Firing A Primed 9mm Case With
There are two suggested methods for
safely removing a live
primer from a case. The first it to use your reloading
press and simply "de-prime" the case using your reloading
press and die. If you do this be, sure to wear eye
protection and do it slowly using great care as you don't
want the primer to go off with a sudden impact. Another
method is simply to load it into your gun and shoot it. Out
of curiosity I decided to try it both ways.
Removing a live primer in a case with a reloading press
I have read about people removing
primers using their reloading presses and the primer goes
off with a bang. Most times it doesn't. I tried it with
several disassembled factory rounds of 9mm Luger. I placed
the empty case with primer into the reloading press die and
while wearing eye protection, gloves and long clothing
slowly and cautiously moved the press arm (while standing as
far back as possible) to de-prime the case. The primer came
out nicely. I tried a few more with no problems. I believe
the key here is to move the arm of the press slowly with
even pressure as not to cause an impact on the live primer.
I could now reuse the primers or discard them in the trash
after soaking them for a few days in oil or WD40 to
supposedly make them safe.
Removing a live primer from a
has it's risks but can be done safely.
Is it safe to fire a 9mm case with a live primer but no
powder or bullet in your Glock 19?
When you reload
you are bound to end up with some bad rounds that you want
to take apart with a bullet puller. When you do you are left
with a live primer in a case. Now what do you do with that?
How do you safely remove and dispose of the primer?
Removing a live primer from a case by firing it in a gun
"Just put in your gun and fire it. It's
the easiest way to make it safe". That's what some people
say for safely disposing of a live primer in a shell that
has no bullet or powder. This got me curious, so I made up
three "rounds" of 9mm cases with primers (no bullet or gun
powder) and took them to the range to shoot. When I got
there I showed them to the
range master and asked him if it was permitted to fire
these at the range and if it was safe to do so. He indicated
that it would be safe and it was permitted as long as I
followed all of the range rules just as if I was firing live
I loaded the first one into my Glock 19.
I had to load it through the top of the gun with the slide
back as of course it would not load properly using the
magazine. I extended my arms and fired my gun. With my
hearing protection all I could hear was a tiny "pop" as the
gun discharged. My friend standing next to me said he saw a
small spark and a little bit of smoke come from the muzzle
of the gun. It was no big deal at all and less than I
I tried to load the next primer and case
into my Glock but I noticed that the slide would not pull
back. I tried four times to pull the slide back but it was
stuck. Somehow firing the dummy round off in my gun caused
the slide to stick. I had to field strip it to remove the
spent case. Even after the gun was apart it took quite a bit
of force to dislodge the case and barrel from the housing.
Apparently the discharge from the primer tried to push the
slide backward but did not have enough force so instead it
just expanded enough to get stuck. Later examination of the
case showed that the primer moved slightly within the primer
pocket and now protruded slightly from the case bottom. I
was pretty sure it did not start out that way. Needless to
say I did not fire the next two dummy rounds in this
The Safest Way To Remove A Live Primer From A "Bullet"
The safest way to remove a live primer
from a case would be to first soak the primer in penetrating
oil/WD40 for a few days then de-prime it using your
reloading press while wearing protective clothing (face
shield/eye protection, gloves and heavy clothing). Stand as
far back as possible while de-priming the case and keep your
head as far away from the case as you can. If you are super
cautious you can hold some kind of shield in front of you
while you move the reloading press arm. While this method
may be considered too cautious, most reloaders simply remove
the liver primer from the case using their reloading press
while wearing eye protection.
You NEVER hand feed a round/case into a chamber from the
ejector port. The reason you had trouble is because when you
did that, your Glock was not in full battery because the
case rim was between the extractor claw and chamber, not
behind the extractor claw as it is when fed properly through
the magazine. I reload and when the odd primed case needs to
be de-primed, I load the round or rounds into the magazines
of my Sigs - P220 for .45 ACP and P226 for 9mm - load and
fire them and hand cycle until the primers are all fired so
I can safely de-prime them in my press.