Over the past weekend ,I and some other looserounds staff went out to do some more T&E of gear and guns to write about. After trying out all the new stuff to play with, we decided to do some training together in two man pairs. at one point in some drills my carbine ran dry while my partner was relaoding. To keep him covered I immediately drew my sidearm to keep fire going. One my friend was loaded , he continued to fire. I was next to him on his right side. WHat happened next is one of those moments that is 1 in a million and proves that you have to be ready for anything , anytime with the ability to fix it or adapt to it.
While my 1911 was firing and the slide was moving backwards, at the same time a fired 556 case from his MK18 ejected and went right into my open ejection port inducing a failure. I fixed it , but not without a pause. It was not that I did not know what to do, it was the sheer strangeness of what happened. The 1911 I used is my colt rail gun with over 1,4000 rounds through it. The pistol has never given me any trouble other then a bad mag spring from a wilson combat mag. But the incident proves that it does not matter how invincible your glock is or how tough your 1911 or even your own skill. You practice because things like this happen and it does not matter how much you paid for the gun or how good the parts or ammo in it is. You do not and can not know or predict. Always be training for the unexpected. Problems will never come in the training class , square range way instructors always set up. Sometimes it will be a one in a million.