One-Shot Reload Drill by Criterion Tactical

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  1. proforguns

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    I think it's important to inspect you firearm for wear and if using the slide release method inspect the slide release more often.
     


  2. SIG_Fiend

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    With the dozens (probably over 100) of handguns I've shot over the years, and tens of thousands of rounds of ammo, I have never seen a slide release lever or notch in a slide that was worn out or rounded off in such a manner as to cause function problems of the gun. I also know people with hundreds of thousands of rounds downrange, and some probably 1+ million, that have also never seen it either. To some degree, I think that's an urban myth that holds more truth with significantly older guns that weren't built with the same quality of steel as modern handguns. If there was a point at which it could actually happen with modern handguns, I think it's safe to say we're talking hundreds of thousands of rounds or more through one gun, and 1+ million reps of doing it. That's not even remotely close to how much 99% (made up number) of shooters will ever shoot in their lifetimes.
     
  3. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Well-Known TGT Supporter

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    Well that may be but I've always found it a little difficult to use the slide release on my glocks. Being a left-hander and using my forefinger just never felt right - possibly because glock releases aren't pronounced and my short stubby fingers makes for an ungainly reach. I'd rather lose the extra .5 seconds by racking the slide than risk fumbling for the release. I agree it's in how you train but I've found what works for me as a southpaw.
     
  4. TexasRedneck

    TexasRedneck 1911 Nut Lifetime Member

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    Well, I HAVE personally seen rounded edges on slides from the release. Like many others, it used to not be a concern to me - but having seen it for myself, I now strongly advocate against usin' the slide release routinely. Feel free to do as you like, though - it's your gun. Me, I ain't gonna do it, no matter how many may claim "thousands" of observed guns.
     
  5. Younggun

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    He said it wasn't a problem on modern firearms, you're still thinking about the old dusty 1911s. They're out dated and built from sub par components.
     
  6. Younggun

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    Too be fair, on some of my pistols the manual says to release using the slide lock/release, on others it says to rack the slide.
     
  7. proforguns

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    O.K.
     
  8. CriterionTactical

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    Along with Sig_Fiend and those who concur with using the Slide Stop. Using the P226 the slidestop is easy to hit, always having the slingshot "to go to" if i miss the initial hit on the slidestop. Glocks have a minimal slidestop, more difficult to hit whereby most use the slingshot method. A pair of pliers or modified slidestop enables usage during the reload. You must decide if a .75 to 1 second difference is important in a gunfight. Train Perfect, or not at all.
     
  9. Shorts

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    OP, thanks for the video, and confirmation. I run this drill (slightly modified) on dry fire here at the house but have yet to work on it at the range. The confirmation I mentioned is confirmation that my 'makeup a reload exercise' was an acceptable idea. Not very many drills apply to me right out of the box. Glad I'm on the right track.

    I release the slide by slide stop and slide stop only. The theories and internet forum arguments go out the window when you are forced to do manipulations with strict limitations. You guys, don't fail to see the forest for the trees. Do what works for you. Also, slides and slide stops are replaceable items. If you wear it out, change it out and run it all over again.
     
  10. SIG_Fiend

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    ^Some great advice here. Monica, you are totally outside of the box! You rule! ;)
     


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