Monday, July 1, 2013

The four rules..... yet another reminder of their importance....


On the range Saturday, running chrono numbers and sighting in a buddies new hunting rifle.  Out of the case, he hauls a surprise.... a Romanian PSL that somehow followed us to the range that day.  Somehow it slipped into the rifle case alongside his Ruger .338 Boomensplat hunting gun.

Yes.... I offered to buy it on the spot.  Yes, I happily accepted a chance to shoot it.

We didn't get that far.

Buddy chambered the first round, and it gave only a healthy 'Click' on the trigger pull.  Ejecting the round, it had a quite deep firing pin indent on the primer... very deep.... but had failed to ignite.  The obvious thought:  A bad round of Mil-Surp, even though it would have been the first FTF I had ever seen in 7.62x54 surplus.

The second round, the rifle slam fired as the bolt ran forward.  Not 100% in battery, but the maybe 95%, and the steel case managed to not split.   The rifle was pointed down range at the berm, and we all had eyes/ears as prudence requires.

An examination of the rifle showed the firing pin stuck, and protruding from the bolt face.  Jammed up by dirt/rust/crud in the bolt.   It wasn't my buddies rifle.  He builds AK's from scratch, and HIS work just fine.

We avoided injury and misfortune by following basic safety rules, along with a heaping helping of good luck.   

Gotta say.... that was an eye opener.


1 comment:

Milo said...

Happy to hear no injuries were incurred. I will pull out my AK and give it a good looking over. The .338 is very popular in Alaska. I could never figure out why all the .338’s my buds used were equipped with such lightweight barrels and stocks. I know the round delivers great performance but I thought they were just nasty to shoot configured like that. I used a Win M70 super express in .375 H&H mag. I spar varnished the factory stock on the inside and then turtle waxed the metal to make it more AK weather resistant. A friend who knew me well suggested a brand of synthetic stock that had some heft to it. I can’t remember what brand the stock is as I write this. He did a bedding job on it for me and I think it upped the overall weight of the rifle just a little bit. The barrel was nice and heavy so the recoil, even sans brake was not bad at all. Our youngest daughter (25 now) loved to shoot it and she wants it when I’m “finished with it.” Now that we live in PA she may not have to wait much longer. I enjoy reading your blog. I received my DCM M1 in 1994 so I saved all the 30-06 reloading post for when I venture into reloading. Thanks for the good reads and info.