How To Set Up and Clear a Double Feed Malfunction

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So we don't do a ton of malfunction clearing here because once you kind of figure out how to clear out a weapon, how to lock the bolt to the rear, how to remove the source of feed, you could pretty much resolve any malfunction out there and fix them when they show up. However, there's a lot of folks out there that don't know how to set up certain malfunctions when they actually want to practice them early on when they start getting into AR-15s, rifles and other stuff like that. So I'm gonna show the double feed, which is not super common, but it is something that is good to train. So what we're gonna do is lock the bolt to the rear. Like I just did. Bolt is locked. Magwell is obviously empty. I'm gonna reinsert my magazine, the bullets it's going to be locked.

I then have taken a round off the top. I'm simply gonna drop that in. So that's what roughly it's gonna look like. And then I'm gonna drop the bolt using the bolt release or pulling the charging handle to the rear. And that is going to give my, give me my double feed. So I have one round that's attempting to go into the breach and I have one round in the magazine that is overhanging, and they're both trying to, you know, go into the breach. Not great. So then what we like to do is start off the drill as if we're about to fire, make an attempt to fire. Tap. Rack. I can feel that there's stuff going on. Nothing came out when I pulled the charging handle. Everything slammed. The charging handle slammed back onto something. It's the rounds. So then the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to lock the bolt to the rear. There's a few ways of doing this. If I have a bad lever, I can articulate that while pulling the charging handle with my left hand, but I don't actually have that. So I'm gonna pull the charging handle with my right hand, come over to the left hand side, hit the bolt release that is going to relieve pressure on the bolt and on the rounds that are inside the chamber. At which point I'm gonna strip that magazine. Sometimes the rounds fall magically out. It's really nice when they do. Other times they stay wedged inside, cuz both bullets are wedged into the breach.

If that occurs, sometimes you have to actually pry the rounds out with your finger by applying pressure up from underneath, usually jostles them and they fall right out. But in this case, both rounds have fallen out. At which point I can take the magazine that's already in my hand, if I think it might be a magazine problem because I've been shooting with the same three mags for years, and I think it's gonna be a problem. It'd be better for me to dump this and go to a new mag. But because I know my equipment, I've been shooting with it, I kind of know what's going on. I'm going to… I'm not going to assume that the magazine is actually a problem. Insert back into the magazine. Well drop the bolt release. Weapon is now loaded And I can finish the drill However many rounds it is.

There's little techniques here and there to make that entire process a little more, you know, consistent, faster, whatever. But the reality with malfunctions is they're rarely all the, exactly the same. Sometimes if they're really nasty, sometimes the rounds don't wanna come out. Sometimes they fall out. Sometimes they're really easy to clear out and that's why it's good to just understand the fundamentals of locking the bolt to the rear, to relieve whatever pressure is going on. Being able to remove the source of feed (the magazine) and then working the malfunction from there. And you can fix pretty much everything with the exception of a catastrophic weapon explosion or something like that. So learn how to clear double feeds, learn how to induce malfunctions for training so that you can best learn how to clear said malfunctions.