Defective Defensive Ammo, Malfunction Drills, and Two Is Better Than One.


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Defective Defensive Ammo, Malfunction Drills, and Two Is Better Than One.


A few hours ago I was standing near my bed preparing to go out and doing a check of an every day carry gun.  A bullet fell on the bed immediately followed by a primed case.  I believe there was powder also but it was difficult to find as it blended in with the bed cover.


At first I thought that the round in the chamber had come apart but that round was still there, it was the top round from the magazine.  It is possible that repeated movement of the slide to verify the presence of a chambered round could have loosened the bullet but I always remove the magazine before doing that.  Had I been in a fight, fired a round then this one came apart while chambering that would have been quite a problem.  Had the loose bullet seated deeper into the case before firing that can cause the pressure of the already high pressure round to increase so dramatically that the gun becomes a hand grenade.


I’ve had a goodly number of instructors for the art of the gun, all of them always carry at least two weapons, some of them two or even three guns in addition to other weapons.  The number of guns and other weapons carried seems to increase with the severity of their experiences during their careers.  In my circumstances it is difficult enough to carry concealed one gun but after much trial and experimentation I have found a way to carry two, neither is small and both are convenient.  This makes me more glad that I did.


Guns break, even brand new parts from major manufacturers break at unexpected times.  That has happened to me more than once and I have seen it happen to other people.  Ammo can be defective also.  This ammo has a reputation for its good performance when used, it was premium stuff from a major U.S. manufacturer.  They will be hearing from me.


Never think that it can’t happen to you.


  1. It’s great to share stories like this as hopeful reality checks for others.

    I mean, every time someone goes on about how revolvers can never fail nor malfunction and/or asserts “just pull the trigger again” as the way to deal with revolver problems well…. I tell them about the time when I took out my S&W 442 for some dry fire practice. I had just live fired it the day before and it worked fine, but I didn’t clean it afterwards. Next day go to unload it (it’s my BUG) to do some dry fire, and I couldn’t press the trigger — it just wouldn’t go down, cylinder wouldn’t rotate either. Disassembled, cleaned, reassembled, and it worked. But for whatever reason (carbon build up? some dirt/sand/grit got blown into just the right spot), the gun was truly a paperweight — and this was a famed “they never fail” revolver.

    It’s mechanical. It will fail. Plan accordingly.


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