26 thoughts on “For those about to dumb…we salute you!”

    1. The plucky owner of that firearm put the barrel back into the slide up-side-down. The protrusions on the top are the bottom lugs of the barrel which allow the barrel to tilt so the action can unlock. I don’t know how on earth they managed to get the gun assembled to this point, but it’s going to take a big ol’ hammer to get that fixed.

  1. Well obviously something’s wrong. The takedown lever obviously needs some hammering to get it into place.

  2. Thanks Tim. And if I may ask a follow up question: That is obviously going to take a lot to fix, but can it be fixed? To the point that you would trust that particular gun again? (In other words, how bad is this screw up)

    1. The answer to that question may depend on how hard he had to hammer the slide to get it to this point. I hope it’s just a clever photoshop. Wow.

  3. Leatherwing —

    It’s not that it’s likely to need a whole lot of real gunsmithing to fix — the problem is going to be applying the force needed, where needed, to get it unstuck and disassembled. Possibly some minor parts might be dinged beyond serviceability, but you’d need to have used a steel hammer putting it together that way to have done any REAL damage.

    It’s a PITA to fiz, but unlikely for any significant destruction. (Although I did have a private who managed to snap the selector switch on his M16, after tearing down the trigger group – which they were expressly told NEVER TO TOUCH – and trying to “make it fit” back together with a rock.)

  4. At a range I used to work at, a customer loaded a pump-action shotgun by taking off the mag-tube cover, loading in the shell in the correct direction against the spring, and putting the cover back on. He only asked for my help when his repeated attempts resulted in a “misfire”.

    I hear by sentence you, dear customer, to copying the instruction manual front-to-back, daily, for 20 years.

  5. actually if you notice its as simple as sliding the slide off the frame its not likely the spring is in because it would have nothing to catch on, 2 the slide is not all the way back on the fame and 3 what could the takedown assembly actually be caught on?

  6. Small sledgehammer some superglue and duck tape should fix it right up. In all seriousness this picture leaves me one thought. WOW!!

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  8. Holy Jeez! This picture makes me want to tear mine down real quick and see if this is even possible. Not to the extent of actually achieving this outcome, but just looking at it as a puzzle to see how they did it.

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