Is the tried and true Tap Rack Ready drill part of your training?
Should this posting not be in the "Training and Tactics" section?
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I think Tap / rack / bang is in every manual of arms for all semi-autos in one form or another. Some schools of thought say you should be proficient enough to clear a specific malfunction vs. going thru the drill of TRB, but that's certainly not something I'd ever try and teach a brand new shooter.
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I was taught that way when i went through my AUX LEO training and its stuck with me every since. I do it automatic now without even thinking about it. Although the only time i really do it is when we setup for a drill like that. I carry a Glock for a reason
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Tap, rack, bang is part of my practice, but it's also important to note that it's the exact wrong thing to do in the event of a squib.
The other thing I do is only carry and use very well broken in pistols that I have learned to keep the slide rails well greased on. It's been many years since a conventional, 'TRB' has unstopped a gun for me.
'Phase One' (failure to fire) jams respond very well to, 'TRB'. 'Phase Two' (stovepipes) may or may not. Often it's necessary to sweep your open hand along the top of the slide before you perform a conventional , 'TRB'.
Other times a Phase Two jam demands the magazine to be removed from the pistol.
'Phase Three' (failure to feed) jams always require the magazine to be ripped out of the gun. Then, there's the notorious, 'NYC Phase Three' jam that used to be particular to NYC's Glock Model 19's. One of these could simply stop the gun until a more significant repair could be made.
Happily, I believe, 'NYC Phase Three' jams are a thing of the past!
I don't usually practice, 'TRB' drills; they simply come as second nature to me. What I do practice, though, is, 'Look, Decide, & Act' drills. When a pistol suddenly stops on me the first thing I'll do is look at it. Hopefully, I'll be able to quickly see what's wrong (or probably wrong) and take immediate action to correct the situation.
In a worst case scenario, I'll immediately pull the magazine. (Sometimes I only remove it part way and hold it in place with my little finger.) Next, I'll sweep and then repeatedly rack the slide. The last thing I do before reinserting the magazine is visually inspect the chamber. Then the magazine goes back in, gets tapped twice, and the slide is racked on more time.
It's this sort of Phase Three jam that worries me the most and is the one I usually practice for and anticipate. A simple, TRB drill is too easy; and, as we all know, life is often more complicated than that.
Am i correct in assuming that tap, rack, bang is to semi auto pistols as SPORTS (slap, pull, observe, release, tap, shoot) is to ar15's?
And by that I mean immediate action