This is a discussion on Confidence in Gun? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by AEA I no longer use WWB due to some light loads that would cause that malfunction that you described. I suggest three ...
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New Kimber? Sounds like it has not been broken in. 300rds isn't much. Think how tough the metals are, in a new gun. Think how close-fitting and tight the action/slide can be, in a new gun. IMO, in most guns, exceptional reliability only comes with time. The G19 is one of those few guns known for its tendency toward out-of-the-box reliability, but most require a reasonably lengthy break-in period.
Try fiddling with different ammo. Ensure you've got fresh springs. After ~1500-2000rds, consider having a gunsmith giving it a once-over (tuning).
As for having confidence in a given gun, IMO that only comes through "saddle time," knowing what it can and cannot do. And that only comes after a good break-in, use of various rounds, having gone through a few spring changes, etc. No matter what the reputation of a given manufacturer or a given model of gun, it's very hard to judge where its limits are until your exact gun has proven itself.
Data point: A Browning BDM 9mm semi-auto pistol that I had through the 1990's took 8-10Krds to break-in, before it settled down. During that initial period, it would have a FTF, stovepipe or other bobble a couple/three times every several hundred rounds. After that, though, it was darned near perfect. Swallowed every ammo fed to it; would only rarely have a failure to cycle of any kind; would work well despite being cleaned or not. It kept getting better and better. The last 10K rds had zero issues of any kind, through multiple changes in springs, magazine followers.
If the extractor pulled off the case rim preventing an extraction,either the extractor may be worn,or for some reason the case was stuck in the chamber.
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The technique I was taught for a FTEX which is much faster than locking and prying is just drop the mag and rack the slide until the round clears. I've never had to actually do it but I've seen it done and usually the case clears at the first rack of the slide. This of course won't work if you had a SHTF failure and the extractor ripped a notch in the rim of the case, but I think it's worth a try before finding a prying tool and prying away.
The equivelent of sports for a pistol is TAP RACK BANG.
Most of my FTF problems were related to ammunition only with my Springfield EMP.
It was the first 150-200 rds, and when using quality ammo, no problems, crappy ammo = tons of problems.
Garbage in Garbage out I suppose.