Sombody have a good step by step picture(s) on how to do a press check. I'm haveing a little trouble trying to describe the method to sombody.
Dinero did one in heat that was pretty correct.
Matrix 3 the little asian gun (the guy that protected the oracle) did one in the elavator when they where going to fight the vampires in the club. His was a little bastardize but he held I think two berettas sky word shifted his shooting grip pulled the slide back and you saw him look into the chambers.
Problem is is that there are several methods that are " acceptable " . The most common led rise to front serrations on 1911s and that is by reaching under the dust cover and grasping the slide close to the muzzle pinching it between thumb and forfinger you can slide it back enough to show status of chamber . However a press check can be done in any manner that does not sweep the muzzle over an unsafe direction , or risk contact with the fire control group , a pinch check ( which i learned and use by rote ) is less safe and involves inserting a thumb into the trigger gurard , and pinching the slide from the front to check chamber status . This is far less safe than a press check and will not work with a guide rod , but some of us are antiques and have not re learned new habits . Its funny that i press check sigs , khars , glocks , S&Ws ect.. but hand me a 1911 and ill try a pinch check every time .
Easiest that I know of:
1) Finger off the trigger;
2)Point weapon in a SAFE direction;
3) Grasp slide from the rear at the sides;
4) Pull slide back approx. 1/4 inch;
5)Look down in to chamber (do not tile gun up to face/eyes)
6) If you see a casing (brass or aluminum) then weapon is charged. If you see empty space and below that the mag with the copper of a bullet then look forward into the throat of the barrel to be sure casing is not stuck as due to an failed ejection.
7) Release slide.
There are other methods which I practice but this is both safe and very easy.
This is how I do it,
Put thumb on cylinder release and push forward, whle swinging the cylinder out. Make sure that each chamber has an unfired round in it. Close cylinder.
I know I'm a dumb butt.
I use janq's method for my autos
hold gun in right hand. grip slide with left hand, thumb pointing to rear. push slide back just a tad. see bullet. let go with left hand. reholster.
I don't see the need to have front serrations or sweep yourself with the muzzle.
~ Trigger finger off trigger and on frame.
~ Point weapon in safe direction.
~ Thumb off safety.
~ Without crossing the muzzle, grasp front of slide from under the weapon with thumb and first two fingers over the dust cover.
~ Press slide reward 1/4" looking down in to chamber.
~ Release slide.
~ Engage safety.
Originally Posted by Thumper
I know how to do it. However, I was looking for a step by step Picture for somebody no worries thanks anyway.
I just do it by left hand on top of slide.
Rob99VMI04; I'm not the person on those two pictures I think I downloaded them a while back from some other forum... I really don't remember which forum that was.... hope it helps.
I'm a dinosaur.
With a 1911 I usually just (safe direction) pinch check the firearm.
I do it completely different from what has been described here - this is how I was taught (USMC) :
Holding gun in right hand, pivot hand up to rear sight, squeeze to open slide a tad - feel with pinky for round in chamber.
Pics to follow...
I check mine in the morning before it goes in the holster. It doesn't leave the holster unless it's a dire scenario. No need to check, it hasn't been anywhere.
I use the under hand version rather than the one Tanke shows.
For me, the overhand style can cause you to move the slide to far & either eject the chambered round or worse...cause a mis-feed. The only advantage to the overhand style is it can allow you to 'feel' the chambered round with your pinky.
unless you are missing a hand, i think its much safer to use both hands and to it just as if you were clearing the chamber, just only pull back a little.
looking at those past pics, i can just imaging the gun flinging out of someones hand. which isnt cool ifs its a cocked and unlocked 1911 (or anything else)
my 1911 has the little slit so you can look and see if there is one in there, but if in the dark or another gun, i grip it with the right hand (trigger finger along the slide) and pull the slide back slightly with the left hand and feel with left pinky.
I don't like the underhand because I don't like sticking my hands up by the muzzle. I don't like pulling from behind because its easy to pull too far (at least for me). My second hand is on the gun when I do my press check - just not in the pictures or you wouldn't be able to see anything.