Double Feed for Training

Setting up a realistic double feed for training.

Here’s a smart lesson that’ll help you shoot your guns even gooder. If you shoot a lot, you’re going to run into double feeds — otherwise known as a “Type 3 Malfunction”. It happens when the extractor fails to remove the spent case from the chamber before the next round feeds in. A double feed halts your shooting, so it’s a good idea to practice clearing it. That way you’ll handle it efficiently whether it happens during a competition, on duty, or in a defensive situation. In the GunMag TV video below, Daniel Shaw shows how to create a double feed for training purposes.

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Double Feed

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It’s important to be able to identify a malfunction of this type and respond instinctively in order to clear it safely and efficiently. That’s why it’s good to know how to set up the situation for training.

Set Up a Double Feed for Training

To set up a double feed for training Shaw-style: Insert a magazine into the gun well. Next, pull the charging handle back and bounce it around off the magazine until the top cartridge pops up and the next one begins to enter the chamber. This way, you have a real double feed, the way they actually happen. Then, you can train for efficient double-feed clearance.

Daniel Shaw demonstrates how to create a double feed for training purposes.

Daniel Shaw demonstrates how to create a double feed for training purposes.

“While I don’t recommend setting up double feeds over and over to practice, I do use this technique to introduce and teach the stoppage for the AR-15 and other similarly designed rifles. While I don’t recommend setting up double feeds over and over to practice, I do use this technique to introduce and teach the stoppage for the AR-15 and other similarly designed rifles. There are many other ways to more effectively train clearance procedures than setting it up and know it’s coming. Double-feeds occur fairly often in some gun/magazine combinations. They are often caused by bad magazines and sometimes user error.”

Double feed set-up for training purposes.

A AR 15 double feed (well in this case it is, there are others); also known as a Type 3 Malfunction.

Double-feeds occur fairly often in some gun/magazine combinations. They are often caused by bad magazines and sometimes user error. So stop making errors – and buy all your mags at Gunmag Warehouse.

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Originally published 1-8-20.

Updated 3-13-20.

Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri’s Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer.

  • Firewagon

    Scary was the ‘first’ demo of setting up some double-feed situation – chambering a live round and attempting to chamber the next live round ‘BEHIND’ it, not under it! At least the demonstrator identified the ‘failure to extract’ as “some people setting it up that way.”