The answer is no.
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With ammo being scarce, would manual racking be a subistitute to see if ammo is feeding correctly?
The answer is no.
Manually racking a semi-auto to see if a given brand of ammo feeds reliably is only a partial test.
If the ammo under test fails to feed with manual racking, then it's a good bet that it won't feed with live fire. You can try cleaning and lubing the gun, having the feed ramp polished, etc. to see if this can be overcome.
But if the ammo under test feeds reliably with manual racking, that doesn't guarantee that it will feed reliably with live fire. This is because the recoil force might not be adequate, and you can only test that through live fire.
In any case, most people seem to recommend that you don't bet your life on a given gun/ammo combination until you've had 200 trouble-free rounds of live fire. This of course only applies if you intend this particular combination for self defense. If it's just cheap practice ammo, you can usually afford a few failures to feed as a tradeoff that gains you more practice time.
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You guys are quick! Thought maybe I had a brilliant idea. Firing live rounds my LCP does fine but the other day I was trying this out and found that it would not always fully return when "sling shotting" to rack.
Another NO !
The first rule of a gunfight: "Don't be there !"
The second rule: "Bring enough gun"
jfl (NRA Life Member/Instructor - GOA - IDPA - GSSF - ex-IHMSA)
But... Ive run several hundred HP's through the gun and they cycle fine. A polishing of the feed ramp took care of the issue plus all those rounds.
The answer is still no LOL
Another source of a non feed problem could be a misaligned or damaged magazine. or short a short round such as Corbon in certain gun brands
no and no again.
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Hmmmm....how many ways to say NO. Just one should be enough..NO
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