     
  9. ratski

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    Not sure what they would have prosecuted for other than an accidental discharge.
    The gun involved is fitted with a RDIAS.

    That's why I posted it in the NFA section

    Dave
     

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