*With certain types of ammo. If you head the Handgun Steel Cased Ammo Test, you say that one of the issues I had with steel cased ammo in a Glock is that if the magazine wasn’t periodically disassembled and cleaned, the rounds would bind up in the magazine and not feed. That’s problematic.
I recently had the chance to test my Colt 1911 CCG with 250 rounds of Hornady Steel Match ammo; of the two brands of steel ammo I tested last year, the Hornady was head and shoulders above TulAmmo in terms of overall quality, but still suffered from the magazine binding issue I experienced. In my Colt 1911, no issues of any type were encountered over the 250 rounds.
Now, an astute observer would probably note that it’s going to be a lot more difficult for a single stack magazine to bind up than a double stack magazine, and you’d be absolutely correct. By no means am I saying that a 1911, even one so excellent as my CCG is a better choice for a duty gun than a modern polymer handgun, however I did find it interesting that under this one set of circumstances, my 1911 was far more reliable than my Glock could ever hope to be. This does give me an opportunity to beat one of my favorite drums though: test your gear before you take it to a match. There is a great quote in one of my favorite movies, The Ghost and the Darkness where the professional hunter berates the main character for “taking an untested weapon into battle.” While shooting an action pistol match certainly isn’t the same as hunting a man-eating lion in Africa, the point transfers to our concerns. If you care about whatever it is that you’re doing with your gun, you should absolutely take the time to test your gear. You must know beyond a shadow of a doubt that your gear won’t fail you at a critical moment.
Lack of confidence in your gear can absolutely affect your performance. If during “Make ready” you’re thinking about whether or not your gun is going to malfunction, that means you’re not thinking about executing the course as you visualized it. It means you’re not doing something productive with your mind. Test your gear, so you can trust your gear.