If your weapon is jammed: Delays when shooting in real combat

Imagine the situation – someone is trying to kill you, you are trying to respond with fire, but your weapon is self-defending. Sucks? Not that word!
Here are the logical solutions to prevent this situation:

  • Wear the most proven reliability equipment.
  • Be familiar with workouts to eliminate delays when shooting.
  • Carry a backup gun.
  • Know your weapon.

We have all heard many versions of what happened to Private Jessica Lynch and her brothers and sisters in arms when they were defeated and captured during the first days of the Iraqi invasion. According to one story, those Americans with her who tried to shoot back were very surprised when their weapons jammed in the first minutes of the battle.

There were numerous reports from Iraq and Afghanistan about the American M4 automatic rifle and pistols. Beretta M9, sand-laden and failing during combat missions in harsh climatic conditions.

Refused weapon – literally the professional nightmare of those who wear these weapons not to shoot at the dash. Informal surveys indicate that the majority of regularly and professionally armed shooters at least once saw a nightmare in which they fought for life, and their weapons either didn’t shoot, or the ammunition had no effect. Too many lives were lost when this nightmare became a reality in real combat.

Let’s take a look at some of the actual incidents of shooting delays and learn from them.

Armed citizens

In the Midwest, two robbers attacked the gun shop, taking away the gun HK P7 the owner of the store, who immediately realized – these two guys would shoot him. He grabbed a spare S&W .357 a revolver and pointed at one of the attackers, who had already aimed at him and pulled the trigger of his pistol. But nothing happened. The store owner also began to press the trigger. The first robber fell dead. The store owner continued to press the trigger, now directing the pistol at the second criminal, until he fell dead.

Lesson: a unique gun HK P7 requires the cocking lever on its handle to be firmly pressed in order to shoot. Fortunately, the bad guy in this case did not squeeze the handle firmly enough, and could not fulfill his murderous intent before the good guy dumped him and his partner.

However, the revolver was not in perfect working condition, as it was equipped with a weaker mainspring, as a result of which it sometimes misfired. Fortunately, the shopkeeper pressed the trigger so quickly and strongly that it avoided delays in firing and led to the number of successful primer ignitions enough to win the fight.

In a real attack situation, stress doesn’t always allow you to squeeze the trigger smoothly!

In the Southwest, one good guy, well-intentioned, but a little doubting his choice, decided to carry a weapon. He bought Glock 23 pistol and wore it in his pocket, with a full shop, but an empty chamber. The day came when he came face to face with intruders. He snatched Glock and tried to send a cartridge, but the shutter is jammed. As a result, he was shot down, but he survived – and for the delay in shooting, he immediately sued the company Glock.

In the Southeast, one jeweler I decided that he did not have enough bars and alarms, and bought a gun. He chose Walther PPK .380, worn with a cartridge in the chamber and with the fuse on. However, he never tried to shoot him.

Video cameras inside the store caught a frightening moment: the store owner points the gun at the robber, repeatedly squeezes the trigger, but the shot does not occur. The thug also understands the hand with a gun and shoots a jeweler. The jeweler falls, the robber runs.

The jeweler survived and admitted that at that moment he forgot to turn off the fuse. When a reporter asked him if he was taking a self-defense course with a gun, the owner proudly replied: “I’m not Rambo!”. However, I bought a self-cocking revolver.

The last two cases demonstrate well that shooting delays are most often due to the fact that the owner of the weapon is not trained to shoot him under stress.

A person who is not confident enough in his abilities is better suited for a revolver. To send a cartridge before a shot is a complex psychomotor skill that may not work in a crisis situation. As well as aiming. And it is unlikely that a person of average training will be able to smoothly squeeze the descent.

The history of the shootings shows us that in at least half of the cases we hold the pistol with one hand, do not aim and tear down the descent when attacked unexpectedly. Therefore, the weapon should always be able to operate with it with one hand.

Police officers

Policeman from the Midwest was fired upon in her patrol car. Bullet stuck in a bulletproof vest. She snatched her gun Beretta 96D and fired back. But after the second shot the gun stopped shooting. The police officer didn’t have time to check the reason for the delay, and she performed a simple action, which she practiced in training – “knocked-twisted-shot”, and continued shooting.

Beretta 92 – one of the most reliable 9mm pistols. But Beretta 96 caliber .40 only double action was not so successful. The manufacturer did not take into account that during a real attack the shooter may release the index finger on the trigger not enough for a second press to lead to a shot.

In Washington State, a thug with a gun I tried to rob a weapon shop, although I saw that there was a police car with an officer opposite. The robber opened fire on a policeman who responded to his fire with a single shot from his recently released Glock 17, which is then jammed. Fortunately, one of the clerks was also armed with civilian weapons, and the attacker was repulsed.

Ranka on the thumb of the policeman’s left hand answered why his Glock did not shoot. He held a pistol like a revolver – clasping the wrist of his right hand with his left thumb. The shutter, hitting the finger, could not produce a full cycle of reloading.

One policeman from the Midwest, firing after the escaping criminal, could not make more than two shots from his gun Smith&Wesson. Examination showed that the gun simply was not lubricated. Any gunsmith can confirm that this gun, like any semi-automatic weapon, requires lubricating its rubbing surfaces. Otherwise, the weapon will fail at the most inopportune moment.

Our lessons:

  • It is necessary to study your weapon and practice with it, especially if the weapon is new.
  • After pressing the trigger, release your index finger far enough for the cocking mechanism.
  • Grip, when the shutter can hit the thumb of the left hand, is unacceptable.
  • Protective firearms must be kept in good condition, regularly inspected and maintained, like any other type of rescue equipment.

Armed soldiers

From the frozen weapons of the American infantry in the Korean conflict to the failure of the M16 in the early days of the Vietnam War, which became a national scandal. Weapon systems failing in battle have become a well-documented horror story.

An excellent source of true combat memories of this phenomenon is the recently published book Fights in the Hills. He San ‘First Battle of Edward Murphy. Quotes from a sailor’s letter home to his parents were read in Congress, which caused a scandal with an M16 rifle.

“We drove a battalion of 1,400 soldiers, and half returned. We left in the composition of 250 soldiers, and 107. Returned. A platoon left – 72 people, and 19 returned. Believe it or not, but you know what killed most of us? Our own rifle! When we left, we were all with this new M16. Virtually every dead was found with his rifle next to him. Where he tried to fix it … “

Obviously, such victims teach us not to rush ahead of everyone in order to be the first to test a new sample of weapons that have not yet been tried in real combat.

But there is another lesson that was learned by those who survived and were later interrogated by Edward Murphy – “Have a backup weapon!»Murphy reports the story of William Marx in the battle for Hill 861:

“A new line-up from Kalashnikov flashed through the air. Marx tried to shoot, but his M16 jammed after a few shots. Lieutenant Philip told Marx: “Come on! I’ll cover it. And a twenty-four-year-old officer, kneeling on one knee, began firing his pistol.

Murphy gives many other examples when the gun was needed if another weapon failed.

Firearms are the equipment that saves lives in an emergency. Reliability is not a negotiable basis for its selection. And since the pistols were invented, they proved that it is natural and necessary to keep them as a reserve in case the rifle fails.

If you are using a certain type of weapon, but the current instance does not meet your needs, you must continue to try various options until you get something that suits you well. I know one policeman who bought three pistols of the same brand that somehow let him down. He continued to return the pistols and get new ones, until he found the pistol that works.

Let’s sum up

Everything made by man can fail, including the children of our parents.

We rely on weapons to take care of us. But we must remember that the weapon relies on us so that we also take care of it. Remember the credo of the shooter: “Without me, my rifle is nothing; without my rifle, I’m nothing. ”This is not completely true; a person without a rifle can get another weapon. However, without your concern for your weapon, it can become just a piece of iron in a really extreme situation.

A citizen has a happy opportunity, which the majority of the police and almost all soldiers are deprived of: to research and choose for themselves a trustworthy “weapon system”

However, do not expect that a new cartridge or a steep barrel will help you out in a real attack situation. Here are my tips for you again:

  • Check your weapons and ammunition before you get into real combat.
  • Do not hold ammunition in case of self-defense with a weapon, if you did not shoot three or four hundred of these cartridges in the dash and were not convinced of one hundred percent reliability.
  • Train to eliminate delays when shooting, and make it a habit to carry a small, reliable backup pistol, just like you hold a spare tire in the trunk of your car.
  • Brush and grease regularly.

The alternative is not acceptable.

I want to end with a quote from the book by Edward Murphy.

“When the company approached the battlefield, Gordon J. Fenlon, a 19-year-old marine from Green Bay, Wisconsin, saw the bodies in the underbrush. Crushed and ripped bodies of marines near their failed Ml6. Ramrod protruded from the barrel of one rifle. A somber testimony to the owner’s useless efforts to clear a clogged weapon … “

Posted by: Massad Ayub
Adaptation: Arkady Skachkov

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