I was doing some cleaning today and I opened all my plastic Glock boxes and took a look inside…
Those of you (in most states) that have bought a new Glock might recognize the following picture as the envelope and casings from 2 spent rounds that are included:
Their are some states that require the two casings to be retained by law enforcement and entered into a database as a way to fingerprint your gun. I talked about the failure of one of these ballistic identification systems in in New York in a prior article (HERE).
Everything looks normal… A CCI Blazer .45 caliber aluminum cartridge casing. Good looking primer strike. The round obviously fired.
But wait! What the heck happened to the side of the casing?
Looks like a blow out!
Sure enough, it goes right through.
CCI Blazer aluminum is definitely one of the cheapest lines of ammunition you can buy. I’ve put many boxes of it through my Glock since without incident, but it definitely doesn’t inspire confidence when one of the two rounds that Glock included are blown out. I’m assuming the wall of the casing was incredibly thin, or else bent in at that point causing it to expand and blow through when fired.
I suppose the money saved by using CCI Blazer aluminum over a cartridge with a brass casing ends up saving Glock a lot of money over all the guns they sell.