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 Post subject: 50 Cal explosion
PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2021 5:33 pm 
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Somebody must have a very potent guardian angel! 5mith

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 Post subject: Re: 50 Cal explosion
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He must have....... didn't look that bad in the video. That scar though


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 Post subject: Re: 50 Cal explosion
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Yeh I saw this on one of the facebook pages, the guy is lucky to have his eyes and fingers... ..

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 Post subject: Re: 50 Cal explosion
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I'm amazed how short the cap retaining thread was............certainly for a 50 cal.

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Morning Peeps,

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Must ensure that I know what i'm putting through bang stick !

Good job my wifey hasn't seen this, otherwise " see told you those toys are dangerous" would be the comment of the day 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: 50 Cal explosion
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Where did the projectile end up? Did it get lodged in the barrel? Fall limply to earth 50 metres away? Or given the kick, 5 miles distant?

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 Post subject: Re: 50 Cal explosion
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Jeez that must have been pretty hair raising ! talk about being lucky.
I know that this was not his reloading, but this video should be shown to all would be cowboy reloaders, and very clearly illustrates the catastrophic effects of a dangerously overloaded case.


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 Post subject: Re: 50 Cal explosion
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The important thing to remember is that the Cart .50in SLAP M903 (Saboted Light Armour Penetrator) is issued in belts (with the SLAP-T round M962) for the M2 Browning machine gun and similar weapons systems. They are not issued as single rounds for use in the various .50in anti-materiel rifles. There is a good reason for this.

Cartridge .50in SLAP M903 or Cart .50in SLAP-T M962 should NOT be fired through any weapon system employing a muzzle brake or a suppressor. There is a known tendency for the 'petals' of the sabot to be retained in the muzzle brake or suppressor and these can form a blockage. Since the only way a normal human can fire a rifle of that calibre is if it is equipped with an efficient muzzle brake, this would seem to contra-indicate the use of these rounds in said rifles.

Now I am not saying for sure that this is what happened in this case, we are not shown enough to make that determination, but it is one possibility. Also, as he noted in the video these rounds came through some pretty dodgy channels, and God only knows from where and when. Occasionally rounds are disposed-of because they are unsafe and on occasion, untrustworthy individuals have sold this dangerous ammunition into private hands.


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 Post subject: Re: 50 Cal explosion
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DaveB wrote:
The important thing to remember is that the Cart .50in SLAP M903 (Saboted Light Armour Penetrator) is issued in belts (with the SLAP-T round M962) for the M2 Browning machine gun and similar weapons systems. They are not issued as single rounds for use in the various .50in anti-materiel rifles. There is a good reason for this.

Cartridge .50in SLAP M903 or Cart .50in SLAP-T M962 should NOT be fired through any weapon system employing a muzzle brake or a suppressor. There is a known tendency for the 'petals' of the sabot to be retained in the muzzle brake or suppressor and these can form a blockage. Since the only way a normal human can fire a rifle of that calibre is if it is equipped with an efficient muzzle brake, this would seem to contra-indicate the use of these rounds in said rifles.


I wasn't aware of that limitation. Sure the video poster wasn't as well!
If anything good is to come out of the situation it may help raise awareness. Might be worth dropping the guy a message, so he can update his "lessons learnt / aftermath" video.


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 Post subject: Re: 50 Cal explosion
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The thing that made me laugh...
"It was a freak accident. There is nothing I could have done to prevent this"
..... proceeds to load a round of unknown origin! wallhead


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