Yesterday, we showed you how to clear a pistol jam during self defense. In this article, we will show you how to prevent it. As they say, “prevention is better than cure”. So, this is equally as important as knowing how to clear a pistol jam.
Here are some tips on how you can prevent pistol jams such as failed feed, double feed or botched ejection of a round:
1. Keep Your Pistol Clean and Lubricated
Among of the main reasons of pistol jams are rust, gunpowder residue or other foreign objects stuck in the gun’s barrel. These will prevent your firearm from firing properly during times when you need it most. So, once every two weeks clean up your gun or more often if used regularly. See to it that it is also well-lubricated to prevent rust from settling in its mechanisms and to maintain the performance of its working parts.
2. Disassemble the Handgun and Check for Parts that Need Replacement
This is very advisable for old guns. Make sure that it is always in working condition by disassembling it. Then, take note of its parts that already need replacement and have them replaced as soon as possible. Remember that danger comes when you least expect them, thus, see to it that you are ready at all times.
3. Observe the Proper Use of Your Gun
Do not use your gun in a way that it is not intended to be. One example of this is dropping rounds directly into its chamber. Doing so will damage its ejection port in the long run. The ammunition of a pistol is designed to be fed by the magazine to the chamber, not manually. Ensure that the magazine of the gun is inserted properly too when using it plus use only quality ammunition and magazine.
4. Keep it in a Dry Place
Do not keep your gun in damp areas to prevent rust from building up. Always store it in a dry place, preferably in a gun case or any sealed container that you can easily access.
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