Gun Digest's Defensive Handgun Malfunction Clearing eShort: Learn the three main types of handgun malfunction and how to clear them.
In this excerpt from Defensive Handgun Skills, David Fessenden covers the three main types of handgun malfunctions you're likely to face - failure to fire, failure to eject and failure to extract feedway stoppage.
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act of firing allows the shooter assess and fire BACKSTRAP barrel BREAK THE SHOT cartridge ignition chamber classification of ammunition Clearance cocked concealed carry cycling cylinder Defensive Handgun DOUBLE ACTION ejection port error or faulty Failure to Eject Failure to Fire faulty ammunition fire the weapon firearm firing pin FIRING SIDE firing-side hand Flip the weapon Formerly affiliated frame that holds grip frame gun owner gun ownership gunfight intended target legal side Lethal Force lever loaded magazine Lock MAGAZINE RELEASE magazine well areafirmly MALFUNCTION Massad Ayoob metal muzzle operator error point in position Point In Tip portion primer Rack the slide reacquire the target READY POSITION rear release the hammer RELOAD revolver right while racking RIMFIRE semiauto pistol SEMIAUTOMATIC PISTOL shot break shots fired side of gun sight picture sighted shots slide tofree spring tension stoppage strap strike the firing stuck round Tap the magazine trigger guard Type