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    The first Type3MalfunctionRound® prototype was born on January 16th, 2016 by handgun enthusiast Steve McCloy, so that he could practice his Type 3 Malfunctions without having to set them up manually and pretend they happened.

    Steve is an NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor and has traveled across the U.S. training at various locations, such as the 2-Day NRA Carry Guard Level 1 class in Flower Mound, TX, and the 3-Day NRA Carry Guard Level 2 class in Whidbey Island, WA. Steve scored a 90% on the NRA Carry Guard Level 1 skills test and a 95% on the NRA Carry Guard Level 2 skills test. 

    Steve has also trained extensively at Front Sight Firearms in Nevada where he has received Distinguished Graduate Certificates in 4-Day Uzi, 4-Day Tactical Shotgun, 4-Day Practical Rifle, 4-Day Rifle Marksmanship, 4-Day Defensive Handgun. Steve is also a precision rifle shooter.

    In January of 2016, Steve got to work on the patenting process, and formed LiveFire Tactical Training, LLC to develop, manufacture, and distribute the product, as well as other handgun training products, which are still in the development / patenting process.

    In an effort to practice the Type 3 Malfunction under live fire conditions, Steve made the first prototype for himself.

    Then he began to develop and test the product to be universal and work in all handguns, as well as to re-create the Type 3 Malfunction Experience as realistically as possible. It was truly a moment of inspiration and the beginning of 2 years of work!

    Work to develop the product itself, to write the patent application, to articulate the product in written verbiage, to come up with a name, to design a logo, as well as to develop and test. This was a real challenge because it all happened at the same time! 

    Every time Steve thought it was “finished”, he would discover some new way to improve the product.

    He was shooting at the range and then meeting with attorneys and providing them with new information constantly, as they struggled to keep up, which they did. 

    One thing led to another, and on June 14, 2017, a year and a half later, Steve filed the written Patent Application. Around that time, he came up with the name, “T3 Training Round”, designed a logo, and filed for trademark so he could bring the product to market. The Wordmark Application was rejected by the Trademark Office. Apparently, there were already some other “T3” people out there and the Trademark examiner didn’t want to cause any confusion.

    Then Steve decided to rename it the Type3MalfunctionRound® and designed a new logo, filed another trademark application, and waited another 6 months!

    So Steve had to go back to the drawing board, again, after 6 months of waiting for approval on the name!

    On September 25th, 2018, Steve received the official notice of approval on the patent application!

    Steve had already designed packaging once for the “T3 Training Round”, only to get shot down and have to start again. He decided he was not going to make that expensive mistake again, and so he waited for the Trademark approval before proceeding one step further. Steve put the entire project on the back burner and just waited. Finally, after a few months of waiting, Steve received approval from the Trademark Office on this new mark. Now the product was ready for market!

    Now Steve had the green light that he needed to proceed. Now it would only be about another 6 months. Now he could begin to design packaging, again, begin building a website, and begin manufacturing, and distribute the product.

    So now, Steve McCloy, and LiveFire Tactical Training, LLC are proud to introduce the Type3MalfunctionRound® for the purpose of helping defensive handgun users not only to achieve their highest possible levels of proficiency in their Type 3 Malfunction clearing skills, but equally and more importantly, to exercise their Combat Mindset and decision making during live fire tactical training.

    The way we’ve trained on the Type 3 Malfunction in the past, has been equal to dry firing, but never live firing.

    It’s all only theory until we experience it! Success in a lethal force encounter is not just about the actual, physical steps of clearing the Type 3 Malfunction. It’s about minimizing the delay, between the Type 3 Malfunction occurrence, and the positive defensive action. It’s those precious few seconds that can be the difference between life and death.

    We have provided some sample training drills to not only hone your Type 3 Malfunction clearing skills, but to make the most efficient use of your limited live fire training, and, at the same time, to develop and reinforce all the other basic fundamentals of pistol shooting as well as to inject a small dose of realism into your training.

    So Enjoy! Train Hard! And Stay Safe!

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