Diagnosing Pistol Malfunctions – Part I: Failure to Feed

FTF1Diagnosing Pistol Malfunctions – Part I: Failure to Feed

Whether on the range or via e-mail, I receive a lot of questions regarding pistol malfunctions.  These questions go beyond discussing the skills required to clear malfunctions.  They are geared more toward understanding “what” makes their pistol malfunction and what can be done to prevent the malfunction, rather than just relying on corrective actions alone.  There is a lot of material to cover in regard to diagnosing pistol malfunctions, so I’ll break the topic into a three-article series.  In general, there are three main types of malfunctions: (1) failure to feed; (2) failure to fire; and (3) failure to extract/eject.  This first article: “Diagnosing Pistol Malfunction – Part I” will provide an in-depth discussion on failure to feed.

Cycle of Operations

I chose failure to feed since it is arguably the start of the cycle of operations.  Internal Ballistics Part IRead more »

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Is the World Getting More Dangerous?

The Risk of Declining American Exceptionalism

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In the past two decades, we have seen Islamists successfully destabilize Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and much of Africa, as well as seen them making significant gains in support globally. We need only look to ISIS and Hamas to see the impact of Islamist control of failed states. Additionally, we are starting to see the impact of mass immigration into Europe, the most visible example of which is the public support for the acceptance of Sharia Law in some previously exclusively western nations. The reality is that the expansion of Islamist principles places additional risks on Americans (and westerners in general) when travelling abroad.

Terrorism is not the only travel safety and security risk that has become more heightened in recent years. The problem in Crimea and the Ukraine was not an Islamist originated problem, but the result of a weak and grossly ineffective foreign … Read more »

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External Ballistics Part II – Flight to Target

External Ballistics Part II – Flight to Target

Thank you for returning to continue our study of ballistics.  In this article, I will pick-up where we left off from our previous discussion of External Ballistics and focus solely on the projectile’s flight to target.  Before introducing the key concepts of kinetic energy, gyroscopic stability and ballistic coefficient, I will provide a brief review to fully set the stage.

During our discussions on Internal Ballistics, we focused on firearm function, reliability, safety and mechanical precision. The complex sequence of interactions that initiate a projectile’s movement from the cartridge case to the end of the barrel.  Essentially, it helped us understand how “our” interaction with the firearm affects its function and the start of the projectile’s travel to target.

During our first discussion on External Ballistics, we focused on the principles of Newtonian Physics and the short period of projectile instability caused … Read more »

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Peruta Vs. The County of San Diego – Concealed Carry Permits in California?

Aegis Academy, Concealed Carry Permit, Peruta Vs. San Diego, 9th, Pat Henry, Firearms Instructor, Aegis AcademyIn 2009, several Plaintiffs sued the county of San Diego claiming that requiring a concealed carry permit holder be “of good moral character” and “provide sufficient cause” was an infringement of their second amendment rights. The general term for these types of restrictions is more easily understood using the common terms for them. Most states abide by a “shall issue” policy, which means anyone who meets the requirements (approved training program, no criminal record, etc…) will be issued a concealed carry permit if they apply.

States like California, New York, and a few others have adopted what is called a “may issue” policy. A “may issue” policy delegates the authority to issue a concealed carry permit to the authority of the local Sheriff. In San Diego County, this has resulted in a very low issue rate. Since, the determining factors to consider are delegated to the judgment of the local … Read more »

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