Clearing Common Handgun Malfunctions

In this episode of Concealed Carry Television (CCTV), Alien Gear Holsters’ Chuck Hupp will cover several common firearm malfunctions and how to clear them. Check out more from Alien Gear Holsters at

Chuck begins by explaining the “Failure to Fire” or FTF malfunction, which happens when you pull back the trigger and the gun neglects to fire. This may happen for several reasons, including a dirty gun or incompatible ammunition. To troubleshoot this issue (for lack of a better term), rack the slide and attempt to make way for another bullet in the chamber. This may work.
If it happens again, it could be the type of ammunition you’ve used in your gun. Also check the handguns magazine. See if that helps your FTF malfunction.

If you’ve shot a variety of pistols, there’s a good chance that you have ran into the ever-common “Failure to Eject” malfunction, which happens when your spent casing does not come out. A common reason for this is due to a “Stove Pipe”. This happens when the spent casing becomes lodged in the ejection area. It becomes jammed in the slide. The casing may also expand inside the barrel. You may want to invest on an AYOOB Dejammer.

Chuck also advises that you check your ammunition to assure that it is not considered an “underpowered round”, which will prevent your gun’s slide from making a full cycle.

If you run into a Squib load, use the AYOOB Dejammer after you’ve released the magazine, opened the slide, and looked through your barrel.
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