Separated cartridge case

    This photograph shows something that should not happen, but on this occasion, it did. The gun being used was a Thompson Benchmark .22 s/a carbine and over the course of an evening shooting, some of the Eley Pistol Club .22 rimfire cartridge cases suffered head separation as shown below. As can be seen the head blew clean off the cartridge case without either the case or the head seeming to suffer any other damage. There were no injuries at all, but this does illustrate the need to have a currently proofed firearm and emphasises the advisability of wearing eye protection when shooting.

Head separated Eley .22 cartridge case


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