Originally Posted by millwright
The real hazard from slamfires is a stretch in the greybar hotel if the wrong people are present !! Self-loading arms are machines, and as such, subject to wear, malfunction and parts breakage. But the BATFE doesn't see it that way........
Suffer a "double", (or worse) with your pet 12 ga, .22RF or anything else and you are in possession of a "machine gun".....according to their lights. If you admit to taking it apart for cleaning in the past, you're guilty of "modifying it" ! If you've "touched up" the bluing or changed the barrel in your Ruger, you're guilty of "manufacturing without a license"..... And so it goes.....on.....and on.......and on.......
BATFE is largely a collection of mad dogs with a government license to abuse, entrap and otherwise mistreat anyone they're set upon by Washington !! Not to say there aren't still some good folks in the organization, but most of the "goodun's" retired years ago..... >MW
I have HEARD rumors of this happening, but have never been able to confirm it. Most of the BATFE agents I've worked with on various cases seemed like pretty good down-to-earth people. They have assisted us (local police) on numerous drug search warrants where the drug dealer was supposed to have explosives and such, and we've assisted them when they would be in our area and request assistance on a case. As with any law enforcement agency, federal in particular, there is some level of arrogance among some of the agents, but most seemed pretty good. The did not seem to have a stick in their rear ends about people owning guns, just people who are not supposed to own guns and illegal guns. Kinda like a traffic cop not being against people driving their car, they just want you to obey the laws in place. But again, there are horses (rear ends) in any profession.
Back to the slamfires. The article I was referring to in an earlier post is by Wayne Faatz. It first appeared in the October, 1983 issue of American Rifleman. The author experienced a "rare" slamfire in his Garand and from there conducted a lot of experiments and research. He concluded that several factors may contribute to this phenomenon, the most common being primer related, particularly commercial primers. I've got several thousand rounds of commercial .308 ammo and was wondering how safe it is to shoot.