Part of firearm ownership means being familiar with common malfunctions. Knowing how to address a firearm malfunction will keep you safe during your visit to Family Armory and Indoor Range. There are three common firearm malfunctions: squib loads, hangfires, and misfires.
If you have practiced shooting for long enough, chances are that you will encounter a firearm malfunction if you haven’t already. Knowing the proper ways of dealing with the various firearm malfunctions will not only help to protect your financial investment in your firearm, it will also help to prevent damage to your fingers, hands, face, and other nearby shooters.
The first kind of firearm malfunction is called the “squib load.” A squib load occurs when the bullet does not have enough force behind it to exit the barrel and thus becomes stuck inside the barrel. The bullets that produce this kind of malfunction can happen with any brand and with any round of ammunition, however, squib loads appear to be more common with cheaper ammunition. The danger with this kind of malfunction is when the operator is unaware of the lodged bullet, believing the malfunction to be a misfire, and attempts to fire a second bullet while the first one is still stuck in the barrel. Often times, this results in the bullet’s energy being released along the path of least resistance, which would be located around the ejection port which is near the face, fingers, hands, and other shooters.