Thursday, March 1, 2012

$1000 Pistol Explodes!

Nothing would ruin your day faster than blowing off part of your own hand!
User "Fairchase" over at the reports that his $1000 FN Five-Seven handgun went KABOOM and took off part of his left hand! We wish him a speedy recovery.

Last week my FN Five-Seven blew up causing severe damage to my left hand (I am right handed). There are 6-8 pieces of shrapnel deep in my thumb and palm area which severed the nerves to my thumb and a portion of my palm. Surgery is required in an attempt to repair the hand by harvesting tissue from my leg. Wish me luck.

The “explosion” occurred on the last round of a 30 round mag loaded with the factory 40gr v-max stuff. On this particular day I only had three loaded magazines (70 rounds total) with me for the Five-Seven but had several other handguns to shoot after the Five-Seven. I began with a 20 round mag loaded with hand loads, then a 20 round mag loaded with factory ammo and finished with the 30 round mag with factory ammo. It was the very last round of 5.7x28 in my immediate possession that ruined my day ……. and a whole lot more!!

I have fired (600-700 rounds) both factory and hand loads through the pistol with zero issues since purchasing new in 2/2011. There are reports of the Five-Seven firing out of battery (OOB) which appears to be the case here but I am no weapons forensics expert. I am not a novice to shooting, handguns or reloading and have 20+ years of extensive experience with shooting and reloading.

I have been completely straightforward with FNH (i.e. Browning) so will now wait and see how they respond.

Read more here. Now with more KABOOOOOOM!


  1. ignore this: this guy is an idiot. It was most likely a bad handload, and if it was out of battery a 1/4 inch like the case shows shame on him for not knowing his weapon well enough to notice. He should do pushups till im tired.

  2. First of all, the obvious stuff. Don't even attempt a pistol if you don't routinely practice goblet/front squats.