Slide Release or Rack it? By: AmSJ Staff


Dave of Gun & Tactics shares with us multiple techniques to reload a pistol. One technique they talked about was using the front slide serrations, now we check out racking versus using the slide release. Dave goes over the real time differences between the techniques and goes over the basics with a timer as the evaluator.image

If you’re still not following what we’re talking about. This is when you have to reload, you’ve spent all your rounds and the slide is at the rear position.So you release the used magazine and re-insert a new one in. Afterwards you either use the slide release button or slide pull to put a round int the chamber to continue running the pistol.Irregardless of which technique you use, Dave here demonstrates the fastest ways to get your pistol running after the reload.

Here’s a quick result for time.image

What do you think, which technique works best for you? Or, do you even practice this?

Economy of motion was brought up by a keen observer, here is what he had to say:

Absolutely agree with the rationale for managing fine motor skills under stress.Through repetition finding the most efficient process to deliver accurate shots and handling a firearm is essential. Having tutored individuals with small hands their physiology does not allow for slide release manipulation in all cases but it is a favored option.If I may make an observation regarding ‘Economy of Motion’ which is what this tutorial is promoting. Your support hand on each draw was around your belt line throughout, whilst adopting a high profile grip (chest area).When drawing from the holster this distance your left arm has to move to establish grip is quite long (In milliseconds) and on occasions may promote inconsistent grip.Using economy of Motion principles by placing your support hand flat onto your right chest muscle (opposite for lefty) allows the gun to move to the support hand more efficiently as it has less distance to travel.

Should people use the excuse that you wouldn’t stand like that as it’s an unnatural pose I would say that if you are drawing your weapon you have already identified a lethal threat and your physical stance is in the process of changing to a more combative position. Hopefully I’m making sense trying to explain this textually.

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