My son and I were at the range participating in a class. In this exercise, he was supposed to transition from pistol to rifle. After a couple of rifle shots, he had some sort of malfunction and had to switch back to his pistol.
After the exercise, he was supposed to clear both rifle and pistol.
The pistol was cleared with no issues.
When he cleared the rifle, I watched him take the magazine out. When he pulled the charging handle back, no round was ejected. Next step in making sure the weapon was clear was to pull the trigger. BANG. Nice little divot on the cement floor a little bit downrange. The look on his face was priceless.
Good thing the rifle was pointed downrage. Could have been bad otherwise since we had about 10 people behind me waiting their turn.
At this point, I thought he just did not pull the charging handle all the way back and reminded him to make sure it goes all the way back or to engage the stop to make sure it’s clear.
Since this was the last exercise, we re-cleared the firearms and packed them away.
When I went to clean the rifle this morning, I removed the bolt and a couple of small parts fell out. Turns out the extractor broke sometime during the class. That was the reason why the round was not ejected when he pulled the charging handle back.
Stay safe everyone!