The Revolver Malfunction Drill

Revolver shooters tend to be a pretty smug lot when it comes to dealing with malfunctions, enjoying the reality that serious revolver malfunctions are fairly rare. When severe malfunctions do happen, however, they usually take the gun out of commission. The usual prescription to “stroke the trigger again” doesn’t solve these unusual problems, and most

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Making the Cut: Understanding Combative Cutting Dynamics

Self-defense is all about stopping power. Regardless of the weapon you use, your ultimate goal is to efficiently and decisively stop your attacker from carrying out his attack. And the less capable the weapon you use, the more skilled you need to be in its application. In previous PDN articles, I’ve discussed the realities of

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Carbine Malfunctions, Diagnosis and Remediation, Part 4

Complex Carbine Malfunctions In Part 3, I analyzed the first two complex carbine malfunctions: deep failure to eject and failure to extract. In this final part of the series, we’ll look at the other three complex malfunctions: double feed, triple feed and failure to unlock. Keep in mind that the remedial action process for these

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Carbine Malfunctions, Diagnosis and Remediation, Part 3

Complex Carbine Functions In part 3 of this series of articles/tutorials, I am going to demonstrate the more complex malfunctions on the AR-15 weapon platform. Keep in mind that the skills outlined are applicable across a broad spectrum of weapons. Whenever conducting any firearms-related training, it is important to review and follow the four firearm

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Carbine Malfunctions, Diagnosis and Remediation, Part 2

Common Carbine Malfunctions and Refunction Procedures I am going to reference each malfunction via a brief description of the malfunction. Labeling a malfunction as Type 1, Type 2, Type 3, etc in my opinion does nothing to aid the operator in determining what is wrong with the cycle of operation of the firearm. Malfunctions are

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