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Important Safety Notice

Novice shooters and experienced shooters alike will experience a firearm malfunction at one time or another. At Family Armory & Indoor Range, our safe environment provides shooters with the opportunity to become familiar on how to handle firearm malfunctions. We believe that it is far better to negotiate a malfunction here than during a critical situation outside of the range. For this reason, the repeated shooting of firearms at our range is important to building confidence and proficiency. Our range safety officers will provide assistance and instruction during malfunctions to help educate our customers.

Common Firearm Malfunctions

We have addressed the issue of common firearm malfunctions in a blog post.

  • A misfire is when a cartridge does not fire after the primer has been struck by the firing pin, e.g., after pulling the trigger, the gun does not shoot.
  • A hangfire is when a perceptible delay in the ignition of the cartridge after the primer has been struck by the firing pin, e.g., after  pulling the trigger, the gun shoots after a delay.
  • The normal procedure for handling misfires and hangfires is to:
    • Keep the gun pointed down range the entire time.
    • Wait at least 30 seconds in case it is a hangfire.
  • A squib load is when there is less than normal pressure or bullet velocity after ignition of the cartridge. The bullet may or may not exit the barrel. Squib loads are identified by difference in recoil or noise.
    • The normal procedure for handling squid loads is:
      • Keep the gun pointed downrange (safe direction).
      • Unload the gun—make sure the chamber is empty.
      • Insert a cleaning rod down the barrel from the chamber end (if possible) to make sure the bullet is not lodged in the barrel.