My 1st malfunctions, ever, in 20+ years

My 1st malfunctions, ever, in 20+ years

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    My 1st malfunctions, ever, in 20+ years

    I've been shooting for over 20 years and I've never had a gun to malfunction until this past Thursday. Granted, I was a died-in-the-wool revolver guy until a couple of years ago, but I've done a ton of shooting with my 6 semi's over the last couple of years.

    The first malfunction was with a REVOLVER!?!?!? Sure enough, my trusty Ruger Police Service Six .357 Magnum. The cylinder locked up and wouldn't budge. I was about 7 cylinders into a box of 50 Remington 158 gr JSPs and on the 3rd pull of the trigger, it locked up. I opened it up, looked at it, messed with it and tried again, and still no go. I went to the table and unloaded and when I dropped the rounds a small circle of brass (looked like the thin trimmings from machining) dropped too. It was binding up the revolver. It was very small and thin, like a brass thread, but that was all it took. It was fine after that, so I chalk it up to an ammo issue. This was my first time shooting Remington .357 range ammo...I need to be extra cautious in inspecting ammo upon loading. When a revolver binds up, it's not a quick fix.

    The second malfunction was a nose-dive in my Springfield XD40sc. Easily and quickly cleared, but it just goes to show it happens and you need to be prepared. I can't tell why it happened. I'm not prone to limp wristing (and I have some small semis that are very sinsitive to it), but you never know.

    I just thought it was interesting that I had never had a malfunction in two decades and I had two in the same range trip with each type of handgun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    I've been shooting for over 20 years and I've never had a gun to malfunction until this past Thursday. Granted, I was a died-in-the-wool revolver guy until a couple of years ago, but I've done a ton of shooting with my 6 semi's over the last couple of years.

    The first malfunction was with a REVOLVER!?!?!? Sure enough, my trusty Ruger Police Service Six .357 Magnum. The cylinder locked up and wouldn't budge. I was about 7 cylinders into a box of 50 Remington 158 gr JSPs and on the 3rd pull of the trigger, it locked up. I opened it up, looked at it, messed with it and tried again, and still no go. I went to the table and unloaded and when I dropped the rounds a small circle of brass (looked like the thin trimmings from machining) dropped too. It was binding up the revolver. It was very small and thin, like a brass thread, but that was all it took. It was fine after that, so I chalk it up to an ammo issue. This was my first time shooting Remington .357 range ammo...I need to be extra cautious in inspecting ammo upon loading. When a revolver binds up, it's not a quick fix.

    The second malfunction was a nose-dive in my Springfield XD40sc. Easily and quickly cleared, but it just goes to show it happens and you need to be prepared. I can't tell why it happened. I'm not prone to limp wristing (and I have some small semis that are very sinsitive to it), but you never know.

    I just thought it was interesting that I had never had a malfunction in two decades and I had two in the same range trip with each type of handgun.
    Just goes to show you that even revolvers can fail
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    My brand new 642 failed after 50 rounds. The cylinder would not index.
    had to send it to S & W. Revolvers do and can fail. Any gun can fail even Glocks.
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    Hey Bug...what are you doing up @ 02:55 AM?
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    Anything manmade can fail. At least you were able to correct the situtaions. Revolvers can fail, but that is VERY rare. Semi-autos are usually easier to fix "quickly" when they occur. Tap, rack and you're ready to go again.

    If you have never experienced malfunctions in the past, perhaps you should get some snap caps to load into your XD, mixed up with your ammo. This will allow you to practice malfunction drills in a normally reliable handgun.

    My Glock 19 has several thousand rounds through it with zero malfunctions. So I have to use snap caps to make her malfunction to keep me sharp. We all want reliable handguns, but we should be prepared to deal w/ malfunctions. Murphy's Law does exist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 007BondJames View Post
    My brand new 642 failed after 50 rounds. The cylinder would not index.
    had to send it to S & W. Revolvers do and can fail. Any gun can fail even Glocks.
    The best part is that Glock would probably still fire

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy McC View Post
    Hey Bug...what are you doing up @ 02:55 AM?
    He probably couldn't sleep due to having nightmares about his first two malfunctions
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    Yeah man, malfunctions happen. That's why, no matter the firearm you use, you GOTTA do malfunction drills to be ready to get back into the fight if and when your firearm malfunctions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy McC View Post
    Hey Bug...what are you doing up @ 02:55 AM?
    Hey Roy, I took a long nap this afternoon after the car show and now I'm wide awake. I'm hoping to take my newly acquired pump 22 out to Jeffery's today and plink on some of those bowling pins you gave us. Thanks man!!

    I looked it up and it was made in July, 1948.

    I definitely need to work on my malfunction clearing...thanks for all of the advice guys. It can and will happen, be prepared.
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    20 years and no malfunctions? With your luck, I hope your playing the lottery regularly.
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    I've been shooting for over 20 years and I've never had a gun to malfunction until this past Thursday.
    Don't shoot much huh?

    I've had malfunctions with most "bottomfeeder" I own, even the Glocks.

    I've even had malfunctions with revolving pistols. These malfunctions have taught me that no man made item is immune to failure. That's why I advocate carrying two guns and practicing malfunction drills.

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    malfunction drills and a bug. Gotta get me a snubbie

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    I've been shooting for over 20 years and I've never had a gun to malfunction until this past Thursday. Granted, I was a died-in-the-wool revolver guy until a couple of years ago, but I've done a ton of shooting with my 6 semi's over the last couple of years.

    The first malfunction was with a REVOLVER!?!?!? Sure enough, my trusty Ruger Police Service Six .357 Magnum. The cylinder locked up and wouldn't budge. I was about 7 cylinders into a box of 50 Remington 158 gr JSPs and on the 3rd pull of the trigger, it locked up. I opened it up, looked at it, messed with it and tried again, and still no go. I went to the table and unloaded and when I dropped the rounds a small circle of brass (looked like the thin trimmings from machining) dropped too. It was binding up the revolver. It was very small and thin, like a brass thread, but that was all it took. It was fine after that, so I chalk it up to an ammo issue. This was my first time shooting Remington .357 range ammo...I need to be extra cautious in inspecting ammo upon loading. When a revolver binds up, it's not a quick fix.

    The second malfunction was a nose-dive in my Springfield XD40sc. Easily and quickly cleared, but it just goes to show it happens and you need to be prepared. I can't tell why it happened. I'm not prone to limp wristing (and I have some small semis that are very sinsitive to it), but you never know.

    I just thought it was interesting that I had never had a malfunction in two decades and I had two in the same range trip with each type of handgun.

    i had a ruger bisley vaquero that did the same thing! the cylinder locked up, and i had to take it out to remove the remaining live rounds. this and a jamming P90 has me no longer interested in this brand.

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