I have visited this forum often but felt I had to register and share some important information. If this is the wrong place to post it, please let me know if it is moved.
I recently broke a cardinal rule I have about gun shows and paid the price.
NEVER EVER buy or use reloaded ammunition from a person you do not know and trust implicitly!! I acquired this rule from reading an article online about a guy that blew up his HK USP 40 from buying reloaded ammo at a gun show.
I went to a Palmer Gun Show at Raven Hall on the Fairgrounds a few months back, I wish I could recall what date. Walking into the hall and to the far right hand wall was a gentleman with a few items for sale. What caught my eye was the “Lawman 180gr TMJ .40” he had in 50rd factory boxes for $15 each. They appeared to be factory boxes for all intent and purposes. He did not label the boxes as reloads nor did he represent the boxes as reloads.
I was the only person at his table at the time and I had his full attention. I purchased 4 boxes for $60 after trying to haggle a bit with him, but to no avail.
I left the gun show feeling that I made a good deal, until I arrived home and opened one of the boxes to discover, drum roll please, they were reloads with mixed brass and soft lead bullets. (See photo) After a few choice curse words about my inability to open a box of ammo to confirm it's contents before purchase, I tucked them to bed in my gun safe. I was annoyed at the gentleman for being deceitful but moreover I was pissed at myself for not taking a moment and opening one of the boxes before purchase.
A few weekends later I let my guard down, loaded my car to head to the range and grabbed my HK USP 40 and decided to give the rounds a try. The gun functioned flawlessly as expected. I returned home feeling that I was being overly paranoid about my cardinal rule and tucked the ammo and cleaned pistol into the gun safe.
A few months later I returned to the range and brought my USP again and my Walther PPS .40. The PPS is my carry gun so I like to shoot it now and again to make sure it is functioning and I am comfortable drawing and firing.
The HK chewed up a magazine of the reloads without hindrance. Then it came time to fire them through the PPS. I loaded a 5 round magazine and racked the slide... The gun fired fine for 3 rounds and then all hell broke loose! The 4th round had obviously been well overloaded with powder and blew out the back of the casing, not just the primer, but he entire back of the casing! This forced the slide to disengage prematurely. This caused the polymer frame to split and a bulge to appear to the left of the frame just near the slide. The pistol was jammed open and the casing could be seen splayed open over the feed ramp. This could have been SO much worse. I am lucky to have my hand.
This of course voids my factory warranty and I will have to pay for repairs.
DO NOT sell your junk reloads at gun shows and act like they are factory rounds. Tell the buyer what they are purchasing. If you recognize the pics to be your handiwork, thanks for the reminder why people like you cannot be trusted. You knew full well that your reloads were misrepresented as factory loads.
DO NOT buy or use reloads from people you do not implicitly trust and are willing to bet your life on, or at the very least your shooting hand. Always, and I mean ALWAYS ask to open the box before purchase and confirm they are indeed factory loads. When in doubt, put them back down.