View Full Version : Limp Wrist

04-19-2004, 02:35 PM
I have read on this forum and others about weapons jamming due to possible 'limp wristing' the weapon. How can limp wristing make a pistol jam? If you know, please explain the mechanics involved.

Sam Spade
04-19-2004, 03:02 PM
Work the action on your semi-auto. Do it one-handed, touching only the slide.

Won't work, will it? That's because the pistol needs some resistance on the frame to push against. Otherwise the slide, frame and barrel stay locked together. They're designed to be locked to contain the pressure of the firing cartridge.

Now if, as you shoot, you only provide a little resistance on the frame, the slide can start to cycle but not complete its action. The result is a malfunction, a failure to extract, or eject or to chamber a new round. That's limp-wristing.

04-22-2004, 08:32 PM
Spade, thanks for the reply. It makes sense the way you explained it.