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Discussion in 'Articles & How-Tos' started by CriterionTactical, May 25, 2013.
Aw you make me blush. Just doing what I can
^ And that's all you really have to do. Unfortunately it's easy for lots of people to get caught up in the idea of only being able to do certain things because of some outside influence. Whether it be stress "causing fine motor skills to decline" (misconception), or thinking a certain technique is going to spectacularly fail them to the point that they just drop dead (ridiculous), they let it prevent them from seeing what they are really capable of. Probably one of the best quotes of all time on a similar subject:
"Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?" -Sun Tzu
The only rationalizations for racking the slide I've heard have been:
(1) the technique will work with any gun (think: battlefield find and you're not familiar with that particular gun). I don't know that I truly agree with that simply because it seems awfully far-fetched. I've gotten in a gun fight, run my gun and all my reloads dry, still want to fight instead of run like hell, found a dead guy who still had his gun on him...but it's empty...but oh lucky day! he has spare ammo on him...but now I can't figure out how to drop the slide other than by racking the slide...yeah...what are the chances? Honestly. C'mon man...
(2) Instructors in Concealed Handgun Classes teaching (suggesting) the technique because they simply don't have time to teach each and every shooter how to operate their specific weapons on the range, given the variations in guns, hands, finger strength and length, etc. This seems much more plausible to me.
Good rationalizations.......IF instructors are teaching techniques do to time or perhaps inability to provide relevant perspectives on different techniques then shame on them. These shooters will leave believing themselves "trained to the best level" and they are not. Professionals don't skimp....." fly by nighters " and shams are going to get people killed.
And that's an excellent point often missed. Some instructors stick to teaching racking the slide as a matter of uniformity (for the most part) and ease of instruction in a short period of time. Not necessarily because it is "the best" in every way. Paul Howe for example, from what I understand, is a big proponent of teaching the overhand rack. His reasoning is that he, again as far as I understand it, designs many of his classes to be as effective as possible if you "have to go to war tomorrow", or something to that effect. Basically, if a person can only take one class, and if they are going to potentially be in harms way not long afterwards (Mil/LE), keep it simple, give them something that will work and be easiest to pick up in the shortest amount of time. Although I may choose and teach a different way, and I personally teach a different type of student, it's hard to argue with that sort of logic.
I choose to go a different route and like to teach people a handful of different ways, slide release, overhand rack, slingshot and help them understand how to go about choosing what will work best for them.
Instructors are like any other types of people, each do things for different reasons... you have Instructors out there teaching that have never did anything but shoot competitions, instructors that have had limited LE training, instructors that have had time behind a weapon in bad places...each will teach differently, its not a good or bad thing...each one will bring something to the table that is of value. What really gets me is a instructor that thinks his way of doing something is the ONLY way it should be taught, those are the instructors that cheat their students..
I slingshot for one simple reason... My freakishly short thumb can't reach most slide stops without a grip change. So now readjusting my grip twice has just lost me that .5-1 second advantage the slide stop method saves some people.
nice one !
This is a wise statement and applies to many things in life. Very often there are many ways to reach a destination, each with benefits and negatives. The 'correct' solution for one person or situation may not be the best choice elsewhere.
Knowing all of the options helps a person make a good decision relative to their conditions.
That's cool. Now I have to start carrying extra magazines.