It is inevitable. If you continue to shoot, you will experience a malfunction sooner or later. Even when they occur, you can still get back in the fight rather efficiently if you know how to clear the different types of malfunctions. If you don’t know, it will bring you to grinding halt and have you standing there like the proverbial “deer in the headlights.”
I would encourage all to practice these techniques. These can be practiced at home with the purchase of “dummy rounds” or “snap caps” to set up the different types of malfunctions.
My liability disclaimer: NEVER practice these techniques with live ammo unless you are at the range and comfortable doing so.
I offer out again Clint Smith. He is one of the best in the business. He demonstrates the 3 common types of malfunctions. How to set them up with your weapon, and how to clear them efficiently.
*** Take special notice or his muzzle direction during the entire time of clearing malfunctions. Where was it pointed? Down range. Always at the bad guys! When doing these drills, always take note of your muzzle discipline and make corrections if needed.
*** Also notice where his trigger finger is. During the entire time of clearing his weapon, his finger comes out of the trigger guard and goes straight. His finger does not re-engage the trigger until after he is done clearing the malfunction and is back on target. ALWAYS know where mister finger is.