Wednesday, March 22, 2006

What's Up With the North Carolina S&Ws?



This story has been percolating for a week:
State prison officials want gunmaker Smith & Wesson to replace hundreds of revolvers after dozens failed to shoot and the barrels broke off of others upon firing in training exercises.

The company has witnessed the problems firsthand. Last month, three company representatives met with state prison officials at a shooting range near Smithfield to test about three dozen revolvers.

Four of the revolvers didn't fire when a state weapons instructor pulled the trigger. The cylinder that holds the ammunition jammed on two revolvers. Then, the barrel broke off as the instructor fired a different model with a longer barrel, just as 14 others had in practice shoots dating back to 2003.

"In one sense it's funny," said Chief Deputy Correction Secretary Dan Stieneke. "In another, it's alarming."
Dean Spier at The Gun Zone fished out the two pictures above. Take a good close look. I'm trying to figure out how these barrels let go.

7 comments:

Patrick Sweeney said...

Something in the water?

Michael Bane said...

"Damn it, Captain! I TOLD you we couldn't mix Silly Putty with the dilithium crystals!"

mb

Eric said...

Uhh...guys...bad metallurgy at S&W is anything besides new news. Am I the only one who remembers when the frames on everyones 1006 and 4506 cracked from the rail through the slide stop hole? My gun cracked after only a few hundred rounds. (Yeah, S&W made it right. Right *after* I called the VP to complain.)

Anonymous said...

...late breaking news..RECALL ..RECALL..RECALL
...is imminient.......could be 100's of thousands of guns all calibers...they make 800 per day on 3 shifts....can't determine the source of problem....now believe hardness of heattreat is problem although could be material problem. This could be a "company ending event"

All guns issued must be tested by S&W due to Product Liability Issues......

In any case my contact Paul P. at S&W assures me that no problem exists with the new rifles (they are outsourced)

Info furnished from S&W Academy.

Anonymous said...

S&W is paying more attention to their stock price than quality and or innovation to theirs products....

News Flash....S&W restates prior earnings .....big loss.... undereported accounting charges....
Major insider in Arizona continues programmed selling !!!!!

Anonymous said...

That's what the stupid screws get for not using 1911s! Six for sure, no more.

Anonymous said...

do we know if these are the new style 2-piece barrels, like the mod 620 (I think)..?