Tim the Plumber wrote:
I can see why I am banging my head against a brick wall.
Faith is what you believe inspite of the facts. (Origonally said by me)
The optical effects of the atmosphere can be freaky under freaky conditions. Did your father often comunicate via such optical effects?
No, faith is what you believe when there are no facts. Denial is what you believe in spite of the facts.
I had an incident similar to Johnny once. I have a Model 1922 Belgain Browning which was a war trophy from WWII. It was liberated from a German officer and made its way back to the US. It had been damaged in combat and repaired by a gunsmith which had caused the barrel bushing to be modified by the addition of two screws to hold it in place, but other than that it was a nice old gun. A gun my grandfather finally gave to me before he died.
At one point I had reason to discharge the weapon. The report sounded a little odd but I could not identify a problem. There was a live round in the chamber and that indicated the action had cycled. I proceeded to fire the weapon again, but there was no discharge. I manually cycled the action and removed the round while replacing it with the next one in the magazine. There was an indentation in the primer from the firing pin, although not a deep as I felt it should have been. A second attempt in firing had the same results as the first. I cleared the magazine and chamber and flipped the pistol up to remove the screws holding the barrel bushing. only to catch a glimpse of color from the end of the barrel. The first shot had not pushed the bullet out of the barrel. If the second shot had fired the bullet would have impcated the obstruction and caused the gun to come apart either the barrel, slide, or both would have shattered due to the energy needing release.
I removed the screws, barrel bushing, and the slide from the pistol and using a wooden dowel, I pushed the bullet from the end of the barrel. I reinstalled the slide, barrel busing and screws, reloaded the magazine, including the two rounds that would not fire previously and prepared to fire the pistol again. I emptied the magazine into the target without a bit of trouble. The indentation on the primer of each of the spent rounds were all the same except for the two rounds which did not fire the first attempt. Those two rounds had two indentations instead of one.
The odds of a misfire are not high, but they are not so low as to ignore either. The odds of having a misfire follwed by two more failed shots are high, but not out of the realm of belief. The odds of having the two previously failed rounds work perfectly just after the barrel obstruction was cleared is approaching the realm of disbelief, however. While the situtation was not impossible as a random event in the universe, the probability is way up there for that not happening. In any case, my grandfather's pistol will never leave the family nor will it never be treated with full repsect and care as my grandfather would want.