We Accidentally Blew Up Our Shotgun

Jun 24, 2016 | by User Not Found

This video is made to educate and to entertain.  DO NOT attempt to duplicate what we did in this video -- serious injury may result.



Ever wonder what would happen if you discharged your 12 gauge shotgun with a blockage in the barrel?  We decided to find out and film it.  We also wanted to see just what it would take to break our Boyds laminated fore-end and buttstock.  We know our stocks are tough, but just how much extreme abuse could our stocks take?  We wanted to know.  So we purposely shoved a 20 gauge shotgun shell down the barrel of our 12 gauge shotgun so that it was blocking the barrel part-way down.  Then we loaded a 12 gauge shell into the chamber behind it...and fired the gun.  This is what happened:

We got a safe distance away, got behind some protective barriers, and took our first shot.  We watched as the shotgun jumped wildly...but did not blow up.  What?  That's one tough barrel!  Closer inspection revealed that it did produce a noticeable bulge in the barrel at the location of the obstruction.  Since we are the type of people who keep testing our own products until failure, we loaded another shell into the chamber and gave it another shot (pun intended).

On our next shot we had success -- or, rather, failure.  Well, let's just say that we were successful in causing a barrel failure.  The second 12 gauge shell fired into the blocked barrel caused the barrel to explode.  Steel shrapnel flew every direction.  Had this gun blown up while being held by a human being, that person would've been seriously injured.

The explosion blew our Boyds laminated fore-end completely off the gun -- no real surprise there; we expected this.  What made us smile, though, was how well our fore-end held up.  Instead of being shattered into kindling wood, our fore-end broke cleanly into just two pieces -- with one tiny wood shard left spinning mid-air for good measure.  If we'd had some wood glue, we could've glued those two halves back together, nearly good as new (minus one tiny wood shard).  I doubt any plastic fore-end would've held up as well as our Boyds laminated fore-end did.

Since the explosion hadn't broken our buttstock, we decided we needed more carnage, so Randy Boyd packed what was left of the barrel nearest the chamber, with tannerite, and loaded another shell into the chamber.  We took our third shot and saw more barrel pieces fly off and watched the gun jump.  Close inspection revealed that, yes, FINAlly we broke the Boyds laminated buttstock -- but didn't destroy it.  We were satisfied with the results:  It took 3 shots fired and two powerful explosions to finally break our Boyds laminated buttstock. 

I'd call that "durable."  Would you?


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