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Firing The Wrong Ammunition In Your Gun Is Something You NEVER WANT TO DO!

Now I realize that most gun owners would never do something stupid like this, but considering the times we live in, I still think it needs to be said out loud anyway! Nobody with a brain would eat a Tide pod, or snort condoms, but yet it’s happening so it’s only common sense to NOT attempt to shoot the wrong caliber ammunition in your firearm, the consequences of doing so could be fatal.

But like I said, considering the times we live in, I still think this is something that needs to be said out loud.

Shooting the wrong cartridge in a firearm happens when mistakes are made. Sometimes there won’t be catastrophic results, other times there can be. In the video below, they demonstrate several different cartridges being fired from the wrong handgun. Please do not do this yourself. This is for educational purposes only.

Smaller shotshells (such as 20-gauge shells), if mistakenly fed into a 12-gauge gun, will slip past the chamber and lodge in the barrel, causing serious personal injury or gun damage if a 12-gauge shell is loaded and fired. Some rifle and handgun ammunition also may fit into the wrong gun, creating a dangerous obstruction. The caliber or gauge stamped on the end of the shell must match that which is stamped on the gun barrel. Some barrels are not stamped. Be sure the right ammunition is used in your gun.

Clean your firearms after every use to keep them in top condition. This will help ensure that the action functions safely and properly and the ammunition performs as it should.

  • Work on a cleared table or bench. Always give cleaning your full attention. Never clean a firearm while doing something else.
  • Follow these basic steps to clean your firearm.
    • Point the muzzle in a safe direction, and make sure the gun is unloaded.
    • Remove all ammunition from the cleaning bench.
    • For the most thorough cleaning, field strip the firearm as directed in the firearm owner’s manual. Then clean each part separately.

Remember, the demonstration in the video is for educational purposes only, never, ever attempt this on your own.

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