Aug 062017

Clint Smith’s experience with firearms and Pistol Malfunction Drills goes back a long ways in history including training with some of the greats like Col Jeff Cooper. 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.

I am available for class or private firearms training in Pueblo, Colorado and surrounding cities. You can contact me for pistol training in this and many other aspects of personal defense training including pistols, revolvers, shotguns, and rifles. My email address is

Feb 062011

handgun malfunctions training

Types of Handgun Malfunctions:

TYPE I –> Misfire: a misfire occurs when the firing pin strikes the primer but it does not fire.  This is the most common type of malfunction.

TYPE II –> Stovepipe: a stovepipe occurs when the casing that has been ejected is caught in the ejection port by the slide.

TYPE III –> Double Feed: this malfunction occurs when a round is in the chamber and a second round attempts to feed into the chamber. This results in a true jam. On most semi-auto’s,  the slide has limited motion and the magazine will not eject by pressing the magazine release.

EMPLOYING  TAP, ROLL(turn gun 90 degrees to the right), RACK, AND REASSESS on TYPE I and II  handgun malfunctions is your best option. Don’t forget that in a TYPE I malfunction you should always wait 30 seconds to see if you have a hang fire. In a self-defense situation this would not be practical.

Type III The clearance procedure can be summarized as: “Unload, Clear, Reload. Lock the slide back, Drop the magazine and rack the slide 3 times to clear it of all ammo. Insert a new loaded magazine. Rack the slide to chamber a round. Access your target and fire if necessary.

In a self-defense situation, it is important to react quickly and naturally. I and many trainers believe if you have a different method of clearing each malfunction, you are more likely to panic or spend precious time diagnosing your problem.

These and many other topics will be explained in many of my training sessions. If you have any question feel free to contact me. Also Training ideas and classes are available in my Fall/Winter Newsletter.