My Five-Seven exploded

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My Five-Seven exploded

Post by fairchase » 21 Feb 2012, 13:29

Last week my FN Five-Seven blew up causing severe damage to my left hand (I am right handed). There are 6-8 pieces of shrapnel deep in my thumb and palm area which severed the nerves to my thumb and a portion of my palm. Surgery is required in an attempt to repair the hand by harvesting tissue from my leg. Wish me luck.

The “explosion” occurred on the last round of a 30 round mag loaded with the factory 40gr v-max stuff. On this particular day I only had three loaded magazines (70 rounds total) with me for the Five-Seven but had several other handguns to shoot after the Five-Seven. I began with a 20 round mag loaded with hand loads, then a 20 round mag loaded with factory ammo and finished with the 30 round mag with factory ammo. It was the very last round of 5.7x28 in my immediate possession that ruined my day ……. and a whole lot more!!

I have fired (600-700 rounds) both factory and hand loads through the pistol with zero issues since purchasing new in 2/2011. There are reports of the Five-Seven firing out of battery (OOB) which appears to be the case here but I am no weapons forensics expert. I am not a novice to shooting, handguns or reloading and have 20+ years of extensive experience with shooting and reloading.

I have been completely straightforward with FNH (i.e. Browning) so will now wait and see how they respond.

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by EL29jm » 21 Feb 2012, 13:49

fairchase,

I wish you luck in your recover and the full use of your hand. This is the second FiveseveN that I have heard of that KB. The first pertained to a double charged round. In your case you were using factory. Again, best wishes to your recovery.

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by justa22 » 21 Feb 2012, 14:05

This is terrible, I wish you speedy and 100% recovery. Please let us know how things go for you. Best wishes.

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by cHaMeLeoN352 » 21 Feb 2012, 14:10

Thank you for the information!

I wish you the best in your recovery.

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by toyslr » 21 Feb 2012, 14:13

No chance a hand load got loaded in with factory ammo? Sorry but good example of why i don't shoot reloads, have seen more than one firearm explode from a double charge. Wish you a speedy recovery and I wouldn't have told them about reloads..
FNH will likely back away quickly with that as their response because if it had been factory only ammo, you would own their a**

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by panzermk2 » 21 Feb 2012, 14:49

Holy crap! I hope things go as good as possible for you!

Do you have a lot number on the SS197?

Again I hope things go well for you.

Is there a piece of neck in the chamber in front of the blown out case?


fairchase wrote:Last week my FN Five-Seven blew up causing severe damage to my left hand (I am right handed). There are 6-8 pieces of shrapnel deep in my thumb and palm area which severed the nerves to my thumb and a portion of my palm. Surgery is required in an attempt to repair the hand by harvesting tissue from my leg. Wish me luck.

The “explosion” occurred on the last round of a 30 round mag loaded with the factory 40gr v-max stuff. On this particular day I only had three loaded magazines (70 rounds total) with me for the Five-Seven but had several other handguns to shoot after the Five-Seven. I began with a 20 round mag loaded with hand loads, then a 20 round mag loaded with factory ammo and finished with the 30 round mag with factory ammo. It was the very last round of 5.7x28 in my immediate possession that ruined my day ……. and a whole lot more!!

I have fired (600-700 rounds) both factory and hand loads through the pistol with zero issues since purchasing new in 2/2011. There are reports of the Five-Seven firing out of battery (OOB) which appears to be the case here but I am no weapons forensics expert. I am not a novice to shooting, handguns or reloading and have 20+ years of extensive experience with shooting and reloading.

I have been completely straightforward with FNH (i.e. Browning) so will now wait and see how they respond.

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by Prepper » 21 Feb 2012, 15:35

OMG!

I will keep you in my prayers.

Good luck with the surgery and therapy.
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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by Lucky 13 » 21 Feb 2012, 15:58

WOW, what a terrible thing to happen ,good luck with everything.please keep everyone informed of what happens next ,curious to see how fnh customer service handles this one!!!

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by blueorison » 21 Feb 2012, 16:21

Take care, dude, wish you all the best.

I hope FN takes care of you. But still, that's inexcusable.

Be safe and a fast recovery to you, sir.
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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by Rapier1772 » 21 Feb 2012, 16:58

Ouch. That does look like how I would picture an out of battery firing - but I have never seen one & am by no means an authority on the subject. I wish you a speedy recovery and good luck with FNH.
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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by Thedirtyheat » 21 Feb 2012, 17:08

Sigh everything that can go wrong with a 5.7 feels like it is lately

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by Buffman » 21 Feb 2012, 17:18

BTW where's the top cover?

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by truehuntersupply » 21 Feb 2012, 17:46

Wow hope for the best....

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by SHEEPDOG » 21 Feb 2012, 19:10

I hope you have a quick and complete recovery. Thats scary.

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by s-industries » 21 Feb 2012, 19:35

Hey man speedy recovery. Keep us updated on the hand and how FN responds.

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by fd57 » 21 Feb 2012, 20:13

Polymer sucks at times like this. Folks sometimes look at us at indoor ranges - "Why are those schmoos wearing gloves?" And the answer is ...

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by fairchase » 21 Feb 2012, 20:48

Buffman wrote:BTW where's the top cover?
I was alone and a bit shookup when this happened and I didn't see the slide cover after the malfunction. I will attempt to locate it at the incident site.

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by fairchase » 21 Feb 2012, 20:50

toyslr wrote:No chance a hand load got loaded in with factory ammo? Sorry but good example of why i don't shoot reloads, have seen more than one firearm explode from a double charge. Wish you a speedy recovery and I wouldn't have told them about reloads..
FNH will likely back away quickly with that as their response because if it had been factory only ammo, you would own their a**
No. The 30 rd mag had been loaded for a couple months with SS197.

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by fairchase » 21 Feb 2012, 20:52

panzermk2 wrote:Holy crap! I hope things go as good as possible for you!

Do you have a lot number on the SS197?

Again I hope things go well for you.

Is there a piece of neck in the chamber in front of the blown out case?


fairchase wrote:Last week my FN Five-Seven blew up causing severe damage to my left hand (I am right handed). There are 6-8 pieces of shrapnel deep in my thumb and palm area which severed the nerves to my thumb and a portion of my palm. Surgery is required in an attempt to repair the hand by harvesting tissue from my leg. Wish me luck.

The “explosion” occurred on the last round of a 30 round mag loaded with the factory 40gr v-max stuff. On this particular day I only had three loaded magazines (70 rounds total) with me for the Five-Seven but had several other handguns to shoot after the Five-Seven. I began with a 20 round mag loaded with hand loads, then a 20 round mag loaded with factory ammo and finished with the 30 round mag with factory ammo. It was the very last round of 5.7x28 in my immediate possession that ruined my day ……. and a whole lot more!!

I have fired (600-700 rounds) both factory and hand loads through the pistol with zero issues since purchasing new in 2/2011. There are reports of the Five-Seven firing out of battery (OOB) which appears to be the case here but I am no weapons forensics expert. I am not a novice to shooting, handguns or reloading and have 20+ years of extensive experience with shooting and reloading.

I have been completely straightforward with FNH (i.e. Browning) so will now wait and see how they respond.

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Sorry, no lot number.

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Re: My Five-Seven exploded

Post by sentry36t » 21 Feb 2012, 20:55

I really hope everything smooths out for you and you recover and heal at least 95% of your hand and nerves after surgery, good luck. This is just insane, makes me a bit uneasy seeing the blood all over the destroyed 57. Hope I'm safe with EA loads.

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