The current (July/August 2022) issue of American Handgunner carries my article on testing the Smith & Wesson CSX 9mm pistol that was introduced a few months ago. I was very much impressed with the gun, and wound up purchasing the test sample for personal use.
I noted in the article that there was a single misfire in the course of the test. The pistol itself worked perfectly. However, one volunteer member of the test team filled a magazine with some ammo that had been left in the flooded bed of a pickup truck; total immersion had left it badly corroded.
One of those rounds did not go “bang” when the hammer dropped.
The interesting thing is that the rest of them – I don’t recall if that shooter was using the ten-round magazine, or the twelve rounder – did go off despite the abuse.
Obviously, the gun couldn’t be blamed for that. Nor the shooter, who was smart enough not to use the compromised cartridge for “serious business.”
Still, it was a reminder that we have to take care of our ammunition, just as we take care of our guns.
I discussed the matter in greater detail in a 2007 article in Backwoods Home magazine.
I think the points therein are worth reviewing.