Fail-Proof Your Carbine Training

By Yamil Sued
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Fail-Proof Your Carbine Training

October 10th, 2019

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You have a top-quality rifle, know its control and operation instinctively, and have trained extensively with it on the range. But, there’s always the concern of malfunctions that might be induced by faulty ammunition or some other factor outside the control of you and your weapon. How do you train for this?

First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure you know the types of malfunctions you might face — which we did a deep dive on in our recent Keep Your Carbine in the Fight piece. But, knowing these and dealing with them under both surprise and stress are two very different things. It’s amazing what adding a little of the unexpected into your training can do for you.

You might have the best carbine money can buy, but faulty ammunition can hang any gun up. Be ready when it does.

Adding a Little Mystery

I went out to the range with Freddie Blish, renowned trainer and firearms expert, and asked him to give us some more training on dealing with the various types of malfunctions you might face. He suggested we try out the “mystery malfunction” drill.

If you have a friend and a spare mag at the range, you can induce a “mystery malfunction” and really sharpen your training.

With this drill, you and a friend on the range can induce a malfunction in your carbine that you will not know the type until you address it. With this trick, you can take your fully functional rifle and reliable ammunition and induce it to malfunction in a way it would not on its own under normal circumstances.

This way you can train on how to deal with a surprise malfunction under controlled circumstances on the range rather than in a fight down the road.

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Yamil Sued

Yamil Sued

Yamil is a graduate of the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photographic Arts and Sciences in Santa Barbara, CA with a Major in Illustration Photography and Color Technology with over 34 years of professional experience. Yamil started his professional relationship with the Shooting Industry in 1995 and has since worked with companies like Springfield Armory, S&W, Glock, FNH USA, Remington, Bushmaster, Bushnell, Leupold, Aimpoint, PWS, Vortex Optics, Cor-Bon Ammunition, ERGO Grips, AmeriGlo Sights, Krause Publications, Comp Tac Victory Gear, The Beta Company, IDPA, MGM Targets, Rainier Ballistics, Rock Castle Shooting Center, SIG Sauer and was a Staff Photographer for Cabela’s in Sidney, NE. Yamil is also a Writer and Photographer for Guns & Ammo, Guns & Ammo SIP's and Gun Digest.

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