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Birthday present gone wrong

This is a discussion on Birthday present gone wrong within the Wheelguns forums, part of the Other Handgun Talk category; Originally Posted by Chicago2VP71 Now I'm scared to shoot my S&W 19-3! LOL. Glad no one was hurt Hand it over to me for safekeeping, ...

Old 01-03-2013, 09:07 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Chicago2VP71 View Post
Now I'm scared to shoot my S&W 19-3! LOL. Glad no one was hurt
Hand it over to me for safekeeping, you know I'll treat it right.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:51 AM   #22
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pretty wild, glad hes ok.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:01 AM   #23
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If something like that ever happened to me at a range, and the range acted like they didn't care, I (and everyone I know)would never go back to that range. Glad he wasn't hurt. Happy new year!
That's kinda my thought, too. I believe my first action would have been to take the barrel to a clerk and stick it somewhere. That's VERY scary (I've had a similar happening to me), and your Dad was VERY lucky to not be injured. Now I know most ranges have a BAD habit of never cleaning or maintaining their rentals until something malfunctions, but that's more than slightly ridiculous!!! The 686 is a big-frame .357 mag, and shouldn't even notice a .38 spcl going through it. I remember shooting a 686 at a range in York. I had to actually hit the cylinder with the heel of my hand to get it to open or latch closed. Wasn't the latch, either. The crane was bent like a pretzel. I remember another range where the clerk discouraged my wife and I from renting a Diamondback .380 to try out with the reason, "It won't shoot a full mag without jamming a couple of times." But it was still sitting in the rental case last time I was there...I do appreciate the honesty, however.

It'd be a cold day in Hell before I went back to THAT range.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:03 PM   #24
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Sounds like you rented a revolver that was shot to heck and never cleaned. I can't tell by the picture, but was the cone still on the frame or was it still attached to the barrel that went down range?

I've seen this happen on more Taurus revolvers than anything else, but I'm sure it can happen to any brand....especially a rental with who knows how many rounds or what type of rounds were put through it. Reloaders testing out handloads may use a rental JIC which is why I'm always hesitant to rent guns.

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Old 01-08-2013, 11:39 PM   #25
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Wow! Talk about starting off the New Years with a bang! Glad no one was hurt and glad he wasn't shooting anything hotter than he was.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:21 AM   #26
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This is a rather rare failure due to a metallurgy flaw in the stock to produce the barrel, basically a grain of sand or carbide in just the wrong spot. Since S&W doesn't X-Ray every single barrel and we couldn't afford the guns if they did, it's something that has to be filed under the heading of "stuff happens".

A bit of good news is that this type of failure is quite rare. More good news is that S&W will repair any failure of this nature on a revolver made after 1989 under their Lifetime Warranty. A small bit if bad news is that there is potential the frame will need to be replaced, in that event you'll get a brand new gun that must be transferred to you through a local FFL dealer.
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:37 AM   #27
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Any picture of the other half?
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:49 PM   #28
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I know i would have got my money back for the rental and ammo of that gun lol
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:15 PM   #29
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Yikes! I agree, had to be neglect.
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:56 AM   #30
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