The problem with your comments are, they arent opinion, the guy documents every KB and makes the express points you did, about being careful when reloading.[b said:Quote[/b] (holycrikey @ June 15 2006,6:44)]I might be a bit biased myself, but I don't trust a single word that the guy from thegunzone.com says. I'm not even a Glock-fanatic, nor do I even own one, but his opinions and reports just seem absolutely off-base to show the minority of ka-booms.
Just feed your gun healthy, reliable ammo, and be careful if you reload. Your gun should probably outlive YOU.
That's a bit of an over-statement. There are thousands of handguns chambered in .40 S&W with high round counts and you cannot reliably predict if or when a kB is going to happen (prematurely ending the gun's service life) if the gun is well-maintained and being fed regular jacketed factory ammo. The issues may be seen to occur with greater frequency when the users depart from what is recommended, but again there is no guarantee as to if or when the kB will occur unless someone is trying to cause a kB.[b said:Quote[/b] (InfernoMDM @ June 19 2006,12:39)]The reason I say scientific is because the issues seen can be repeated over and over.
While I'd definitely concede that the .40 S&W round runs at pressures very close to its design limitations, if the caliber was unable to perform reliably and safely it would be pulled from the market. A round that regularly blows up guns and injures users would be a legal liability that the gun and ammo makers could not afford. Litigation is costly (even if you win). Most large companies want to avoid legal entanglements that is why you see things that are clearly aimed at avoiding legal liability. Beretta, Ruger, and Walther have safety / warning stampings on the frames of their current production firearms advising users to read the manual. S&W, Taurus, and Springfield have begun to make use of integrated locks.[b said:Quote[/b] (InfernoMDM @ June 19 2006,12:39)]The big reason you probably wont see much talk is due to the large amount of money sunk into the caliber.