Someone's gun blew up in the stall next to me today
Today I had someone's gun blow up in the stall next to me. It actually occurred while we were both doing a qualification course for a NV concealed firearms permit.
We were the only 2 people shooting the qualification and the only people present in the small room ("VIP range") were myself, the other shooter, and the instructor who was timing us and scoring us.
The gun that blew up was a relatively new Glock of some kind, which the shooter had bought 6 months ago. It didn't sound particularly loud when it blew up, and I didn't see it happen as it was the stall next to me, and of course my eyes were on my front sight as I was in the middle of qualifying. I did hear the sound of a magazine clattering on the ground and in the back of my mind I thought that the other guy must be having some kind of difficulty to be dropping his magazine on the ground.
It turned out that whatever happened caused his magazine to blow out and his magazine eject button to blow out of the handle of the gun and cut his finger. His hand got bloody, there was blood on his face, and a cut on his face which I guess must have been from some debris flying out of his exploding gun. I didn't fully grasp what had happened until I was done qualifying, stepped out of the stall, and looked at him. At that time I handed him some disinfectant wipes that happened to be nearby (mindful to avoid touching his blood, per the bloodborne pathogen training I recieve every year working for a health organization) while the instructor got help from the range staff. He wasn't seriously injured or anything but clearly the gun had somehow exploded and cut his hand and face a little bit.
We were using lead-free factory loads so it wasn't a hot load that caused the explosion. I thought, without having seen the accident occur, that perhaps a round had gone off out of battery, but the instructor said that if that had happened the magazine would have blown up instead of blowing out and the injuries would have been much more serious. He instead said he felt the gun was defective, as in it must have been weak somewhere in its construction. After the range staff had administered first aid to the other shooter the instructor advised him to get in touch with the dealer who'd sold him the Glock so that they could send it back to Glock for a replacement. The instructor said that Glock would deny any responsibility for the accident but that they'd send him a new gun.
It was my first experience with a gun blowing up in my vicinity. It was kind of scary seeing as a relatively new gun from a reputable manufacturer feeding high-end factory ammo can apparently just up and blow up like that.
This is all pretty new to me. Have any experienced shooters seen something like this happen before, with a new gun and factory ammo?