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Please excuse if this question sounds stupid, but there are a couple of terms that I don't understand: "stovepipe jam" and "tap, rack, bang".

I had a jam yesterday that resulted in a cartridge nose stuck in the hood of the barrel and the other end of the cartridge stuck in the magazine. I had a devil of a time getting it out. Was this a stovepipe jam?

About the "tap, rack, bang" I guess that rack means to rack the slide and bang means to fire the round. But what is the "tap"? And for what problem is tap/rack/bang the solution.

Thanks in advance, gang, for the help.
 

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Dear batwing, A stovepipe jam is when the spent shell is stuck vertically in the ejection port. It sticks up like a stove pipe on a roof hence the name.

I believe that "tap, rack, bang" is the procedure when the hammer falls and the cartridge doesn't fire. This event may be caused by a misfire or a magazine which is not inserted fully into a pistol so that a round was not chambered. So you "tap" the bottom of the magazine to make sure it's locked in place, "rack" the slide to load another round (and eject the dud if there is one), "bang" (hopefully) when you squeeze the trigger. Stay safe, Gary

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