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Idea on your semi-auto handgun reliability

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Whenever the issue of semi-auto reliability being related to user training, my thought is this:

To test your gun's reliability, you might consider handing it to the weakest newbie you can find. If the gun jams, limpwrists, or otherwise malfunctions with that person, maybe it will unexpectedly do the same in your hands?

Why should it malfunction in your hands, if you have the training and skill of a ninja seal wearing a walmart beret? Because if ever you were to be shot in a self-defense incident, maybe your typical target form, technique, and strength would be diminshed down to the level of a newbie :)

What say you?
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I worry about having my grip compromised by injury when shooting my pistols to about the same extent I worry about having my ability to deliver a punch (or other hand strike) compromised by an injury.

It can happen. No realistic reason to deny it or pretend it can't happen. That's why I've trained to have options.

FWIW, even using a DA/DAO revolver doesn't make us immune from experiencing an injured/compromised grip problem.

For example, even a momentary unexpected injury (impact, etc) which hinders full index finger control and function might result in an unexpectedly short-stroked DA trigger during trigger recovery, which might create some inopportune mechanical conditions that prevent another trigger press.

Having some knowledge and experience in what might happen, under the worst conditions, and how to deal with the results, is probably better than assuming, hoping and pretending that only optimal things may occur. ;)

There's arguably some practical wisdom to be found in the line of thought, "If it can happen, it will happen, sometime", and we risk ignoring it at our peril.

Of course, on the other hand, there's probably no shortage of folks who seem to only "like" preparing for one type of problem, or only those problems for which they've become adept at addressing, of those who won't seek out more experienced people to better educate them about the things they don't know, but which might happen.

One of the things that makes me shudder, as an instructor, is the way some folks don't take the necessary steps to maximize safety when devising some "practice" method of problem-solving and reactionary drills. Getting hurt during training is really, really counter-productive (and it understandably drives the HR/RM people nuts).
 
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