One of his comments was how many misfires he has had, and it brought back memories of a page in an Army manual I read in the 1970s.
The Army has many manuals they call Soldier's Manuals. They list tasks that each Military Occupational Specialty (job) has to know to perform correctly. In the Infantry manual there is a page devoted to Immediate Action. Immediate Action is the sequence of steps a soldier must follow to reduce a stoppage--handle a misfire.
The following is almost verbatim what is on the page: (my comments are in parenthesis)
Task #xxx. Immediate Action
In the event of a misfire, take the following action:
1. Immediately yell "MISFIRE."*
(the asterisk is important)
2. Use the key word, "SPORTS."
- S Slap up on the magazine (to ensure it is seated)
- P Pull back on the charging handle (to clear the chamber)
- O Observe the cartridge and the chamber (to ensure it is clear)
- R Release the charging handle (to chamber another round)
- T Tap on the forward assist (the forward assist forces the bolt closed on an M-16)
- S Squeeze the trigger
That was actually written in a soldier's manual.