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    Default Slide Release or Rack It?

    My buddy's trying to tell me that the one and only way to reload the semi-auto pistol is to seat the new, loaded mag and rack the slide. I have historically just hit the slide release with my thumb after reloading it and all of my pieces slam closed with more than enough force to seat the round and I like being able to do it one handed. Is one way any better than the other?
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    Default Re: Slide Release or Rack It?

    Some people dont like to do it that way because they say it rounds off the end of the release lever.
    They say to hold open the slide, then hold down the release lever and then let the slide go home.
    I'll do that on expensive pistols, but others I do what you do.

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    Default Re: Slide Release or Rack It?

    I do it both ways, depending if I’m at the gun range or defending myself from a home invader.

    Racking is cooler though...

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    Default Re: Slide Release or Rack It?

    IMO the slide release is faster. That is for me and he way I was taught when I was young. However I have been taught several different ways to rack a slide with only one hand.
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    Default Re: Slide Release or Rack It?

    I rack it to prevent rounding.
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    Default Re: Slide Release or Rack It?

    Reason not to - in a high stress situation we loose our small motor skills - finding a small button not so easy - grabbing “over” the top of the gun (slide) and pulling back is a lot less finicky in a panic - (so I am told)
    Also. When you pull back on the slide there is a little more room to pull it further to the rear, thus giving it the “best” chance to strip a round and load into the magazine. I know it works with the slide stop but that’s what it was originally designed for - to stop the slide.
    Ruger also told me it causes premature wear on the slide stop part.

    I see people doing both though Personal preference in the end
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    Default Re: Slide Release or Rack It?

    I rack it. A Glock rep said the slide stops on Gen 1s we’re not meant to send the slide forward. On (at least) the Gen 3 and newer, you can use it to send your slide forward.
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    Default Re: Slide Release or Rack It?

    Depends if it's a 9 or 45

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    Default Re: Slide Release or Rack It?

    Quote Originally Posted by ExFlyinguy View Post
    Depends if it's a 9 or 45
    All nines here in semi's. I could see wear on the part being an issue and hadn't considered a panic situation, good thing to think about. I am programmed to use the slide release with no thought involved. My H&K manual deems it user preference and it's right there at my thumb on them. My Sig P-210-6 has the slide release placed pretty much out of play and cumbersome to use for that purpose but it's not a carry piece.
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    Default Re: Slide Release or Rack It?

    I rack, only because some of my pistols the slide release is fucking difficult to manipulate with the thumb. Either too hard to press or too far away for my stubby finger to get at it without turning the pistol away from what I'm shooting.

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