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I've looked at that video afgain and again and I could be wrong but I don't think it fired out of battery.
Watch the video, the brass is ejecting too the 1 to 2 o'clock positon
until the shot at the 11 second mark. That brass did not eject or it ejected to her 5 o'clock position. The gun does not fire, she retracts the bolt, either clears the fired brass or clears a lose round from a short stoke, chambers a round (and at this point the bolt looks closed) and boom. It really looks like a squib to me. but heck what do I know.
 

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She made the classic mistake of 'riding' the op rod, leaving the bolt unlocked. The Safety Bridge is supposed to prevent this, but if it is worn, kaboom.
 

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"She made the classic mistake of 'riding' the op rod, leaving the bolt unlocked. "

Good call, Dave.

For those of you that don't know, always let the bolt slam home.
 

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The rifle didn't fire out of battery. Watch close and you will see her flindh as she fires the 7th round only it did not go bang, there is no smoke out the end of the barrel and no recoil. She pulls the oprod back, removes the case and drops it to her left. She then pulls the oprod back and chambers the 8th round and does ride it forward but it appears to be all the way forward as with the previous shots. The rifle blows on the 8th round firing. This obviously is from a cartridge with no powder in it with the primer diving the bullet out of the 7th round's case and into the barrel. She chambered the 8th round with the 7th round's stuck bullet in the bore.

Lesson learned; any time a firearm doesn't go "bang" as intended, stop and check the bore for the bullet.

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Yep it looks like she rode the op rod forward but it could have very well been a squib load.

As a LEO firearms instructor, especially when instructing rookies on the range I would always tell them...

If the report from your weapon differs from shot to shot or if the recoil is different...

Stop shooting, do not pull that trigger again, raise your non shooting hand and keep your weapon pointed safely down range. Then I would go over and check to make sure their barrel wasn't obstructed by the bullet from a squib round and then they could continue their course of fire.

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This is what frustrates me, instead of speculating why not ask the person directly involved. I just got an answer from the lady involved and it looks like this is a classic open bolt problem.

She just posted about an hour ago
The 7th round was a live round. The M1 jammed like it often does. Instead of forcing that round into the chamber, I took it out and slammed the bolt forward. We are thinking the chamber did not close all the way. My brother's M1 will still fire that way.
If you watch the video she does ride the bolt about half the way forward and then she lets it go home. She also mentioned previously that their rifles are known to fire even when the bolt is open by a half inch or so.

I also invited her to join our forum and told her that we have some pretty sharp experts that would be able to help provide guidance in regards to fixing her rifles.
 

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She sounds pretty gutsy to me, she seemed to shrug off the bruises and such without much concern. I'll bet she is more upset about loosing the rifle than any injury that she suffered.
 
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Any Lady who fires a Garand on her two legs has my respect. A Lady who fires it AFTER something like this REALLY has my respect. Thank God she was not seriously injured.

No, I have never seen this happen with a Garand. Yes, I HAVE seen a real G.I. M14 blow up and the shooter WAS injured with cuts and lacerations in his left arm as well as a chunk of wood stuck in his arm and lacerations all over his face. THANK GOD he was wearing shooting glasses as there is no doubt he would have been blinded in one or both eyes had he not been. The cause of the M14 blowing up was the barrel maker PAID for certified steel to make the barrel, but instead got cheap steel with sulfur stringers in it. The barrel opened up like a banana on both ends and tore a chunk of the receiver barrel ring off the top as well aa the receiver heel broke off and came back towards the shooter. He may have been cut by it, causing at least one of the lacerations on his face.
 

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It's hard to tell from the video, but the barreled receiver seems reasonably intact. The damage seems to be mostly stock related. Which would indicate a cartridge case failure of some sort (which could include an unlocked breech), rather than a high pressure event that ruptures the barrel and action.

Not a slam fire as there's no instantaneous discharge as the bolt runs forward.

But isn't the hammer nose extention supposed to either fully close the bolt (generally resulting in a "misfire" due to energy loss) before firing pin impact, or prevent interaction with the firing pin regardless of bolt closure (unless it was fully locked)?

Just thinking "out loud", here, as I've been testing a modified hammer with no nose for several weeks- so it's been a subject of considerable study.

All M1s and M14s will allow hammer drop just as soon as the bolt clears, but they ought not be capable of discharge due to "hammer action" until the bolt is almost completely locked. Unless something's VERY amiss!

Multiple detailed photos of the hammer, bolt and receiver would be most useful! Even if they're damaged. The location of damage ought to provide clues. Any pieces of the case would help, too.
 

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In her replies, the Lady mentioned frequently having problems with the 7th round and this is the classic case of a "7th Round Stoppage" where the 7th cartridge does not load correctly. This is a "timing" issue that needs correction.

I am wondering if the receiver was welded together and not done correctly, so the receiver bridge is out of the correct position.
 

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I kinda hate watching these vids cuz I don't like to see nice people hurt. Even if they do talk about clips :)

I've seen shotgun barrels blown to pieces and when you see those holes in the side, you realize if that had been up instead of to the right, I might be missing a face. (Didn't happen to me, but I know 2 ppl it did.)

Never seen a rifle blow apart like that M1. That thing practically turned into workbench-ready field strip, down to the screws. It's amazing she's not seriously hurt. Wish her well.
 

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At about 5'3", 110 lbs, and being female she doesn't have much choice about how she has to hold the rifle. The only way that she could change her stance is by increasing her upper body strength and muscle mass; in other words, start working out in the gym. Heck, we have competition shooters that don't have the patience to dispense powder with a powder trickler and yet we criticize someone for not going to the gym for hours a day just so that they can shoot a few rounds of ammunition out in the sticks.

The physiology of the average female body is such that they have less muscle mass in the upper body and wider hips; these things force a small framed woman (a smaller man too) to lean back and use their hips as a counter weight to the length and weight of the rifle, and the length of the rifle compounds the problem...it's 43" lever so it multiplies the effect of the rifle's weight.

Think about this, at her height and weight she is only a few inches taller than the rifle is long, and the rifle's weight is pretty close to being 10% of her total weight vs. about 5% of ours. An equivalent rifle for the average male would be something that is about 60" long and weighs 20 pounds. We have an awful lot of people that claim that an M1A in a JAE stock is too heavy to shoot offhand and that combination only weighs about 13 pounds (without a scope).

She deserves a lot of credit for even trying to shoot the rifle.
 
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