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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:47 am 
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A experienced rapidfire shooter approached me today with a new latest model Padini rapidfire pistol
and said he has a problem can I have a look.
If the pistol is chambered with a live round he could not open the slide and eject the live round.
After looking at the pistol and magazines it appears that the modified mags with the new ejector will
not allow the slide to travel far enough rearward to clear the lead of a live round and eject it.
When the case rim hits the ejector tab on the magazine at least half of the lead projectile is still
in the barrel.
The only way to open the slide was to remove the magazine and then dig the loaded round out of
the extractor.
So much for racking the slide to clear a malfunction and keep shooting....


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 5:21 am 
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The Pardini has alway been like this, not just the latest model.

Let's be honest, no-one racks the slide to clear an malfunction in Rapid Fire!

Anyway, Pardinis rarely, if ever malfunction (so long as you use good ammo).


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:51 am 
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Hell, I had a Unique rapid fire gun that didn't even have an ejector/extractor.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:17 am 
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That is unfortunate. Thankfully most quality STP are as good as the ammunition you put into them, and even then you get 1x malfunction in case of bad luck.

The magazine setup seems the weakest part of the system of the Pardini SP but also v.clever.

On a somewhat unrelated note: I did once see someone do a stoppage clear on a SIG mosquito (rack-and-go) in 10s series of STP and finished with time to spare after single breechloading a cartridge.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:19 pm 
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Does the slide go back all the way without a round in it?

There are sometimes issues where the pins that hold the extractor/firing pin/back shock absorber in place have moved out of position and stick up preventing the bolt from going back all the way.

If the ejector is a problem, it will be visibly damaged or bent. More likely if it becomes difficult with a live round in the chamber this means that the hammer has fallen when the bolt was still cycling. This happens if the sear engagement is very close, increasing sear engagement should alleviate this issue.

Maybe next time you see him you can snap a few pictures? It could be something else causing the problem.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:08 pm 
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I could be wrong, but it sounded to me like he was trying to eject a loaded round. At least on older SP's, the ejection port isn't long enough to allow that. it's only large enough to allow empty cases to eject properly. You HAVE to drop the magazine to remove a misfire.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:01 pm 
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Gwhite wrote:
I could be wrong, but it sounded to me like he was trying to eject a loaded round. At least on older SP's, the ejection port isn't long enough to allow that. it's only large enough to allow empty cases to eject properly. You HAVE to drop the magazine to remove a misfire.


It's not the length of the ejection port but the forward position of the ejector (as described by David) which is part of the magazine. All Pardinis that I have ever seen are like this, it's nothing new or different with this particular pistol. Doesn't stop them winning all the gold medals!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:28 pm 
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The only Pardinis i have had were a .22 short and a GT40.
Yes, we were trying to eject a live round not a empty case.
Never come across this problem with any other semi auto.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:48 am 
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Correct, for the most part if the round has not fired it will have some trouble being removed from the chamber. I would see if the hammer had dropped when putting the round into battery. For the most part, if it is not firing the round there are other problems preventing this from happening..

As stated before if you want to remove the round that has not fired you have to remove the magazine.

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