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JAN 2016

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30 Law Enforcement Technology January 2016 www.officer.com B Y L I N D S E Y B E R T O M E N FIREARMS TACTICS to allow the gun to reliably feed and digest cartridges. Depending on the application, magazines vary in quality. In military applications most, but not all, procurement agencies considered them consumable. That is, if they were dropped on the battlefield you returned to supply for more, no questions asked. If one had a questionable magazine it was discarded. We don't exactly think of magazines as disposable but we should be a little less sentimental about them. If you think about it, every immediate action that corrects a firearm failure addresses a magazine issue first. For example, for an AR-15 jam soldiers are taught to use SPORTS : S lap upward on the magazine, ensuring it is fully seated. This also may release a jammed follower. P ull charging handle to the rear. O bserve the ejection of the brass or cartridge. R elease the charging handle. T ap the forward assist. S queeze the trigger. For a handgun failure it's Tap-Rack- Target. That is, Tap firmly on the base of W hen it comes to duty magazines there are three simple rules: 1. If your full or semi-automatic firearm has had a hiccup in its operation, check the magazine before checking any other aspect of your gun. 2. Regardless of the quality and design of your magazine, every officer should consider them expendable. 3. Have a plan for inspection, mainte- nance and rotation of your magazines. Magazines are bullet dispensers for semi- and full-auto firearms designed for magazines 3 simple rules

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