When Guns Explode: 8 Guns That Had Their Lives Ended Catastrophically


Republished with permission from American Girls with Guns

There’s never a good time to have a catastrophic gun failure.

Check out these disasters below and always remember to check your barrel and if you reload by hand, please do so carefully.


A shooter trying out a “hot load” tore up this revolver. (photo by Hayabusa)


Springfield Armory Model 1911 is out of commission. (photo by Photobucket)


This collection of wood and metal scraps was once a rifle, until it met a faulty German military surplus cartridge. (photo by The Gun Zone)



What used to be a Colt Anaconda was mutilated by a bad hand-reloaded .44 Magnum cartridge. (photo by Glock Forum)


Faulty hand-reloaded ammo was also the culprit of this Glock Model 21 .45 ACP’s demise. (photo by Photobucket)


A double charged cartridge had it in for this Weatherby. (photo by The Firing Line)


This Ruger LCR was done in by factory ammunition during a firearms training class. (photo by The Firearm Blog)


In case you couldn’t tell, this disaster was once a shotgun finished off by double powder charge or barrel obstruction(photo by Upland Journal)

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • tom

    Wonder what the hands and/or faces looked like after the mishap?

  • snakedoctor

    The LCR is a bit surprising.

  • Thomas

    Gotta be careful with the reloads.

  • Thomas

    I’ve witnessed one kaboom in my lifetime. Slow fire pistol course. Shooter directly to my right was shooting his own reloads in a 1911. Double powder charge, blew the grips off. His face looked sunburned … luckily he was wearing prescription glasses (vs no Eyewear at all). His hand was fine, a bit sore. And this is the crew that would poke fun at me for 1. Shooting a Glock (21) and 2. Refusing to shoot reloads.

    • Chad

      I’ve shot tens of thousands of reloads with no problems reloads aren’t the problem it’s the person reloading them…

    • Frank

      Smart to not use reloads… if you don’t trust your abilities to reload. I’ve had two kabooms in my 9mm Kel-Tec Sub2000. BOTH were with factory ammo. Both I attribute to the gun and not the ammo though. Now with more than 10,000 reloads, I’ve not had any issues, but I don’t shoot the Kel-Tec much these days.

  • suttie

    The last one resembles a 12/20 burst. The result of a 20 gauge round loaded in with 12’s. Was not uncommon in my younger days to see this.

  • Powderman

    The one with the 1911 looks like metal fatigue more than a load failure. Note the almost straight shear line and the lack of damage to the barrel.

  • M4Defense

    Remember, if the last round fired lacked recoil or sounded funny, STOP! The next round may kill or seriously injure you or other bystanders. Unload and inspect for barrel obstruction. Squib rounds (no or below min. powder charge) can happen in factory or hand loads.

  • Christa Corey

    I have had two pistols blow up on me so far. It is an eye opener when it happens.

  • Jimmy

    Got an Ruger Super Redhawks?