GUNS Magazine May 2013 Digital Edition - Page 24

aiRBoRne aMMo liTTle Things—like fixed aMMuniTion—deserve Much More respecT Than usually given. Clint sMith Photos: heiDi sMith I t has been pretty exciting to have a job I have always liked for the last 46 years. In all cases the military, law enforcement and as a civilian my work has been with or has evolved around and dealt with firearms. I have seen some odd stuff over the years like .44-40s fired in a .45 Colt revolver. It just rattles down the barrel and still hits a target at modest range. ammunition loaded in moon clips. After shooting, there are always stray live rounds left in one or two of the moons. No biggy, just strip out the empties and reload new cartridges in the moon and back into the bucket of fully charged loaders the ammo goes. I have a plastic bucket I put all the ammo in and it will hold about 200 rounds in the moons ready to go for a shooting session. When I got home, I stripped the rounds, reloaded them and, stepping out on the back step, I simply lofted lightly one of the loaded moons into the bucket and boom! Out the side of the buckets goes the projectile and crap flew around for a bit. When the dust cleared, I measured and the moon was dropped exactly 44 I have shot .50 BMGs, Mark 19 40mm belt-fed grenade launchers, every kind of handgun I can think of down to the FP45 Liberator singleshot handgun dumped from the sky all over Europe during WWII. Lugers and Broomhandle Mausers are great guns and yet old favorites are always Colt Single Action Army revolvers, 1911 Auto pistols and rock-solid Smith & Wesson revolvers. Yet in all these guns and all the rounds fired something still happens every once in awhile that makes me wonder. The results of the mistake of dropping live ammo into a bucket full of live ammo. Such detonations rarely happen, but when it does it’s a little too exciting! inches from fingertips to contact and it appears an exact edge of a case rim struck a primer hard enough for the denotation. Silly me, or stupid me— anyway, no more of that. your BackSide Many of you know me from training and know I am a safety… advocate… would be a nice word. I am very strict on safety on my ranges and I do not believe sacrificing safety for a trick shooting drill that probably won’t happen in a fight anyways. So, I strongly advise people to not take their guns out of the holster while behind the firing line and we provide fiddle tables so people can do whatever fussing over the gun they think they need to do, even if they often don’t need to. So anyways you do not want or like to hear gunfire behind an active working firing line. A few years back in a Defensive Handgun class while at Thunder Ranch/Texas, we had our shooting lined formed and running smoothly. A student firing a 1911 .45 ACP pistol was on the line and apparently having trouble with a half-loaded magazine. Considering the magazine was the problem, the student threw the half-loaded magazine a nominal 10 yards behind the line towards his gear bag and on impact there was a detonation. Of throw Boom! OK, think of this as a crime scene. I went shooting the other day with a .45 ACP revolver with factory Some things in this photo should be thrown, and some should not ever be thrown. 24 W W W . G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • M AY 2 0 1 3

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