I participated in my first tactical match last weekend. It was as three gun match: pistol, shotgun and carbine. Since caliber did not matter, I thought I would use my brand new, only been fired 100 times Glock 19.
During the initial range test, the Glock performed flawlessly. Fed and fired everything. Heck it even worked for ccw9mm. He could not break MY guns.
However, at the match, at the first station where I was to use a pistol, it did not work so well. I loaded the magazine to its full capacity, 15 rounds. That last round took a bit and it was tight, but it fit. On the load and make ready command, I unholstered my gun, inserted a magazine, racked the slide and reholstered. On the beep, I drew, aimed and click. Nothing. Tapped, racked and tried again. It fired. That scenario happened twice on two different stations. Always the first round. From there, it worked fine. I am not sure if a round did not get chambered or what. Under the stress of a match, it was not the time to thoroughly examine the gun.
Then, on one stage, I did a reload on what I thought was an empty chamber. Dropped the magazine, loaded a fresh one, racked the slide and now I got a double feed. Thinking back on that, I think it was another FTF as it is hard to get a double feed on an empty chamber.
I will have to put the gun through its paces again to discover what was going on. I am not sure if the first issue is a failure to feed the first round when they are that tightly packed in the magazine or what. But the double feed was troubling. I also do not like the way Glock has a difficult magazine release. I installed an extended mag release which should help that issue. I wish the empty magazine would drop nicer, as I almost had to pull it out with my left hand. That is the official Glock procedure, but not the way I was taught.
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