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Old 01-28-2012, 7:47 PM
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Default Heres what happens when you shoot 9mm out of 40 caliber Glock

Ok fellows, before I get ragged on, spat on, kicked in the nads, hung, torched, and executed, this was a mistake on my part. I should of paid closer attention and thankfully it was not a big deal.

So today my wife and I went to the range to shoot. So as I am loading the magazines (or are they clips? ) I load 9mm rounds in my 40 caliber Glock. I was not paying attention and both of the ammo was steel cased and looked similar facing down. I know its hard to mistake a 40 caliber bullet with a 9mm, but it happened. I was talking to my wife while I was laoding and there was this guy who kept bugging us and thought he was "training" us. In my head I was like "dude, get lost!!"

Anyways, I put the magazing in my Glock 22 and shoot. First shot goes off and I immediately feel a difference in recoil and sound so I stop. I take the mag out and see the shell casing drop out. I picked it up and it was bulged badly and cracked. So I wonder what the heck happened. I check my ammo and to my suprise it said "9mm Luger" on the primer. I felt like an idiot.

However, the gun shot, the bullet did its thing and no damage to the pistol.

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Interesting. That sucks about the guy trying to train you. I have had that happen to me and it blows. They never get the hint. I wonder if they're "TNPrs".
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I'm guessing that the bulge area of the casing was the area where it was partially chambered in your .40 barrel the gas expanded that area to fill the fit of your barrel's diameter.
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it happens... chances are you will do it again at some point
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I'm guessing that the bulge area of the casing was the area where it was partially chambered in your .40 barrel the gas expanded that area to fill the fit of your barrel's diameter.
Fire formed. Do it really backwards and you could load .357 Sig.
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i always wondered what would happen if someone did that, now we know!
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Glad I'm the dummy.

Bulged and cracked casing and hole in primer.
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Here is a 30-30 piece of brass that was fire formed from shooting it in a .410 shotgun.

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Old 01-28-2012, 8:21 PM
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Did the bullet hit paper? If so what kind of hole did it make and how for was it from your point of aim?
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An acquaintance of mine wanted to go shooting with me and said he needed some ammo for his .40 ... unless I had some 9 he could use.

He seemed to feel there was no problem firing 9mm out of a .40 caliber pistol and claimed he did so regularly.

I found an excuse to be unable to make it.
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lol, I have always wondered what would happen thanks for letting me know. Sh** happens as long as everyone is safe thats all that matters. Think of it this way, You won't need a conversion kit LOL! j/p. About the guy "training you" I have that happen all the time because I'm a younger guy. I don't mind it SOMETIMES, But when I'm at the range with my wife trying to relax and have a good day, It does get irritating. And then when they try to correct your stance or something. ITS MY STANCE NOT YOURS!!!
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I've done it before too, atleast you're still alive to laugh at it.
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Glad you're ok, and thanks for sharing the experience. Every so often, pics like this pop up here on Calguns. It's a good reminder to really pay attention to what you're loading into your guns.

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cool story bro! haha jk man...glad youre ok tho
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heck, i think everyone that has 'always' wondered, should send you a buck or even a box of 9mm, for helping them out, and satisfying their curiosities

glad it wasn't 'bad'
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Nice to see pics of the event. I always wondered about this - now I know. May work better with brass cases - fire-forming that is.
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I've never seen the primer blow out like that. I've seen people shoot whole magazines of brass cased 9mm through a .40 Glock on accident. Sounded funny but put holes in the target.
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LOL ya I agree 100% SH*T happens. Glad you're ok and as always a great learning experiance for others. Thanks for posting.
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Glad that you're ok. Thanks for sharing. Crap happens and no one was hurt. We've all made dumb mistakes and then told ourselves that we knew better, because we really did.
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Ok fellows, before I get ragged on, spat on, kicked in the nads, hung, torched, and executed, this was a mistake on my part. I should of paid closer attention and thankfully it was not a big deal.

So today my wife and I went to the range to shoot. So as I am loading the magazines (or are they clips? ) I load 9mm rounds in my 40 caliber Glock. I was not paying attention and both of the ammo was steel cased and looked similar facing down. I know its hard to mistake a 40 caliber bullet with a 9mm, but it happened. I was talking to my wife while I was laoding and there was this guy who kept bugging us and thought he was "training" us. In my head I was like "dude, get lost!!"

Anyways, I put the magazing in my Glock 22 and shoot. First shot goes off and I immediately feel a difference in recoil and sound so I stop. I take the mag out and see the shell casing drop out. I picked it up and it was bulged badly and cracked. So I wonder what the heck happened. I check my ammo and to my suprise it said "9mm Luger" on the primer. I felt like an idiot.

However, the gun shot, the bullet did its thing and no damage to the pistol.
Think back and be honest. Was he trying to tell you not to put 9mm ammo in a .40?
In all seriousness, I'm glad you did not suffer any injury and hope this becomes a valuable lesson.
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:11 PM
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Thanks guys. I'm glad my Glock didn't go kaboom. They're famous for that.

I didn't hit the target with the 9. I don't even know where it went.
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This is why I only own one caliber in pistols- 9mm.
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A deputy in my former agency managed to mix .40 and 9MM ammo in the magazine of his issued Glock Model 22. Somehow, he also managed to send a loaded 9MM round halfway down the barrel, then follow it with a .40 round. The barrel bulged, jamming the slide partway open. We could not tell if there was a live round or an expended case in the chamber.

I pressed the slide past the bulge, ejecting the empty .40 case, stripped the pistol, and sent it back to Glock. They checked the remaining components for damage, replaced the barrel and sent it back. The pistol was placed back in service. No "kaboom", just an unusable pistol.

The only differences between the two incidents is that in the OP's case, the extractor held the round against the breech face, allowing it to be fired, and the OP didn't do what my deputy did, which was a "tap rack bang" drill when the loaded 9MM round slipped down the barrel instead of firing. To be fair, he was taught to do exactly that in the case of a FTF, which was, as far as he could tell, what had happened.

Glad you weren't hurt. What we (my former agency) learned from our incident was not to have 9MM and .40 ammo anywhere near each other at the range. You may want to do the same.

BTW, your Glock isn't likely to go "kaboom" unless you do one of several things that Glock tells you not to do (use reloads, soft lead unjacketed rounds, that sort of thing). My former agency ran Model 22s for over a decade before I retired, firing thousands of rounds per year, and the incident that I related was the only failure -and that one was operator error.
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Wow......u too......
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Interesting. That sucks about the guy trying to train you. I have had that happen to me and it blows. They never get the hint. I wonder if they're "TNPrs".
This "tnpr" would've minded his own business unless asked. Guess I didn't get the memo, thanks though.
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Here is a 30-30 piece of brass that was fire formed from shooting it in a .410 shotgun.
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Interesting. That sucks about the guy trying to train you. I have had that happen to me and it blows. They never get the hint. I wonder if they're "TNPrs".
I consider myself a TNPer and would never try to train someone unless they asked for assistance. I would however chime in if some guy is almost forcing is very petite(and cute) girlfriend to shoot a handcannon she obviously doesn't want to shoot. If someone around me is about to do something dangerous your dam right I'll politely and abruptly step in or if there's time call the RO over to assist them.

The range I usually go to has plywood dividers between stations and appartently someone did something similar but the gun blew up & parts went thru 5 pieces of 5/8'' plywwod 6 stations to the left. No major injuries but it made for a crazy day at the range I'm sure.

To the OP, everyone has there moments just be glad nothing irreversible happened. Lesson learned
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Wow! Have to admit, I've wondered what would happen in those circumstances too. Glad nobody was hurt. Thanks for sharing.
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Glad everythings ok. Ask me how I know what happens when you fire a 380 round out of a 9mm emp.
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Ya know, it doesn't always turn out so good from shooting the wrong ammo in a particular gun---you could easily be picking pieces of the pistol out of your skin or eyeballs. This is NOT a minor deal---you got away with it this time---LUCKY you and your friend were not hurt---please pay attention!
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I almost did exactly the same thing 2 weeks ago!! I vowed to never again keep similar sized ammo on the range table at the same time. That is, if I'm shooting the .40S&W, the 9mm ammo gets put away. Glad to see your post, makes me feel less like a moron!
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Thats why I shoot either 9mm or .45 (.45 mostly) but you have to be a idiot to mistake those two lol. Glad everyones OK. At least there was a lesson learned without anyone being hurt.
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Close call. Good thing you still have your Glock in one piece.
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the last time I rented a gun from a range before I bought my first handgun asked for a USP in 9mm and after 3 shots and not hitting the target set at 10yds I was like wtf! I don't suck that bad. Then I noticed the expanded casing and showed it to my buddy. He showed me that the clerk gave me a .40 by mistake. I took it back and showed the guy and he almost crapped himself when he saw the mistake he made, because he could have lost his job and the range would have had mucho dinero to pay out to anyone injured if the gun catastopically malfunctioned in anyway, as it was later explained to me.
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