How should we practice to deal with malfunctions with our defensive pistol? Rob advocates a non-diagnostic linear malfunction response for a quick reload. If you feel there’s not a complete cycling of the slide, going to a quick reload is appropriate. In the middle of a gunfight, don’t look at the pistol to see what’s happening. If it feels like slide lock, treat it like slide lock and let the magazine drop out. Insert a magazine and rack the slide. If at this point you need to go into a complex or quick reload, here’s how.