We all too easily forget that these things which we collect are dangerous by design. here are a couple of STUPID COLLECTOR TRICKS from my personal experience.
- B-Patrone + inertia bullet puller: Oh yes, I did this- REALLY NOT A GOOD IDEA. lUcky for me it was off to the side of my head instead of right in front.
The case followed by the powder charge followed by the bullet all exited the puller at high velocity. Just the bullet charge went off , not the powder.
Given that there are B-patrone type loads in 7.9 German,Czech,Yugo, Polish, 8x56R Austria/Hungarian . 7.62x54R Russian , 7.65 Belgian. Argentine- ETC. It is a good idea to KNOW what it is which you are putting in that inertia puller.
That is the stupidest thing which I ever did with ammo in my opinion. My wife’s choice is the 50BMG round which cooked off in her oven when I was drying it. Hey, that could happen to anyone.
- STEEL CASE+GRINDER= NO, NO. A good friend actually ground into a live steel case 20mm , dropped a spark into the charge ( accident) and = KABOOM. Ended up in the hospital removing metal splinters from various parts.
Dumb enough ? HE DID IT TWICE. NAME WITHHELD IN REPSECT FOR THE DEAD.
PRESSED IN FUZES+ TORCH HEAT = HARD EVEN FOR ME TO BELIEVE. Another long time friend who really knew better attempted to remove the pressed in fuze from a 37mm Austrian rebounding trench gun projectile by heating it with a blow torch. After turning red the thing BLEW. He doesn’t remember too much of the immediate details except that he could not hear for 2 hours and now his right ear drum is missing. Lucky for him he was not standing over the thing - off to the side adjusting the torch.
LIVE FUZE+STEEL TOOL= REALLY ? Digging around in the contents of a live fuze with a screw driver cost another collector the ends of his fingers and his job in the military. Don’t dig into any kind of explosive with steel tools AND some compunds which are pressure sensitive can be set of with any resilient impact. Do you know which ones? Best not to bother.
I KNOW THAT THERE ARE OTHERS OUT THERE WITH “NOT TO DO” STORIES MAYBE NOT AS STUPID AS THESE BUT HOW ABOUT IT ?