What is a Type 1 Malfunction? The Type 1 handgun malfunction is by far the most common malfunction of a semi-automatic pistol. Fortunately, it is also the easiest to clear, and with practice, can be cleared in less than 1 second! See my articles on Tactical Reload Drill , Type 2 malfunctions and Type 3 Malfunctions. The definition of a Type 1 malfunction is a “failure to fire”. This simply means that when the trigger is pressed, the hammer falls (or the striker…