What To Do When Your Pistol Doesn't Fire
There you are practicing at the range, committed to your marksmanship basics, peering intently at the front sight as you control your trigger press....anddddd.....CLICK.
How can this be? You've done everything right. You're shooting factory loaded ammunition. Your firearm is squeaky clean and minty fresh.
Get over it. In fact, accept it. As with any mechanical device, things can go wrong with your pistol, and they will. Your acceptance of this will allow you to stay calm and fix the issue to your best ability. Your job is to know which problems you can solve-and how.
That click you just heard is one of the most common symptoms of several issues. Some are operator induced, and some might not be-but in all cases, they're nothing to panic over. Even better, most of them can be fixed right there, if you do your part.
Let's take a quick look at the most likely causes of this "CLICK-not-bang," which is essentially a failure to fire: