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Should be part of the basic training for every new shooter. Any time there is a significant difference (report, recoil, muzzle blast, whatever) it is time to unload and thoroughly check the firearm.
A squib is usually the result of inadequate powder ignition/burning. Might be a round loaded without a powder charge. Might be a round with inadequate powder charge to expel the bullet via the barrel. Might be a failure of the powder to ignite or burn completely. In any case, the force of the primer is usually sufficient to drive the bullet into the bore.
Removing a bullet lodged in the bore will require some force. Best method I have found is to use a padded bench vise to hold the barrel, soak the bore with penetrating oil and allow it to sit for several hours, then drive the bullet through the bore using a hardwood dowel or a punch made of brass or aluminum (to prevent damage to the rifling). After removal the barrel should be carefully inspected for bulges, cracks or any other damage (a micrometer can be handy to measure the exterior of the barrel to detect any bulging that may not be readily visible).
As others have pointed out, anyone who shoots for any length of time is likely to experience a squib load or two. I can recall 3 of my own experience, as well as several more in other shooters' firearms. Probably more frequently occurs with reloaded ammunition, but factory ammo can exhibit defects also (anything manufactured by the billions is likely to have an occasional defect show up).
I've been shooting for well over 50 years, and I have trained a dozen others along the way. Detecting and dealing with squibs is always part of the drill.
If it's .45 ACP, chances are nothing worse than a bulged barrel will happen.
I'm not recommending that anyone ignore a squib, but in .45 ACP it's not an instant death sentence for gun or shooter. Here's what a bulged barrel looks like:
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This is elementary of course, but with all the new shooters of late it bears repeating and as retired badge 1 said, "Should be part of the basic training for every new shooter."
We must all keep our brains in gear when dealing with firearms and take note of unusually quiet shots, or lack of recoil, or the slide not cycling.
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I talked to him again today and he said that he did notice that something was amiss and that is why he quit for the day. I must have misunderstood when he said look what I found in the barrel when I cleaned my gun.