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First Glock shoot, and first Glock malfunction

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by DrDoot, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. DrDoot

    DrDoot

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    I just bought a used 3rd generation Glock 17. Paperwork shows it is less than a year old, and looks to be well taken care of. I went out to the range with a couple hundred rounds of ammo (after cleaning the weapon) and at about 150 rounds I got a face full of what felt like sand(powder?) after pulling the trigger. The weapon had fired. After making sure that I still had both eyes (I had taken the safety glasses off after firing a magazine to ensure the weapon was safe), I pulled the slide back and ejected an empty shell. (I tried to find that particular shell, but it fell into a pile of them and I didn't notice any with irregular marks/deformities.) I don't know what caused the malfunction, or what it was that hit my face. I was shooting the cheap Winchester ammo from Wal-Mart. After the malfunction, I fired another 50 or so rounds, and then a few days later another 200 rounds with no other problems. Is it more likely a problem with the ammo or the weapon? What shot into my face?

    My first time pulling the trigger on the M-16 in basic training, it jammed (missing extractor spring it turned out). That shook my confidence in the AR platform and since then I have never trusted it. With Glock's reputation for reliability, I'd like to know what happened so that the first impression doesn't stick. Thanks.
     
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    It's the ammo. How can the weapon cause the ammo to malfunction in that manner?
     

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    ANeat Got Pb?

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    I would try to never shoot a gun without safety glasses, as you found out, stuff happens. Probably didnt get a complete burn on the powder and you got a face full. (Unburnt powder) Was the recoil especially light on that shot?

    When something like that happens its a good idea to make sure that there isnt a bullet still in the bore before firing another round,
     
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    I wasn't sure which had malfunctioned, the ammo or the weapon.

    I couldn't tell you much difference there was in recoil, I was more concerned about the stuff exploding into my face. I've shot a good deal before and have never had problems without glasses (with a gun I had fired before) but there's always a first time.

    Is this a problem to be expected from cheap Winchester ammo?
     
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    No, with the rare exception. You'll still get malfunctions with factory ammo, but they'll be in the 1/100,000 probability. Having said that, I have no idea what might have happened.

    H.
     
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    ++++++++++ on that one. Any "bang" that is unusual especially if it felt "light" could be a mis-loaded round that may have; not enough powder, wrong powder, or NO powder. Worse-case is no powder or very under-loaded because the primer might run the bullet just a few inches into the barrel. Then the next full power round comes behind it against a plugged barrel, that is a possible KB or if you are lucky a ruined barrel.