I once again load up the revolver and step to the line. First shot was a bullseye, as was typical for this rig. Second shot – KABOOM. I felt an unbelievable recoil and was pelted all over my face, chest and arms by fragments of metal and glass. An incredible pressure wave stunned me as if I were punched in the head. I shook it off and looked around. The scope was on the floor. The gun was still in my hand, but didn’t look as it did mere seconds ago. A friend rushed over and with clear presence of mind, checked me for injuries. Whew. I emerge without so much as a scratch. Miraculous, considering what just happened. The shooting stall contained the flying shrapnel. Approved safety glasses, without a doubt, saved my vision. Long sleeves, a cap and good ear protection also prevented certain injury. I hate to say it, but dumb luck played a part as well.
The verdict? Most probably an error during reloading – a double-charge of Titegroup; 18.0 grains instead of 9.0 grains. 10.0 is listed as a max charge.
IF YOU HANDLOAD YOU MUST PAY ATTENTION AT ALL TIMES, OR THIS MIGHT HAPPEN TO YOU!