malfunctions and stoppages

What's the Difference Between Stoppages, Jams, and Malfunctions?

You were part of a discussion regarding what to do when your everyday-carry pistol fails to operate as expected. Terms like jams, malfunctions and stoppages were used, but seemed to have different meanings—although the end result seemed to be the same.

Solving Issues with Brass Casings

Recently, while shooting a Norinco SKS, I experienced a failure to go into battery. Upon removing the cartridge, I found the round to be “shrouded” by another brass casing.

How to Convert a 9 mm Handgun to .40 S&W

I remember well when the .40 S&W was the rage and everybody in the industry was clamoring to get a gun chambered for that round on the market.

How to Choose the Right Handgun Sight Height

In the past few months, I have had the good fortune to acquire two new Mossberg pistols. One is an MC1sc to carry in my pocket and the other is an MC2c I carry concealed in a belt holster. Both are as accurate and reliable as any handgun I’ve shot.

What Are the Effects of a Contact Shot for Personal Defense?

In your extreme-close-quarters-encounter class, you were cautioned that contact shots could cause a handgun to malfunction, and possibly not fire at all, leading to an even graver situation.

What's the Advantage to Dry Lubricants for Firearms?

The other day I went out and shot up all the defensive ammo I’ve been carrying in my EDC rig for the past 12-plus months, then sat down for a good in-depth cleaning of the pistol and magazines before loading new ammo.

How to Hone Your Handgun Skills

You have been told that repetition is the secret to improving your skills and maintaining the edge that satisfies the goals you have set for yourself.

Can a .38 S&W Revolver Fire .38 Spl. Loads?

It’s always best to err on the side of caution, especially where firearms are concerned. If your revolver chambers and is marked for milder .38 S&W ammunition, that’s what you should shoot.

How to Solve Interruptions in the Cycle of Operation

You have learned how to load and unload your new defensive pistol, but what do you do when the gun unexpectedly quits working while you are shooting?

Does Ammunition Have a Shelf Life?

I am a new gun owner, so I am behind the power curve in equipping myself with guns, ammunition and the support material necessary to stay in the personal-protection arena for the foreseeable future.

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