Spare mag orientation
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Author:  blume357 [ Sat Jul 24, 2021 6:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Spare mag orientation

The defensive handgun course I've taken at Front Sight that last four days has some malfunctions on the text. They really don't spend enough time drilling these in before giving the test. They of course teach both tactical and emergency reloads. After that there are three malfunctions you learn to deal with: Failure to fire and failure to eject are pretty easy... Just look, tap, rack and put the target back in your sights. Then there is the "freeway stoppage" malfunction. This one I have never been able to do in the time allowed.. which is 6.5 seconds and usually I fumble it anyway.

Author:  Ale-8(1) [ Sat Jul 24, 2021 7:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Spare mag orientation

blume357 wrote:
. . . "freeway stoppage" . . .

:?: :?: :?:

Author:  kmoore [ Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:02 am ]
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We called the drill problems, #1 mostly cleared most the problem. #1 Tap, Rack, Go. If the gun failed to fire, Tap bottom of mag. as they can get released by accident. Rack the slide once, to clear and load or reload the chamber. Go is firing the gun. (sometimes the chamber was just empty).
#2 Double trouble, that is for a jam or other failure that #1 steps did not get the gun back in operation. Strip the mag. out of the gun. Rack the slide several times and look for a jam or a stuck round. If its clear put another mag. into the gun and rack slide again. Then shoot.
Then the question is what if #2 did not resolve the problem. You have options depending on the situation. Repeat #2 with another mag. Go to your backup weapon or retreat are some options.
With practice either can be done in seconds. #2 should be done behind cover if their is cover available and bring the gun up close to your body to see the problem.
#1 can be done in the firing position with arms extended and still aiming. Although it is better to work a gun problem up at your body, not at arms extended.
I am sure there are other methods some teach that still get the job done.

Author:  nvbirdman [ Sat Jul 24, 2021 6:09 pm ]
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Whichever way you like yours oriented is correct for you. Pay no attention to anybody else's opinion.

Author:  blume357 [ Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:17 am ]
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I understand that way of thinking, but you know listening to other folks opinion and sometimes following it is not a bad idea.... that's one of the most important things I've learned here on this forum. Every once and a while I actually find a tis bit of good knowledge here. :-)


Especially if reloading in the dark you want to 'index' the top round on the mag before inserting it.
Also, if actually in a 'fight' it's best to not take your eyes off the target to look at the magazine.

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