Rifle Explodes in Girl’s Hands, Squib Load Malfunction?

So, this video’s going viral around the firearms community. It appears that the girl firing the rifle had an issue with a squib load. That is, although she cleared the casing, the projectile was still in the barrel. When she fired the second round, kaboom! It exploded.

From the looks of it, she wasn’t hurt. Thankfully. But it’s a cautionary tale to newbies and a reminder to savvy gun owners, MAKE SURE THE BARREL IS CLEAR, UNOBSTRUCTED before firing your next shot.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Jim Hamilton April 5, 2015, 11:58 pm

    They’re both shooting M1 Garands, so assuming 30’06. She did not experience a squib load as the round prior to the severe malfunction was clearly a fully charged load. Without examining the rifle it is hard to say exactly what the cause was but as far as a squib load causing that, it can be very clearly ruled out.
    This could be caused by hot reloads, a firearm that has had enough use to be out of safe specs, or even a complete receiver failure. Those are my top three culprits.

  • Dave Hicks November 30, 2014, 3:45 pm

    Would like more information, what make, model and caliber of firearm? What load ? I agree with Bob

  • James November 24, 2014, 1:10 pm

    She really should lean into the gun when shooting….She almost flew back a couple times.

    • Bob November 24, 2014, 2:00 pm

      Yea, that’s the problem. Really? She is improperly trained and you focus on how she stands not that she did not safely clear the rifle. And then her dad just looks the other way instead of immediately checking to see if his daughter is okay. But how she stands is more important?

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