The loudest sound in the known universe is that of a “click” when your gun is supposed to fire. We’ll refer to that sound as a malfunction. Sometimes there’s not even a click and the gun still won’t fire. We’ll call that a malfunction too.
Fortunately, unless something physically broke on your gun between shots, malfunctions fall into a couple of common categories. Let’s take a look at how to deal with them.
If you’re at a retail or club shooting range, odds are pretty good that a Range Safety Officer is nearby. In that case, never hesitate to ask for help if you are not confident in what you’re doing. Range Safety Officers deal with questions and malfunctions about a thousand times a day and will be able to help you out. Just put your gun down on the counter, muzzle facing down range, and seek assistance. Whatever you do, don’t turn around with the gun in your hand and yell “Hey!” That will cause a ruckus for sure.
by Tom McHale