Getting Out of Handgun Jams

A few easy steps to take care of stovepipes, double-feeds, and more.

An example of a double-feed jam.

When you experience a jam in your semi-automatic pistol at the range, it can freak you out if you’re not used to it. Just stay calm, keep the barrel pointed in a safe direction and follow these easy steps that will take care of common jams like stovepipes and double-feeds, and remember, most jams occur because of your magazine, not the gun or the ammo. Always make sure your magazine is firmly seated in the magwell and that will reduce the overall number of jams you experience dramatically.