I ran across this series of pictures over at ARFCOM with no real back story other than a local gunsmith posted the pictures. Apparently some worthy had fired the cylinder empty with every round getting stuck in the bore. Cylinder gap likely saved them from a nasty KABOOM. PIctured add proof to my own personal theory about a lot of people who buy 500 S&W revolvers..


  1. Only a few, and nothing quite like that (thank goodness).

    A couple of my tales involve people who spent a couple of years collecting the very cheapest AR-15 components, then finding out that the cheapest components didn’t go together like a dose of salt, so they brought their basket case to me. (and people wonder why I don’t generally work on AR’s…)

  2. This reminds me of the Hi-Point carbine with 20 odd bullets stuck in the barrel. Fortunately for that idiot, Hi-Points are straight blowback so all the energy of the increasingly frustrated rounds was expended by slamming the bolt into the back of the receiver rather than trying to rip a locked bolt out it’s locking lugs.

  3. Stacking bullets up behind a squib used to be pretty common in a revolver. I think you’re right, the cylinder gap provides pressure relief.

    • Well, it used to be common in lower-pressure revolvers with larger gaps – eg, a S&W Model 10 in .38 Special. Colts tended to have half the gap of a S&W (Colt’s gap spec calls for 0.002 to 0.004″, whereas S&W calls for 0.003 to 0.006 or so).

      What I’m curious about is how the gunsmith extracted that mess from the barrel, or is that a new barrel on the S&W? The way the light bounces off the finish of the barrel leads me to think that the barrel isn’t bulged, so that’s either one hell of a strong barrel, or they were lower-pressure loads in the first place.


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