While the word “squib” doesn’t sound very threatening, it’s one of the more dangerous malfunctions in shooting. The squib load itself doesn’t usually do much of anything – it’s what can happen after that makes things hairy. Ever seen pictures of guns blown to pieces? Many of those are the result of someone firing another shot after a “squib.”

Here’s a video we put together for Range365 that shows exactly what a squib load is, how to recognize one, and what to do about it.