Right now, I carry a HK P2000SK in 9mm, DA/SA (v3) with Doubletap 124gr +P ammunition.
While the P2000SK has been ultra reliable, I'm familiar and comfortable with typical tap-rack-click drill and have performed it with a number of firearms under different occasions. Overall, while I don't claim to have a huge amount of skill, I feel like I understand the basics and feel comfortable executing them.
I shoot at a range that has dynamic steel targets. I really like this feature and they have different programs they can run including one where targets randomly pop up, then go back down which really highlights your limitations coming from shooting static targets only.
The only downside is you have to buy the range frangible ammunition.
This month, I did a 600 round session on the steels and I encountered a mishap that really shook me up. Not the event itself, but rather, what it would mean if it happened if you were actually defending yourself.
Basically what happened was one of these range loads (which are probably re-loaded brass) split, or ruptured inside the breach. The round fired fine, but the rupture caused the round to expand and failed to eject. REALLY fail to eject. I could not work the slide more than about a 1/2 inch.
I ended up asking the Range Master for help. He showed me how to get more force by holding the slide firmly with one hand and jamming the other hand into the back-strap simultaneously which provided enough force to open the slide.
But.. The round was still stuck in the breach, and he had to use a rod and tap the round out.
The whole time from my first attempts to eject the round and realized I couldn't, to after we got the round out, I was very uneasy with the thought that if this happened in a defensive situation I'd be SOL.
OK, I know that this is probably re-loaded brass of questionable quality and it is unlikely this would happen with premium defense ammunition, but it still makes me go "hmm" and made me think for the first time about carrying a BUG.
Your thoughts on any and all aspects of this are appreciated.