Pistols vs. Revolvers: How To Clear Handgun Malfunctions

How do you clear handgun malfunctions? Guns and Ammo's Patrick Sweeney and James Tarr discuss the topic in this Pistols vs. Revolvers segment.

To clear handgun malfunctions, you need to determine what type of malfunction has occurred and the steps required to correct it vary between weapon types.

Clearing a malfunction in a revolver is pretty simple -- just pull the trigger again. If that doesn't solve the issue and you're shooting reloads, odds are you have some issues with dirt and fouling.

Malfunctions in semi-auto pistols are almost a thing of the past -- almost. While malfunctions are a rarity these days, understanding how to clear a malfunction is still important.


First, you'll need to identify the type of malfunction as each may require a slightly different approach to clear. In most cases, simply racking the slide a time or two should correct the situation and have you back in business in short order. Sometimes, you'll need to drop the magazine and reseat it to return to firing.


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