We’ve occasionally dwelt on the doings (and undoings) of Bubba the Gunsmith here, but any (non-Bubba) smith or armorer has a few war stories about not just gunsmithing, but reloads that had to be the work of Bubba, his ownself. Or maybe his other brother Darryl.
Behold, from Nerd Gun, proof poositive of the long-held belief that the old, interchangeable-barrel Dan Wesson revolvers are built like battleship guns:
For the record, this gun was disassembled by a smith on a bench, not kinetically by products of Bubba-Darryl Reloads, LLC (not that they didn’t give it the old 10th-grade try). We’ll identify the parts beginning at top left, and going clockwise: Barrel shroud, including vent rib and foresight. Receiver and cylinder assembly. Funny looking coppery mass. Barrel. Barrel nut.
“But wait,” you say. “‘Funny-looking coppery mass’ is not a standard Dan Wesson part!” And that is a very good insight, or perhaps very good eyesight, on your part. A closer look shows us that the “mass” is actually three, three, three copper-jacketed slugs in one.
Man, that’s fugly. As Chan explains:
This Dan Wesson revolver came in because the customer thought that the last round was a squib, the last bullet fired was lodged between the cylinder and the forcing cone. Turns out that the first bullet was the squib and then he kept firing rounds into the plugged bore until the cylinder would not rotate anymore.
The amazing thing is that the Dan seems to have come apart readily. Being a revolver, the cylinder gap provides a sort of safety valve in cases like this, but we’d be very surprised if the barrel was not bulged just forward of the receiver, internally. (We don’t know if they ever changed during production, but we remember Dans as having a six-thousandths feeler gage to set a pretty tight barrel-cylinder gap. If you’re going to do this with yours, which we heartily recommend not doing, you might not want to tighten the barrel all the way onto that gage).
Of course, an auto pistol does not have a cylinder gap, and such an event in an autoloader is usually catastrophic. If you want to see what a 1911 barrel looks like given the similar squib-followed-by-live-load (in fact, double-load) treatment, then go to this link.
How do you get double or squib-loaded rounds if you’re paying attention during reloading? We reckon the answer is obvious.
You can spend a lot of money by saving money on cheap or free reloads. Just say no to Bubba and Darryl. Or take up their own war cry when you go to the range: “Hold my beer, and watch this!”