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Old November 21, 2013, 07:14 PM   #39
Derbel McDillet
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Join Date: September 6, 2013
Location: Kitsap County, Washington
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In the case you describe, why do you especially worry about the very low possibility of a magazine "bursting apart"?
Glock magazines have a plastic baseplate. Drop one that's 1/2 to 3/4 full onto a hard surface from shoulder height and the baseplate has been known to crack at the edge. When this crack happens the magazine spring will burst the floorplate off the magazine. That's not a good thing if I want to keep that magazine and ammo.

I'd hope that you'd at least consider the possibility that recognizing slide-lock by feel is a very common thing. It's not in the same category as "diagnosis" really.
How many actual unexpected stoppages (failure to feed, stovepipe, in-line stovepipe, doublefeed) have you experienced during training which interferes with the slide going into battery? I suspect it's probably very few. So how do you KNOW when you "feel" (diagnose) a difference? YOU DON'T KNOW because YOU DON'T HAVE EXPERIENCE in "feeling" and diagnosing the difference between a slide that's out of battery because of an empty magazine or because it's out of battery because of a failure.

When your gun fails to fire what do you do? Do you presume your magazine is empty and stand there like a static cardboard target while you attempt to perform a Combat Reload?

When you misdiagnose it costs you time. Time creates vulnerability. If you incorrectly diagnose (Orient and Decide) then you end up with a fresh magazine in one hand and a jammed pistol in the other hand. How often do you train for that scenario?

A bad guy trying to kill you is an "external problem". A stoppage of your gun is an "internal problem".

The longer you dwell on Orienting and Deciding (diagnosing) the more vulnerable you are. The longer you dwell on an internal problem the longer your attention is diverted from the more important external problem.

The concept of non-diagnostic immediate actions is to short circuit the OODA Loop from "Observe-Orient-Decide-Act" to "Observe-Act". You OBSERVE (sense) that the pistol didn't fire when you expected it to and you ACT to quickly perform a single immediate action (tap/rack) that clears many failures. If tap/rack fails to get the pistol running then your attention isn't sucked into dealing with your internal gun problem. You don't become distracted from the external problem. Your mind is free to immediately deal with the danger. You don't end up standing there like a static cardboard target.

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