"Reloading!"

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    "Reloading!"

    I was watching an episode of "24" earlier today. Our hero, Jack Bauer along with his partner, busted in an apartment to nab the bad guys. Immediately, a gun fight ensues. After emptying his gun, Jack needs to reload. His partner doesn't know this because he's on the other side of the apartment. Jack then announces, "Reloading!". I couldn't believe he did this, it seemed to be a horrible idea to me. He's announcing to the bad guys, he's out of ammo and temporarily vulnerable. At the same time, however, he's letting his partner know that he can't cover him because he's in the process of reloading. I wondered to myself is this really protocol? Announce that you're reloading and in essence broadcast to the bad guys you're vulnerable? Can any LEOs please provide a little clarification on this matter for me? Did your department have a policy like this in place?

    I realize that this is a "defensive scenario" section so to make it relevant, I'm proposing the same situation above. Only this time, instead of the protagonist being Jack Bauer accompanied by his partner, its you and your wife. Instead of breaking into an apartment to nab bad guys, you and your wife find yourselves in a situation where more than one person has busted into your house and you know they have guns. A gun fight ensues (like earlier) and you run your gun out. Do you announce to your wife that you're, "reloading" or do you remain silent? Keep in mind that she's not by your side and is in another part of the house and can't see you, etc.

    What do you do?

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    At the outside, it would take 3-5 seconds to drop the empty magazine, insert a fresh one, rack the slide and be back in action. In the time it takes to say "reloading", I'm halfway done. No need to say anything.
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    I'm gonna develope code words with my wife like "Petting the Rabbit" she will know I'm reloading,"slapping the ferret" I'm out of ammo,
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    I'm gonna develope code words with my wife like "Petting the Rabbit" she will know I'm reloading,"slapping the ferret" I'm out of ammo,
    LMAO!!!
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    Some units are trained to do this when in a team engagement, as this lets eam-mates know they need to cover down...


    usually its a pro-word though.



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    no chickens or monkeys???
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    Saw the Brits do the same thing in an Afghanistan combat video.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HillyBilly View Post
    no chickens or monkeys???
    If I posted what I'm thinking, I'd be banned for life!
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    Just my thought, but if your in a firefirht, inside a house, your not going to hear what is being said. You can drop and have a new magazine in place before you get the other persons attention and they understand what your saying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    I'm gonna develope code words with my wife like "Petting the Rabbit" she will know I'm reloading,"slapping the ferret" I'm out of ammo,
    These code words sound like codes for...something else.
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    Get your minds out of the sewer and back in the gutter where they belong lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    I'm gonna develope code words with my wife like "Petting the Rabbit" she will know I'm reloading,"slapping the ferret" I'm out of ammo,
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    I'm gonna develope code words with my wife like "Petting the Rabbit" she will know I'm reloading,"slapping the ferret" I'm out of ammo,
    And she's gonna holler back, "Now? Can't that wait?"
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    All things considered, it's probably better to yell "reloading!" rather than "I'm out!"

    In Pat Rogers' EAG courses, he has the trainees yell "malfunction" if the gun ties up, but most everyone running dry would have a fresh mag in by the time the final "-ing" left their lips.
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