In many police agencies, the patrol rifle is carried daily, just like an officer’s duty handgun. It’s another tool to have when needed. As with any life-saving gear, the patrol rifle must function properly, and the best way to plan ahead is to know the common issues surrounding patrol rifle malfunction. As my friend is found to say: “Murphy’s Law isn’t Murphy’s Suggestion.” Things will go wrong at the most difficult and dangerous times. To reduce the risk, you need to be prepared.