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Old 04-30-2003, 06:00 PM
Padeye Padeye is offline
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Originally posted by MaxTheVool Interesting... responses so far vary from "yes, it will work,even a few drops of water can make a gun misfire" to "no way in heck, only in the movies".
Empahsis mine. No one said that. I said a little water, a few drops clining to the inside of the muzzle, in a shotgun barrel can cause a bulge when fired.

I'm pretty sure the early M-16 could suffer a burst barrel from rainwater. Keep in mind that the bore is only .224", smaller than a pencil, so a few drops could form a "water plug." The early M-16 also had an extremely thin walled barrel. Rifle cartridges often have peak pressures of upwards of 50,000psi and a plugged barrel would normally cause a failure in the reciever or bolt rather than the barrel.