Squibs, anybody ever experience one?
I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Don't know why, it just popped into my head and has been bugging me ever since. I've never experienced one, but after seeing videos of them, I'm sure I'm capable of recognizing one in person with steady, slow aimed fire. No big deal. Should be easy to catch.
However, I frequently fire controlled pairs, rather quickly. Maybe even 3. Catching a squib (if the action cycles and picks up another round) will be tough during rapid fire. I'd assume most of the time, the action won't cycle, though I've read some peoples stories that it's possible for the slide to cycle, eject and empty casing yet still leave a bullet in the barrel. And again, during rapid fire, this could be troublesome. Though, it's hard to believe that a round that doesn't make it out of the barrel will have the force to cycle the action of a semi-auto-pistol.
I don't shoot reloads, though I generally shoot lower end, whatever brass ammo I can get for relatively cheap. PMC, S&B and UMC are the three most common I use.
In an AR or AK, how easily you can determine the squib depends on if it makes it past the gas port. If the bullet doesn't make it past the gas port, it's 99% likely the action won't cycle. You eject the round that was a "dud" or so you though, and it's an empty casing... uh oh. However, if it makes it past the gas port, the bolt will probably cycle. During rapid fire, you may not catch it... That's scary. Maybe it's beneficial having a rifle length gas system on a 16" barrel, JUST for this reason! More chance to be caught behind the gas port, making it easier to catch a squib :D
But anyway, simple solution, don't rapid fire. But.... what fun is that? And when I say rapid fire, I don't mean mag dumps, but, doubles or triples.
And then comes tap, rack, bang. Anytime I have a FTF, mainly with my 1911 and it's one "questionable" mags, TAP is really all I need and it bumps the round into the chamber. Though, having to go through with a tap, rack bang had you not caught a squib that just occurred, you could be in trouble!
For the love of god, tell me I'm over thinking this all :redface: