I'm open to a better method of categorization.Your categorization is poor...but a while back there was something commonly referred to as a phase 3 malfunction. I had a G19 (at least I think it was the G19, it might have been my 17, but pretty sure it was the 19) that did this enough that I eventually sent it back to Glock. The phase 3 malfunction is kind of like a stove pipe, but instead of the spent shell pointing up, it's extracted, stays with the head against the breach face and is still held against the breach face by the extractor. To clear, you have to drop the mag, lock the slide back, and forcibly remove the spent shell from the breach face, either by tapping it out or grabbing it with a pliers.
Glock, in their typical fashion of not admitting an issue, fixed my G19, but wouldn't say what they did to it. Before sending it in, it'd gotten to the point where it was doing it pretty frequently, and I remember, when it came back, I went to the range with a Winchester 100-pack, and dumped mag after mag through it into the berm, didn't even bother with a target. It never did a phase 3 again.
AFAIK, NYPD had a bunch of G19s exhibit this issue. This would have been sometime in the early 2000s...I tried searching for my posts about it, but found nothing.
You have a typo in the OP...I'm open to a better method of categorization.
The phase I/phase II or immediate/remedial action is pretty well established, though
And the last type of failure...the "nuclear option", a phase 3 is a good example of something not fixed by any common malfunction drill, perhaps even requiring the use of a tool, but not involving any permanent damage as would be caused by KB/overcharged reload.Major malfunction: Anything not fixed by remedial action, but fixed by remedial action.
That should read: Major malfunction, not cleared by immediate, is cleared by remedial. Typo, my bad.You have a typo in the OP...
And the last type of failure...the "nuclear option", a phase 3 is a good example of something not fixed by any common malfunction drill, perhaps even requiring the use of a tool, but not involving any permanent damage as would be caused by KB/overcharged reload.
A squib would be another example of a malfunction (granted, not the gun's fault), that can't be dealt with without tools, but again, no permanent damage as long as you don't attempt to fire again with one stuck in the pipe.
I had an early Gen 4 Glock 19 stove pipe a few times. That puts it somewhere between immediate and remedial (I guess).Definitions, for purposes of this thread:
Minor malfunction: Anything fixed by immediate action.
Immediate action: Tap, rack, re-asses (sometimes referred to as tap-rack-bang).
Major malfunction: Anything not fixed by -immediate- action, but fixed by remedial action.
Remedial action: Remove magazine, tilt gun so ejection port is facing somewhat towards ground, rack slide forcefully several times, insert new magazine and chamber new round
Nuclear malfunction: A handloaded kaboom...just kidding (though that would qualify probably), any malfunction not fixable by immediate or remedial action, resulting in the gun being inoperable for the time being
So, how often do you get a malfunction that requires remedial action to fix, and is fixed by remedial action?
If possible, answer only for the use of a quality pistol such as a Glock handgun, quality mags (such as Glock factory or Magpul), and FACTORY ammunition.
For my part, I've been shooting longer than I've been a member here, and I don't think I have ever once exerienced a single malfunction with a Glock pistol that was not fixed by immediate action.
Stovepipe falls under phase I/immediate action. Tap rack should take care of it. Stovepipe is just a particular type of failure to eject where the spent case is sticking up vertically from the action and looks like a stovepipeI had an early Gen 4 Glock 19 stove pipe a few times. That puts it somewhere between immediate and remedial (I guess).