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Forgive me if this has been covered on Mythbusters before..
If you have a semi-automatic gun with a live cartridge in the chamber, and the gun is heated in a fire, what will be the ultimate outcome?
Heat triggers the primer, and gun fires with the full normal effect.
Powder reaches flash-point and ignites spontaneously, firing the gun.
Heat melts the lead-core bullet to where it is ineffective, before ignition.
Polymer frame melts, perhaps disabling the gun.
I would imagine that the rest of the cartridges in the magazine might light off first, probably destroying at least the grip.
In an all-metal gun, passive safeties don't seem like they would accomplish much if the cartridge effectively "fires itself". A revolver might light off the top round first as well.
Just thinking out loud here..
Anyone have any first-hand or confirmed tales of a cooked (loaded) gun?
Just to be clear, I'm talking about a round in the chamber, with the whole gun heated to extremes.
Originally posted by YehudasTheEnabler
Not sure if you guys have seen this -
Treat others how You wish to be treated~Jesus christ
The President of Poland traveled on a Russian made Tu-154 with a disqualifying safety record (40 crashes since 1970). Polish journalists called it "the Flying Coffin;" American pilots labeled it "Careless." According to Ascend magazine, Tu-154 has suffered a fatal accident for every 431,200 flights, compared with Boeing 737s record of one fatal crash for each 2.68-million flights.
The mystery of the Polish Presidential jet crash additionally deepens the fact that it was equipped with TAWS, a safety device that warns pilots when they get too close to the ground.
Experts agree that it is likely, however, that the device did not contain topographical maps of the Smolensk airport area, probably due to the fact that it was a military airport which changed its status to a civilian facility only six months before the crash.
According to Greg Phillip's analysis of the crash, the pilot of the plane attempting to land in low visibility conditions could undertake a "look-see approach," which is basically an instrument approach up to the point when the pilot can continue to land using external visual references.
The look-see approach is considered by pilots to be a very risky maneuver and is generally banned by the FAA on all civilian airports in the US for commercial operators.
Experts agree that it is a difficult maneuver, which often ends with a crash.
"It seems to me that the key to determining the causes of the Polish Air Force One crash will be establishing if the pilot who made the decision to take a look-see approach had the authorization for the risky landing maneuver," says Greg Phillips. He added: "This authorization pertains not only to the pilot himself or a person in charge of the presidential plane but also the airport authority who has jurisdiction over the airport in Smolensk which under existing weather conditions should be closed."
Originally posted by Raud