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    Who here trains to operate ambidexterously? Some people only train with one hand, and what happens if you break your hand, do you plan to stop carrying for that much time?

    I am also wondering if anyone here could share some good one-handed reload techniques, as if you are unable to use a weak hand.

    Thanks.
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    I don't train this way, but I could see how it could be beneficial. Moreover, this scenario of a broken hand or arm lends itself to a benefit of revolver carry. Just load the cylinder and squeeze. Just thinking out loud though...
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    Have to discipline myself to include weak hand shooting - but admit I do not do enough one handed practice for reloads, draws etc.

    Ideally we should all do this and for sure, even with a busted strong hand/arm - I would do all possible to not give up carry - there always has to be a way to cope.
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    Even with a broken hand or arm, I do not feel I will have any problem hitting COM with weak side at combat range. My problem will be with drawing my weapon. I have it set up so I can easily draw from strong side but I never practice using my weak side to draw from my strong side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 45ACP4ever View Post
    Who here trains to operate ambidexterously?
    Absolutely.

    While I can't do magazine swaps worth a darn with my weak hand, I can do it all with my strong hand only. Most every range session, I spend a few mags' worth on one-handed drills, generally with half being single-shot w/ full manipulation of controls. Repetition. Practice. That's a good thing.
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    My regular practice sessions incorporate shooting with both the dominant and non-dominant hands.

    Quote Originally Posted by 45ACP4ever
    I am also wondering if anyone here could share some good one-handed reload techniques, as if you are unable to use a weak hand.
    To reload with your dominant hand only:

    1. Eject the expended magazine.
    2. Place the weapon back in the holster.
    3. Retrieve the spare magazine.
    4. Insert the fresh magazine.
    5. Reacquire your firing grip, ensure the magazine is fully seated by striking the base of the magazine on your thigh and release the magazine by:
      A. Thumbing the slide lock/release
      B. Catching the face of the rear sight on your belt/holster/shoe
      C. Catching the edge of of the ejection port on your belt/holster/shoe


    To reload with your non-dominant hand:

    1. Eject the expended magazine.
    2. Place the weapon under your dominant arm (if injury allows) or upside down between your knees.
    3. Retrieve the spare magazine.
    4. Insert the fresh magazine.
    5. Reacquire your firing grip, ensure the magazine is fully seated by striking the base of the magazine on your thigh and release the magazine by:
      A. Depress the slide lock/release with your index finger
      B. Catching the face of the rear sight on your belt/shoe
      C. Catching the edge of of the ejection port on your belt/shoe


    There is a third more universal technique. It can be difficult to perform, especially with SIG's. The benefit is it is much faster than the others and there is only one technique to learn.

    1. Eject the expended magazine.
    2. Place the weapon upside down between your knees. Be careful not to put the weapon too far back (placing the muzzle behind your knees) or to far forward (this prevents you from having enough gun to "grip" when you go to chamber the round.)
    3. Retrieve the spare magazine.
    4. Insert the fresh magazine and ensure it is fully seated by striking the base of the magazine with your palm.
    5. Reacquire your firing grip and push forward while applying inward pressure with your knees. This retracts the slide and chanbers the fresh round.
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    Thanks Blackhawk 6, very informative.

    I gotta put this out there. Just watched the movie Way of the Gun and they showed some very good weapons handling and tactics. The one-handed reloads at the end of the movie were very interesting to watch, and that is what initially brought this thread to mind.
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    I try very hard to include my weak hand during each range day. In some instances, my accuracy is better with my left. (but I use my right eye) figure that out!!
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    I use a modified cross-draw. Modified in that it is farther forward than trditional CD plus the butt is angled forward. (too far back to be appendics). I can draw either handed this way.

    Also for some strange reason I am a better shot with my "weak" hand than my strong hand. No I am not cross-dominant.
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    I'm lucky, I am ambidexterous. The way it works with me is that whatever I do with my right or left hand I can do the same with the other in the same way without thinking about it. As long as I am able to do it that way with whatever it is.

    Like a pen/pencil is no problem, neither is shooting. But like a computer mouse, the buttons have to be flipped because I would right-click everything before thinknig about it.

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