Handgun Malfunction and Remedial Action
In this video I am demonstrating the three most popular malfunctions in a handgun. They are as follows:
- Failure to fire
Also named type 1, type 2 and type 3 respectively. There are many ways to skin a cat as you guys and gals probably already know. I myself like to stick to core fundamentals and the keep it simple stupid method. You can find thousands of videos with shooters showing remedial action and making it more complicated than it is. It is not difficult to do and with a few minutes of practice, you will be on your way to clearing any malfunction your firearm can throw at you.
Another thing I hear a bunch these days is, the new school of thought, instead of re-engaging after the remedial action go directly to an assess mode first. That is all fine and dandy but there should not be any need to assess. As you are doing remedial action, you do not disregard the enemy, and you surely dont forget if they are shooting back at you or not. The purpose of re-engaging with rounds down range is to let them know that you are back in battery and fully capable of neutralizing them. If in the 1/2 second it took for you to clear a malfunction and re-engage, the enemy fled then so be it, shoot a couple rounds and let them know to run faster.;-)
Another reason to re-engage is to make sure that your firearm fires properly after the remedial action. If you just assess and put it back into your holster because the enemy is gone, you never know if you fixed it. A couple seconds later the enemy comes back and you pull that firearm out and it fails to fire. This is not the time to figure out what happened, you had plenty of time to figure it out if you would of fired a round after the remedial action and it failed to fire.