What Happens When You Try To Unblock A Bullet Stuck In Your Gun By Firing More Bullets

November 11, 2014

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This is a cutaway from a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum that got a bullet jammed. Then some brainiac decided to fire the seven remaining rounds in the cylinder to unjam it. That did not work. Admittedly, I don't know much about guns except for the sounds they make in movies, but even I know that doesn't sound like a good idea. If I was firing a gun and a bullet jammed in the barrel, I would do the RESPONSIBLE thing: drop the gun and finish off my enemy with a sword.

Thanks to Brion, who agrees gun ownership clearly isn't for everyone.

  • gastorgrab

    Has he never heard of Elmer Fudd?

  • darabe

    most comments ive seen on a subject. Geekologie has some gun nuts.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Guns are as much a geek topic as they are a redneck topic. Shooting is the sort of thing that you don't have to be athletic to excel at (although the top shooters in the world are pretty fit).

  • LOLwat

    I feel like saying "this is what happens" promotes a dangerous idea. Typically the gun blows up in one's face. This is very abnormal.

  • GeneralDisorder

    You're not too familiar with guns are you? Watch the video series on youtube channel iraqveteran8888 called "Hi-Point Pistols: The Ultimate Test". There's something like 5 or 6 videos in the series. They purposely try to kill a Hi-Point 9mm and .380 (yes, smaller cartridge but no, not relevant... you'll see why if/when you watch the video). The fact that it took more than one video to make the 9mm stop functioning shocked all the guys involved.

    I don't want to spoil anything but note that it is a video series. I.e. it took more than one outing to kill it and they had to keep reinventing ways to make it die because the first several ideas didn't do the job.

    Let's just say that if someone were standing next to the gun when it went off in the worst possible state in all the videos, they would survive with maybe some powder burns to exposed skin. 0 shrapnel.

  • David Fergusson

    Not very familiar with physics, are you? Gas got to go somewhere eventually - dat's Boyle's law for you. You might get lucky some of the time but eventually catastrophic failure and you die.

  • GeneralDisorder

    If there's that much pressure the stuck projectile will move, the barrel will bulge enough to let gas through the rifling or it may rupture the barrel. The barrel is designed to take the abuse and when materials fail, they're designed to fail safely.

    I'm not saying anyone should ever try to clear a stuck bullet with another bullet. That's idiotic.I'm just saying that "no, guns generally don't blow up and kill the operator under normal use" and when someone abuses guns like what we see in this post, they still don't blow up and kill people.

    Also, there's a cylinder gap in revolvers where a large amount of gas comes out so the big problem would be the gas between the bullets (which would be normal atmospheric pressure until it's compressed and released around the projectiles in the rifling grooves and around the barrel bulge).

  • He actually reloaded...

  • GeneralDisorder

    No. This is an 8 shot revolver. It's fairly typical in larger frame .357 to have up to 9 shots per cylinder (cylinder is the big spinny thing where bullets go and booms happen).

  • Yeah, in modern revolvers it isn't uncommon. But I own a Model 19 S&W, like this one, it has a six round cylinder. This dufus reloaded.

  • DeksamTorrac

    I guess the punk felt lucky...

  • DeksamTorrac

    Can only hope this gun belonged to an ISIS fighter, sounds stupid enough!

  • DeksamTorrac

    Should have drilled the center out of the 1st bullet,

  • Fred

    This is a man who clearly lives in a house without wire coat hangers...

  • Dan85207

    He's just lucky this was a revolver and he still has a face.

  • Mike Harper

    I can't believe the barrel didn't bulge that bad. I bet the blast coming out of the cylinder gap was insane. All that pressure coming out of a gap a few thousands long. Idiot.

  • GeneralDisorder

    It certainly shouldn't bulge much. Obstructed barrel is bad news. But... it shouldn't kill bystanders. And this is thick metal on the barrel for a reason (you know... to prevent dumb fuckers from killing their faces off when something like this happens).

  • FearlessFarris

    Agreed. My only guess is that maybe he was shooting some really light-loaded .38sp. It would take really low pressures to not cause more barrel damage or danger to the shooter.

    It wouldn't entirely shock me to learn that this photo was "faked" in that way.

  • Tyguy

    What a waste. Some people should not own guns for many reasons, and this is a reason that is on the less serious side. After all, if things went wrong, he'd hopefully hurt himself and not anyone else.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    Unless he was near other people

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