Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites


Understanding a Double Feed Stoppage

In this week’s NRA Firearm Training Tip we are going to cover a type of stoppage commonly known as a double feed. This usually results from the gun failing to extract a spent case from the chamber before trying to feed a live round from the magazine. Clearing a double feed is completely different than any other stoppage.

Here is how to clear a double feed:

  1. Once you have determined that you have a double feed, you must first lock the slide to the rear. This takes the pressure off of the rounds causing the double feed.
  2. Next, rip out the magazine. Quite often the magazine will not drop free on its own and you must physically remove it.
  3. Rack the slide several times to clear the rounds from the chamber.
  4. Reinsert your magazine or preferably replace the magazine with a new one.( Many stoppages are a result of a bad magazine)
  5. Rack the slide and assess whether or not you need to shoot again.


Here is how you set up a drill for practicing clearing a double feed:

  • Put away all live ammunition. 
  • While on the range take a dummy round and put it in the chamber of your pistol.
  • Insert a magazine loaded with dummy or inert ammunition and release the slide.
  • You now have a double feed. Use the above listed steps to clear it. Repeat until you are comfortable doing this on a regular basis.

NOTE: Always follow the NRA Rules for Gun Safety and be sure to abide by your range’s rules.

More Like This From Around The NRA