Barrel obstructions, especially from a bullet stuck in the bore, are a major cause of firearm explosions and can cause death or serious injury to the shooter or others nearby. Immediately stop shooting and check the barrel for a possible obstruction whenever:

• You have difficulty, or feel unusual resistance, when chambering a cartridge, or

• A shot sounds weak or abnormal, or

• Unburned grains of propellant powder are discovered spilled in the mechanism, or

• You retract the bolt to eject an unFired (or misfired) cartridge from the chamber, but only the cartridge case comes out.

In such instances a bullet may be lodged in the barrel. Firing a subsequent bullet into the obstructed barrel can produce an explosion.

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