Communion Of Dreams

April 1, 2011, 8:06 am
Filed under: Ballistics, Failure, Guns

My latest article is up on Here’s an excerpt:

I picked up the gun. Replaced my original magazine, the one with premium defensive ammunition. Chambered a round, took aim. Pulled the trigger.

Just a “click.”

I felt a cold chill run up my spine. My face felt a bit clammy. I waited, then cleared the magazine and round from the gun. My vision focused into a tight tunnel on the pistol in my hands, as the full implication of what had just happened settled in: my carry gun didn’t work when I expected it to.

Read the whole thing to find out what happened.

Jim Downey

(Cross posted to the BBTI blog.)

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That’s gotta suck!. Hope you found the problem.

Comment by killdain

Yeah, here’s the postscript to the story:

Postscript: Well, a week after I wrote that, I took the gun completely apart – a “detailed strip”. And I found the reason for the misfires: a brass shaving somehow managed to get into the firing-pin assembly. That shouldn’t happen. No idea how it did. But that’s how Mr. Murphy’s Law works.

Yeah, I’ll keep that backup with me from now on.

Comment by James Downey

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