Originally Posted by 2muchfreetime
I am new to forum and new to reloading.So far all is great.I have loaded 9mm 40s&w 357 mag 380 auto with good results.This question came up between my friends and I the other day.What if you were rapid firing and one round had no powder.A squibb I believe it is called.My friend says the gun would blow up.True or false.
Rapid firing or slow firing the gun will not blow up with a squib.
As you know a squib is a round that has no powder and is fired. The primer usually has enough energy to push the bullet out of the case and into the barrel where it stays, stuck bullet.
The squib does NOT have enough energy to cycle the action. The case remains in the chamber and the shooter must cycle the slide by hand to eject the spent brass. This is where the squib becomes dangerous.
If the shooter has a squib, hand cycles the action to remove the case, then chambers another round and continues to fire, BOOM.
Anytime you have a malfunction especially a squib, check the barrel for any signs of an obstruction and you will be fine.
It's not the squib that blows up the gun, it's the round after the squib that is dangerous.