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Those who carried pistols (with rare exceptions 1911s or Browning Hi-Powers) would do their tap-rack-bang, slapping the magazine to make sure it was seated, working the slide, then getting back to the business at hand.
If you do have a malfunction, though the crucial tap-rack-bang drill may not help, as retracting the slide won't necessarily empty the chamber.
If you get a click instead of a bang, your first reaction should be to work the slide, not just re-stroke the trigger I would think that by now anyone who has ever read this magazine would have the "tap-rack-bang" response just about hard-wired.
If the gun fails to fire, instead of trying to analyze the reason or pulling the trigger again, they recommend the tap-rack-bang drill.
Some may decry the fact that the Solo lacks repeat-strike capability, but trained shooters will default to the old tap-rack-bang routine anyway.
Since most of us have had the "tap-rack-bang" response drilled down nearly to the DNA level, that won't be a problem.
Indeed, there is no malfunction drill that requires a second strike of the hammer; tap-rack-bang is the preferred solution for dud primers.
Though faulty or stubborn primers aren't very common with quality factory ammunition, it's nice to know I can simply hit the trigger again to try to make the gun go bang rather than immediately going into a tap-rack-bang, as a second strike is often all it takes to ignite a fickle primer.
The trigger is not a restrike DA, so if you have a problem with a round, you'll have to do your version of tap-rack-bang to get back to the correct side of the power curve.
(Interestingly enough, the drill used to be called "tap-rack-bang" but that had to be changed after a few cops "banged" a bad guy who surrendered while they were tapping and racking.)