Clint Smith’s experience with firearms and Pistol Malfunction Drills goes back a long way in history including training with some of the greats like Col Jeff Cooper. Pistol Malfunction drills are an important part of training with your daily carry gun.
Everything we buy in life can and will fail at some point. I don’t care how great it is or well maintained an item is it will eventually fail. There are several common types of pistol malfunctions, and you need to know how to quickly remedy them to get back in the action. Many pistol malfunctions are magazine-related. The most common gun malfunction? A magazine that is not fully seated.
Every time you load your pistol, you should rack the slide to put a round in the chamber, then eject the magazine and top it off. If the gun holds 10 rounds in the magazine, why would you walk around with only nine rounds in it, right? The problem is that it is more difficult to seat a fully loaded magazine. The round on top is compressed down when it pushes up against the bottom of the slide. Inevitably, sometimes the magazine won’t be pushed in until it fully clicks into place. The first time the gun fires, it will kick out the empty case, but it won’t pick up the next round and feed it into the chamber. The second shot becomes a click instead of a bang.
Watch Clint Smith as he goes thru his very easy-to-understand procedure on pistol malfunctions. Then practice it for yourself.
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