Trying to practice clearing Stovepipes. Gun won't cooperate.

Trying to practice clearing Stovepipes. Gun won't cooperate.

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    Trying to practice clearing Stovepipes. Gun won't cooperate.

    I head to the range all determined to limp-wrist every shot so I get some stovepipes. Gun won't do it. XD9SC with Rem UMC cheapo stuff. I should be happy I guess, but I'm a bit disappointed. How can I make this happen? (preferably randomly every handful of shots). I don't reload, so I can't make a batch of wimp loads. Federal Personal defense light recoil loads might work, but too $$$. A little crazy glue on the rails?
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    The "batch of wimp loads" would be a catastrophe waiting to happen, IMHO.

    It's just begging for an obstructed barrel. Clear the stovepipe with your stoppage drill, get the gun ready to run and boom.

    What's the drill for "gun blew the hell up" stoppages?

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    Excellent point, matt. I didn't figure really (squib wimpy), I figured that there was some magic recipe that would give me much less energy than even cheapo target loads, but plenty to ensure that I'd still put holes in a target. Perhaps I assume too much. It does sound a bit like playing with fire.
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    You could try temporarily installing a really overly strong recoil spring and then shoot light loads.
    That sure could cause a few rounds to stand at attention in the port for you.

    It's always a good sign though when you try really hard to cause a function failure in your self defense handgun and it refuses to cooperate. That's the mark of a great SD handgun.
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    Any reason to not just use snap caps for this? Am I missing something?

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    I kinda wanted each malfunction to be a surprise, so not only do I go through the motions, but hopefully, my reaction becomes quick and instictive.
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    Ahh. Okay, here's how you do that with snap caps.

    Take two or three magazines. Load them up with, say, two live rounds, a dummy round, a live round, a dummy, three live rounds -- just some random order, not simple alternation. Don't load each magazine the same either.

    Then mix the magazines around so you don't know which one has which order in it.

    Each malfunction will be a surprise to you, you'll get more practice clearing malfs than you ever would waiting for real ones, and as a bonus you'll get to see whether/how much you're flinching when you come across a snap cap unexpectedly.

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    I don't think that you can induce an unexpected stove-pipe malfunction.
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    Instead of inducing a stove pipe you could simulate misfired cartridges by buying some of those snapcap plastic bullets. Have a buddy load your mags and introduce one or more dummy rounds into the batch. This might be a great way to practice malfunction clearing.

    Not sure where i saw this, i think i read it in a guns magazine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonesnofoa View Post
    Instead of inducing a stove pipe you could simulate misfired cartridges by buying some of those snapcap plastic bullets. Have a buddy load your mags and introduce one or more dummy rounds into the batch. This might be a great way to practice malfunction clearing.

    Not sure where i saw this, i think i read it in a guns magazine.
    lol not sure where you saw it? how about pax's post above you? LOL

    Sounds like a good idea,my concern (stupid) would be potential damage to firearm by putting the snapcaps in?


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    Snap caps are made for dry firing. I don't know they can cause any damage to a gun.
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    Wow, i should really read every post before spilling out a reply. I do sometimes skim over a thread. Sorry for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonesnofoa View Post
    Wow, i should really read every post before spilling out a reply. I do sometimes skim over a thread. Sorry for that.
    Lol I've done the same thing before,I was just being a smart___ in my earlier post.


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    is there anything wrong with using spent brass instead of snap caps?
    i never have use snap caps, i just dryfire.
    i would like to practice clearing misfires and what not, will this work?

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    I would think that spent brass would cause a good jam. Might be hard to clear as well, depnding on how hard the slide jams the case mouth against the feed ramp.

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