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Failure to Eject: Clearing the Type Two Malfunction

Clearing the Type Two Malfunction can be done with these steps.

Here’s a scenario for you. You are shooting in a major match, and as you round the corner of a barricade, you bring the gun up and pull the trigger. You realize that something doesn’t look right. Why is the top of your pistol winking at you? And why can’t you pull the trigger?

You bring the gun down and look at it closer. There’s an empty casing stuck in the rejection port. How did that get there? Time is being wasted and you need to clear it quick and get back into the game. What do you do?

The Failure to Eject, Stovepipe or Type Two Malfunction (as I like to call it) is actually pretty easy to clear. Like the Type One Malfunction, this is something that most shooters will come across at one time or another. It’s a frustrating turn of events when your gun stops running for some reason, but being able to determine why and fix the problem is a very important skill.

In this case, some problem occurred during the ejection cycle and caused your empty round to jam in the slide. Some causes could be the powder charge was not enough to actuate the slide, the ejector was not able to propel the empty case out far enough to keep it from getting stuck or the case itself was stuck and didn’t release in enough time before the slide came forward.

Whatever the situation may be, your machine has something blocking its inner workings and you need to remedy the situation.

Type Two Malfunctions can occur in both semi auto pistols and rifles, just like a Type One Malfunction. It is usually characterized by the empty casing getting stuck in the ejection port either vertically or horizontally at a right angle to the slide or bolt. It looks like a proverbial stovepipe.

But never fear. Clearing the Type Two Malfunction is as quick and easy as clearing the Type One. The steps for clearing the stoppage are very similar.

  •  The most common method you can try is to just reach up and sweep the empty case out of the ejection port with your support or weak hand. This will cause the case to fall away and allow the firearm to go fully into battery. There is a risk with this method, however. If the case is jammed tight, you do run the risk of cutting your fingers or hand on the edge of the case mouth. This is a viable and easy method to clear the firearm, but just keep that in the back of your mind.
  • If the above method does not clear the firearm, tip the firearm to the side and rack the slide. This should cause the empty casing to fall free and allow a round to go into battery. Again, there is a risk with this method as you could cause a double feed and have to clear that. You may need to rack the slide a couple of times, or just far enough to allow the case to fall free.

In either case, remember to tap the magazine first and reassess after clearing the malfunction.
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Training to clear the Type Two Malfunction is a little more tricky then the Type One. Obviously you need to create a stovepipe in the ejection port. Again using snap caps, you or your range buddy can pull the slide slightly back and stick a snap cap in the port sticking up. To run your drill, sweep the snap cap out and try to fire. This is a little more dangerous and everyone must be aware of where the muzzle is when setting up this drill.

Try running this drill in your training sessions and let us know how it goes for you. 

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Failure to Eject: Clearing the Type Two Malfunction