Busted a bolt in my mid-length tonight. Sheared off the two locking lugs closest to the extractor. I've put about 1,000 rounds through it, mainly Wolf, so I'm sure the steel haters will blame that. My uneducated eyes say it's a fault in the metal though, as those are no doubt the weakest lugs on an AR bolt, and the way they sheared just seems too uniform.
Thankfully my MOE grip has the spare bolt core, so I wasn't boned for the night. Dan said I took it quite well, just kind of a "Huh. That sucks." and tossed in the spare bolt. Good idea to have a spare on hand.
Will I keep shooting Wolf? Yeah. I've got a bunch of it, and my A2 has had a bunch more through it with no issues. I'll probably end up getting a slightly higher end bolt to swap in there though. Chrome plated and MP tested might be a good idea...
At some point last night the counter rolled past 10,000 visits. Cool. Of course I added that thing a few months (maybe even a year?) after I started this thing, so I'm sure the true 10,000th visit happened a while ago, but still, cool.
Riser Stock Pouch for the M14/M1A. The M14's on my short list of "need but damn that's expensive" and I would have a hard time not setting it up as a SDMR. Plus it has a mag pouch on one side, and a see-through holder on the other side for your notes. Pretty good looking and handy design, if a little on the pricey side.
Picture and theory over at the Firearm Blog. The instructor believes it was neither user nor ammo induced, but possibly the cylinder misaligning and causing the bullet to strike the forcing cone off center and crack the barrel.
I don't know how much difference the construction of the LCR has to do with it, to that I mean if a traditional metal shroud over the barrel would have prevented the breach of the barrel. I think any revolver would suffer damage if the timing was off that much. It may not have blown out like it did in this case, but at the same time, a metal shroud could have failed the same way and sent metal shards spalling out across the range instead of lightweight plastic chunks. Six of one, half dozen of the other I suppose. Then again, I'm not all that versed in revolvers. Either way, sounds like nobody was hurt other than the gun, and the student switched guns and finished the class just fine.
It will be interesting to see what Ruger has to say about it, especially with the .357 version on the horizon. Just remember, it's not "revolvers never malfunction," it's more like "revolvers just malfunction differently."