Birthday present gone wrong

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  1. kaotik78

    kaotik78 XDTalk 100 Member

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    Well Happy New Year to everyone here. The Mrs and I decided to take her father to the local range as part of his birthday present. Going through the basics again, refreshing on safety etc etc. Everything was going great until we rented a S&W 686 .357 mag with a 4" barrel and a box of .38 special rounds to start off with. After going over the drill with her dad a few times, he was confident and loaded it up. Both my wife and I were watching. He pulled the trigger and bam, the barrel blew off and went down range. He calmly put the remains down on the bench and looked at me and said "What did I do wrong". He was luckily not injured, just a tad shook up as to what had happened.

    Needless to say my wife and I were fearing that it had shocked him right out of wanting to continue but it did not. The range on the other hand really did not have much to say, not even a "we're sorry". Just did not get charged for the rental or ammo but that was it.

    We continued on afterwards, I could only take a snap of the barrel that went downrange. My guess was that it had a hairline crack somewhere underneath, but I'm no expert. I'm just glad nobody got hurt and have learned a valuable lesson, don't bother renting guns at the range we frequent.

    Had my wife a bit curious now cause she's had the same exact revolver ordered from smith, she's just waiting for it to arrive now. Here's the only shot I could get of it down range.

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    J_n_J XDTalk 100 Member

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    That's scary. Glad to hear he's ok.
     
  3. KentB

    KentB XDTalk 5K Member

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    DAMN! Glad he was not injured.
     
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    That is scary. Im surprised the range didnt care. That could have been a very bad situation.
     
  5. kaotik78

    kaotik78 XDTalk 100 Member

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    Yeah it's a very nonchalant attitude at the range I go to. It's only gotten worse over the years unfortunately.

    We're both glad he was not hurt, and that it did not put a damper on his time there. My guess and that's all I can do at this point is guess, is that the number of rounds put through their rentals could eventually lead to the gun getting out of time and that could have caused the barrel to blow off.

    In anycase I wanted to share and hopefully others who frequent this range will keep a watchful eye out for themselves if they decide to rent to someone.
     
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    Not the first or the last time a barrel will get shot off a S&W revolver. Glad the ol' coot wasn't hurt. ;)
     
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    Damn man, that's insane! Good thing it didn't hit him.
     
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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!
     
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    was it out of time?
     
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    Glad he is ok but if your trying to warn people about the range you might want to tell us the name of the place. And where is is...
     
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    WOW, what a way to start the new year. Glad everyone is OK.
     
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    Glad no one was hurt.
     
  13. kaotik78

    kaotik78 XDTalk 100 Member

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    Manchester Firing Line in Manchester, NH

    I sent an email to the owner of the range yesterday asking about the incident and if he could shed any further light on the matter as I would honestly like to know and so wouldn't my wife who has a 686 on order.
     
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    Glad nobody was hurt.

    Don't worry about the 686 you ordered for your wife. It'll be fine.

    Get a new range.
     
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    DAMN thats pretty intense... Glad no one was hurt though
     
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    Squib bullet stuck in the barrel? If so, the employees apparently don't have a set of rules to follow when the rentals are turned in.
     
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    the 686 is a powerhouse, very well made.
    Is likely neglect of the range, probably never clean the rentals
     
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    Yeah I agree probably neglect on range's part, improper cleaning and inspection. My guess is the wheel wasn't lined up with the barrel from abuse due to it being a rental (which should be checked whenever a rental is returned or rented out). On the bright side it was probably a good thing you started with 38 special ammo. Glad everyone was OK!
     
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    A little JB Weld will fix that right up.
     
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    Now I'm scared to shoot my S&W 19-3! LOL. Glad no one was hurt :)
     

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